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Family-Friendly Events in August: The Secret List

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Published July 20th 2016
Thought there was nothing on this month?
It might seem difficult to find kids' activities in this wet and frosty month, but there are a surprising number of great family-friendly events on this month –most of them free. This month is dominated by science and books.

Get ready for the Avon Descent

Get wet at the Avon Descent
If the thought of strapping yourself into a small piece of plastic and hurtling through freezing cold water for hours on end makes you excited, then you should be front and centre as the competitors for the Avon Descent take to the course for this three day event. Even if it makes little sense to you, then you can still take the kids and have a fabulous time at one of the free race day family events along the course.

From the opening ceremony and fireworks in Northam on Friday evening, an International Food festival in Toodyay on Saturday to the finish line festivities in Bayswater on Sunday, you will find a multitude of great activities in a number of towns and parks along the way.

Free activities include BBQs, dance and music, bouncy castles, performers, face painters, food tastings, cuddly animals and balloon twisting. What more could you possibly ask for?

When: Friday 5th to Sunday 7th August, various times
Where: along the race course including Northam, Toodyay, Guildford, Ascot and Bayswater
Cost: Free
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Science Week will be exciting (and educational)

Perth Science Festival
Launching National Science Week will be the fabulous and free two day Perth Science Festival in the Perth Cultural Centre. Over two days there will be more than 50 interactive stalls with more slime, experiments, explosions, snakes and star-gazing than you could imagine.

When: Saturday 13th August and Sunday 14th August
Where: Perth Cultural Centre
Cost: Free
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Make someone laugh on Tell A Joke Day

LOL on International Tell a Joke Day
Knock knock. Who's there? Europe. Europe who? You're a poo too!
This is one of my favourite jokes ever. And the kids love it, especially since it involves the word poo (but wee, bum or bottom are good too). Sigh. Lucky for us, August harbours International Tell a Joke Day. On this day, let them joke all they want, or share some of yours. Here is a link to some kid-friendly jokes.

When: Tuesday 16th August
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It's the book sale of the year

Save the Children Booksale
For lovers of books, the Save the Children booksales are certainly one to pencil in. With an enormous range of books for kids and adults (plus CDs, DVDs and sheet music) there will be plenty of bargains. Tuesday is half price day while on Wednesday so you can fill a box for $15.

When: Friday August 19th to Wednesday 24th
Where: Underneath Winthrop Hall, UWA Crawley
Cost: Free entry
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Take the family to Scitech for the biotechnology weekend

Family Biotech Weekend at Scitech
The whole family is welcome to visit Scitech this weekend to learn more about the amazing world of biotechnology with a range of interactive activities for kids and adults of all ages. Exhibits include a biotechnology scavenger hunt (snotty tissue anyone?), make a cake in a cup, special planetarium shows, look at plant cells in VR, scientist Q&As and more.

When: Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August
Where: Scitech, West Perth
Cost: regular admission prices apply
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Enjoy some homemade goodies at the Ballajura Fair

Ballajura Community Fair
Head along to the annual Ballajura fair with a day of fun for the whole family including dancing, craft and market stalls, food stalls and homemade jams and cakes. There will be a fairground with plenty of fun rides for the kids plus ongoing entertainment such as choirs, dance troups, martial arts and more. Gold coin entry goes to the local Rotary Group.

When: Sunday 21st August, 10am-3.30pm
Where: Ballajura Community College, Corner of Illawarra Cres and Cassowary Dv
Cost: Gold coin entry
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Science Expo and Community Festival
Too much science is never enough in August with a fabulous free community expo in Wilson with plenty of hands-on experiments and exhibitions, workshops, displays and talks covering a huge range of fascinating topics such as rocks bands, recycled art, native animals, robotics, bugs, woodworking, gardens and more. There will also be miniature train rides, native plant giveaways and a sausage sizzle.

When: Sunday 21st August, 10am-3pm
Where: Canning River Eco System, Cnr Kent St and Queens Park Rd, Wilson
Cost: Free
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August means Book Week with activities all over Perth

Book Week Activities at the State Library
Book Week at the The Story Place (in the State Library) will have a range of fun and free activities for little kids in addition to their normal events and story times. Every day between 11.30-12.30 you can have your photo taken in the Australian outback using the wonders of green screen technology or dress up as your favourite book character for the special Storytime session on Wednesday (10.30am)

When: Monday 22nd August to Friday 26th
Where: The Place, State Library, Cultural Centre Northbridge
Cost: Free
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It's only 30 minutes to the Chittering Fair

Chittering Community Festival
Get a taste for life in Chittering 30 minutes from Perth with the popular annual event that provides a huge range of market stalls, food, wine tastings, and free kids activities such as baby animals, mini golf, airbrush tattoos and more.

When: Sunday 28th August, 10am-3.00pm
Where: Lower Chittering Hall, 23 Chittering Valley Road
Cost: Free
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Why? Just because it's cold doesn't mean you can't get out with the family
When: August 2016
Where: Across Perth
Cost: varies
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