I'm a freelance writer living in Perth. Having 2 young kids with endless energy, we are always on the lookout for new outdoor activities.
Published March 25th 2018
Easter long weekend, school holiday, and more
April this year is sort of full of funny stop-and-start scheduling. There's the Easter break, then back to school, then term holiday, then back to school again. You probably have plans already for the longer breaks, or perhaps not. And possibly nothing planned yet for the other weekends? Well, that's where this article comes in. Choose one or choose all, it's up to you... just make sure you and the family have fun in the process.
Easter long weekend in Fremantle has always been the host for Fremantle International Street Arts Festival. What it is is basically a lot of street performers coming from all over the world to entertain whoever cares to stop and watch them. There are a few street corners and parks around Fremantle which are set as 'pitches' and the performers take turn making use of these pitches throughout the long weekend. For a complete list of pitches and schedule, click here. You have the option of staying at one location and watch several different performances in a row or wander around Fremantle to visit the different pitches. No tickets required but there's usually the hat being passed around at the end of the show for donations. One performer I watched cheekily 'suggested' $20 if you really like the show and $5 if you don't. But of course, it's optional. You could always walk away without putting in any donation if you think they're awful. They're usually good though. Either funny, or daring and exciting, or both.
Claremont Park will be lit up for three nights in a row with light and fire-inspired installations, performances, and even food options (think wood-fired pizza, flame-grilled burgers, and toasted marshmallows). The main attractions for me would be the art installations. More than 20 artists have been chosen to create and show their artwork, be it in the form of projections, light sculptures or performances. Let's go ignite our senses.
Rokeby Road (between Roberts and Barker Roads), Subiaco
The City of Subiaco has been quite diligent in hosting various street parties in the past year and this is one of them. Based on previous experience, it's always a happening event, with lots of things to look at, listen to, eat and drink, participate in, and enjoy. The stage will have music, dances, and other live performances. The kid's area will have face painting, craft activities, sand art, petting zoo, storytime, carnival rides, various circus acts and buskers. Busy, busy, busy.
Term 1 is finished and there's no homework and school project to worry about for a while. What do we do now? Take the kids to Elizabeth Quay to visit Buddha's Birthday and Multicultural Festival. There will be stage performances, various multicultural activities such as Bathing of the Buddha, tea meditation, Chinese Calligraphy, and of course the little ones are not forgotten so there will be special craft activities for them.
Sat 21Apr, 9am-1.30pm
Rickman Delawney Reserve, Balcatta
Kids Kerfuffle is an annual event by the City of Stirling which happens during the school holiday. So it's perfect for those families who are not going away this school holiday. The main attraction which is an obstacle course for school-aged kids (6-12 years old) is not free, it costs $10,- and you have to book in advance. But there are other entertainments during the event which are are free of charge such as art and craft stalls, music shows, bubbles, games, and quite importantly, activities catering for kids under 6. So if you have kids who are too young to go on the obstacle course, they're going to be occupied with fun stuff instead of whining about missing the obstacle course and the unfairness of it all.