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.
Where are you taking the family this weekend?
I hope every family out there has settled into the new school year by now: new class, new teachers, new classmates, and so on. If you have difficulties, perhaps it's time to put up your hand and say you need some help?
Outside of school hours though, it's up to you and your family to decide what's fun and worth doing. Following is a suggestion of five family friendly activities that you could certainly choose to do together. Hope it helps.
This is one annual event that should be in all Perth's families' weekend calendar, no matter what age your kids are. Afterall, appreciating beautiful artwork is an ageless activity. What's more, you can combine it with a day on the beach, doing whatever it is you like doing, like swimming; building a sandcastle; enjoying a coffee, a book, and the seabreeze; or anything else you can think of. This year this event is turning 14 years old, a teenager, hopefully without the temperamental dramas. If you want to avoid the hassle of parking, catch a train to Cottlesloe station and a shuttlebus will take you to the beach from there.
The time for warm summer evenings is almost over, so we better make use of these early autumn nights before it gets really chilly. This concert is expected to be well-attended, so arrive early to grab a good spot to spread your rug. Event parking is at Attadale Foreshore (entry off Tenson St.) with shuttle buses running from the carpark area to the concert area from noon until the end of the event. What to do if you arrive early and the concert won't start for hours yet? Why not bring your bathers and take a dip in the Swan River. If your kids are young enough, they will also enjoy a visit from the Freedom Fairies, face painting, balloon animals, bouncy castle, fairy floss, and popcorn. When the music ends, don't go yet as there will be a fireworks finale at 8.30pm, which will be set off from a barge on the Swan River.
Cambridge Street Festival
Cambridge St. (between Simper and Jersey Sts), Wembley Sat, 10 Mar; 3-8pm
This street festival is filled with lots of activities including stage entertainment, food and market stalls, rides, and children's entertainment . One thing I'd like to highlight is The Bicycle Pit Stop. It's great for any of you who have a bike but haven't done anything much to maintain it for a while. The pit-stop runs from 3-7pm and offers lube and tube station, bike set-up station, pedal powdered smoothies, nutrition tips, rub-down station, and bike info stand. So bring the family and their bikes in, and let's do it together.
As the name suggests, Splashfest will be dominated by wet rides, so be prepared with your towels andchange of clothes. Last year they unfortunately had to cancel at the last minute as a storm threatened. Quite a lot of hopeful families showed up, only to witness the inflatables being packed up and the first aid people driving away. This year we are hoping the same thing won't happen. Cross your fingers tight, folks. Other than the rides, there will also be a stage where local young performers are given an opportunity to show us what they have. So for parents out there who will not be allowed on the inflatables, at least we'd still be entertained.
Curtin Stadium & Edinburgh Oval, off Kent St., Bentley
Sat, 24 Mar; 5.30-9.30pm
I always like to include a STEM-related activity in my monthly list wherever possible. It's of course important to have fun together as a family, but I also feel that we should give our kids an opportunity to go STEM if that's where their interest and talent lies. Astrofest is a perfect place to do that. It's science packaged in a fun way, where we can find out the what, where, when, how, and why about astronomy. Among other activites, there will be solar & night observing, space dome shows, talks (about cosmos, light, where stuff comes from and Astrochemistry), Scitech Science Show, Night Sky Tour, telescopes 101, and more. Beware that there is some construction currently going on at Curtin University campus. Look at the map above so you have an idea where the construction zone is.