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 August 25th 2018
Where are you taking the family this weekend?
Spring is in the air. We had a few days of good weather already in August. For one weekend there, it felt like spring already with 25C days - so not long now folks! Better get ready with a list of fun things to do on the weekends then.
This one's a no-brainer. Every year in September, we must spare a day at the very least for the Kings Park Festival. Some might think, okay, so we go there, see a bunch of flowers, then what? Well, there are actually more to do than just to admire the flowers, which in themselves are already stunning enough in my opinion and well worth visiting. Some of the free activities in conjunction with Kings Park Festival are:
Guided walks: There are three 1.5hours walks every day, guided by volunteers: 10-11.30am is "Botanic Garden Treasures" walk; 12-1.30pm and 2-3.30pm are "Bushland and Wildflowers" walks. You don't need to register, just rock up ready for the walk at the starting point outside Aspects of Kings Park Shop, Fraser Avenue (unless you're a group of 10 or more, in which case you need to contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 9480 3634).
Botanic Base: The lawn outside Aspects of Kings Park Shop becomes a picnic zone on weekends this September. There will be lawn games and acoustic musicians to serenade us (at 10.30-11.15 am, 11.30 am-12.15 pm, and 1-1.45 pm). And if you forget to bring your own picnic chairs or rugs, there will be some available too, how good is that.
The Greatest Show on Earth: Outdoor photo exhibition by Western Australian photographer David Bettini. The photos show the natural beauty of WA's environment. If you like his work, you could register yourself to attend "Landscapes exhibition walk with David Bettini" on Sunday, 2 Sep. There are four sessions throughout the day. To register, place your name on the reservations list located at Aspects of Kings Park on that day.
There are also more things to do - to see the full program of Kings Park Festival, visit their website.
The Gravity Discovery Centre & Observatory is bringing their telescopes out to Gingin District High School, so the public could have a chance to use them to see the Moon, Saturn, Jupiter, Mars and some star clusters. Why start at 4pm, you ask? Well, in the afternoon before sunset, they will whip out their solar scope so we can look at the sun safely.
This edition seems to favour families with teenage kids and I think that's okay cause lots of time family events seem to favour families with primary school age kids. So hopefully this will even things up. So here goes parents of 11-17 years olds: Why not drop off your young charges at this event and you could have a date night with your significant other/s (be it your partner, your other child(ren), your parents, or friends you've been meaning to catch up with but never had time for). The drop-off and pick up spot is in the car park next to the Willetton Basketball Association, 58 Burrendah Reserve, Willetton. Once inside, they will be supervised, fed with free food, and entertained with free games. Irresistible. There is only one condition: Your teenage must bring a completed entry form with a parent or guardian's signature on it.
This is a unique annual project where anyone in WA can have a photo they taken included in a photo exhibition. There is only one requirement: The photo has to be taken on Sat 22 Sep 2018. If you'd like to join, register online at the latest on Friday 21 Sep 2018 and get clicking with your camera on Sat 22 Sep. The organiser, Propel Youth Arts WA, will send you a link and you have one week from that day to upload your photo. The combined results from the hundreds of photos submitted will be exhibited later in the year, from 16 October-11 November.
Do you have a teenage son or daughter who is interested in doing competitive sports? Then, this is for you. The Western Australian Institute of Sport is holding a Talent Search Day on Saturday, September 22 (90 minute sessions between 8 and 10.20am, grouped by age and gender) and Sunday September 23 (Invitation Only) for male and females aged between 13-17. They are looking specifically for potential athletes in the sports of cycling, canoeing and rowing. Parents must register their child online.