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Five Free Family Activities in Perth - December 2018

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by Judith W (subscribe)
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 November 27th 2018
Where are you taking the family this weekend?
December is a bit tricky with family events. Yes, there are plenty to overflowing, but lots of them involve singing carols and Santa. If you're not into those, check out the following five.

Rangoli - Indian street art
Perth Cultural Centre
Sat, 1 Dec; 9:30AM-9:30 PM

Swan Festival of Lights

Some of us have seen some artists making street art before, using chalk or another medium. But this one promises to be a really big one. For 12 hours straight the artists are going to do this marathon creation. Sounds tiring? You might want to sustain yourself with some Indian snacks and beverages, which will be available from 4 pm at the State Theatre Centre Court Yard. This event is part of the month-long Swan Festival of Light. And since you're already in the vicinity, why not use the opportunity to then go watch Festive Flick (see below), a free outdoor family movie at the Northbridge Piazza from 5.30pm. The title for the evening is The Polar Express. Not the newest movie around, I know, but it's another excuse to have a summer evening family picnic. So why not.

Christmas at Lake Monger Festival
Lake Monger Reserve, cnr Gregory & Lake Monger Dr, Wembley
Thu, 13 Dec; 4-8pm

Christmas at Lake Monger

The title of this says Christmas, so Santa and carols might still make an apperance, but at least they won't be the main menu. Based on previous years event, there are also carnival rides (come early to avoid the worst of the queues), stage entertainment, and other general kids fun such as face painting. And if it's your kids' last day of school, it makes the perfect last day of school playdate with friends too.

Symphony in the City
Symphony in the City
Langley Park, Perth
Sat, 15 Dec; 7.30pm

What has been known as Symphony in the City for years have now called themselves Christmas Symphony. But I'm going to insist to call it by its former name cause really, it's a symphony orchestra playing in a city location, and I can assure you they are not in the same category as Carols in the Park. This one will be attended by thousands and I strongly advise to come early to secure your picnic spot. Follow the instructions as to where higher picnic chairs are allowed. As per tradition, the concert will conclude with Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture accompanied by fireworks.

Christmas Maze
Elizabeth Quay
8-16 Dec; Sat-Sun 10am-3pm, Mon-Fri 2-7pm

Christmas Maze

This is another one whose name I have problems with. A maze is a maze is a maze, why must it be a Christmas maze? Anyway, they claim that the purpose of the maze is to find Santa's reindeers who have wandered off. This ruse might even convince your littlest family members. Regardless, it's still a fun time finding your way as a family. So why not spare a morning or afternoon doing this. If you'd like to meet Santa in your maze wandering, come on Friday from 4pm to 7pm, Saturday or Sunday from 12pm to 3pm. If you'd like to avoid Santa then obviously come at other opening time instead.

Festive Flicks
Northbridge Piazza
Every Saturday in December; 5.30pm

Festive Flicks

Festive Flicks is a series of family movies played every Saturday evening at the outdoor setting of Northbridge Piazza. The line up is not too new, but these are good ones as "stocking fillers":
  • 1 Dec: The Polar Express

  • 8 Dec: The Santa Clause (1994)

  • 15 Dec: Elf

  • 22 Dec: Home Alone

  • 29 Dec: The Rescuers Down Under

If you think this last one is an Australian movie, I'm sorry to disappoint you. It's a Disney (American) animated movie featuring two mice rescuing a boy and an eagle with Australian outback as its setting. I'm thinking it's probably worth the travel downtown. And the evening should be warm enough by then to be pleasant. We'll see.
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When: In the month of December 2018
Cost: Free.
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