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Five Free Family Activities in Perth - December 2017

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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 24th 2017
The weekends and school holidays, covered
Summer is peeping around the corner and we are so ready to enjoy the sunshine, outdoor events, and family fun. Here's a list of five that you would be able to choose from. Most are in the evening, when the temperature wouldn't be as hot and scorching. Good thinking.

Launch of Summer Fireworks
Sat 2 Dec, 6-9pm
Sorrento Quay Boardwalk, Hillarys Boat Harbour

Fireworks Launch
Image: sorrentoquayboardwalk.com.au

Entertainment will be live from 6pm at this event with the fireworks launch at approximately 8pm. You would want to arrive early, not just because of parking limitation, but some grassed area in the harbour will be closed as it's too close to the fireworks launch area. So picnic area would be at a premium. If you can't be bothered with parking, carpool with another family or take public transport.

Christmas Carnival
Sat 9 & Sun 10 Dec, 10am-4pm
Forrest Place, Perth

Christmas Carnival
Image: visitperthcity.com

City of Perth might do away with Turning on the Christmas Light event this year, but that doesn't mean they're not doing anything to entice us into the city this festive season. For a family with kids up to 10 years old, this would be a fun away to spend a weekend day. Who doesn't love free carnival rides and games? They would be too tame for pre-teens or older kids though.

Christmas at Lake Monger Festival
Thu 14 Dec, 4-8pm
Lake Monger Reserve, Lake Monger Drive, Wembley


This term, lots of schools actually finish earlier than the Friday 15 December set by Department of Education. If your children's school is one of them, then you can freely enjoy an evening of entertainment on this Thursday night without worrying about bedtime, homework, and some such. On the evening, there will be children's entertainment, rides, live music, Christmas Carols, turning on of the Christmas Tree lights and food to purchase from one of the food trucks on site.

Symphony in the City
Image: waso.com.au

Symphony in the City
Sat 16 Dec, 7:30-11:45pm
Langley Park, Perth


Going to the theatre to enjoy some symphony orchestra music is not something most of us do regularly. The dressing-up, the price of tickets and the location all may contribute to our not going often. But this one does away with all those problems. No dressing up required (unless you really want to then, of course, you are welcome to it), no tickets to purchase and the location is right in the middle of our city, so public transportation a-plenty in whichever direction you live. So pack your picnic, round up the family, and let's go.

Christmas Lights Trail
Everyday until Mon 25Dec, 6-11.45pm
City of Perth and Northbridge

Christmas Lights Trail
Image: mra.wa.gov.au

I'm thinking this is a good way to spend an evening out with the kids once the school holiday starts. There are two broad areas included in this: City of Perth (Elizabeth Quay, Yagan Square, outside Roe St Bus Station, Forrest Place, Murray St Mall, Central Park, Hay St Mall, & St George's Cathedral), and Northbridge (Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge Piazza). The best route I'd think is to start at the i-city kiosk at Murray Street Mal, pick up a map, and follow the trail from there. If you do it on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday, there is the added entertainment at Murray Street Mal of pixel sticks which you can use to take a photo with.
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When: In the month of December 2017
Where: Greater Perth.
Cost: Free.
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