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 December 26th 2017
Don't stay home and mope this school holiday
We are right in the middle of school holiday now, so it's doubly important to stock up on family-friendly events to visit without breaking the bank account. It sure beats staying at home and raking up high electricity bill by running the aircon the whole time.
Various locations in the City of Subiaco Outdoor summer concerts in the park are one of the best ways to while away a whole evening in a relaxing and entertaining way. Come early to secure a good parking and picnic spot, spread your rugs and blankets, and let the kids loose while you enjoy a cold sugary drink or two. When the music starts, it's time to call the kids in for a bite while being serenaded by live music. Schedule for January:
8-28 Jan; 10am-2pm WA Museum Discovery Zone, enter through the State Library of WA, Perth Cultural Centre
WA Museum Discovery Centre times their upcoming new exhibition to coincide with the school holiday titled "Toys Just Want to Have Fun." They showcase various toys from the WA Museum collection, including figurines, dolls, dress-up costumes, and more. If you have elderly family members such as grandparents, great aunts, etc, ask them to come along and they can add richness to the exhibition by sharing their personal stories on how they played as children. This is also a great opportunity to invite your kids to be creative and rethink everyday objects as playthings.
Many family events advertised are aiming for families with primary school kids. But fortunately for those of us with older kids, this one is actually catering for youth aged 11-18 years. It's a series of sessions in the park where young people can hang out, listen to live music or DJs, and participate in various workshops and activities provided on the day. It's not strictly a family event as adults and younger kids are not catered for, but perhaps it's family friendly as in we parents can drop our young people there and relax elsewhere, with the knowledge that they are doing something positive. The list for January are:
This is an annual event within the City of Stirling and it's been getting bigger and stronger by the year. There are free and ticketed events. One free event in January is the opening event at Scarborough Beach Amphitheatre on Wed 24 Jan 6.30-8.30pm, titled "Seaside Spectacular" (pictured above). It's a variety stage show consisting of cabaret, music, circus, etc. Another is Bindi Bindi Dreaming, which is a showcase of Noongar culture in Perth. They consist of 3 mini-events, each requires a separate booking by clicking the below link:
Needless to say, this will be the biggest community event of the month in Perth. There will be two main entertainment arena for families: Langley Park (Perth) and Sir James Mitchel Park (South Perth). Both start at 3pm with various entertainment and rides. They wind up around 7.45pm to allow family time to settle down prior to fireworks 8-8.30pm. If this is your first time visiting either of the two arenas, my advice is to allow plenty of time for queueing and be ready to get wet. To avoid a parking headache, take public transport where you could. Based on experience, the amount of walking you have to do (lugging all those picnic stuff) would not be less even if you take your own car.
Hi Judith, just came across your writing whilst looking up Kwolyin Camp & have spent the last hour or two reading up on your very informative posts! Noticed you have young kids & thought perhaps if they were interested in magic, I'll be running a workshop for my 5th year at the Perth FringeWorld festival, usually aimed at kids 8yrs & up. Not sure how old exactly your kids are, but the show is called Abracadabra and Other Useless Magic Words. :)