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 29th 2018
Where are you taking the family this weekend?
Lots of families dread the long summer holiday where you don't really have much to do and long stretches of days to fill. Keep the following list of five handy so you could drag the kids off their devices for an hour or two and do a family thing some of the time.
This is technically a City of Canning event, but it has become a tradition for more and more families nowadays, with people coming from pretty far and wide to join the celebration. The stage entertainment will start at 3.30 with Welcome to Country, followed by the kind of music you can dance to (modern dance mind you, not waltzing etc), and finishing with fireworks at 8pm. Parking will be a challenge, so please be considerate of local residents and only park where you're supposed to. The oval next to the park will be open up for parking with entrance from Watersby Crescent or Riverton Drive North.
This coming January, I feel like there are more than the usual free movies in the park, which is good news as it's really an easy way to spend a couple of hours outdoor for the whole family. Following are a few samples but if you check your local council, they might have something similar too.
City of Belmont's Movies in the Park, including The Greatest Showman on 1 Jan at Tomato Lake and Mamma Mia on 4 Jan at Wilson Park, Rivervale. No tickets required.
WA Housing Centre Sunset Movies, including Moana on 6 Jan at Braithwaite Park, Mount Hawthorn and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle on 27 Jan at Banks Reserve, Mt Lawley. Registration for tickets required online and some sessions are already sold out.
Australiana Movie Nights at Northbridge Piazza, including Red Dog on 25 Jan and The Sapphires on 27 Jan. No tickets required.
I listed this already a couple of months back. But I think this is good enough to be relisted. It's pretty rare to have an art exhibition with kids as the main target audience. And lots of kids love animals, so to combine animals with arts as the two keywords is a pretty good move I'd say.
sunset@subi Sundays, 5-7pm
Various parks in City of Subiaco
Summer evenings are perfect for picnic in the park and it's even better if we're serenaded by live music. This series are organised by the City of Subiaco and the first one for this season already happened on the lead up to Christmas with huge attendance. The Janury sessions are:
6 Jan at Theatre Gardens, 180 Hammersley Rd, Subiaco; featuring Zydecats
13 Jan at Lake Jualbup, cnr Excelsior &Evans Sts, Shenton Park; featuring Catzilla
20 Jan at Lake Jualbup, cnr Excelsior &Evans Sts, Shenton Park; featuring Proof
27 Jan at Market Square, 300 Roberts Rd, Subiaco; featuring Murphy's Lore
Not every single event in Fringe World is free, but some of them are. This page lists all the free and community events within the festival, so you could choose ones that suit your family depending on the age of your children. Here are some examples, and you could click above link for complete list.
Build a Bug (18-31 Jan, 10am; WA Museum Discovery Zone at State Library of WA): Get crafty and invent your own version of a bug
City of Perth Fringe Fridays (18 & 25 Jan, 5.30pm; Forrest Place Stage at Twilight Hawkers Market): Buskers brought to the next level. You could watch for free or leave some money in the hat if you think they're good.
Little Pleasures (18-27 Jan, 3pm; Russell Square, James St, Northbridge): A variety of mini-activities that suit kids of different ages, such as story time, silent disco, etc.