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.
The weekends and the school holiday covered
School holidays are here again. Hooray for those who would enjoy the sleep in, boo hoo for those who have to arrange for holiday care so they can work. But regardless, there are always the weekends for all of us to enjoy. Use it to connect, to build relationship, to have fun.
City of Perth is doing something different these school holidays. It's a series of shows with family as the target audience, so there will be acrobatics, slapstick, and comedy without the potty mouth. See the complete list of shows here. Some sessions are already sold out, so if interested, you'd better get in quick and grab tickets for the remaining available shows via this webpage. Tickets must be printed and brought to the show for entry.
Winter Warmer Sun, 1 Jul; 10am-3pm Locale, corner Cale St & The Crescent, Midland
Winter is not really the time you associate with outdoor community events, but the City of Swan is not letting that stop them from organising one. They make use of their recently renovated public space, called Locale, and promise live music, market stalls, food trucks, games, and other fun for kids. There will be alcohol sold on site so children must be accompanied by adults to enter.
I like the theme of NAIDOC Week this year, it goes, "Because of her, we can." Let's celebrate this week with these options:
Perth Cultural Centre (7-15 Jul; 9am-5pm). Highlights include Guided Tours at AGWA (8-9 & 10-15 Jul, 10.30am), Community Canvas Project at AGWA (9 Jul, 10am-1pm; 11-12 Jul, 1.30-4.30pm), State Theatre Centre Open House (14 Jul, 11am-5pm), and more. See the complete program here.
City of Perth's Supreme Court Garden (8 Jul; 12-4pm). Here is the City of Perth's official opening for NAIDOC Week. They will be having performances by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, performers, community stalls, children's activities, traditional food and an Elder's marquee.
City of Fremantle's PCYC, Unit 2/ 34 Paget St, Hilton (8 Jul; 1-5pm). In this event, there will be Welcome to Country, music from the Natasha Elridge Band, damper making, bush tucker BBQ, a weaving circle, a community canvas painting session, Buster the Fun Bus and the Fremantle Toy Library. At 3pm, there will be a performance of Kaarla Kaatijin by Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, telling the story of Djitty Djitty (Willy Wagtail), Kulbardi (Magpie), Yonga (Kangaroo) and other creatures as they explore the importance of Kaarla (Fire).
Public libraries are great places to spend some time during the school holidays. And without fail, they always have something fun for kids to do, so that it's not just books, books, books. Although books can be fun too. I love books. This is just one library to whet your appetite. For these July holidays, the Subiaco Library has:
3 Jul 10.30-11.30am: Craft with Jane: Pet Rocks
3 Jul 2.30-3.30pm: Lego club
5 Jul 10.30-11.30am: Animal ark road show
10 Jul 10.30-11.30am: RSPCA talk on caring for your pets
10 Jul 2.30-3.30pm: Lego Club
12 Jul 10.30-11.30am: Make DIY pet toys
These activities are suitable for primary school kids and they must be accompanied by an adult while in the library. If you live not far from this library and one of these activities strikes your fancy, go for it, book your kids in here. But if you live too far away, then no worries. Find a closer library, wherever you are in Greater Perth, and chances are, they'll have something on for the holiday.
Do you have girls who you'd like to introduce to cricket? Or are your girls interested in crickets already but don't know where to start? Or do you think winter is too cold to be outdoors playing cricket? Well, banish all those doubts and go for this one. Wembley Districts Junior Cricket Club offers a one-time free indoor cricket workshop for girls as follows:
1-2.30pm: Pre-primary to Year 3
2.30-4pm: Year 4-5
If you'd like to register your daughter or just want to know more, contact email@example.com