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.
For those who love Christmas and those who don't
December undoubtedly is the season to be merry, what with the Christmas festival and carols, the abundance of sunny, warm (but not yet scorching) days, and all the gifts waiting under the tree (only if you've been good).
But even if you're a grinch-in-disguise, there's bound to be something for you in this list, something totally unrelated to Christmas, with no Santa making an appearance, let alone an elf.
So whatever your inclination, check out the list below and mark your calendar for the ones you like.
Music in the Park When: Saturday 6th Dec; 6-9pm Where: Santiago Park, Ocean Reef
: The Brow is a five-piece ska-infused electro hip-pop act from Fremantle which was "discovered" by TripleJ Unearthed a few years back. As Triple-J Unearthed put it, they are a "high-energy brass n' beats" band with "dance-demanding" music, so be prepared with all your energetic moves.
City of Perth's Festival of Christmas has already started in November, but will heat up towards a grand finale of Christmas nativity (pictured above), pageant, and more in December. The main family activities to look out for are:
East Fremantle Festival
When: Sunday 7th Dec; 1-7pm Where: George Street, East Fremantle
More info here.
Every year, George Street throws open its doors and invites visitors to come and play. This year, there will be two stages (Sewell Street and Duke Street Stages) with performances from local Freo as well as Perth talents, and a Chef's Corner (Hubble Street) where you can learn to make pasta and pizza. If you think that sounds very Italian, you're right, as East Fremantle is celebrating its heritage. Kids would congregate at Glasson Park to participate in the free activities, from making pasta jewellery to the usual staples of face painting, wildlife display, and games.
Sympony in the City
When: Sat 13 Dec, 7:30-10:00pm Where: Langley Park, Terrace Rd, East Perth
More info here.
Symphony in the City is an annual event presented by City of Perth in collaboration with WASO and Lotterywest, now in its 7th year. The WASO full orchestra will be supported by the WASO Chorus in presenting the following highlights:
Symphony No.9: 4th movement (excerpts) (Beethoven)
Summertime (Gershwin arr. Joshua Davis)
1812 Overture (Tchaikovsky)
Carols by Candlelight
When: Various Where: Various
More info here
There are just too many Carols by Candlelight to mention here. So I've dedicated another article just to list them all. Pick the one that suits you in terms of schedule and location, or visit a few if you and your family just love singing along with the carolers.
New Year's Eve Celebration
When: Wed, 31 Dec Where: Mandurah Eastern Foreshore
More info here
If you have nowhere else to go this New Year, plan to go to Mandurah. They will have an evening of entertainment at the Eastern Foreshore, so kids of all ages can have fun while waiting for the kid-friendly fireworks at 9pm, and those with older kids or none could wait for the midnight one. It's a smoke and alcohol free event, please bring bottles of water instead of wine. Lastly, based on experience, car parking would be hard to find, so come early to get a closer spot or be prepared to park a bit further away from event venue. If you plan to see the midnight fireworks, one tried and tested strategy is to arrive soon after 9pm, as many families with young kids will leave straight after the 9pm fireworks.