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Free Activities in Perth - June 2014

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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.
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Take the family out despite the rain
We may have a wetter than average May this year. However it doesn't mean we should lock ourselves in until September. In fact, we should definitely make use of every single opportunity of non-rain period to take the family out and work out the kinks from sitting too long on the sofa. So keep this article handy, and at the hint of sunshine on any weekend this month, just whip out this list and find something going that day.

Don't know how to fly a kite? Head to 'WA Day-Have a Go Day' to have a go at it

To help make it easier, here's a calendar with a summary of what's going on when. You can find the details of each event further down in this article.

Autumn Harvest Festival
Sun, 1 Jun, 10am-4pm
Where: Churchill Park, Rockingham Beach Rd, Rockingham
More info here.

Autumn Harvest Festival

It's a bit funny that this event is titled Autumn Harvest Festival but conducted on 1 Jun as this date is officially the first day of winter, but let's not split hair over 1 day as the important thing is that we'd have an opportunity to enjoy a day out with stage performances, a Gourmet Aussie BBQ Cook-off, photography & art displays, market stalls, carnival & amusement rides, free children's activities, and opportunity to win a hamper through the purchase of raffle tickets.

WA Day - Have A Go Day
Mon, 2 Jun, 10am-1pm
Where: Bob Gordon Reserve, Cnr Parry Ave & Benningfield Rd, Bull Creek
More info here.

Aaaah... the long weekend is here, which means you could have an extra day off work, although it won't be fun if the kids are constantly squabbling at home. So take them out and let them try something they haven't done before: Play a game of tennis perhaps? Or fly a kite? Try riding a bike on the BMX track? Cross the Scouts rope bridge? If you have tick 'done that' to all those, never mind. You could still come along and show them how it's done.

WA Day in the City
Mon, 2 Jun
Where: Forrest Place (11am-5pm) and Perth Cultural Centre (10am-4pm)
More info here.

Yay, more choices for the Monday long weekend. First, you ride a bus into the Roe St Temporary Bus Station, and then from there you decide whether you want to head north to Perth Cultural Centre, or south to Forrest Place, both just a pedestrian bridge away, and both have loads of fun things to do. The Forrest Place event would have free rides (Cup and Saucer, Ferris Wheel, Roller Coaster), Bouncy Castle, Mini Golf, face painting, roving entertainment and West Australian Wildlife. On top of that, the Water Labyrinth will be in operation. The Perth Cultural Centre event would have activities, workshops, entertainment, interactive art, and movie screenings. Hmm. This is a tough choice.

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Thus and Fris in June
Where: State Library of WA, Perth Cultural Centre
More info here.

Little Kids Alert: This event is suitable for pre-schoolers only. So if you are those waiting for your kids to (finally) go to school, you can start introducing them to learning through playing with this weekly events at the State Library. The theme for every week is different (5-6 June: Grandma's Basket; 12-13 June: Discovery Boxes; 19-20 June: Wolf Disguise; 26-27 June: Bear Hunt). And as The Place is quite safe, you can even let your little ones play individually or with other kids, while you get to stop chasing them around, have a well-deserved rest, and have a chat with other parents if you feel like it.

Autumn Practical Gardening Workshops
5, 7, 8, 14, 28 Jun
Where: Community Gardens in the City of Stirling
More info here.

Calling occupants of planet green thumb (or those aspiring to be one): the City of Stirling are conducting a series of practical gardening workshops in the month of June:
  • Sat, 7 Jun, ​10am - 12.30pm at Joondanna Community Garden: ​What's Eating My Food Garden? (​Common Perth pests and diseases, natural and chemical free methods, natural predators, good and bad bugs, and companion planting.​

  • Sun, 8 ​Jun, ​9am - 12.30pm at Joondanna Community Garden: ​Waterwise Verge Garden Design (Overview of the City's Verge Policy, planning and design, verge preparation options (grass and irrigation removal, soil improvement), establishment and aftercare. Assist building the waterwise verge garden at the community garden.)

  • Sat, 14 Jun, 10am - 12.30pm at ​Westminster Community Garden: ​Self Watering Garden Beds (Also known as Wicking Beds. Why, methods, construction, and maintenance. You will create wicking pots to take home and assist building a large self watering garden bed at the community garden.)

  • ​Sat, 28 Jun, 10am - 12.30pm​ at Westminster Community Garden: ​Creating a No Dig Garden (​Why, methods, construction, and maintenance. You will assist building a no dig garden at the community garden.)

Register online at the website above. Wear your gardening clothing & gloves and children are welcome, of course as long as they're supervised.

Guided walks of Bold Park
Sat, 7 Jun; Thu, 12 Jun; Sun, 15 Jun; 9-10.30am
Where: Bold Park, walks starts from Tuart Car Park, Off Perry Lakes Drive, Floreat
More info here.

Bold Park
Reabold Hill in Bold Park

Winter has just started but somehow some flowers have managed to bloom. It must be all the moisture. So a walk in the park in winter is not such a far fetched idea. Experienced guides will point out interesting facts about the park: its flora, fauna, and historical significance. And for those of you who love a walk in the rain, this is the perfect excuse to jump in the puddles and get soaking wet. Or, you can always bring your (boring) rain gear. Anyway, no registration is required (except for groups of more than 5), just grab your hat and water bottle when you head out the door.

Animal Ark Exhibition
Everyday from Sat, 7 Jun, 10am-5pm (Closed on Wed)
Where: The Art Gallery of WA, Perth Cultural Centre
More info here.

This is one event that you don't even have to get rained on, so it's perfect for those blustery days. And if you think a trip to the art gallery just consists of staring at paintings and arts, think again. In our very cool Art Gallery of WA, they provide a family activity space and art trails, which allow the young ones to get hands on with their art production and appreciation.

Children's Forest
Children's Forest Planting Day
Sun, 8 Jun, 10am-1pm
Where: Children's Forest, Whiteman Park
More info here.

This is a planting day with extras, including a sausage sizzle, free entertainment, and of course the opportunities to enjoy all the other facilities within Whiteman Park: the artworks within Children's Forest, the playground, various walking paths, cafe, etc.

Sunday Piazza Live
Sun, 8, 15, 22, & 29 Jun, 1-3pm
Where: Piazzarama Northbridge, cnr Lake & James Sts, Northbridge
More info here.

Sunday Piazza Live

Yes, they're still here, but barely. June is the last month before this recurring event close shops for the season, to open again when the weather warms up later in the year. So, soak up the atmosphere of outdoor live music before it retires this time around:
  • 8 Jun: Purple Haze Band Scotch College Combo

  • 15 Jun: Kalamunda Youth Swing Band Glenn Rogers Trio

  • 22 Jun: World Cup Special: The Juliana Areais Brazilian Experience Russell Holmes Trio

  • 29 Jun: Marilyn Keller (USA) and the Glen Walsh Quartet plus special guest Matt Jodrell

FIFO and Defence Family Support Expo
Tue, 24 Jun, 9.30am - 3.30pm
Where: Gary Holland Community Centre Main Hall, Kent St, Rockingham
More info here.

FIFO and Defense Family
Are you a FIFO or Defence family? If yes, then this is for you. In this Expo, you will be able to talk to service providers, listen to guest speakers (with four different seminars starting from 10am), and of course, children would be able to have their own entertainment too.
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Why? Free entertainment for the family
When: In the month of June 2014
Where: In and around Greater Perth
Cost: Free
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