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Free Activities in Perth - August 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.
Published July 28th 2014
Indoor or outdoor activities, your choice
Divalicious (Photo:
Every Sunday, 2-3.30pm

Where: Subiaco Arts Centre, 180 Hamersley Rd, Subiaco

More info here.

A series of free concerts hosted by the City of Subiaco, sunday@subi continues its winter season which started in June. It will finish on 24 Aug, so you only have a few more weeks to enjoy this event. Concerts are free ticketed, with first come first serve basis starting from 1.15pm on the day. The August schedule includes a performance by Divalicious, who failed in their blind audition in The Voice this year however got positive feedback from all the coaches (to paraphrase Joel Maddens' words: They did a great job, but he simply didn't know what he could do to coach them). The full schedule:
3 Aug: Charlie-Moon Meader Trio - Light Jazz Classics
10 Aug: Vocal Evolution - Male Vocal Harmony Chorus
17 Aug: Divalicious - Licence to Trill Pop Opera
24 Aug: The Murphy Brothers - A Trip Down Penny Lane Songs of The Beatles

University Open Days
When & where:

More info here.

I've always been interested in University Open Days, mainly because they aim to make themselves interesting to younger audience (school kids) and that suits our family just fine. There will be the usual stuff in the various universities' open days, such as information marquees, hands-on activities in various subjects that they offer, showcasing of the latest technologies such as virtual reality, and even entertainment for the younger kids who are nowhere near university entrance age (think face painting and petting zoo), no doubt to make sure families won't hesitate to devote a Sunday to their field.

Perth Stamp & Coin Show
Perth Stamp and Coin Show 2014
Sat, 16 Aug, 10am-4pm & Sun, 17 Aug, 10am-3pm
Where: University of Western Australia, Guild Function Centre, Hackett Drive, Crawley
More info here.

With email and electronic money becoming more popular, posted mail and cash becomes less so. I'm no expert but from my observation there are less people nowadays collecting stamps or coins compared to when I was a kid. However, these hobbies have not completely died out, as proven by this annual show, which started three years ago and does not seem to be going weaker. Whether you're a die-hard fan or simply an observer, you're welcome to stop-by to admire the collections, enhance your own, or start a new hobby.

Perth Science Festival
Sat, 16 Aug, 10am-7pm
Where: Perth Cultural Centre, James St, Northbridge
More info here.

Last year to celebrate the National Science Week, we had the National Science Week Festival, but this year it's been rebranded to be called Perth Science Festival. I think it has a better ring to it. But a rose in any other name... What's important is that we would still have a day choc-a-block with science-related fun for the whole family. And if it rains? That's where the next event comes in handy.

Animal Ark
Everyday except Tuesdays, 10am-5pm.
Where: Art Gallery of WA, Perth Cultural Centre
More info here.

The winter rain doesn't seem to have any plan of letting up, which means we need to have a stash of indoor places to go to when the kids have had enough of home on weekends. One such place is the Art Gallery of WA. Currently they run an exhibition titled "Animal Ark" which explores the use of animal motifs in art, history and myth through artwork like paintings, sculpture and decorative art. And the extra good thing about visiting the Art Gallery of WA is its vicinity to other venues which are also indoor and interesting for kids, such as the Discovery Centre in the WA Museum and The Place at the State Library of WA.

What I See When I Look At Sound
Everyday except Mondays, 10am-5pm
Where: PICA, Perth Cultural Centre, 51 James St, Northbridge.
More info here.

This is another possibility for combining a few events into one full day at the Perth Cultural Centre. This exhibition explores the relation between musical and visual arts. Each of the five Australian artists designed a work that try to interpret the meaning of visualising and encountering sound art. You'll be the judge on whether they successfully create something beautiful and though-provoking or just plain weird.

Del Mundo
Singers and Strings at the Town Hall: Del Mundo
Fri, 29 Aug, 8-9pm
Where: Perth Town Hall, cnr Hay & Barrack Sts, Perth
More info here.

Another winter musical free event series, this one is a monthly concert, held on the last Friday of the three winter months in Perth Town Hall. The third and final concert on Friday, 29 August will feature Del Mundo, performing Latin, jazz, gypsy, soul, reggae, funk and folk style music.
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Why? Free entertainment for the family.
When: In the month of August 2014
Where: Various locations in Greater Perth.
Cost: Free.
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