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Free Activities in Perth - February 2015

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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 February 1st 2015
Have fun on weekends without breaking the budget
February is short so less number of weekends to entertain the kids, however it's the more reasons to be active and go out as summer is drawing to its peak and temperature should go down slowly from next month onwards.

Summerset Arts Festival - Finale Concert
Sat 7 Feb, 4-9.30pm
Where: Stirling Civic Gardens, Cedric St, Stirling
More info here.

February is the tail end of this festival, and the finale concert is usually the merriest of them all. So do bring the family and come to this alcohol & smoke free and family friendly event. The main artists to be showcased are The Preatures and Kim Churchill.

City of Nedland's Summer Concerts in the Park 2015
Sundays in Feb, 5.30-7pm
Where: Various parks in the City of Nedland. See paragraph below for details.
More info here.
Summer Concerts in the Park 2015

City of Nedland organises a series of summer concerts in the park with different local act and different location for each Sunday as follows:

The Incredible and Phenomenal Journey of The Giants to the Streets of Perth
13-15 Feb
Where: City of Perth.
More info here.
The Giants - Diver

This three day event may seem like a lot of hype, however I do believe we are all going to agree with the adjective "incredible" and "phenomenal" after seeing the giant puppets with our own eyes. Meet the girl giant or the diver (pictured above) somewhere on their route, or walk along with them for all three days if you wish.

Symphony of Love
Sat 14 Feb, 7.30-9pm
Where: Claremont Park, Bay View Terrace
More info here.

To be honest, I'm not a fan of Valentine's Day. However since the Valentine's Day falls on a Saturday this year, we can simply ignore the commercial component, and just pays attention to the family fun such as this performance by the Perth Symphony Orchestra and their friends.

The Future Postal Service
21 Feb-2 Mar
Where: Different locations, see paragraph below for details
More info here.

This is the second event from Perth Festival I mention in this article. It might not be as amazing to see as the Giants, however it has its advantages: it allows active participations from our little ones. It's basically an opportunity for the participants to role-play all the steps involved in posting a postcard: from making the postcard to delivering it to the "recipient." There are three locations planned as follows:
  • Saturday, 21 February, 10am-4pm at corner of Rokeby Rd & Park Street, Subiaco

  • Sunday, 22 February, 9.30am-2pm during the Perth Writers Festival Family Day at UWA Campus, Crawley

  • Saturday, 28 February to Monday, 2 March, 10am-2.30pm at Perth Cultural Centre

Year of Goat
Chinese New Year Fair - Year of the Goat
Sun 22 Feb, 12-9pm
Where: James Street, Northbridge
More info here.

Being of Chinese descent, I have a Chinese New Year tradition of family dinner at my parents' house. Now living in a different country from my parents, it's not always possible to travel overseas for the Chinese New Year dinner, so I do the next best thing which is to visit the Chinese New Year Fair in Northbridge. Even though this event is relatively new for Perth (the first one ever was held in 2012), it seems to grow fairly quickly, with lots of additional attractions (e.g. children's games) which do not necessarily represent Chinese New Year but mean to attract the general public to attend. So even if you know zilch about this tradition, do come along and there would be something for everyone.
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Why? Have fun on weekends without breaking the budget
When: In the month of February 2015
Where: Various locations in Greater Perth
Cost: Free.
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