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Free Activities in Perth - February 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 February 1st 2014
Make use of summer while it's here
Free Activities in Perth - February 2014

School is starting this week, but it doesn't have to be the end of summer fun. There is plenty of daylight after school, plus all the weekends to enjoy.
Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year Fair

Check out the calendar for free family-friendly activities in the month of February and maximise your outdoor fun while the warm weather lasts.

Outdoor Music and Movies

Free Flicks for Kids
Free Flicks for Kids
Saturdays, start 5.30pm
Where: Piazzarama Northbridge, cnr Lake & James Sts, Northbridge.
More info here.

This faithful free entertainment offers the following program in February:

Sundays, 5-7pm
Where: Various (details below).
More info here.

City of Vincent - Free Summer Concert Series
When & Where:
Various time & locations in the City of Vincent (details below).
More info here.

City of Vincent (who may cease to exist in the future) has organised four concerts in this annual series and 3 of them fall in the month of February:
  • 2 Feb 3-7pm (Hyde Park, amphitheatre near William St): WA Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO)

  • 9 Feb 3-7pm (Weld Square, cnr Beaufort & Newcastle Sts, Perth): Urban Hip Hop and 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament

  • 22 Feb 5.30-9.30pm (Hyde Park, amphitheatre near William St): Some Like It Yacht and Film Project Screening


Summerset Arts Festival
Summerset Arts Festival
24 Jan to 8 Feb
Where: Various locations in City of Stirling (details below).
More info here

There are still some free kids activities In the last week of Summerset Arts Festival:
  • Paper Planet (Karrinyup Library Forecourt, 4-6 Feb, 10am-12noon & 2.30-4.30pm): A space created for and modified by children 2-12 years old, with paper as the main material to play and construct with.

  • The Lorax and Dirtgirl (Scarborough Beach Amphitheatre, Fri 7 Feb, 6.30-7.30pm): Live stage shows featuring Dr. Seuss' The Lorax and Dirtgirl from dirtgirlworld.

Perth International Arts Festival
Month of Feb
Where: Various locations in City of Perth (details below).
More info here

There are not a lot of free family events in the Perth Festival, however the few available are usually spectacular and well-attended. For this year, they are:
  • Veles e Vents (Langley Park, Perth, 7-9 Feb, 8pm, picnicking welcome from 6.30pm): Pyrotechnic/ fireworks theatre show which tells a story of a ship on a voyage across the sea.

  • I Think I Can (WA Museum, Perth Cultural Centre, 8-19 Feb, 11am-5pm, except 13-14 Feb: 1-7pm): The setting is a model town with puppets as the residents. Audience are invited to participate by choosing a puppet as their alter ego and the puppeteers will play out the life of your avatar.

  • Sacrilege (Supreme Court Gardens, Perth, 17 Feb 1 Mar, 11am-7pm, except 17 Feb: 2-7pm & Sat-Sun: 9am-7pm): A bouncy castle in the shape of a full-scale Stonehenge.

Perth Festival
Veles e Vents


Perth Chinese New Year Fair
Sat, 9 Feb, 10am-9pm
Where: James St, Northbridge
More info here.
Chinese New Year

Welcome to the year of the Horse. The Chinese New Year day proper falls on Friday, 31 January 2014, but depending on who you ask, we're allowed to celebrate for 15 or even 30 days. So having the fair 10 days after the New Year day is fully acceptable. Although only in its toddlerhood, the Perth Chinese New Year fair has been attracting quite a big crowd. And it's no wonder as they do provide non-stop entertainment, unique cultural activities, and food & stall galore to be enjoyed by all.

Opera in the Park
Sat, 15 Feb, 7.30pm
Where: Supreme Court Gardens, cnr Barrack St & Riverside Dr, Perth
More info here

Opera in the Park is another annual event not to be missed as it's quite in a category of its own. The title for this year is Tosca by Puccini. I'm not an expert in this but I'm told that it's a sad love story with a diva, her lover, and a villain. And if you prefer you can also watch the live simulcast at Northbridge Piazza.
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Why? Free entertainment for the family.
When: In the month of February 2014
Where: Various locations in Greater Perth.
Cost: Free.
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