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 June 26th 2014
Weekends & school holidays, all covered
I'm not a happy camper at the moment. I'm having a cold (what else is new) and the choice of weather seem to consist of 2 options: Sunny with frosty temperature, or slightly warmer temperature with lashes of rain the whole day.
Despite that, I'm optimistic that July will bring a better prospect. For one, the school holiday is here and hopefully that means I don't have to get up & prepare breakfast/ lunch boxes when it's 2 degree Celcius out there. Also, compiling the below list actually makes me markedly more cheerful as I imagine the fun activities I can do with my family. So no matter that you're feeling down and out at the moment, cheer up. July and all its fun is coming soon.
Fremantle Truffle Festival
When: Sat-Sun, 5-6 Jul, 8am-6pm Where: Fremantle Markets, cnr South Tce & Henderson St, Fremantle More info here.
I've always thought truffle is something super expensive that's way out of our budget, so it's a surprise that this hard-to-get food stuff is available in various forms, not necessarily in the area of hundreds of dollars. So for that alone I'll be curious enough to attend and check out this one. Truffle-salted popcorn, anyone?
sunday@subi When: Every Sunday, 2-3.30pm Where: Subiaco Arts Centre, 180 Hamersley Rd, Subiaco More info here.
sunday@subi is a series of free concerts hosted by the City of Subiaco each year. The winter season kicked off on 22 June, and will finish on 24 Aug. It's a free ticketed concert, with first come first serve basis starting from 1.15pm on the day. So come early if you spot any of your preferred shows from this July schedule: 6 July: The Merindas - Motown
13 July: Swingin' Gypsies - Django Reinhardt Style Jazz 20 July: Minnelli-Martin Show - Tribute to Liza Minnelli & Dean Martin
27 July: East Winds - World Music Fusion Middle Eastern/ Australian
Perth City Snowland
When: 7-19 Jul, 10.30am-3.30pm Where: Forrest Place, Murray St. Mal, Perth
More info here.
Got to to say this about City of Perth: They're quite good with attracting families into the city every school holiday. This time around, they're making a snowland. Of course it won't be as good as the real thing up in Snowy Mountain. But Snowy Mountain is so far and expensive, whereas this one is so near and free-of-charge. It's a no-brainer which one I'll take my kids to. Be prepared to queue for tickets beforehand at the marquee: Limited number of kids (3-12 yrs old) and their parents will be allowed into each 30 minutes session.
Free Pottery For The Kids
When: Fri-Sun, 11-13 & 18-20 Jul, 10am-12pm Where: Fremantle Markets, cnr South Tce & Henderson St, Fremantle
More info here.
This is another way to entertain the kids these school holidays: Pottery Class for kids at Fremantle Markets. Potter Judy Nastov will show your kids how to make an ornament out of clay. The clay is self-drying, so the little ones can make something and take it home with them on the same day. No booking required.
Singers and Strings at the Town Hall: The Pepperjacks
When: Fri, 25 Jul, 8-9pm Where: Perth Town Hall, cnr Hay & Barrack Sts, Perth
More info here.
Four Albany-based players will bring their fiddle, harmonica, dobro, fingerstyle acoustic guitar and rich four-part harmonies to make up the quartet's performance. The Pepperjacks recently released a CD titled 'Way Back When' and through this concert will showcase Perth's beautiful Town Hall at its acoustic best.