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Five Free Family Activities in Perth - February 2018

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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 this weekend
Another school year is starting, but summer is not finished yet, that means we can still enjoy warm sunshiny weekends with the family. Let's make the most of it.

Opera in the Park: La Boheme
Saturday, 3 Feb; 8-10.15pm
Supreme Court Gardens, Perth

Opera in the Park
Image: waopera.asn.au

West Australian Opera and the City of Perth present the opera La Bohème (by Puccini). The story is about a group of friends, with the main characters Rodolfo and Mimi, who fall in love at first sight but their optimism is shattered as they face difficulties in their lives. The opera will be sung in Italian with English subtitles. This is always a popular event, so come early to get a good spot, bring your picnic dinner to kill the time while waiting for the opera to start, and don't forget your jacket or blankie as the night wind could be quite chilly even in summer.

A Walk Through Time
Sat, 10 Feb; 10am-1pm
Scarborough Civic Centre, 173 Gildercliffe St, Scarborough


This activity is part of the City of Stirling's Summerset Arts Festival. It's advertised as "A family picnic & local history exhibition about Scarborough & Doubleview." Further details are not yet available at the time of writing, so check their webpage closer to the date.

Sunday Music--The Oceanic Sessions
Sundays, 11, 18 & 25 Feb; 2-4pm
Fremantle Arts Centre, 1 Finnerty St, Fremantle

Sunday Music
Image: perthfestival.com.au

This Sunday afternoon live music is part of Perth Festival 2018 and focusing on musicians from Africa. Percussion would probably be highly used and you should of course feel free to stand up, kick off your shoes, and dance. The line-up for February as follow:
  • Sun 11 Feb, 2pm - Bongeziwe Mabandla (South Africa)

  • Sun 18 Feb, 2pm – KILTIR (Reunion Island)

  • Sun 25 Feb, 2pm – Maia & The Big Sky (Kenya)


Kidz Fest
Sunday, 18 Feb, 3-6pm
Garvey Park, Ascot

Kidz Fest 2018
Image: belmont.wa.gov.au

This event was usually held at the Faulkner Park but the City of Belmont has decided to move it to Garvey Park this year. Targeting kids up to 12 years old, the rides are free, so you only need to fork out for food and drink which will be available for purchase from the food trucks.

Writer's Week
24-25 Feb
UWA Campus, Crawley

The Sound of Picture Books
Image: perthfestival.com.au

Another mini-event (which is not really mini) from the Perth Festival, the Writers Week is as usual conducted at UWA, Crawley. As the event name suggests, the activities are spread out in the week of 19-25 Feb, but I'm focusing on the weekend of 24-25 Feb here. There are quite a few free offerings on the weekend, including:
  • This Book Changed My Life (Amphitheatre, the University Club; 24 Feb, 1.30-2.15pm): Some authors talk about the book that changed their life.

  • Tara Books (The Courtyard; 24-25 Feb, 9.30am-5.30pm): We are invited to help two artists Dhwani Shah and Ragini Siruguri (India) to create a mural based on their activities book, Twins.

  • Curated by Kids Takeover (The Courtyard; 25 Feb, 9.15-11.45am & 1-3.30pm): Several children book authors interviewed by kids aged 10-12 years old.

  • The Sound of Picture Books (Octagon Theatre; 25 Feb, 9.30-11.30am & 12.30-2.30pm): A multi-sensory feast featuring author Danny Parker and illustrator/composer Matt Ottley who will join West Australian Symphony Orchestra's string quintet and Yamaha's Alf Demasi in a performance where Parker and Ottley will co-present while the musicians perform the Tree Music matched to the illustrations from the book "A Little Story About Big Things" (pictured above) on a large screen.

For a complete list of ticketed and free activities in Writers Week, visit their webpage.
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Why? For family-friendly fun
When: In the month of February 2018
Where: Greater Perth
Cost: Free.
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