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Free Family Activities in Perth - April 2016

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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 March 25th 2016
Weekends and the school holiday, too
The weather has cooled down significantly in the last week or so, but daytime temperature is still comfortable enough for outdoor activities, so don't let the kids play video games all day long and let's take the family out every weekend of this month and do something fun together (and weekdays on school holiday too if you can make it).
Video games
Don't let the kids play video games all day long

Piazzarama Northbridge
Sun 3 Apr 12-4pm
Northbridge Piazza, cnr Lake & James Sts

The theme for this monthly event for April is "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," and two versions of the movie are going to be shown that afternoon:
  • 12pm: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005, PG) with Johnny Depp

  • 2.30pm: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971, G) with Gene Wilder

Other than the movies, as usual there will also be face painting, balloon artistry, roving characters, and a game or two, all for an afternoon of free relaxing family entertainment.

Global Beats and Eats
Sat 9 Apr, 4-9pm
Liddell Park, Girrawheen
Beats and Eats

Beats and Eats is one of City of Wanneroo's major annual community events. Having rhymed beats with eats, they have no choice but to deliver on both fronts: music and food from around the world would be available in this event. The music component would be banging away on stage with Kim Churchill, Dan Sultan, and more. The food component would be sizzling away at the various food stalls offering cuisine from exotic and far away places including Argentina, Vietnam, South Africa, and more. Lastly, please be aware that this is a free ticketed event, so go to their website and book your ticket quickly if you're interested to go.

Kids Workshop @ Innovation Month 2016
9-21 Apr
Northbridge Piazza, cnr Lake & James Sts
DIY Robot

Innovation Month is coming back for its 5th year and they're getting better all the time. This year, they have a series of free children workshop in the area of STEM. Please note that most workshops have age recommendation. Places are limited, so choose the ones your child like and don't wait to book a place online (link in each workshop below).

Sunflower Sunday
Sun 10Apr, 11am-2pm
Point Walter Recreation Centre, Bicton

Life is not fair and sometimes kids get left out because they're different in terms of their abilities or development. However, the good news is, it's not so in this event, which welcome every children of all abilities to come and join in the free fun. There will be among others flying fox (wheelchair accessible), bouncy castle, and animal farms. Parents would have their entertainment too as they can enjoy the music and their own chill out zone.

Terrace Lights

Terrace Lights-Perth Concert Hall's City Cinema @ Innovation Month 2016
11-15 Apr 8-10pm
Perth Concert Hall

Terrace Lights is a new and unique outdoor cinema venue, at the riverside veranda of Perth Concert Hall. For a week, this beautiful venue will provide us with a different cinematic experience, where we sit in a big hall to watch a movie, much like our parents did in their youth. The schedule for the week are as follow:

Sunday Sounds
Sun 24 Apr 4-7pm
Northbridge Piazza, cnr Lake & James Sts

The last Sunday of the month is Sunday Sounds time. It's a free live music event for the whole family and on Sunday 24th April, Salma Gundi (a trio of violin, accordion and guitar, pictured above) will take you on a musical journey spanning swing, tango, southern rock and Latin-jazz, and The Birds (an all-female group with vocal, double bass, drums, vibraphone and saxophone) will perform an exciting mix of original and contemporary jazz.
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Why? Free family fun on weekends and school holiday
When: In the month of April 2016
Where: Various locations in Greater Perth
Cost: Free.
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