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 December 1st 2016
Where to go on weekends and during holiday
December is here and as usual, there are so many fun free events to bring the whole family to. But we have to start somewhere... so here goes, a starter list to organise weekends, including both before and after the school finishes for the year.
This unique event has been going on since early November, but if you haven't heard, CowParade Perth 2016 features 40 life-sized fiberglass cows, which were painted by various artists and fashion designers. They are exhibited in malls, parks, and iconic buildings/ precincts in the City of Perth. If you haven't got a chance to take the kids to hunt for them all, now is a good time that the initial hysteria surrounding the cows have died down and school starts to slow down. No homework to occupy the kids? No worries, just get down to the city, pick up a map at the City of Perth iVisitor Centre at Forrest Place (Murray St Mal), and you're good to go.
To be honest, I don't like driving through Leederville when it's busy as there are just so much foot traffic. But that's exactly why it's going to be fun walking around Leederville at this festive season, and if there are entertainment to be had, it's even better. We were told there will be live music, pop-up stages, roving performers, art installations, food stalls, rides and other family activities. Dressing up is encouraged, as well as carrying of lit up items such as glow sticks or balloons. Sounds fun.
For those who think free family events are only for family with young children, this is an event to prove you wrong. People of any ages can truly enjoy a warm (crossing our fingers) summer night under the stars with a symphony or two as entertainment. Bring your picnic, a couple of pillows, and you're set for the night. Traditionally in past years, it will conclude with the 1812 Overture accompanied by a pyrotechnics display. Divine.
Many of us would love to pass the old & new with a firework display and if you're one of them, head to Mandurah Foreshore for their annual New Years Eve Celebration. There will be not one, but two firework shows: at 9pm and midnight. While waiting, other entertainment will be at hand, including Photobooth, Gaming zone, dance party, and more. Free Flicks for Kids
Northbridge Piazza, cnr James & Lake Sts, Northbridge
Every year, rain or shine, we have Free Flick for Kids film season during the warmer months. With Christmas looming, some of the flicks have undoubtedly Christmasy flavours this month: