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Free Family Activities in Perth - July 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 June 28th 2016
Weekends and school holiday, all covered
I used to book my kids into various activities come school holidays, be it sports, art, or others. My reasoning was two-fold. First, I needed time to do my things, such as cooking, reading the newspapers, having a little cat-nap, etc; preferably without having to babysit at the same time. Secondly, I'm worried that the kids will just get stuck on their electronic devices if they're not scheduled to do something every day.

Both of which reasons are still true this coming holiday, but I'm going to try a different strategy, one which is more cost-effective while at the same time elevate my role to more than just driver and cook for the kids. So instead of paying someone else to do the school holiday activities, I'll do the activities with them, preferably with activities of my choosing. Maybe my 12 year old could do the cooking while I supervise. My youngest could play a game of separating the whites from the laundry basket. Or we'll have a music "concert" where the kids can make noise while I listen (and rest my eyes). And so on. And that's where the below list come in handy for something else to do with the kids. Afterall, it's not healthy to expose my ears to loud "concert" for a long period of time.

Snow Slide
2-17 Jul
Forrest Place, Perth

Snow Slide
Snow Slide 2015 - On the left are big 12m slides for big kids (110cm and over), on the right 4m slides for little kids

Snow Slide has visited City of Perth's school holiday before and it was a lot of fun--at least for the kids. It may not be fun for the waiting adult, but there are worse things we'd do for our kids than standing around for half an hour. The trick is to know when to go online to secure your tickets: Monday 27 Jun 10am for the 1st week of holiday (2-9 Jul) and 4 Jul 10am for the 2nd week of holiday (10-17 Jul). There are 12 sessions of 25 minutes per day, so they could accommodate a lot of kids in 2 weeks. But City of Perth's free kids events are always highly in demand and I'll be competing with you come Monday. So good luck to you all and may the fastest fingers win.

The Automobile Lab - Kids Art Workshop
11-15 Jul, 9am-4pm
Karrinyup Shopping Centre Foodcourt

The idea is brilliantly simple but attractive for kids: Kids draw an automobile, it's scanned, and then included in a virtual race against other kids. Every session is about 40 minutes long and you need to book online to secure your place. Some sessions are already booked out at the time of writing, so make your move quickly if you're interested.

Mini Rev
11-15 Jul
State Library of WA

Jim Henson's Tales from Muppetland
Jim Henson's Tales from Muppetland (Image: State Library of WA)

This school holiday, the State Library of WA is the place to be with free film screenings and interactive installation:
  • Film Screening--Jim Henson's Tales From Muppetland: 11-15 Jul, 10-11.15am at SLWA Theatre. Booking required online.

  • Film Screening--Muppets Musical Moments: 11-15 Jul, 2-3.20pm at SLWA Theatre. Booking required online

  • Interactive installation--Somewhere Our City: 11-15 Jul, 11am-12pm and 1-2pm in the Library under croft. No bookings required.

Library School Holiday Activities
Various location and timing

Most libraries hold school holiday activities

I think many of us have forgotten the art of going to the library. It's a wonderful resource to have in our neighbourhood, and priceless during the school holiday. Most city councils hold school holiday events in the library, so check out your own city council for details. As an example, north of the river the City of Stirling have Sphero workshop, OZ Wildlife events, and more; whereas south of the river, the City of Gosnells have among others Wii dance party and origami events.

Alix Jordan will perform hits from Burt Bacharach and Olivia Newton-John on 10 Jul (Image: City of Subiaco)

Every Sunday, 2pm
Subiaco Arts Centre, 180 Hamersley Road, Subiaco

Continuing from last month, Sunday@Subi is City of Subiaco's free winter concert series that run every Sunday in winter at the Subiaco Arts Centre. Tickets can only be obtained on the day by queueing up from 1.15pm (1 ticket per person). For July, the schedule is as follow:

Disrupted--Festival of Ideas
30-31 Jul 2016
State Library of WA


Disrupted--Festival of Ideas is not a festival strictly for children. There other free events as part of the festival including a Keynote talk with Gold Logie winner Waleed Aly, but these workshops below are the ones designed specially for children:
  • What does the World Need to Hear?: Sat 30Jul, 11am & 1pm; Sun 31 Jul, 10:30am & 1pm at The Story Place: Children are asked to ponder this question by creating secret postcards to be left within the library and then share their thoughts out loud in public with megaphones. Suitable for children 5-12. Booking required online.

  • Future Foods Breakfast: Sun 31 Jul, 9-10:30am at The Story Place: Led by artist, cook and beekeeper, Mike Bianco, this event is part breakfast, part public talk, and part drawing exercise. Discover the food activist within you by sampling WA's food and imagining a better food future for WA. Best suited for aspiring food activists aged 7–12 years and their guardians. Booking required online.

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When: In the month of July 2016.
Where: Various locations in Greater Perth
Cost: Free.
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