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Free Family Activities in Perth - June 2017

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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 May 25th 2017
Be ready for WA Day long weekend and beyond
As you can imagine, the bulk of free events in June fall on the WA Day long weekend. But you can only fit so much into 3 days, and there are other weekends to plan for too. So read through your options and choose wisely, folks.

Fremantle Heritage Festival
until 5 June
Various locations in Fremantle, see below


We're at the tail end of the Heritage Festival but we have had fun exploring historic locations and their surroundings, did you too? If you still want more, head out to Fremantle, there are still a few events left yet before they hibernate til next year, for example:
  • Heroes, Villains and The 'Celebrity' of Crime: A public talk by Dr. Leigh Straw about Australian criminal 'celebrities' including Ned Kelly, Kate Leigh and Mark 'Chopper' Read; 1 Jun 10:30am & 6pm; Fremantle Hotel, cnr High & Cliff Sts Fremantle; Bookings www.nd.edu.au/heritage2017

  • A Sunday at Guildhall (a jazz and old-school cocktails afternoon); 4 Jun 3pm; Guildhall Event Space, 222 Queen Victoria St, North Fremantle

  • Behind The Scenes: Fremantle Prison Collection: A walk with Assistant Curator into the curatorial workspaces of the Prison's museum collection, discussing how cultural objects are cared for at Perth's only World Heritage site; 1 Jun 3pm; Fremantle Prison, 1 The Terrace, Fremantle; Gold coin donation; Bookings (08) 9336 9200 or functions@fremantleprison.com.au.

  • Butting Heads: History and Archaelogy in WA: A public talk by Dr. Shane Burke about how history and archaeology contribute to our understanding of human occupation in WA; 4 Jun 10:30am; Fremantle Hotel, cnr High & Cliff Sts Fremantle; Bookings www.nd.edu.au/heritage2017


There are actually more similar events during the first week of June, so check out for yourself a www.fremantlestory.com.au/.

Tamala Park Open Day
Sat, 3 Jun, 9am-3pm
1700 Marmion Avenue, Tamala Park

Tamala Park Open Day
Image: Town of Cambridge

Ever wonder what happens to your rubbish once it's collected by your city council? Wonder no more. Bring the kids and spend an educational yet entertaining day at Tamala Park. No, you wouldn't be talking rubbish the whole day. Of course there will be tours of the recycling centre if you're interested, but there will also be other activities like face painting, workshops, food and beverages.

LiveLighter Pinjarra Festival 2017
3 & 4 Jun, 10am-4pm
Edenvale Homestead, Pinjarra


A festival with music and dance performances, market stalls, cooking demonstrations, art and craft, sand sculpting and circus workshops, vintage car display, street food and more.

Chung Wah Dragon Boat Festival
Sun, 4 Jun; 10.30am-2pm
Champion Lakes Regatta Centre, Henley Dr, Champion Lakes

Dragon Boat Festival
Image: Chung Wah Association

This event celebrates the traditional Chinese practice of dragon boat racing in the beautiful and scenic Champion Lakes. Other than watching the Dragon Boat race, you can also join in with the cultural activities as well as enjoy the food stalls.

State of The Art Festival
Mon, 5 Jun; 12-9pm
Elizabeth Quay, Perth

SOTA
Image: celebratewa.com.au

If you still don't have any plan for the long weekend Monday, why not bring the family and head out to Elizabeth Quay for the afternoon and evening. The latest news is that Karnivool and Drapht are to headline 2017 SOTA Festival, so be ready to rock and party.

Expecting Masterclass
Sat, 10 Jun; 8.45am-12.30pm
Subiaco Community Centre, 203 Bagot Road, Subiaco


This is a seminar for couples expecting a new baby. I guess technically it's not a family event, except that you (the couple) and the baby inside the womb are a family, aren't you? And I remember how helpful it was when I went to a similar class prior to giving birth to my first child, so I'd highly recommend this especially to first-time parents-to-be.

Coding 101 - Web Dev Workshop
Sat 17 Jun; 10am-1pm
Spacecubed, 45 St Georges Tce, Perth


This is a hands-on, face-to-face & step-by-step tutorial on coding essentials for beginners (no coding experience necessary), with you working toward building your own page at the end of the day. Topics include: HTML Basics, CSS Basics, Cool Code and Courses, and Career Tips. And if that's not enough to entice you, there will be pizza for lunch. Bring your own laptop and register online.

Winter Arts Season
Various dates and locations in Perth, see below.


Various arty things happening in the city this winter, amongst others the below. Find the complete list at visitperthcity.com.
  • Sky: an interactive artwork in the form of lengths of fabric that react to your movements; Daily 8am-5pm until 15 Jun; Forrest Place.

  • 1, 2, Pirate Stew: An exhibition of original illustrations from Kylie Howarth's picture book 1, 2, Pirate Stew published by Five Mile, 2017; Daily 9am-5pm until 22 Jun; State Library of WA, Perth Cultural Centre.

  • Butcher Shop: Street art works exhibited from the Northbridge Piazza Super Screen and 'in the brick' throughout a Northbridge art walk; Daily in Jun 6-7pm; Northbridge Piazza.


Winter Arts Season is continuing throughout winter, so I will feature more free family events under their umbrella in the coming months.
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When: In the month of June 2017
Where: Various locations in and around Perth.
Cost: Free
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