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 26th 2016
Winter is coming
Image courtesy of TenTonParasol/ Wikimedia Commons
If you're a GoT fan, you'd be familiar with the warning "Winter is coming." Although we try not to be as pessimistic and tragic as the Stark family, we can't deny that winter is coming.
Well, there's no need to mope as we can be sure it will be over in 3 months instead of years as it would probably be for the residents of Westeros. To help pass the first month of winter in a more cheerful manner, here's a list of free weekend activities for the whole family in the month of June:
June kicks off with a long weekend and if you have no holiday planned, why not plan to drive out to Pinjarra. It's not so far away, really, especially if you know you (and the kids) are going to have a whole day the next day to recover. This festival is free to enter and the organiser promises carnival rides, live entertainment, market stalls and interactive kids activities. No need to pack a picnic if you can't be bothered, as there will be choices of food and drinks to purchase.
If you don't like the idea of waking up early weekend mornings to go to an outdoor market, then this is the perfect thing for you. You can sleep in and then take the family here after you finish your satisfyingly late breakfast. Browse the stalls full of beautiful handmade or homemade craft until something catch your fancy. And you know every purchase you make will support a small business and a hard-working family behind that. That's a good feeling.
Monday 6 June is the WA Day public holiday and it's a fitting day to visit one of the more popular Perth tourist attractions. Afterall, it would be embarrasing if tourists from over east or overseas know more about the inside of the Bell Tower than we who live in Perth. Lucky for us, it's a free entry open day on this WA Day, so we can do our "research" without buying a ticket.
After you visit the Bell Tower (see previous event), why not continue your WA Day celebration by walking a few metres to Elizabeth Quay. There will be free activities including art, circus, and sports workshops, lego, science activities, and more. Live music will accompany your day, with local WA bands entertaining us on stage. Let's celebrate WA.
Image courtesy of Town of Cambridge
Charity Drop Off Day
Sat, 11 Jun; 9am-3pm
Carpark of Town of Cambridge' Administration Building; 1 Bold Park Drive, Floreat
You know how many charity bins near shopping centres have been scrapped due to littering problems? Do you find you have now loads of clothes your family can't or don't want to use anymore but don't know what to do with? Well, use this one day to go through every wardrobe in the house, collect the unwanted (but still usable) garments, shoes, and textiles, and bring them all to this Charity Drop Off Day. At the end of it, you'll feel like you've spent a productive day uncluttering your house while being kind to others less fortunate than us.
I'm embarrased to say that when I first heard of this event, I went "Huh? Who's Leigh Hobbs?" But when Mr. Chicken was mentioned, I had an a-ha moment. He apparently, other than being the creator of Mr. Chicken and many other children books, is Australia's Children's Laureate for 2016-17. And this VIP is visiting Perth in June just for a few days. In his busy schedule of meeting with educators and writers, we're lucky to have an hour set aside especially for families (kids 6 years or older). So if you love Old Tom, Mr. Chicken, or Mr. Hobbs himself, don't miss this opportunity. This drawing event is free but booking required here.
Image courtesy of City of Subiaco
Every Sunday from 19 Jun, 2pm.
Subiaco Arts Centre, 180 Hamersley Road, Subiaco
Winter means no more lazy Sunday afternoons listening to a free outdoor concert somewhere, but City of Subiaco is doing us one better by doing an indoor winter free concert. It will be running every Sunday 2pm, starting 19 Jun and ending 21 Aug. Tickets are available from 1.15pm at the venue on the day of the concert and are allocated one per person, so no reserving of seats for your tardy friends. The line-up for this month are:
19 Jun: James Flynn Swings (swing music, Auslan interpreter will be at this concert, James Flynn pictured right)
26 Jun: RASWA Brass (military marches and contemporary brass music)
Any of your family members learning French, or interested to start? This is then the perfect opportunity for you to see what's on offer and get a discount on language lessons. Alliance Francaise (AF for short) is the the largest French language teaching association in the world, with 873 centres in 136 countries. So you can be rest assured that this is not one of those dodgy language schools trying to con you out of your money. And if you have an older kid interested, no worries, bring your little ones along too as there will be children activities (and free croissants) provided to keep them entertained. Now, how do you pronounce croissants again? Kro-sants? Krwa-sanz?