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 April 29th 2017
Where are you taking the family this weekend?
May is here and just as a reminder, HBF Run for a Reason is coming up on Sunday 28 May. It's not free to enter, so I won't put the details here, just thought I'd mention it as a worthwhile way to spend a Sunday morning.
On the free family activities front, all is well with plenty to do on weekends, with just cost of transport required to bring you there.
6-7 May, 10am-4pm Mandjar Square, Ormsby Tce, Mandurah
It's an art festival, so sharpen your pencils (or your imagination) and head out there ready to participate in the activities. There will be drawing activities, puppet making, installation artworks, and of course a festival won't be complete without market stalls and live entertainment. The full program is here.
Central CoderDojo Sat, 6 May; 10am-12noon North Metropolitan TAFE, 30 Aberdeen St, Room 3-06 (up the stairs, through the glass double-doors), Perth
If any of your children is into programming, then this is for them. A Dojo is a casual coding club for young people aged 7 to 17. It is a great place for young people who are interested in coding, computers, technology and digital creativity to work on their own projects and meet others who have similar interests. There's generally a mentor at hand to answer any questions they might have or give them a pointer in the right direction if they don't know where to start. If your child is 11 years old or younger, a parent/ guardian must stay at the Dojo for the duration of the session. You do not need to stay in the room next to your child, but must stay at the location.
Leederville did it, Beaufort St did it, Subiaco did it, and now Mt. Hawthorn is doing it. It's another of those fun street festivals where you can wander around, look at all the hustles and bustles, sample the wares, and in short bask in the community atmosphere that we love. There will be market stalls, food, music and entertainment. And let's not forget the free popcorn (but you have to earn it, visit the Synergy stall to find out how--it's not hard, I promise, even my 8 yr old daughter could do it).
Sun, 7 May; 10am-4pm
House of Honey, 867 Great Northern Hwy, Herne Hill
Image: House of Honey
Honey is sweet and so versatile, it can go on various dishes. And it's completely natural, made not by human hands but by our little friends, the bees. Honey Festival is conducted to celebrate the Honey Month. There, you can find out how to keep bees, watch a demonstration of beekeeping cranes or beekeepers loading their honey trucks, join in the honey cake competition, listen to live bands and more. For children, there will be face painting, honey bee quiz trail, and Scitech.
Australia may not have a long (written) history compared to some other countries in the world, but what we do have we can appreciate through this festival. There are various mini events and activities, so check out the schedule and go to the ones that tickle your fancy. Just as examples, some of them are:
Fri, 19 May; 1pm
The Nook, State Library of WA, Perth Cultural Centre
Image: State Library of WA
Friday is not officially the weekend yet, but if you happen to start your weekend early, then why not head to Perth Cultural Centre to see Fremantle singer-songwriter Lucy Peach perform.
Get Into Health
Sun, 21 May; 7-11am
Lake Claremont, off Stirling Rd, Claremont
Image: Town of Claremont
If you don't have the family budget to enter HBF Run for a Reason or you need to practice for that run, then register your family to Town of Claremont's free fun run on 21 May. There are three courses with different length and start time, so you can choose one that suit your family best. They are: