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 November 1st 2017
Enjoy spring to the fullest
Spring is finally here and with so many events on - it is truly hard to choose which ones to go to. But I set myself a goal of picking five family-friendly ones that are free of charge and hopefully cater to various tastes and interests. Enjoy.
Various locations in the City of Belmont, see below for details
Let's Celebrate Belmont is an annual festival that promises to be fun for the whole family and it always goes out with a bang. So don't miss out, especially on the festival finale. Some of the events within this festival:
Big Light Out (Fri, 3 Nov; 6.30-9.30pm; Faulkner Civic Precinct): The festival launch is a laser, light and sound show supported by other activities and attractions such as glow murals, inflatable games, glow crafts, silent disco, glow golf, entertainment on stage, neon body painting, and food trucks.
Jazz in the Park (Sun, 5 Nov; 4-6.30pm; Tomato Lake): The stage will be occupied by Cathrine Summers and Adam Hall & The Soul Playboys, while off the stage, there will be inflatable games and food trucks as well.
Movies in the Park (Fri, 10 Nov; 6.30-9.30pm; Garvey Park, Ascot): Movie on show is Beauty and the Beast with Emma Watson as Beauty.
Festival Finale (Sat, 25 Nov; 4-9pm; Faulkner Park): live music and performances on stage, free carnival rides and food trucks with international taste. And if previous years are any indication, they will end with a double fireworks display (in the sky and on the grounds).
Sat, 4 Nov; 10am-3pm Hamersley Habitat Community Garden; entry off Dalwood or Manton Court, Hamersley
Mark the 4th November on your calendar for the Spring Family Open Day at Hamersley Habitat Community Garden. Community Gardens are such great places to meet new people, make new friends, and have fun. Showing your support by attending this family day will certainly be no hardship at all judging from all the fun things they promise to provide!
WAMFEST is a festival of original local WA music, showcasing hundreds of local bands spread over 5 days and various venues including regional ones. Admittedly, not all sessions are family friendly, some are suited to 18 years and above only. But there are at least several where people of all ages could attend:
Forrest Place (City of Perth); Sat, 4 Nov; 12noon-5.40pm: Boykie, Edie Green, Joel Barker & The Low Company, Young Robin, Marksman Lloyd, and Elli Schoen
The Wetlands (James St, Perth Cultural Centre); Sat, 4 Nov; 12noon-5.40pm: Karin Page, Minky G and Rosco, Japanese Tongue Sisters, Ribs, Kings & Queens, and Tanaya Harper.
Mary Street Piazza (cnr Beaufort & Mary Sts, Highgate); Sun, 5 Nov; 9am-12noon: Bernadine, Noah Dillon, & Grace Sanders
Paint Subi is a week-long public art project whereby local and international artists paint four walls in the City of Subiaco between 6 and 12 November. Perth artist, Hayley Welsh, is one of the artists who will transform the laneway at 144 Rokeby Road into a gaggle of beautiful monsters. Children are welcome to join but don't forget to don your painting clothes as you certainly don't want to splatter your favourite shirt with paint. Registration requested online.
Most kids nowadays would only know Heath Ledger as The Joker, never experiencing Jack Nicholson as the same character donkey years ago. Yes, Heath was the Joker, however, he was also much more than that. Bring the family to this exhibition to appreciate this local WA boy turned big. On display are the awards he received, such as the Oscar and BAFTA award, plus stories of his acting career, portraits by various photographers, and of course his Joker suit from the Batman movie The Dark Knight.