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 September 24th 2017
School holiday, weekends, and beyond
October starts in the middle of school holiday, so we have to hit the ground running, ready with entertaining events and activities to fight holiday boredom. Luckily, we're ably assisted by various city councils and other organisations in and around Perth. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead, choose your favourite events and where necessary don't forget to book yourselves or your children in.
Parkour workshops for children with minimum age of 6 years old. There are four one-hour workshops each day between 10am and 2pm, so plenty of options to choose from as long as they're not sold out. So quickly secure your place here if any of your kids are interested in this. PS: If you don't know what parkour is, ask your kids, chances are, they know.
1st Oct is the opening weekend at UWA Grounds. See the end of last month's article for details of the Opening Weekend. Thereafter, the festival moves to Perth Cultural Centre. There are ticketed and free events, the free ones including the below. No bookings required unless specifically mentioned.
Fragile Ocean Homes (Everyday until Sat 7 October 10.30am-3pm at Perth Cultural Centre): Textile artist Lex Randolph and the WA Museum invites people of all ages to help create an installation showcasing the corals and sponges which exist around the WA coastline using wool, fabric and other natural found objects.
Mini Rev (Sun 1 Oct 11.30am & 1pm, Mon 2 Oct 1 & 3pm, Tue 3 Oct to Mon 9 October 11.30am & 1pm at State Library of WA): A 50-minutes animation film session for kids, part of Revelation Film Festival. Bookings essential online or call 9328 9666 during business hours.
Who Are You? With Geoff Hutchison and Dame Lynley Dodd (Mon 2Oct, 11.45am at State Library Theatre): ABC Radio Perth presenter, Geoff Hutchison talks to Dame Lynley Dodd (the author of Hairy Maclary), about her life and career. Bookings essential online or phone 9328 9666 during business hours. This would be followed by the Book Launch for her new book in the Hairy Maclary and Friends series titled "Scarface Claw, Hold Tight!" at 12.15pm
Lolka (Mon 2 Oct, Wed 4 Oct, Fri 6 Oct, Sun 8 Oct, 10.30am, 12.30, & 1.30pm at Perth Cultural Centre): Lolka is a 2.5 metre high wind-up doll invented by the mean Madame Zhou. She is asking the audience to help her escape from her captor, will you?
Jazz for Juniors (Tue 3Oct 11.45am at Wetlands Stage, Perth Cultural Centre): A program of jazz music designed for children aged 4-6 and performed by a small WAYJO ensemble, integrating music with stories and interaction.
There are more free and ticketed events, so check out the complete Festival Program at their website.
Storyteller Jennifer Hill will tell a selection of 3 or 4 short stories relating to the Old Court House, followed by a craft activity for approximately 20 minutes, suitable for children aged 5-11 years old. Booking essential online. On the day, children and their carers are required to register at reception on arrival.
Perth Heritage Days are a weekend designed to connect us to our city's history through exhibitions, walks, talks and performances. One example would be a tour of Perth Modern School (whose ground include heritage-listed Beasley Building built in 1911) on Saturday 14 October at 1pm, 1.15, 1.30, 1.45 and 2pm, guided by the school's Year 9 students. Bookings required via heritageperth.com.au from 30Sep. There will, of course, be more, but details of most of them are not out yet at the time of writing of this article, so do check out their website in the beginning of October.
The City of Subiaco hosts Perth's only French Festival which would like to introduce us to the French culture. There will be all things French including stalls setup as a village, classic, vintage and sports French cars on display, arts area, a fashion show, roving entertainment, children area with rides, craft activities, face painting, petanque (a French ball game) & fencing, food and drinks to purchase and live performances.
The kind of community affair we love on a warm spring day: kids' activities to occupy the young ones, stalls to browse, art exhibition, live entertainment on stage, food and drink to purchase, and more. One of their posters sums it up nicely, "From Christmas cakes to camels--we've got it all at the Wembley Downs District Fair."