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 July 3rd 2015
Entertain the kids during the school holiday and beyond
July is only 3 days old when our school kids burst out of those doors and never to darken them again for the next two weeks. And hopefully, they won't darken our winter days either with their restlessness and dont-know-what-to-do-ness. To fight either of these ailments, please peruse the following list and take them out during the school holidays and beyond.
First question to look out for when school holiday is approaching: What's the City doing this time? And it seems the City of Perth is embracing winter this school holiday and providing kids with an opportunty to slide around on (admittedly fake) snow--Elsa's costume optional. At time of writing, tickets for week 1 is no longer available, however there's still an opportunity to get a ticket for week 2 of holiday. How? Starting Tue 30 Jun, go to this link and register yourselves. If you're one of the lucky people, you'll receive your tickets for one of the sessions. If you read this when the holiday has already started, no luck to you, sorry.
When: Sundays, 2 - 3:30pm. Where: Subiaco Arts Centre. More info here.
As winter has started to get seriously underway, we don't prefer to have so many outdoor concerts anymore. But for you who are used to your fix of Sunday free concerts, no worries, you only need to shift your location to Subiaco Arts Centre. Their offerings for July are:
One thing to note, even though events start at 2pm, doors open 45 minutes early at 1.15pm to allow us to queue for tickets. There are limited seats and it's on a first come first serve basis.
When: 5-12 July. Where: Everywhere in Australia. More info here.
NAIDOC Week coincides with the first week of the school holiday and therefore provide a perfect opportunity to take the kids out and appreciate Aboriginal cultural. The theme for this year's NAIDOC Week is "We all Stand on Sacred Ground: Learn, Respect and Celebrate" and there are various NAIDOC events within this week, for example:
Midland NAIDOC Week Celebration on Tue 7Jul, 10:30am at Midland Oval
City of Stirling's NAIDOC Event on Wed 8Jul, 10.30am-2pm at Mirrabooka East Oval
Town of Bassendean's NAIDOC Family Day on Thu 9Jul, 10.30am-3pm; at Ashfield Reserve
They generally have some children activities, crafts, and cultural performances. So pick one from the above, check with your own city council, or visit them all for an extra dose of entertaining and educating holiday fun.
Forgotten Earth: Reconnecting with Nature Fair
When: Thu, 16 Jul, 10am-5pm. Where: Murdoch University, 90 South St, Murdoch.
More info here.
In the world where climate change is a real threat, sustainability is a key word we want all our family members to understand and embrace. Afterall, we don't want our kids or grandkids to live in a world that's worse because of us. This community event aim to to promote sustainability through increased public awareness, but it doesn't have to be all glum and boring. Yes, there will be not-for-profit groups explaining their causes, but there will also be kids activities, food, workshops--all of which hopefully will bring about the message in a fun and educative manner.
Moorditj Yarning Art Exhibition
When: 24-27 Jul, 10am-4pm. Where: Perth Town Hall, cnr Hay & Barrack Sts, Perth.
More info here.
Timing is against this art exhibition. It's scheduled in the middle of winter, thus lots of people would deem it's too cold to go out. It's scheduled when the kids just go back to school, thus the City won't be teeming with families like it would have been during the holidays. However, judging from the few samples of art that we're allowed to pre-glimpse (click this link to see one), it would seem that we're lucky enough to be allowed to enjoy and admire such talents from our community. Thus, the timing doesn't matter. At any time, we could be inspired and awed by such display of artistic talents and skills.