It's one of our favourite annual events. And it's on for the whole month so it's really almost impossible to miss it each year. Surely you can spare one day in September, any day in September to enjoy the beauty of the wildflowers. Or if you do have a specific activity you aim for, go for it, do not hesitate and make the booking if necessary, for example:
Botanic Base (Sats & Suns in Sep, 9am-4:30pm; Aspects Lawn): The lawn outside Aspects of Kings Park gallery shop will transform into a chill-out zone on weekends in September. So you can bring your family, with your picnic lunch maybe, and enjoy the day. There will be some deckchairs, picnic rugs, and giant lawn games available. You will also be serenaded by live music (see Festival Tunes below), what a fantastic way to spend a spring weekend with your family.
Festival Tunes (Sats & Suns in Sep; 10.30am-1.45pm; Aspects Lawn): A free outdoor concerts at Kings Park in conjunction with the above-mentioned Botanic Base. Different artists will be performing each day, among others they are: Nat Ripepi, Jaimy & Manuel, Bernardine, and more
Botanic Garden treasures (Daily in Sep; 10-11.30am; meet at Aspects Lawn; This is one of the free guided walks that are happening daily at Kings Park, guided by volunteer guides. Walking grade is easy to moderate so older children can easily join in, but not suitable for wheelchairs and prams. Please wear closed-in shoes and come dressed for the weather as they walk rain or shine (except extreme weather of course). Bookings are not required for individuals or families. Please contact the Visitor Information Centre if you have a group greater than ten people who wish to attend.
What Flower is That? (Daily in Sep; 9am-5pm; Aspects of Kings Park): On your day of visiting to Kings Park Festival, don't forget to step into Aspects to check out the specimens of WA wildflower they have on display there. After that, you can surely tell the difference between a Banksia and a Boronia.
For a complete list of activities under Kings Park Festival, visit their website.
It's the annual Northam National Championships. You may not be a hot air ballon pilot, but you can certainly bring the family & come as spectators. Competition tasks require pilots to manoeuvre their balloons over a course with targets. Balloons do not land on the targets, crew members aboard the balloons drop markers as close to the targets as they can. The markers are small sandbags with streamers attached. If you see one of these markers, please do not touch or move them as this will affect the competition results. Weather permitting, there will be morning and afternoon flights (approximately 6.30-9am and 3.30-5.30pm); the launch site and exact timing will be decided daily after studying the weather and then announced in their website. If wind-speed is in excess of 10 km/hr on the ground, they unfortunately will cancel the flight for that session for safety reasons. On Sat 2 Sep, they will also hold the Northam Baloon Fiesta at Henry Street Oval in Northam from 4-8pm. There, you can come up close to the hot air balloons and see them glow, and there will be more traditional entertainment as well such as live stage show, carnival rides, etc. If you'd like to experience a hot air balloon flight over the Avon Valley, you can book through Windward Balloon Adventures in Northam www.windwardballooning.com or phone 9621 2000. They're understandably not cheap though ($350 per person on weekends & $300 per person on weekdays).
If your kids want to learn or improve their skills in skateboarding, this is their chance. Skateboarding WA holds free clinics, mostly for beginners but also for those who have some basic skills already. They even provide the skateboards and helmets if you don't bring yours. For September 2017, their clinic schedule is as listed below:
Sat 2nd - 9am MILLS PARK Plaza
Sat 9th - 9am BAYSWATER skatepark
Sun 10th - 10am KWINANA Edge Skatepark
Tue 12th - 3pm WELLARD skate path
Sun 17th - 9am LEEDERVILLE skatepark
Sat 23rd - 11am ROCKINGHAM skatepark
Sun 24th - 11am BUNBURY skatepark
Tue 26th - 9am FREMANTLE EYP skatepark
Wed 27th - 9am SUBIACO skatepark
Thu 28th - 10.30am BALLAJURA skatepark
Fri 29th - 1.30pm ROLEYSTONE skatepark
If you or your family is into architecture especially character homes or oldies, then this is for you. See Subi on Sunday are free guided walks through Subiaco, with a certain theme for each walk. With the theme 'Chimney pots,' you can guess that we'll be gazing a lot into rooftops. For a full program of this walk, you can download this brochure.
Spring Your Own
Cathedral Square, 3 Cathedral Avenue, Perth
Sun 24Sep, 11am-2pm
Cathedral Square is hosting a school holiday activity where you create a recyclable flower or herb planting pot. It's free and there's no need to book, so head out there and make it. They have a few different ones throughout the holiday, so look out for the first week of October ones too.
Image: City of Cambridge
WA Ecology Centre, 165 Perry Lakes Dr., City Beach
Tue 26Sep, 5:30-7:30PM
This is an event as part of Sustainable Spring series of events organised by City of Cambridge. It's not on a weekend, but it's quite late in the afternoon on a school holiday, so depending on your work schedule, you might still be able to make it as a family. The title is quite self-explanatory really, we'll be trying to see frogs and learn about them, especially the local ones living in Bold Park and Perry Lakes. To attend, you need to register here.
Awesome Festival is gracing our spring as usual. The opening weekend is on the last weekend of Sep/ first weekend of Oct. There are two free children's categories which are free of charge and you don't even have to book:
Madame Lark (10.30am & 12.30pm): Madame Lark is one funny lady with a musical-saw, unique vocal interpretations, and accurate birdcalls.
Pop-Up Activities (Whole day): Various hands-on activities that will challenge your creativity and get your kids to ask "Can I do that again?" And not just art, there will be science activities too: astronomy already signed up, more will surely join the line closer to the date.
Other than those, there are quite a few ticketed shows which seem interesting too, so check out their website if you do have a budget for tickets that weekend.