Looking after just myself can get expensive. With a partner involved, I think the amount you spend goes up even more because you are always paying to go out for dinner, movies, or taking part in weekend activities together.
So I can just imagine how expensive it gets to take the kids out as well as yourselves. That's why I'm almost certain, that when the word 'free' is involved, Mum's and Dad's all over Perth scream 'Yes, Please'.
So, this article will be dedicated to you. I have managed to find a stack of Free activities that the whole family can enjoy in various places around Perth. And they're not just free markets and fairs, where you end up taking the kid's and spending a whole lot more money than you had planned on rides and chips.
And, they're unique, fun activities that you can go along to, enjoy, and come home smiling. Because you still have money in those pockets, and your kid's are so worn out, they'll go straight to bed, allowing you to enjoy your evening kiddie free.
The bridge is 620 metres through Kings Park, and takes around 40 minutes to complete with lookout points along the way.
As you make your way over, you'll be able to take in beautiful wildflower gardens before entering the cathedral of the Marri woodland forest.
You'll also get a bit of an insight in to the flora, fauna and Aboriginal culture with interpretive signage all along the way.
Entry is free for the Walkway, however there is a donation box located at the entry of the Walkway in which you can donate
to the Friends of Kings Park.
The elevated section of the Walkway is open between 9am and 5pm daily. Gates are locked each night for safety and security reasons.
The journey begins adjacent to the Lord Forest statue at the roundabout at the intersection of May and Lovekin Drives in Kings Park and Botanic Garden.
Taking the whole family out for a meal pretty much means selling the house, right? Not always.
Many places in Perth offer kids prices on buffets and the like. But the Pan Pacific goes one better.
Every Sunday, Montereys Restaurant has a traditional Sunday roast. So all the family can enjoy tender roast beef, succulent roast
chicken and delicious Yorkshire pudding for only $40 per person, and kids eat free.
Valid until November 30 2011, a max of two children can enjoy the buffet for free with every one full paying adult buffet lunch.
Montereys Restaurant is located on the ground floor of the Pan Pacific Hotel.
207 Adelaide Terrace, Perth.
The whole family will enjoy this free evening out, as you'll be taken on a tour around Garvey Park where you may spot frogs, spiders, maybe even a possum or fox.
Presented by the City of Belmont, this evening is the nationwide spotlight survey of marsupials and feral animals.
So if your child has an interest in animals, they could really learn a thing or to, and get excited about it.
All children attending must be supervised by a parent or guardian, and you'll need to remember to bring warm clothes, enclosed shoes and a torch.
You can register now by calling 9477 7257, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The evening will begin at 6pm, and the nightstalk will take around an hour and a half.
The great thing about these events is that the kids will experience, have fun, and learn all at the very same time.
Parents will come home with change in their pockets, and hopefully the kids will be worn out and ready for a good night sleep by the time it's all over.
Please feel free to comment below if you have any other great suggestions for free family activities around Perth.
That is unless you are out on that new Jet Ski you can now afford.