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Fun Things To Do With Your Kids in May: The Secret List

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by Shannon Meyerkort (subscribe)
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Published April 30th 2013
Have You Thought About These Cool Things?
Welcome to this month's edition of the Secret List, a selection of great things to do in Perth with your kids each month.

kids in the kitchen
Get the kids in the kitchen

Kids in the Kitchen
In the olden days kids were up before dawn milking the cows and preparing breakfast. If you don't have a cow but still want breakfast, consider sending your kids (8-16 years) to Taste Budds in Highgate for a kids cooking class: The Bakers Dozen.

Kids will learn how to make their own bread plus techniques such as rolling and plaiting. Just in time for Mothers' Day.

When: Friday 3rd May, 10.30am-12noon
Where: 305 Lord St, Highgate
Cost: $50
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No, not the cat but a 'breathtaking combination' of puppetry and circus-skills with some animation, paper-play and acrobatics thrown in for good measure. This show is perfect for kids aged four to twelve, but this brilliant production from the team at Spare Parts Puppet Theatre will entertain young and old.

When: Finishes Saturday May 4th shows at 10am, 1pm
Where: Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, Fremantle
Cost: Tickets $21.50 per person, discounts with groups over 4
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kids craft made of junk
Recycling bits and pieces can make interesting craft

One Man's Junk is a Kid's Treasure
REmida in West Perth is a fascinating place devoted to revaluing and reusing waste materials. In otherwords, making cool stuff out of rubbish. At Metamorph-This, the REmida group will bring their captivating concept to the city centre, with a day of 'transformative fun and spontaneous sculpture'. Help your kids make something creative out of the scraps of local industry.

When: Saturday 4th May, 10am-4pm
Where: Forrest Place, Perth
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The City is Your Oyster
Struggling to amuse the kids over the last few days of the school holidays? Try the City Playground Pass for free activities across Perth city including playdough sculpting at Raine Square. Catch the train into town and make a day of it. Don't forget all the free activities at the Museum and Art Gallery. Download the pass here and for more information.

When: Finishes Friday 5th May at the end of school holidays
Where: Perth CBD
Cost: Free
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kids photography
There will be a photography competition at the festival

The Month of Festivals
May must be the biggest month of the year for festivals in Perth. Located in a variety of locations across the state, some are good for local drop-ins, others are more of a day-trip. All have a wealth of displays and activities including family-friendly options for the little people in your life.

Bickley Harvey Festival: is on Saturday and Sunday 4th and 5th May, surprisingly enough in Bickely. Kids will particularly like the create-your-own-scarecrow competition. Click for more info.

Honey Festival: Sunday 5th May, based in Herne Hill there will be a range of child friendly activities including face painting, craft and colouring-in as well as a visit from the Scitech crew. Click for more info.

WA Heritage Festival: finishes Saturday 18th May. There will be a wealth of activities across the state, including family-friendly open days such as Kanyana Open Day and the Cockman House Open Day. Click here for more info.

Wundowie Iron Festival: on Sunday 19th May, this festival is a daytrip (65km east of Perth), but kid's activities include face painting, show bags, monster balls, and junior art competitions (playdough, painting, Lego sculpture etc). Click for more info.

Minnawarra Festival: also on Sunday 19th May, this is an entire day celebrating the diversity of the City of Armadale including the intriguing sounding 'Children's World'. I wonder if it's like Willy Wonka's chocolate factory? Click for more info.

Row Row Row Your Boat
Fancy a day at Rottnest? Well, you won't have to row the boat, but if you are a member of Playgroup WA you are eligible for discounted ferry tickets [$36 for adults (this is less than half price) and free tickets for kids under 12 (normally $23)] for the Playgroup Rottnest Wadjemup Nature Play Day.

Playgroup is for kids aged 0 to 5 years and they will organise a special nature play when you get to our little island. All other Rottnest activities are available as usual.

When: Tuesday 7th May from 11am-1.30pm
Where: ferry departs Fremantle
Cost: Free for kids/$36 for Playgroup members
You must be a Playgroup WA member and call them on 1800 171 882 to get the promotion code for the special prices.
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Meyerkort family
Celebrate your family

International Day of Families
Family is central to everything we do, although we don't tend to recognise this. Every year the United Nations celebrates the International Day of Families. The theme in 2013 is intergenerational solidarity (in otherwords getting the grandparents involved).

In Australia we also have Families Week which is dedicated to achieving a balance between aspects of our lives so that everyone has a happy and healthy life. Good luck with that. Celebrate your family.

When: Wednesday 15th May
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mother and child kiss
Happy mothers' day

I Wuv You Mummy
Depending on how old your kids are and how useless your husband is (sorry guys) you might want to start dropping some hints that Mothers' Day is coming up.

Be prepared for some handmade cards covered in glitter and a mound of clay that is your new recipe book stand. Leave the link open to this website on Mothers' Day craft and remember to act surprised on the day.

When: Sunday 12th May

Northbridge Piazza Free Flicks for Kids
The City of Perth has been putting on free movies all summer long, and as the sun is setting sooner and the nights are getting cooler, the 2012/2013 season is due to finish soon. Bring the kids, a beanbag, blanket and picnic and watch a free movie each week. Starting times vary but are generally 5.30/6.30pm.

When: Season finishes Saturday 18th May
Where: Corner of James and Lake Street, Northbridge
Cost: Free
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toy dog
Get your best friend ready for the Million Paws Walk

Who Let The Dogs Out?
Have dog. Will walk. Every year over 12,000 West Australians join the Million Paws Walk, Perth's biggest 'dog walking event'. All money raised goes to RSPCA, so your $60 family registration (2 adults and 2 kids) goes to a great cause.

As well as some exercise for your whole family, there will be entertainment and stalls. Bring the dog but the leave your miniature pig and cat at home.

When: Sunday 19th May
Where: locations across WA; the Perth walk is at Sir James Mitchell park in South Perth
Cost: registration fees are payable
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Snakes are Not Slimy
If you have a lizard lover in your house then this will be right down their burrow. The first major reptile exhibition in Perth, presented by the West Australian Herpetological Society (google it!) there will be a photo competition (amateurs) and an animal competition (only for licenced owners) plus exhibitions of all manner of scaly - and let's be frank – creepy animals.

When: Sunday 19th May, 9am–5pm
Where: Cannington Exhibition Centre, Cnr Albany Hwy and Station St.
Cost: $5 Adults - $3 Children (12 & under)
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child car restraints
Are your seats fitted correctly?

Are You 100% Certain?
Who put the car seats in your car? How long ago? What about the time you took them out to fit that set of drawers from Ikea in? If you are not 100% certain that your seats are properly installed then get along to a free Kidsafe Child Restraint Checking Day at Karrinyup Shopping Centre.

When: Monday 20th May, 9.30am-1.30pm
Where: undercover car-park next to KFC, 200 Karrinyup Rd
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Jan Rowe quilt detail
Quilt detail from the feature artist Jan Rowe

Perth Quilt and Craft Fair
Perhaps not the first thing you think of when you are looking for activities to do with your kids, the Perth Craft and Quilt Fair is a fantastic day out for those who are handy with a needle and thread (or glue gun or fimo) or those who just wish they were.

While you peruse the myriad craft stalls with more ideas than you can poke a glue stick at, the kids can get crafty in Kids Korner kids and design their own quilt using traditional block shapes (made out of paper).

When: Monday 22nd to Sunday 26th May, 9am-4.30pm
Where: Perth Convention Centre
Cost: Adults $16, kids under 5 Free, kids 5-16 $9
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1980s school kids
Get your kids safely to school

These Boots Were Made for Walkin'
National Walk to School Safely Day is an Australian initiative to encourage all primary school aged children to walk to school and promote road safety.

Some schools will go all out and promote the day with a healthy breakfast and publicity in the their local papers, but even if yours doesn't then just consider it is estimated that cars make up to 20% of our total greenhouse emissions, and air pollution kills up to four thousand Australians every year. It's enough to make you ditch the car, even for a day.

When: Friday 24th May
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Thomas the Tank Engine
This isn't Ashley, close enough

Kiss Kiss Toot Toot
All aboard for another big day of trains with the Whiteman Park Friends of Ashley Day. Is Ashley Thomas' lesser-known cousin? Anyway, the cost of entry includes an all-day pass to ride on the steam engines as they tootle around the 6km of bush tracks as well as entry to the Transport Museum, a petting zoo and other activities.

When: Sunday 26th May 9am-4pm
Where: Whiteman Park, Village Junction Station
Cost: All tickets (2years ) $15
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Excellent work. I wish you wrote about Sydney
by Linda Moon (score: 3|2675) 2418 days ago
According to my husband I forgot International Star Wars Day: May 4 (as in 'May the Fourth Be With You'). Celebrate by introducing your (not too) young ones to this iconic trilogy.
by Shannon Meyerkort (score: 3|1810) 2417 days ago
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