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.
The festival we all love, dedicated to the kids
Kings Park Festival is here, hooray. No matter how many times we visit Kings Park in Septembers of every year, the novelty never wears off. The flowers are just so stunning and unique to our state that it's impossible to feel anything but awe and marvel at the bounty of nature.
Kangaroo Paws at Kings Park
At the time of writing (end of Aug), having visited Kings Park twice in the past week, I can vouch for the preparations made by all parties: the characters of Adorable Florables doing dress rehearsals in their costumes, the gardeners preparing the wildflower beds, and the flowers themselves, starting to send out their buds, ready to open at anytime now.
It's impossible to list all the events within Kings Park Festival in this article, so I'll do the next best thing: Point readers to the Calendar of Event prepared by the organiser. With such a long list of events, it's hard to keep track of everything, so this article is dedicated to families with kids out there, as you can find here the highlights of the events for the young ones.
Some characters from Adorable Florables in action
First to be mentioned, it's no contest, would be the Adorable Florables. This set of characters from Kings Park Festivals past are back to entertain and charm us again. We have Mr. Bee, Ms. Orchid, and their friends ready to dazzle us with their elaborate costumes. Meet them as they stroll around the Botanic Garden on Sundays, 7, 14, 21, and 28 September, from 11am to 3pm, or at the Fantastic Faraway Festival on Saturday 20 September at the Lotterywest Family Area.
Which nicely brings us to the next item on the agenda: the Fantastic Faraway Festival. Lotterywest Family Area in itself is already a fun place for kids, and adding the festival to the area will make this one of the best kids' days in Perth annual calendar. There will be animal rides, games, food stalls, wild fairyland, environmental and wildlife exhibitions, face painters, theatre performances, magicians, and of course the Adorable Florables. If you ever try to find parking there on a sunny weekend you'll know it's almost impossible, so for this special event there will be free parking available at Dumas House on Havelock Street, West Perth. A free shuttle bus service will operate to and from Havelock Street between 10.30 am and 2.30 pm.
Faraway Festival 2013
To encourage us to spend lazy Sundays in Kings Park this September, other than the Adorable Florables, the organiser will also unleash some talented musicians for us to watch at the Pioneer Women's Memorial. If you're not sure where that is, head for the pond which has a bronze statue of a woman standing in the middle it and the Kings Park fountain sprouting high every so often. Titled Santos Live Sundays, every Sunday will bring us a different artist:
Last but not least, don't forget your homework: Make your own Fizzy Flower at home to be displayed at Kings Park for everyone to enjoy. Instructions are available on the webpage, and materials are easy to find around the house or school. So you can make extra ones and decorate your own garden too.