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.
Artificial beach and free activities that accompany it
As I write this article, the temperature is starting to climb closer to the 40C mark in the coming weeks' weather forecast. Most people would agree that one of the best ways to enjoy these balmy days are at the beach where the breeze and the water are extra refreshing. Come evening though, most people would not be caught in their bikinis at the beach. Security (or lack thereof) is one reason, but also to put it bluntly, it's dark there with nothing much to do (except illegal stuff, but that's another story).
So this is where the artificial beach at Perth Cultural Centre comes into play. The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA) literally moved the earth (sixty tonnes of the sandy variety) to James Street Amphitheatre in order to re-create a holiday seaside environment. For this purpose, they also provide beach umbrellas, mini huts, deck chairs, paddle pools, and inflatable sea animals; all of which will be in place until 19 January 2014.
This has been turned into ... this. (Photos from PCC website and facebook page)
The first time I heard about this, I felt a little bit dubious. Is it going to be just a glorified sandpit? Because to be honest, other than families with young children, can you foresee anyone else sitting around in this so-called "beach" without the benefit of real ocean waves lapping at your feet or refreshing coastal breeze tickling your hair? Unfortunately neither of these commodities could be transported by truck from the coast.
But I'm quite glad that I've been proven wrong. The MRA has obviously thought this through. Children might rule the "beach" during the day but in the evenings, when all the littlies have gone home for their bath and bed, the general public may come out to play. To facilitate this, the MRA has organised activities for weekend evenings:
Every Friday evening (starting Friday 20 December) there will be "Vision and Sound Fridays" with VJ's at the Beach.
Every Saturday evening from 7.30pm they have something deliciously called "Unconducted Saturdays." There will be live performances to short films.
Every Sunday evening there will be "Summer Movie Sundays" which feature 1960s classics:
15 December - Beach Party (1963)
22 December - Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961)
29 December - South Pacific (1958)
5 January - The Parent Trap (1961)
12 January - Summer Holiday (1963)
19 January - The Endless Summer (1966)
Moreover, while you're there, you could also enjoy other events at Perth Cultural Centre as part of MRA's Summer Season, such as:
13 December 17:00 - 22:00: Illuminites Christmas Festival and Night Markets
So put on your boardies and your loudest hawaiian shirt, or your bikinis and your kaftan, and head for the beach at Perth Cultural Centre this summer holiday. Well, all right, if you're too young for bikinis, just bring your plastic rakes and shovels and go for it.