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.
With New York artist/ environmentalist Brandon Ballengée
Brandon Ballengée (Image: joondalup.wa.gov.au)
City of Joondalup Artist in Residence program is hosting New York artist Brandon Ballengée between 18 September and 20 October for a programme of ecological, scientific and creative activities. As part of this program, he will be taking us on a couple of night bug-themed events.
At first I thought I misread when I saw this. Isn't it a scientist's job, not an artist's job to take us on bug-themed events in the park? But there I was wrong. As an environmental activist, Brandon uses both art and science to educate about ecological issues. Based in New York, he travels extensively to work with communities around the world. It is his area of expertise to find different ways to explore nature and provide fun, creative activities for people so that they can learn about the environment.
Neil Hawkins Park (Image: joondalup.wa.gov.au)
The timing of these events are perfect for families as they're during the October school holiday and location is also good as both events will be held at Neil Hawkins Park (200 Boas Avenue, Joondalup). This park is located right next to Lake Joondalup, so I magine there will be bugs-aplenty for anyone who cares to look.
The first of these two night events is happening on the 3rd October from 6-10pm and is simply titled "Night Walk with Brandon Ballengée at Neil Hawkins Park." In this activity, the artist will guide us in some scientist activities, by collecting and examining insect samples from the local natural environment.
The second event is on the 10th October 6-9pm and is more interestingly titled as "Bugfest." It's targeting families with young kids where Brandon will guide us in exploring the parklands at dusk as well as other insect-themed activities including making UV bug-attracting lanterns. Bring a torch and why not pack some picnic dinner while you're at it so that the family won't go hungry while listening to the live music entertainment. Kids under the age of 12 will get a set of free junior entomologist kit.
Both these events are free, however bookings are required. You can do your bookings online (separately for each event) via the City of Joondalup website's event page. If you need more information about any of these, you can call 9400 4924.