The Model Railways Exhibition is a June long weekend tradition, and with displays of Thomas the Tank Engine, RC trucks and Lego it is fun for kids of all ages. Speak to experts, learn from hobbyists, Purchase from the retailers and be inspired to build your own. Toot toot.
When: (Saturday and Sunday May 30th and 31st) and Monday 1st June, 9.30am-4.30pm
Celebrate Being a Sandgroper As part of the long weekend celebration, WA Day (otherwise known as Monday) has a huge line up of free events across the city and the entire state. Family friendly events in Perth will include interactive art, pedal car racing, circus skills, a paper plane throwing contest, and live performances. It will be so much fun, all the Eastern States kids will be jealous.
Canning Family Fun Day Bring the whole family along to the free West Australia Day activities at the Kent Street Weir including children's activities, food stalls, train rides, historical exhibits and plenty of entertainment.
Free Storytelling and Craft for Kids
Is this the holy trinity for parents? Storytelling, movement and craft? How about I add the word 'free' in front. Every Wednesday during school term, the Barking Gecko Theatre Company presents two free half hour sessions for little kids (2- 5 years), based around a different popular book each week. Parents need to hang around, and they recommend bringing a cushion for the kids, but I can't think of an easier way to entertain kids.
When: every Wednesday in June, 9.30am-10am and 10.15am-10.45am
Where: Fresh Food Court, Karrinyup Shops
Cost: free, must register prior Click for more info.
Scitech's newest exhibition Going Somewhere has now opened and if you have a small child who loves noting more than plane, trains and automobiles then this one is for you. Kids have the change to fly hovercraft, control the city traffic, fly a spaceship and design your own car. If it flies or has wheels, then kids can learn about the science that makes it work. As a quirk for tired parents, throughout the space are a number of seats and benches based on the various seating in cars, buses, airplanes and more.
When: all of June
Where: Scitech, West Perth
Cost: normal admission prices apply Click for more info.
If you need a compelling reason to tell the kids to eat their greens: tell them it's an International expectation...
International Eat Your Vegetables Day
No really, there is a day for this. There is even a twitter hash tag for it #eatyourvegetablesday. Thinking about it, this probably doesn't belong on this list. Next.
When: Wednesday 17th June
Bake a match of Minions to celebrate the release of the movie
The Month of MINIONS and Mind Games
June is the traditionally the biggest month for Disney releases, because it coincides with the start of the summer school holidays for our friends north of the equator. Disney's big release this month is Inside Out, which will be competing with Universal's Minions.
If you have enjoyed Despicable Me 1 and 2, then grab your bananas and shimmy this way because this is one kids movies that parents will actually want to see.
Everybody Loves the Caterpillar
If you grabbed 100 little kids and asked them what their top five books were, chances are The Very Hungry Caterpillar would be one of them. After you were done explaining to 100 angry parents why you had grabbed their kids, you could tell them that June 25th is author (and illustrator's) Eric Carle's birthday. While TVHC might be his most famous book, he also wrote (and illustrated in his very distinctive style) over 40 books. You have one on the shelf, grab it and read it to the kids this month.
Arghhhh The Gruffalo's Child is Coming!
Book your tickets now for the delightful sequel to The Gruffalo. If you have never read The Gruffalo or The Gruffalo's Child, then you really need to turn off your computer and get down to your local library or bookshop immediately because they are some of the best children's story ever written.
Then take your kids along to see the adapted stage show which is in town for a few days only. Each show runs for just under an hour and is suitable for children aged four and up. Tickets are selling fast so get online and bags your spot.
When: Tuesday 30th June to Sunday 5th July various times
Where: State Theatre Centre, Perth
Cost: tickets $27pp Click for more info.
Tickets are available for Kids Wonderland and will sell out soon