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The Big List of Perth Activities for Kids in June

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by Shannon Meyerkort (subscribe)
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Published May 18th 2014
All The Help You Need to Keep the Kids Amused This Month
Welcome to the Secret List: a list of fun and unusual things to do with your kids each month. Free stuff. Paid stuff. Stuff to do at home. Stuff you never even thought of.

Why is it a secret? Because if you kids find out about all the things on this list: they will beg you to do everything on it.

Lego exhibition
A weekend of Lego, trucks and trains

Tootle on Down
The Model Railways Exhibition is as much a part of the June long weekend as anything, 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 and be inspired to build your own. Toot toot.

When: Saturday and Sunday 1st and 2nd June, 9.30am-4.30pm
Where: Claremont Showground - Robinson Pavilion & Silver Jubilee Pavilion
Cost: Cost: Kids $5, Adults $10, Family $25
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WA Day
Take joy in what is special about WA

Come out and Play
As part of the long weekend celebration, WA Day (otherwise known as Monday) has a huge line up of free events across the city. The Royal Flying Doctor Service will be at PICA, dinosaurs at the Museum, food trucks in central Square, free movies at the Piazza and art and crafts at the State Theatre Centre. So much fun, all the eastern states kids will be jealous.

When: Monday 2nd June, 10am-4pm
Where: various locations in Perth
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Canning Family Fun Day
Today's free event will drip with all things West Aussie and you can get crafty with environmental arts and crafts, explore the miniature ship society, learn how to make damper, join the cadets, have a picnic, watch the sheep dogs and listen to The Mucky Duck Bush Band.

When: Monday 2nd June, 11am-3pm
Where: Kent Street Wier, Wilson
Cost: Free
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Learn about the science of showrides and games

The Science of Carnivals
Scitech's newest exhibition the Science of Carnivals opens in late May and will run through all of June. Discover why no one ever wins the big toys in side show alley. Figure out the physics behind your favourite rides and learn about more of the crazy and weird world of the show.

When: all of June
Where: Scitech, West Perth
Cost: normal admission prices apply
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Yo! It's Gabba Gabba
As a parent not under the influence of drugs, I have always struggled with Yo Gabba Gabba, but little kids seem to enjoy it. With its bright and colourful monsters, trippy music and skin-tight suited DJ Lance Rock, this stage show is in Perth for two days (four shows) only. Tickets on sale now.

When: Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th June, shows at 10am, 1pm, 4pm
Where: Perth Convention Centre
Cost: tickets range from $30 to $160
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Are your kids afraid of creepy crawlies?

Animal Discovery
If you have a budding David Attenborough in the family, then consider taking them along to the free Animal Ark session in Gosnells where children (aged 5 and above) will get to interact with lizards, snakes, frogs and other creepy crawlies. Check their pockets before you leave!

When: Saturday 7th June, 10am-11am
Where: Gosnells Knowledge Centre
Cost: free
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Junior Masterchef
If your child dreams of being the next Junior Masterchef but still can't crack an egg, perhaps they might benefit from some of the junior cooking classes at Tastebudds. With specially designed classes for the little ones (4-8 years) and big ones (8-16 years) there are new classes each and every month.

In June the older kids can try their hand at the food of Britain (Saturday 7th) while the little kids can go nuts in the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory class (Saturday 21st). Places fill quickly.

When: Saturday 7th and 21st June, 10/10.30am
Where: Taste Budds, 305 Lord St, Highgate
Cost: $40-$50pp
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Get Your Hands Dirty for a Good Cause
Now in its 14th stage, the Children's Forest at Whiteman Park is a wonderful way for kids to plant a tree (a native seedling) and be a part of something special. With sausage sizzles, artwork and other entertainment during the morning this is a good clean way of getting dirty for a cause.

When: Saturday 7th June, 10am-1pm
Where: Whiteman Park
Cost: free
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Listen to Perth's Youth
Every Sunday in June, the Northbridge Piazza hosts free family musical events featuring some of Perth best young (and old) musicians. Assuming it's not raining, it's a great opportunity to laze around and listen to some great music before heading out for lunch. Acts include the Scotch College Purple Haze Combo (June 8th) and the Kalamunda Youth Swing Band (June 15th).

When: every Sunday in June, 1pm-3pm
Where: Northbridge Piazza, corner Lake and James Streets
Cost: Free
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Tell the kids it's Eat Your Vegetables Day

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: Tuesday 17th June

The Gruffalo is real! (and very very small)

The Gruffalo Comes to Town
If you have never read The Gruffalo, then turn off your computer and get down to your local library or bookshop immediately because it is quite possibly the best children's story ever written.

Once you have read it, 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 three and up. Kid's lunch packs are also available with sandwiches, juice and cookies ($9.50) as well as coffee and macarons for the parents ($8.40). Tickets are selling fast so get online and bags your spot.

When: Tuesday 17th June to Sunday 22nd June, various times
Where: State Theatre Centre, Perth
Cost: tickets $26pp
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Stories, Exercise and Craft
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, 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
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For Pete's Sake, It's a Sheep
Imagine being a shearer but instead of having a sheepdog you had a sheepsheep. Based on the children's story Pete the Sheep by an award-winning writing team, this is a delightful show told in the Barbershop Quartet style. Now that's not something your kids will see every day.

When: Friday 20th June, 10.30am and 2.30pm
Where: Koorliny Arts Centre, Sulphur Road, Kwinana
Cost: $18 children, $22 adults
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Get Down with the Hip Young Things
Newly opened, the Fremantle Youth Plaza has been carefully planned to become a hub for youth and families. Located at the south east end of the esplanade, there is a dedicated skate area for skateboarding and BMX biking, plus a ping pong area, grassed areas, a stage for gigs, as well as WA's first outdoor parkour area (that crazy sport where you jump and propel yourself between walls and buildings. Exactly the type of sport you want your kids to learn).

Later stages of the plaza will include basketball and BBQs but at this stage, you will need to pack a picnic or pop over the road and get some fish'n'chips.

When: open now
Where: Esplanade, Fremantle
Cost: Free
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June Belongs to Disney
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. Although there is nothing major scheduled for release this month (although there will be another Tinkerbell instalment in July), it seems like a good time of year to snuggle under a doona and enjoy some of the not-so-recent June releases: Lion King (June 1994), Pocohontas (June 1995), Hunchback of Notre Dame (June 1996), Hercules (June 1997), Mulan (June 1998), and my personal favourite, Lilo and Stitch (June 2002). Oh and Frozen of course, even though that was released in November.

This is the month for bundling the kids under a rug, pouring some (not-so) hot chocolate and enjoying some classic Disney tales.

We love you Eric Carle

What? You're Still Hungry?
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.

When: Wednesday 25th June
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