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The Best Things to Do with your Kids in August: The Secret List

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Thought there was nothing on this month?
It seems difficult to find kids' activities in this wet and frosty month. Perhaps all the organisers have taken some time off to hibernate for a month. Now there's a good idea. This month is dominated by science and books, plus a bunch of things you can do at home.

The Princess Bride
Watch an awesome movie and raise money for Cancer, image courtesy official website

Perhaps one for those of us with older kids. The cult classic The Princess Bride will be showing at a special fundraiser for The Cancer Council's Relay for Life. This fantastic family film, with more quotable lines than perhaps any other film ever made is a gem, and if you haven't introduced your tweenies and teenies to it, then this is a great opportunity.

When: Saturday 1st August
Where: Cygnet Cinema, 16 Preston St, Como
Cost: $20 adults, concessions available
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Winter Toddlerfest
Due to the overwhelming popularity of Toddlerfest, Scitech is now having multiple Toddler-dedicated events each year, including the Winter Toddlerfest. Now the big kids are back at school, the littlies (0-5 years) come out to play; with a range of toddlerific programs including a glow room, travelling to outer space, bubbles, baby animals, puppets, and becoming an astronaut.

When: Saturday 1st August and Sunday 2nd August, 10am-5pm
Where: Scitech, City West
Cost: normal entry prices apply
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Horses birthday
Happy Birthday to all horses

Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, You look like a horse… and you are one too.
August 1st is known as the horses' birthday (in the Southern hemisphere anyway, in the north they have their birthdays in January). So this is a good opportunity to celebrate some of our favourite equine friends with kid-friendly horse movies, such as Black Beauty, the Black Stallion, Flicka, Racing Stripes, Gus, and National Velvet.

For something a little more low-brow, here is a YouTube clip of a horse singing Happy Birthday.

When: Friday 1st August
Where: southern hemisphere
Cost: Free

Huge LEGO Workshop for Little People
This is a one-day event held by the City of Joondalup, and all kids are welcome to this free event. There will be a free exhibition featuring over 12,000 bricks, as well as workshops for kids throughout the day. Workshops must be booked in advance (call 9405 5920), and parents must stay and play.

When: Sunday 2nd August, 10am-4pm
Where: Wanneroo Library and Cultural Centre, 3 Rocca Way, Wanneroo
Cost: exhibition free, workshops $2 per child (adults free)
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yum cha
Introduce the kids to the joys of yum cha

Little Food for Little People
There's not a lot on in the way of big family-friendly events this month, so why not make your own and take the kids and grandparents out to yum cha on a Sunday morning. There are a number of restaurants in Northbridge that open at 10am, and the little bite sized morsels are fun to eat and fabulous for sharing.

One of the best things about yum cha is that the food is already prepared and there is no waiting. The food is brought to the table on trolleys, and kids can see what they are before you order. Dragon Palace on Francis Street is very child-friendly, with a big stash of high-chairs, plastic bowls and spoons for the kids, and knives and forks for those who find chopsticks a bit tricky.

For kids who are averse to new flavours, try the sticky rice, fried rice, or ask for plain steamed rice. Vegetable spring rolls are always popular, as are the fluffy BBQ pork buns. Mango pudding is a child-friendly way to finish the meal. If you're a big enough group and nab a table with a lazy Susan, then your kids will have a great time spinning them round and round while you try and grab the food as it flies past.

When: every Sunday from 10am
Where: try Dragon Palace (66 Francis Street, Northbridge) or Shop R1-001, Cockburn Gateway Shopping City,
Cost: varies

Avon Descent
The Belmont Avon Descent, image courtesy official website

Get Wet at the Avon Descent
If the thought of strapping yourself into a small piece of plastic and hurtling through freezing cold water for hours on end makes you excited, then you should be front and centre as the competitors for the 43rd annual Avon Descent take to the course for this three-day event. Even if it makes little sense to you, you can still take the kids and have a fabulous time at one of the free race-day family events along the course.

From the opening ceremony and fireworks in Northam on Friday evening, to the finish line festivities in Bayswater on Sunday, you will find a multiple of great activities in a number of towns and parks along the way.

Free activities include BBQs, dance and music, bouncy castles, performers, face painters, food tastings, cuddly animals, and balloon twisting. What more could you possibly ask for?

When: Saturday 1st to Sunday 2nd August, various times
Where: along the race course including Northam, Toodyay, Guildford, Ascot and Bayswater
Cost: Free
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Book Week
Instill a love of books in your kids

Special Storytime for the Whole of Perth
Most local libraries have story and rhyme time sessions for toddlers (0-5 years) during term time, but did you know that the State Library also runs twice weekly sessions at The Place, with special activities each week matched to a great children's story?

In August, some of the great activities will be making a musical instrument (book: Baby Beats), learning about science (book: Whale in the Bath), making a book for book week, and doing some Father's Day Craft (book: My Dad is a Bear).

No bookings required, and you can drop by any time between 10 and 2pm.

When: Mondays and Thursdays
Where: The Place, State Library, Cultural Centre Northbridge
Cost: Free
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Attention Science Buffs
Now in its third year, the Perth Science Show is a massive event over two days for all members of the family. With everything from LEGO robots to food trucks, from cuddly animals to 3D printing, there are more events and stalls than I can possibly fit in (read here for a more detailed article). Not to be missed.

When: Saturday 15th (10am-5pm) and Sunday 16th August (11am-4pm)
Where: Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge
Cost: Free
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jokes for kids
Jokes for kids

LOL on International Tell a Joke Day
Knock knock. Who's there? Europe. Europe who? You're a poo too!

This is one of my favourite jokes ever. And the kids love it, especially since it involves the word poo (but wee, bum or bottom are good too). Sigh. Lucky for us, August harbours International Tell a Joke Day. On this day, let them joke all they want, or share some of yours. Here is a link to some kid-friendly jokes.

When: Sunday 16th August
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Celebrate Elvis by watching Lilo and Stitch

Pay Respects to the King
On August 16th, 1977 Elvis Presley left the building, leaving behind a repertoire of great songs. Twenty five years later, the good people at Disney released Lilo and Stitch, one of the most under-valued of all the Disney cartoons, and my personal favourite.

With a soundtrack almost exclusively featuring Presley songs, and plenty of fun nods to Elvis, this is a gorgeous story of a little girl in Hawaii who adopts a slightly odd alien (she thinks he's a dog). Kids will love the dysfunction, and adults will love the sweet storyline about family not necessarily being restricted to blood relations.

Rent it, buy it or borrow it, this is a great rainy day movie for kids of all ages.

The trailers for Lilo and Stitch are some of the most clever marketing. Ever. Read about them here. Even better to watch them.

When: Sunday 16th August

Bring Books Alive for Book Week
Each August we celebrate Book Week with a range of events across the state. This year there will be a special performance by the Red Foot Theatre, which will literally bring books to life. Suitable for children aged between 4 and 12 years, this event is free.

When: Sunday 23rd August, 2-3pm
Where: The Place, Mezzanine Level, State Library, Northbridge
Cost: Free
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Kidspot Baby and Kids Markets
Buy and sell all your baby and kids gear

Buying and Selling Kids (Stuff)
Whether you're in the market for some cheap toys and clothes, or if you have a bunch of stuff you want to offload, the next Baby and Kids Market will be held in Warwick. Full of all sorts of goodies for kids aged between 0 and 7, you will be sure to find some great bargains (or teach the kids how to wisely spend their pocket money).

When: Sunday 23rd August, 9am-12noon
Where: Warwick Sports Centre, Lloyd Drv, Warwick
Cost: $4 entry, kids free
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Why? It's cold and we need to find things to entertain the kidlets
When: August 2015
Where: Across Perth
Cost: varies
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