The Model Railways Exhibition is a June long weekend tradition, and with displays of Thomas the Tank Engine, RC trucks and completely new Lego displays for 2016 it is fun for kids of all ages. Speak to experts, learn from hobbyists, ride the live steam train,, solve the puzzles, purchase from the retailers and be inspired to build your own. Pre-purchase tickets online. Toot toot.
When: Saturday 4th to Monday 6th June, 9.30am-4.30pm Where: Claremont Showground – Exhibition Centre, entry via Gate 5 Cost: Cost: Kids $5, Adults $12, Family $28 (up to four kids) Click for more info.
The Pinjarra festival
Pinjarra Festival Over two big days the Pinjarra festival will offer a riot of carnival rides, live entertainment, market stalls and plenty of activities for the kids. There will be a food emporium, vintage car display, wine tasting and much more. Bring the whole family.
When: Saturday 4th to Sunday 5th June, 9.30am-4.30pm Where: Edenvale Homestead, Pinjarra Cost: Free Click for more info.
The WA Day festival, image courtesy
As part of the long weekend celebration, WA Day (otherwise known as 'The Monday Public Holiday') has a huge line up of free events across the city and the entire state. There will be events across the state with two huge free events in Fremantle and Elizabeth Quay.
At Elizabeth Quay there will be a free music festival, Lego, bush tucker tastings, face painting, an exhibition from the National Archives, circus skills workshops, performances, animals and more. Meet your favourite sports starts with Perth Heat, Volleyball WA, Perth Wildcats and Perth Lynx.
Canning Family Fun Day
Bring the whole family along to the free West Australia Day activities at the Kent Street Weir including a community art project, market and food stalls, and plenty of free 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. Books this term include The Pirate Who Said Please and Pig the Winner.
When: every Wednesday in June, 9.30am-10am and 10.15am-10.45am
Where: Food Court, Karrinyup Shopping Centre, Karrinyup Road
Cost: free, must register prior Click for more info.
Dinosaurs at Scitech
Scitech's newest exhibition Exploro-saurus has now opened and if you have a small child who loves noting more than dinos then this one is for you. With plenty of new interactive displays for children aged 4 and up, there will animatronics, design-your-own-dinosaur and get bitten by a t-rex.
When: all of June
Where: Scitech, West Perth
Cost: normal admission prices apply Click for more info.
Zoorasic park has been extended
And Dinosaurs at the Zoo
Because too many dinosaurs are obviously never enough, the hugely popular Zoorasic Park exhibition at Perth Zoo has been extended for an extra two months, so if you missed out before, now is your chance to see these life-sized creatures in the beautiful surrounds of the Perth Zoo
A new Disney Release
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 Finding Dory, the much-anticipated sequel to Finding Nemo.
And Aussies get to see this new film a day before the United States and England. Go us!
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.
The Most Famous Caterpillar in the World
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.