Welcome to the July issue of the Secret List. A list of fun, different and unusual things to do with your kids each month. July is the month of winter school holidays.
There is something for every family, no matter how old your kids are, where you live, and how much you have to spend. 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.
If you are shivering in anticipation of Frozen 2 (or perhaps you realise 'Winter is Coming', then the Fremantle Winter Festival will settle the score on both accounts. With an open air skating rink (hourly sessions), two-storey tall toboggan ride, inflatable slide, Zorb balls and much more the festival is a huge winter event and not to be missed.
Where: Fremantle Esplanade Cost: entry is free, skating sessions start at $12 for 5-12 years to $22 for adults Click for more info.
The Frostival rink is suitable for even young children
Frostival Outdoor Ice Rink, Sorrento If you live north of the wall (river) and Fremantle is just too far, then this year you can get your skates on and enjoy an outdoor skating rink at the Sorrento Quay Boardwalk in the Hillarys Marina. Open for almost the entire school holidays and starting nice and early with 8am session, the rink caters for even the youngest child with skating aids and double blade skates.
When: July 1- 17th
Where: Sorrento Quay Boardwalk, Hillarys Cost: skating sessions start at $10 for the under 5s Click for more info.
Giant Snow Slide A bit like Winterfell caught in the middle, the City of Perth doesn't want to be left out of the winter action and will be hosting two enormous free snow slides right in the middle of Forrest Chase. Not real snow, of course, but fun nonetheless. There will be multiple sessions a day and it is totally free, but you should definitely book in advance (they have made the process simpler than last year). Children under 110cam can ride the 4m slide while all the taller kids (up to 12 years only) can ride the huge 10m monster.
When: Saturday 2nd July to Sunday 17th July
Where: Forrest Chase, Perth City
Cost: Free but click here too look at how to get tickets (which are released from June 27th) Click for more info.
Enjoy and learn circus skills
Circus Performance and Skills
If you are totally over snow and prefer red noses and squeaky shoes, then head down to Success for the CirQuest Circus School special event with a spectacular show and free workshop. Not only can you watch stunning acrobatics, ripe climbing and trapeze but you will be able to learn how to juggle and hula and more.
When: Saturday 2nd July 3pm
Where: Cockburn Youth Services 25 Wentworth Parade, Success
Cost: Gold coin donation Click for more info.
Discover Dinosaurs at the Quay
If your little ones loved seeing the dinosaurs at the zoo, then take them along to Elizabeth Quay during the first week of the school holidays to reunite with their friends with special interactive performances by Perth Zoo staff, where the audience get to help scientists track down dinosaurs (shh don't tell the kids but they will be learning as well as having fun). There are three half hour sessions daily with colouring in and face painting between sessions.
When: Saturday 2nd July to Saturday 8th July, 10am, 11am and midday
Where: Elizabeth Quay
Cost: Free Click for more info.
Community Mural at Elizabeth Quay
For the arty and the limited, all people are welcome to help artist Mel McVee paint an enormous 20m mural in a nautical and nature theme at Elizabeth Quay. Even if you just want to enjoy the playground and wander around the Quay, watching the work of art as it is produced will be fun as well (funner than watching paint dry!)
It would be remiss of me not to mention Kids Wonderland, although unless you live under a rock it's pretty hard not to hear about it. Nine days of unlimited rides and fun, with more sessions, less kids and easier to book than ever, it sounds pretty cool. Suitable for children 2-12, adults can go on a lot of the rides as well. I won't list the many many many attractions – just click here instead.
When: Saturday 2nd July to Sunday 10th July, three hour sessions
Where: Hertha Reserve, Cedric St, Stirling
Cost: kids $27.50, adults $15, under two FREE [some sessions have already booked out] Click for more info.
School holidays at Scitech
School Holidays at Scitech
Kids never stop learning, even if they think they do, so send them along to the school holiday program at Scitech and they won't even realise they're getting smarter because they're having so much fun. Although most of the sessions for the littlies have already sold out, there are a number of great programs for the older kids including dino-coding and aviation engineering.
Get online NOW and book so your kids don't miss out.
When: various times and days during the July school holidays (4th-16th July)
Where: Scitech, City West Leederville
Cost: classes vary, but range between $12-25. Click for more info.
Adventure Caving for Kids at Yanchep
If you want to introduce your kids to the idea of caving but don't fancy having to go yourself, then these guided adventure tours for kids (8-14 years) are a great alternative. Kids will learn about how caves are made as they slide and crawl and explore (wear old clothes), torches and helmets provided.
Even if you don't want to book the kids into a session, don't forget that Yanchep has a huge range of activities including historical buildings, walking trails and a koala colony.
When: Friday 8th July, 10.15am (8-10 years) and 12.45pm (10-14 years)
Where: Yanchep National Park
Cost: $32 Click for more info.
Fun Fest for massive four hour sessions
Kids FunFest (for weekenders)
It seems to be a battle of the north versus south, because with Wonderland in the North, the there is also another two day kid-tacular called Kids Funfest, 80 different attractions spread over a number of pavilions at the Claremont Showgrounds. The activities are wide and varied: bouncy castles, show rides, petting zoo, circus workshop, sumo wrestling, sport inflatables and lots more.
Tickets are on sale now and because it is over the weekend it is great for working parents to have some school holiday fun. The showgrounds are easily accessible by train and your kids will love you forever.
When: Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th July, four hour sessions
Where: Claremont Showgrounds
Cost: kids $23.50, adults $17.50 Click for more info.
Mr Maker is coming to Perth
Mr Maker live in concert
Tickets are still available to the Mr Maker's craftalicious live shows. With songs and makes, all his arty gang and lots to keep kids enthralled, this will be a favourite of all the little ones who love to be make and build.
When: Saturday 23rd July and Sunday 24th July, various times
Where: Regal Theatre, Subiaco
Cost: from $40.68 per person Click for more info.
Christmas in July
There is a lot to be said for celebrating Christmas when it's cold outside. It certainly makes a hot roast more welcome. Sure, it might not snow in Perth in July so building a snowman might be out of the question, but if you have trouble convincing kids to eat turkey then tell them it's Christmas in July and make a celebration out of it. Sing some carols, bake some gingerbread and make snowflakes out of doilies.
National Tree Day
Get your wellies on and roll up your sleeves for some good muddy fun: it's National Tree Day, and an opportunity to take part in helping thousands of other Australians plant over a million native trees, shrubs and grasses. You can sign up for one of the many hundreds of official events, or you can just be a part of it at home. Get the kids outside and involved in the environment. At the very least, make them weed the garden.
If it's raining though, and you want to stay indoors, here are some fabulous craft ideas to help celebrate National Tree Day.