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The Top Things to Do with Your Kids in October

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by Shannon Meyerkort (subscribe)
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Published September 22nd 2016
Keep Calm and Read the List
School holidays, take a breath.

All families need a break, and this Secret List has plenty of fun, different and unusual things to do with your kids at home, and out and about. 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.

For the Little Ones
Life goes on and you still need to do your weekly shopping but at Galleria each week there will be plenty of free activities with a Shopkins Zone in the first week and Wiggles in the second week. All activities are free and there will be the chance to meet and greet Apple Blossom (the Shopkin) and Dorothy the Dinosaur from the Wiggles.

When: Shopkins: Tuesday 27th September to Saturday 1st October, 11am to 2pm
Wiggles: Monday 3rd to Friday 7th October, 11am to 2pm
Where: Galleria Shopping Centre, Morley
Cost: Free
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Shopkins at Galleria
Shopkins at Galleria, image courtesy Galleria website

Free Flicks for Kids
Attention all movie lovers. The next season of Free Flicks for Kids at the Northbridge Piazza starts Saturday October 1st at 5.30pm. Running every Saturday until May, this is a wonderful FREE night for families to share a picnic and watch a great feature film together.

Bring a blanket, bring some snacks and enjoy the Piazza beanbags. The first part of the season starts with perennial favourites The Labyrinth (1986) and Ghostbusters (1984) with some creepy Halloween themed movies later in the month.

When: every Saturday from 1st October, 5.30pm until next year
Where: Northbridge Piazza, corner of James and Lake Streets, Northbridge
Cost: Free
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Perth Royal Show

The Show is in Town
Take a deep breath and hide the credit card as the Perth Royal Show breaks loose for the first week of the holidays. There are no free passes for kids again this year, but you can still find plenty of free and cheap things to do at the show here.

When: Finishes Saturday 1st October
Where: Claremont Showgrounds
Cost: adults from $29, children/students from $15
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Circus Jospeh Ashton, image courtesy website

The Circus is in Town
Circus Joseph Aston will be putting up the big top for the school holidays, with a number of shows running. Small enough to get a great view and big enough for an exciting day out, the circus has everything from clowns, highwire, performing dogs and more.

When: October 1st to 9th, various times
Where: Corner of Warwick Road and Marmion Ave, Duncraig
Cost: adults from $20, kids from $15
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Awesome Festival
With another mind-blowing line-up, the Awesome Festival for 'bright young things', is an extraordinary family event that runs over the school holidays. There is a smorgasbord of theatre, dance, music, sculpture, arts and animation.

When: 1st to 10th October
Where: Perth Cultural Centre
Cost: Free and ticketed events, check website for more details
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Stay home
School holidays can be a real drag, especially when the weather is shocking and you spent all your money at the Royal Show. Can't afford to go out? Fret not, here is a guide to amusing the kids and you don't even need to get off the couch.

When: all school holidays
Where: your place

Urban Garden
City of Perth presents the Urban Garden

Free activities in the city
Perth City always put on great free events over the school holidays and this year is no different with the interactive storytelling adventure ''The Strange Creature' running during the first week of the holidays from Cathedral Square, and in the second week awesome free craft and gardening workshops in Forest Place.

When: Storytelling - Monday 26 September to Sunday 2 October 10am to 2pm daily
Urban Garden - Monday 3 October to Saturday 8 October
Where: Cathedral Square and Forest Place
Cost: Free
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Strange Creature
Urban Garden

Calling Emmet. Calling UniKitty. Calling every kid born since 1934. This year Briktober is bigger and better than ever with displays of everything from Technic and Superheros to Friends and Disney Princess. Build in the giant pit, watch films, win prizes and more. A must for every Lego lover and the timed entry system makes it easier and fairer.

When: Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th October, 9am-4.30pm
When: Cannington Exhibition Centre
Cost: from $8 each you must pre-book online
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Doggies Day Out
Whiteman Park, Doggie Day Out, image courtesy website

Big Doggie Day Out
For two and four legged friends alike, the Whiteman Park Doggie Day Out is a fun day for the whole family. There are stalls and pet products available as well as grooming and baths (for the pooches not the kids).The kids will get a Scooby Doo bouncy castle and balloon dogs. There will also be a fantastic raffle where 1,000 balls will be dropped from the sky with funds going to the RSPCA and Whiteman Park dog park.

When: Sunday 9th October, 10am-2pm
Where: Village West, opposite main playground, Whiteman Park
Cost: free
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Twilight Hawker Market re-opens
How does not having to cook every Friday sound? Why not grab the family and head into the city Friday night from October 14th for the fabulous Twilight Hawker Markets with more than 40 hawker and street style foods every week. With a laid-back atmosphere and free entertainment, it is a lovely start to the weekend.

When: Every Friday from 14th October, 4.30pm to 9.30pm
Where: Forest Place, Perth City
Cost: free
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St Marys World fair
St Marys World Fair

St Marys World Fair
Held only once every five years the St Marys World Fair is a classic but supersized school fete with craft and market stalls, a massive range of rides and attractions for all ages plus a huge international food market covering all corners of the globe. Not that a globe actually has corners. One to mark in the diary.

When: Saturday 22nd October, 10am-4pm
Where: St Marys Anglican Girls School, Elliot Rd, Karrinyup
Cost: gold coin donation entry
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Lake Monger Market and Garage Sale Trail
Got stuff to get rid of? Or love finding a bargain? Get on board the Garage Sale Trail with hundreds of organised garage sales across the city or try the big ones such as the Lake Monger Markets which will have dozens and dozens of families and groups set up in the one place. Lake Monger will also have food trucks, plenty of free entertainment and things for the kids to do.

When: Saturday 22nd October 2016
Where: Lake Monger Reserve, entry off Dodd St, Wembley
Cost: Free
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Boo at the Zoo
Celebrate Halloween a little bit early with the Boo at the Zoo party at Perth Zoo. There will be a Monster Mash disco, storytelling, graveyard rides and more. Prizes for the best outfit so dress up in your scariest Halloween costume. Book online.

When: Saturday 29th October, from 5pm-8pm
Where: Perth Zoo, South Perth
Cost: $15.50 each plus booking fee
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Wembley District Fair
The Wembley District Fair

Wembley District Fair
The kids are back at school by now, so it's time to say thank you by taking them to the Wembley Downs District Fair. Getting bigger and better every year, this is a mini Royal Show for those who can't be bothered with big one. There are side show rides, a petting zoo, plenty of craft stalls, second hand stalls, music and all day entertainment and so much more.

When: Saturday 29th October, 8.30am-3pm
Where: Luita Street Reserve, Wembley Downs
Cost: free
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Hello Halloween
This year, Halloween falls on a school night (Monday), so it could mean it will be a quiet year. But if you're the brave type, you can take the kids trick-or-treating or have a Halloween Party. Otherwise bake an enormous pile of cookies or cupcakes and stick green or red jelly frogs on top, and sit by the door wearing your best Edward Scissorhands outfit waiting for kids to knock on the door.
Carve a pumpkin and use it to make pumpkin soup and give it to the kids who don't say 'please' nicely.

When: Monday 31st October
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Why? It's school holidays and the weather is getting better
When: October 2016
Where: Across Perth
Cost: Prices vary
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Wow, Shannon, excellent list you've made - no excuse for boredom! A well-deserved Silver Award!
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