I haven't been this excited about a movie release since Terminator 2, (I was a thirteen year old girl, what can I say) but first up this month is the release of the new Lego Movie. If you haven't been to the movies in the past six months maybe you will have missed the brilliant trailer for what looks like the funnest movie of all time. And it's PG rated so we can bring the kids and pretend we're doing it for them!
Where: a cinema near you Cost: ticket prices vary. Totally worth it Click for more info.
Lose the Teenagers (in a good way) A massive line-up of events across the state will celebrate National Youth Week (for 12-25 years olds) including the Armadale Youth Week Expo, City of Gosnells Paint the Park Youth Event, City of Canning liquid pool party and disco, Stratton Youth Festival, City of Swan HyperFest, City of Mandurah Get Loud Youth Celebrations, the Speak Your Mind Event with RTR FM, City of Swan Illumin8 Dance Party, City of Kwinana Zone Dance Party, Photography Bus Tour, City of Subiaco Street Steel Art Workshop and more.
I think I need a lie down.
When: Friday 4th April to Sunday 13th April Where: various locations Cost: various costs Click for more info.
If you are not already a Zoo friend and find the $20 ticket prices a bit steep normally, pack the car and get on down for the RAC Family Fun Day at Perth Zoo. As well as all the normal furry, scaly and feathered attractions there will additional excitement such as face painting, bouncy castle, prizes to win, kids activities and an exclusive entrance. No door-sales available so get online now (and yes, you must be a RAC member to be eligible, sorry).
When: Saturday 5th April, 9am-5pm
Where: Perth Zoo, South Perth
Cost: 50% off regular ticket prices, book online before April 4th Click for more info.
To Market, to Market
Easter is just around the corner so be prepared by visiting the Holy Spirit School Easter Market in City Beach. There will be new and second hand goodies to buy, food stalls, music, games, a Lego display and competition, dress-ups to buy and you can even have a photo with a famous footballer.
When: Saturday 5th April, 10am-2pm
Where: Holy Spirit School, Corner of bent St and Brompton Rd, City Beach
Cost: free Click for more info.
Be a Beach Bum
Grab the kids, dunk them in a tub of sunscreen and take them along to the free Coogee Beach Festival. It's just like any day at the beach but this time there will be free entertainment, stalls, competitions and rides. Bring a picnic and plan ahead (it's very popular).
When: Sunday 6th April, 9am-2pm
Where: Coogee Beach Reserve, Powell Rd, Coogee
Cost: Free Click for more info.
Did Someone say FREE Icecream?
Proof that the Universe loves us comes in the form of Ben and Jerry Free Cone Day. With only one Scoop Wagon in Perth, everyone will be heading down to the Perth Cultural Centre in Northbridge for their very own, very free, very delicious, scoop of famous Ben and Jerry's icecream. Tell the kids about it now, and they will be good all week long.
When: Tuesday 8th April,
Where: Ben and Jerry Scoop Wagon, Forecourt, Perth Cultural Centre, Cnr James & Williams St
Cost: free. Let me say that again: FREE Click for more info.
World Circus Day and Family Pet Show
Circus Joseph Ashton and his family have been entertaining Perth families for years. To celebrate this year's World Circus Day, there will be a Family Pet Show for your very own four (or two) legged friends. All pets who are registered in the show will receive a free circus ticket (for a human) and there are great prizes to be won.
When: Saturday 12th April, registration from 9.45am, shows at 2pm and 7.30pm
Where: Dixon Road Reserve, Rockingham
Cost: free to register a pet, must be done before April 9th , normal ticket prices apply Click for more info.
A Dog's Life
Take your kids to another world at the Spare Parts Puppet Theatre's season of Hachiko, a moving tale about the value of having animals in our lives. Suitable for people of all ages from five years and up, the beautiful story and clever puppetry will have you begging for more.
When: Saturday 12th April to Saturday 26th April 2014, shows at 10am and 1pm
Where: Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, 1 Short St, Fremantle
Cost: All tickets: $23 Click for more info.
The Science of Slime
Why is it that kids are happy to learn about science as soon as school is over? No matter, take advantage of their thirst for knowledge and send them along to the variety of school holiday programs run by our favourite science geeks at Scitech. With programs such as slime, rainbows, Easter egg protection devices and more, there will be something for everyone these holidays. There are a number of programs appropriate for children aged between 4 and 14 years.
When: starts Saturday 12th April and continues during school holidays
Where: Scitech, West Perth
Cost: programs start at $10 for members Click for more info.
A miniature day out for people of all sizes, the Castledare Miniature Railway will be celebrating its annual Family Fun Day with rides on their trains, guided tours of their sheds and workshops, bouncy castle and heaps of other family entertainment. Pack a picnic or enjoy the sausage sizzle.
When: Sunday 13th April
Where: Castledare Miniature Railway, Castledare Place, Wilson
Cost: $6 adults, $3 kids Click for more info
Is that your Stomach Rumbling, or a Food Truck?
Food trucks are a relatively new thing to Perth, at least on the scale we will see them today at the Perth Food Truck Rumble, where 15 of Perth's biggest and best trucks will converge on the Cultural Centre to serve up a feast including pizza, churros, icecream, Mexican, vegetarian and vegan, Japanese and more plus first-timers the Merrywell now have their own food truck. Bring your appetite.
When: Sunday 13th April, 11am to 8pm
Where: Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge
Cost: food prices will vary Click for more info.
Make A Mess of It
The Fremantle Arts Centre runs school holiday programs for younger (5-8 year olds) and older kids (9-12 year old) as well as a teen program.
Courses change regularly and include mosaics, felt making, string art, dance and beading for the younger kids and fimo jewellery, monster making, sewing and animation for the older kids. Click here to find the full program.
All run by professional artists, the classes go beyond mere basics and teach kids skills they can then bring home and mess up your place with.
When: classes start Monday 14th April
Where: Fremantle Arts Centre, 1 Finnerty St, Fremantle
Cost: course start at $41 Click for more info.
If those who are knee-high to a grasshopper in your house are the type who like to get outdoors and dig up the garden, then bring them along to the Perth Garden Festival (formerly Garden Week). Although entry for adults is a bit expensive, entry for kids is free on Thursday and Friday and they have activities for kids all day every day. Highlights of the show for kids include Peppa Pig, decorating garden gnomes, worm farms, Scitech exhibits and making planter boxes out of recycled objects. Not all activities occur every day, so check the program to plan your visit.
When: Thursday 3rd to Sunday6th April, 9.30am to 5pm (closes at 6pm on Fri/Sat)
Where: Perry Lakes Reserve, Floreat
Cost: $18 adults, kids under 12 $10 on Sat/Sun, Free on Thurs/Fri Click for more info.
We Will Remember Them
If the 5.30am start of the ANZAC Day dawn service is too early for you, then spend some time with the kids today baking a batch of Anzac biscuits and telling them about the brave men and women who fought for Australia in the wars. With any luck, we won't need to send our kids off to fight like so many generations before us.