Some big (and not so big) events for kids this month
Finally, we can bid farewell to winter and send the kids outside. September is the month of lengthening days and school for the entire month. Bliss. There is plenty to do this month just check out the Secret List for some great ideas.
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.
In anticipation of the Royal Show at the end of the month (it starts Saturday 27th), now is a good time to get your kids doing odd-jobs around the house. Not because you want to put your feet up and take a nap after a bone shakingly cold winter, but to encourage them to earn money for their inevitable showbags and rides. If you plan this one well, you won't have to wash dishes for a month.
Click here for suggested age-appropriate jobs for kids. When: all month
September is Save the Koala month. Our iconic national animal is in very real danger due to a loss of their habitat and food sources. There are many ways you can help these awesome Aussie creatures – even create your own fundraiser. Grab a copy of Blinky Bill and remind the kids how precious these critters are, or click here for some ideas on how to make koala cupcakes.
Celebrate our Favourite Park With a freshly minted 2013 Australian Tourism Award under its belt, the Kings Park festival is going to be even bigger and better in 2014. With the theme 'the Magic of Nature', this month long event promises to showcase the mystery, beauty and freakshow of nature (their words, not mine).
From the huge opening night concert, guided walks, artist talks, kids activities, adorable florables, Nyoongar schools day, and the Fantastic Faraway Festival (Saturday 20th) there are activities almost every day and most of them are free. Most events are free but require booking in advance, look at the website to see what's happening.
When: Monday 1st September – all month long (Sundays have the majority of events) Where: King Park, various locations Cost: many activities are free, gold coin donation for guided walks Click for more information
Who knows what sort of creature you will find in the night stalk
Last year over 1,000 people took part in the Zoo Night Stalk. This year, the organisers at Perth Zoo are hoping for even more families, individuals, schools and community groups to take part in this fun way to collect information about native animals in our local area.
You can choose to participate as many nights as you like, in any area that you like: download a spotters guide, grab a torch and start counting mammals, birds, bats, reptiles and frogs.
When: Monday 1st September to October 16th
Where: your local bush
Cost: free Click for more info
Who's Your Daddy?
Whether it's breakfast in bed, a round of golf, a free pass to the footy and simply dumping the kids on him and walking out (it's called daddy-and-kid-time) make sure you tell your Dad/husband how much you love and appreciate him. And just to let him know how much you care, plan ahead with some shocking Dad-jokes.
If you don't know what to get him, take the kids down to Homebase Bunnings for a free family night to make gifts for your dad.
When: Sunday 7th September
Where: your place
Cost: some shocking dad jokes Click here for one of my favourite 'dad' shopping websites
As the weather warms up and you think you can tolerate leaving the house, then consider visiting some of Perth's great markets this month. From second-hand kids toys to handmade crafts, there is something to for everyone, at (sometimes) very modest prices.
Try the: Baby and Kids Market (Sunday 21st at Belmont). Karrinyup SwapMart (every Sunday in September from 7.30-10.30am) in the NE undercover carpark, off Francis Ave, Karrinyup.
Canning Vale Markets (every Sunday in September from 7am to 2pm) Bannister Rd, Canning Vale. Upmarket (Sunday 28th from 10am-4pm) at the University of Western Australia, Crawley.
Or click here for all the weekend markets in Perth.
Avast! Ye Scoudral
International Talk Like A Pirate Day is good fun for kids of all ages. You get to spend the day 'ahoying' and 'ayyyyye-ing' and pretending you have a peg leg and talking to your shoulder like there's a parrot sitting on it. So much fun.
Prepare your kids with your best pirate stories and don't forget to check out the website for tips on how to talk like a pirate (in English, German and Dutch), an English-to-Pirate translator and figure out your pirate name (mine is Cap'n Bernice Knocknees).
When: Friday September 19th September Click here for more info.
The Greatest Show in Perth
You all know this one. 'Muuuum, can we go to the show? Muuuuum, can we go to the show. Please. Please. Pleaaaaaaaase.'
Even though the State Government has found the love (and the money) to cover the costs for kids under twelve (yes, they're free again this year!) you still need to save your pennies because there are plenty of ways to spend your cash at the show. Early bird tickets are on sale only until August 28th and after that, the prices go up.
Kids will enjoy the Lego Zone and the baby animal pavilion, Bananas in Pyjamas will be performing every day and of course don't forget the fireworks exploding every night of the show.
When: Saturday 27th September to 4th October, 9am-9pm
Where: Claremont Showgrounds
Cost: adults $22-$27, kids under 12 are FREE, kids/secondary students $11-$12 (early bird/online tickets are discounted) Click for more info