People who say Perth is boring have never been more wrong.
Published April 15th 2013
Wondering what to do on a weeknight?
So it's a weeknight. Choose your relevant category:
a) Teenager (T): You want to hang out with friends, but you're sick of going out to clubs and being hounded by lecherous, old men, and you should probably give your liver a break after last weekend's puking spree.
b) Family (F): It's the school holidays. The kids are dying to stay up late and do something fun with you because, heck! It's the school holidays. Fun is meant to be had. Especially on weeknights.
c) Couple (C): You want to do something that doesn't involve channel surfing and arguing over My Kitchen Rules. You want to change things up a bit, add a little l'amour to the mix. Oui, oui.
There are plenty of other fun, different things to do on a weeknight, and here are my top five. Look out for the ratings (T, F, C) to see which activity would suit you.
1. Rosemount Bowl/Pot Black, North Perth(T, F**, C)
One quiet Wednesday night, my friends and I were looking for something to do. Something that didn't include going to Seedy Leedy. Rosemount Bowl & Pot Black in North Perth was weirdly the best idea ever.
Going bowling sometimes reminds me of primary school when kids would have their birthdays at AMF in Cannington and we'd all eat chips and party pies and thought bowling without the bumpers was only for adults. This was far from that.
The retro vibe at Rosemount Bowl is awesome, and for $10 p.p. for a game, including shoe hire, it was a pretty decent price for a chance to feed our competitive sides and bask in the glory of (possible) victory.
Head downstairs after a couple of games to Pot Black. The staff at PB are excellent. Ask them for tips if you've never played before, or if you'd like to try something new, they have suggestions for alternative games you can play using the snooker/pool tables and a few playing cards. It's $14.50 an hour, but students get a 10% discount, and they're open 'til late so there's plenty of time to challenge your mates to rematches if you're losing.
**Families are suggested to go earlier in the night, as the crowd get a little older (and sometimes rowdier) from around 7.30pm onwards.
2. Cockburn Ice Arena(T, F, C) Dust off your winter coat and pull on those thick, woolen socks because weeknights are perfect to give ice-skating a go (or another go if you've tried before and fell on your booty a few too many times).
Cockburn Ice Arena is fun for everyone from kids to adults. If you're a beginner, don't stress because it's more than likely that you won't be the only one clutching onto the rail. Most everyone is friendly enough to lend you a hand if you've slipped on the ice, and once you get into a comfortable rhythm you'll be out there with the rest of them.
For the more advanced, Cockburn is home to an elite group of skaters going a hundred miles an hour around the rink at public sessions. These pros (children and adults) come from figure skating or ice hockey backgrounds, and most have months, and even years, of dedicated practice behind them.
All skaters are welcome to participate in games like Tag, and even if you're not quite ready to jump in just yet, it's still an amazing sight to see skaters fluidly gliding back and forth across the ice. And if you're getting a little too chilly, head to the café for a hot drink or a quick bite to eat.
Entry is $20 (kids & adults) which includes skate hire. Check out this site for public session times, and don't forget to look out for cheap $13 sessions.
3. Rooftop Movies(T, F, C)
This is one of the best additions to Perth's entertainment scene perched atop the Roe Street CPP carpark. What a great alternative to regular movie theatres. I visited Rooftop Movies a few months ago for a showing of 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind'. It was a brilliant experience – the open air, the sounds of Northbridge coming from below, the vintage décor (astroturf and pink, plastic flamingos included). Check out what's showing here and book your tickets ($10 $3 booking fee). You can also book parking (all night for $8.50) and pre-order Dough Pizza's delicious pizza (from $16 for a margherita, and up to $22 for a capricciosa) if you like.
PLUS if you're designated driver/sober for the night, then you'll get a wristband entitling you to free popcorn and soft drink. This is a great night out for children and adults to watch great films under the stars – don't forget to bring a blanket and pillows.
4. Cheap-As Movie Night(T, F, C)
Don't feel like going out on the town? Easy solution – head to your local video store. These days they have a lot more than just movies to rent. Take my local Civic for example. They have all your movie night needs: popcorn, chocolate and lollies, as well as a tempting range of goodies imported from the USA like cherry cola and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (yum). Not to mention the great weeknight deals: $2 for all movies (new release or weekly) on Tuesdays, and 50c weeklies on Wednesdays. What a bargain.
Look up your local video store for their weekly deals.
5. Weeknight Party – Themed Sleepover or Boardgame Night(T, F)
Why not have a few friends over and make a night of it?
Themed Sleepover – Kids, with the help of parents, can organise their own themed sleepover. Whether it be swashbucklin' pirates or crazy carnival, kids can get dressed up, make decorations, and cook up some tasty themed party food. They'll have so much fun doing funny makeup and playing games or watching movies that match their outfits.
This is also a fantastic idea for teenagers, especially girls, to do each others nails, hair and dish your juiciest gossip at a spa-themed sleepover. Go to this site for more themed sleepover ideas.
Boardgame Night - Get out those dusty, old boardgames and get some friends together for a Boardgame Night. Good for kids and teenagers, you can get a few different games going at a time, depending on how many people you have, and then swap around after a set time limit. Think Cluedo, Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit and Operation for the younger ones, and Settlers of Catan, Risk or Balderdash. If you're running low on boardgames (which can be quite expensive sometimes) you'll find some cheaper second-hand ones at thrift shops like Good Sammy's or the Salvos.