Welcome to the second edition of the Secret List. A list of fun, different and unusual things to do with your kids each month. It may not be exhaustive, but there should be 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.
Christmas at Christmas time can be a little stressful and expensive. Get the kids and focus on your favourite bits for a frosty good time in our coldest months. Sure, the last time it snowed in WA was 1956 but at least you can justify a hearty roast and warm eggnog. Sing carols, make gingerbread, decorate the tree and make some crazy Christmas craft.
Dinosaur Petting Zoo Just in case you haven't had enough dino-action, or you are looking for a way of disposing of the kids, the WA Museum is offering the opportunity to pet, feed and interact with dinosaurs. Well, you probably can't feed your kids to these dinosaurs, but the kids will certainly love the large-scale dinosaur puppets and you will be amazed by the incredible design, electronics and theatrics.
When: Monday 2nd July to Sunday 22nd July Where: WA Museum Cost: Adults $15, kids $12.50, family $48, book online quickly as sessions are filling quickly
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Circus Joseph Ashton
The Ashton family circus has been wowing Australian audiences for over 150 years. That's a lot of clowning. And acrobats, and trapeze and bareback riding. The next time your kids complain you're working them too hard, remind them that the Ashton family perform 46 weeks of the year. They are doing 17 shows alone during the school holidays. If you ever dreamed of running away to the circus, now may be your big chance.
When: Sunday 8th July to Sunday 29th July
Where: Cannington Greyhounds, Corner Albany Hwy and Leige St
Cost: $15/$20 child and adult tickets, extra for ringside seats. Purchase online, limited door sales Click for more information
Good Morning Maggie (picture courtesy Karrinyup Shops website)
Good Morning Maggie – Storytelling for Littlies
As a girl one of my favourite stories was The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch. Bring a cushion and your pre-school aged children can be delighted by this amusing story read by Maggie from the Barking Gecko Theatre Company (so you know it's gonna be good). Afterwards they get to make their own dragon. Glitter alert!
When: Wednesday 4th July 9.30am and 10.15am
Where: Karrinyup Shopping Centre Food Court
Cost: free, register on the day Click for more information
Kids get to try the instruments at the WASO cushion concerts
WASO Cushion Concerts
No, it's not listening to a group of cushions sing their little padded hearts out. It is a high-energy ensemble, featuring 15 different instruments from the orchestra. After the 50 minute show of singing, dancing and music the kids get to try out the instruments for themselves. Who knows, you might have a future Kenny G or Nigel Kennedy in the family.
When: July 11, 12, 13, 14, 20, 21
Where: Perth Concert Hall
Cost: $12 Click for more information
Find your rhythm (courtesy Rhythm Fix Drumming website)
Rhythm Fix Drumming
Don't let your kids ruin your favourite saucepan lids and wooden spoons – let them bang on some real drums! With traditional African dance and games, kids can get a chance to experience drumming, bells and shakers. BYO ear plugs.
When: Wednesday 18th July 2.30-3.30pm
Where: Armadale Library (Armadale Central Shopping Centre)
Cost: ? Click for more information
Revolutions (picture courtesy Whiteman Park)
School holiday activities at Whiteman Park
Take your school aged kids to Whiteman Park. No, not to leave them there, but so they can get involved in the wealth of activities including Mr Jim's Magic Show (an interactive show of magic and comedy and one fluffy little bunny), create a train collage at Revolutions, plant some trees, make some craft out of recycled material, or make your own piece of pottery.
Call 9209 6000 to make bookings.
When: various dates throughout July
Where: Whiteman Park
Cost: varies but not expensive Click for more information
Play Me A Picture (picture courtesy WASO)
Play Me a Picture
An extraordinary collaboration between music and art, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra will excite the aural senses with some of its most colourful orchestral music while artist Phil Doncon transforms a blank canvas into a work of art. A family event suitable for kids aged between 6 and 13 years.
When: Sunday 22nd July
Where: Perth Concert Hall
Cost: $20-$22 Click for more information
Somewhat related to Christmas are all those poor muggins who have birthdays around Christmas. They get poorly thought out 'joint Birthday/Christmas' presents, or forgotten altogether! Why not take the opportunity to celebrate a surprise 'half' birthday for someone born to close to the big day.
When: any time in July
Where: your place
Cost: as much or as little as you want
Get your hands dirty on tree day (photo not original)
National Tree Day
In 2011, thousands of Australians planted over a million native trees, shrubs and grasses as part of National Tree day events. Make a commitment to be a part of this event in 2012. 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.
When: Sunday 29th July
Where: your place
Cost: free Click for more information