Don’t Leave it too Late to Organise Your School Holidays
Welcome to the July issue of the Secret List. A list of fun, different and unusual things to do with your kids each month. July is the month of winter school holidays.
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.
Pack your cushion for the final storytelling and craft session at Karrinyup Shops presented by Rhoda Lopez from the Barking Gecko Theatre Company. The half hour session this month is based on 'Look! A Book' and the kids will be making their own books to take home with them. Did I mention it's free?
Register on the day and be prepared to stick around during the session. Maybe grab a takeaway coffee and a muffin and settle in as the kids are entertained.
When: Wednesday 3rd July 9.30am and 10.15am Where: Karrinyup Shopping Centre Food Court Cost: free, register on the day Click for more information
If you are willing to make a day trip, the Gravity Discovery Centre in Gingin is offering daily programs during the July school activities. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursday are arts and crafts while on Tuesday and Friday there is the rocketry and rocket making program.
Call the centre on (08) 9575 7577 to find out more about the classes. Stick around and explore the centre ($16 adults, $11 children): climb the tower and drop water balloons, take a walk through the solar system, and learn about the universe with the awesome science exhibits.
When: Monday 8th July to Friday 19th July Where: Gravity Discovery Centre, 1098 Military Rd, Gingin
Cost: $11 per child, includes all materials Click for more info.
Kids never stop learning, so why waste the school holidays in front of the TV when they can be having a blast (and learning heaps – but don't tell the kids that) at the school holiday program at Scitech. For the littlies (ages four - six years) there is the Science of Dr Suess with a range of short programs based on various books and covering everything from music to engineering to the environment.
For the older kids there are longer sessions in the CSIRO lab covering some awesome topics such as animation, survival and forensics. There are also one-off events such as the kids-only glow party (for 8-12 year olds).
Get online NOW and book so your kids don't miss out.
When: various times and days during the July school holidays
Where: Scitech, CityWest Leederville
Cost: classes vary, but are $8-$10 for the younger kids, $12-$15 for the older kids and $25-$28 for the glow party. Click for more info.
Who knows, maybe you can buy a DeLorean at the toy fair
I'm going to go out on a sexist limb and say this is probably dad-and-son territory (sue me!) but this toy fair is all about action figures, cards, comics, Star Wars, movie posters, stamps, bank notes and other collectables. May the shopping force be with you.
When: Sunday 13th July, 9am to 12noon
Where: Park Recreation Centre, East Vic Park
Cost: $2 entry, kids under 8 free Click for more info.
Concerts Just for Kids
It may sound like you will be listening to a group of cushions sing their little padded hearts out, but the Kids Cushion Concerts are actually a high-energy ensemble, featuring a heap of different instruments from the orchestra.
Each show is 50 minutes of singing, dancing and music, and afterwards 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. Book now before the sessions fill up.
When: Friday 12th July and Saturday 13th July at 9.45am and 11.15am each day
Where: Perth Concert Hall
Cost: $12 Click for more information
If only everyone aged as well as Elmo. This little guy is over forty years old but he doesn't look a day older than three and a half. How does he do it? You can ask him yourself - he is coming to Perth as part of his world-tour. He's bringing his furry Muppet mates and kids will love the all-singing and all-dancing fun as Elmo and his friends travel to places as far reaching as China, India, France and Australia.
While parents might be over the squeaky voiced puppet who always refers to himself in the 3rd person (no, that's not annoying) the kids will love it. All tickets are the same price, book online now.
When: Friday 19th July and Saturday 20th July, shows at 10am, 12 noon or 2pm
Where: Crown Theatre, Burswood
Cost: start at $24.90 each all the way up to $64.90 for VIP Meet and Greets Click for more info.
There is a lot to be said for celebrating Christmas when it's cold outside. It certainly makes a hot roast more welcome. Sure, it might not snow in Perth in July so building a snowman might be out of the question, but if you have trouble convincing kids to eat turkey then tell them it's Christmas in July and make a celebration out of it. Sing some carols, bake some gingerbread and make snowflakes out of doilies.
When: any time in July
Where: your place
Cost: as much or as little as you want Click for Christmas craft information
Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? Not Us.
An extraordinary collaboration between music and the movies, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra play Prokofiev's classic Peter and the Wolf while the Oscar-winning stop animation movie plays. This wonderful event also includes The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra. A family event suitable for kids aged between 7 and 14 years. Book online.
When: Sunday 28th July, 1pm and 3pm
Where: Perth Concert Hall
Cost: $20 Click for more information
Ok kids, listen up. Sunday 28th is National Parents Day, so this means we want a sleep in. We're not making you breakfast, we're not sweeping up crumbs. Change your own nappy. We don't know where your Lego man is and we don't want to nag you about making your bed. Close the door so we can't see the mess.
If there is a good day to behave, it's today. Today is about us: the parents. Ask us about our childhoods. Let us get the photo albums out and bore you silly. Don't get embarrassed when we want to kiss and hug you in front of your friends. Let us choose the bedtime story. Give us back the TV remote.
Mums, dads: give yourself a pat on the back. Call your own parents and tell them what a good job they did. Let's celebrate the best job in the world.
Get your wellies on and roll up your sleeves for some good muddy fun: it's National Tree Day, and an opportunity to take part in helping thousands of other Australians plant over a million native trees, shrubs and grasses.
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. At the very least, make them weed the garden.
When: Sunday 28th July
Where: your place
Cost: free Click for more information
J. K. Rowling (aka Jo) image from Wikipedia
Happy Birthday Harry Potter's Mum (Sort of)
It seems pretty incredible now, but Joanne Rowling was initially advised to use the pen-name J.K. because it was thought that if kids knew Harry Potter was written by a woman, the boys wouldn't want to read it.
And everyone has heard the story that her first book The Philosopher's Stone was rejected by twelve publishers before finally being picked up by Bloomsbury. Joanne is now one of the richest women in the UK and one of the world's most successful authors.
It's an inspirational story and perhaps a good time to snuggle under the covers with your (older) kids and read them these great stories (at least the early ones).