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Awesome Things to do With Your Kids in March: The Secret List

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by Shannon Meyerkort (subscribe)
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Published February 16th 2013
Some unexpected things to do this Month
Welcome to the tenth edition of the Secret List. A list of fun, different and unusual things to do with your kids in Perth each month. 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.

You Are Allowed To Touch
In the final days of the Perth Festival, take your kids along to an incredible life-size story-book house… which has fallen asleep. Parents, I am sure you can relate.

The House of Dreaming is a show like no other: walk through the labyrinth and experience hidden passages, secrets to discover, robotics and incredible things to touch. Mums and Dads – it's never been a better time to have kids. Don't believe me? Click here.

Bookings are essential.
When: Last day Saturday 2nd March
Where: ABC Studios, 30 Fielder St, East Perth
Cost: $15.50
Click for more info.

Dr Suess is having a birthday

Do You Like Green Eggs and Ham
A long time ago, in a far away land, a baby called Theodore Suess Geisel was born. To the rest of the world he soon became known as Dr Suess.

One of his most famous books – The Cat in the Hat was written in response to an article by Life Magazine in the mid-1950s about the growing illiteracy of young children, and the claim that kids didn't read because books were boring. 250 words were identified that were important for young children to learn, and Dr Suess managed to get 236 into the book along with kick-arse rhymes and illustrations.

Today, there is probably not a single house in Australia that doesn't have at least one copy of a Dr Suess book. For his work in teaching our kids to read (he and his wife never had any of their own) he has earned Academy Awards, Emmys, Peabody's and a Pulitzer. He even has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

So on this fine day
To serve with your ham
Put some green in your eggs
And prove you're a fan.

Take your kids by your side
Wear a tall stripy hat
And read these fine books
As you sit on the mat.

In your best silly voices
I want you to say
That you wish Dr Suess
A happy birthday.

When: Saturday 2nd March
Click for more info.

Clean up your mess!

Make it shine
Clean Up Australia Day is as Aussie as sausages in a bun. Last year over half a million Aussies got involved and this year there are dozens of sites in Perth and across the state already listed, or you can register your own. Maybe grab some neighbours and clean the local patch of bushland (ask your local council if they know of some good sites). All registered sites will receive an official kit to help.

Even if you can't take the little kids out to help join an organised group, grab some gloves and a bag and walk them to the local park. If that fails, make them clean their rooms!

When: Sunday 3rd March
Where: everywhere
Click for more info.

Make a Splash
Since summer feels like it will NEVER end, why not take the kids for a cool day in the pool at the Splash Down Fun Day at the Claremont Aquatic Centre. With a free sausage sizzle, water slides, inflatables, bouncy castle and mechanical surfboard there will be so much fun your head will fall off. Sorry, I must have been channelling my five year old.

It might be prudent to wait till after your kids have been on the bouncy castle before letting them have a sausage sizzle, but it will be a fun afternoon regardless.

When: Saturday 16th March, 11am-3pm
Where: Claremont Pool, 12 Davies Road, Claremont
Cost: normal entry fees apply
Click for more info.

Let your child get arty

The Artful Scribbler
The City of Gosnells has announced a new three week long festival (Feb 23 to Mar 16) with events ranging from comedy, the Gozzy Rock band competitions, ghost walks, art exhibitions, high tea and a street party.

To end the festival, Little Scribblers is a chance for kids to get involved with a free art program that will not only allow kids to make their own masterpiece to take home but also contribute to a community art piece. There will also be dance and music performances during the day.

When: Saturday 16th March, 11am-3pm
Where: Tom Bateman Reserve, Thornlie
Cost: Free
Click for more info.

Fiesta not Siesta
Fiesta means party and on the City of South Perth Fiesta Fun Day you will have plenty to celebrate. There is almost too much to mention, but here goes (don't worry, it won't rhyme): skateboard clinics, bouncy castle, laser tag, mini golf, performances, face painting, kite making, art workshop, fire engine, obstacle course and more.

There will even be performances by the Scooby Circus as well as scientific experiments courtesy of Scitech.

Phew, I'm exhausted. Now I need a siesta.

When: Sunday 17th March, 10am-2pm
Where: George Burnett Leisure Centre, Manning Rd, Karawara
Cost: Free
Click for more info.

Smile and be happy

Don't Worry, Be Happy
From this rather sombre and formal looking document, the UN has decreed that the 20th of March should be proclaimed the International Day of Happiness. This is serious! It's been sanctioned by the UN. Maybe they should have asked Dr Suess to help out with the happy making.

But you can certainly celebrate being happy with your kids today, however you choose to do it. Maybe send them to the grandparents. It's a Wednesday so send them to school (at least you will be happy). Maybe pack a surprise picnic dinner and take everyone to the beach.

Click here for some suggestions on how to be happy. Or maybe this is more your style.

When: Wednesday 20th March

Some of your kids favourite books are poems

Make Rhymes Not War
It would seem this month, that I am
On a bit of a roll, you might say.
Because March 21st this year
Happens to be World Poetry Day.

I'm really not much of a poet
My timbre is all out of whack.
Luckily no one is paying me
Or else I would probably get sacked.

But some of your kids favourite books
Also happen to be rhymes.
So to celebrate this day I suggest
You talk like a poem all the time.

When: Thursday 21st March
Click for more info.

McDougal Park circa 1981

Just Like the Olden Days
The good thing about history is that it is all around us, we just have to look. McDougall Park in Como may seem like another ordinary suburban park but it actually used to be a dairy farm.

The original home and some of the dairy buildings still exist and the City of South Perth is celebrating with a family-friendly Open Day.

With free entertainment, sausages sizzle and Devonshire tea, poetry readings, a community art project, and the opening of the new playground, you might even be able to teach your kids a little bit about 'the olden days'.

When: Saturday 23rd March, 3-6pm
Where: McDougall Park, Clydesdale St Como
Cost: Free
Click for more info.
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Awesome, my daughter's birthday is the International Day of Happiness!
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