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Cool Things to do with Your Kids in November: The Secret List

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by Shannon Meyerkort (subscribe)
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Published October 22nd 2014
Do You Know About These Awesome Kids Activities?
Welcome back to the Secret List. A list of fun and unusual things to do with your kids 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.

Free movies for kids
The weather is fine, the school year is winding down. Why not take advantage of Perth's glorious spring temperatures and take the kids along to the Free Flicks for Kids every Saturday afternoon in the Northbridge Piazza.

Bring some cushions and a picnic (and a hat) and enjoy great kids movies such as Up, Lilo and Stitch, Free Willy, and Rango on the super sized screen.

When: Saturday 1st November, 4.30/5.30pm (check start times)
Where: Northbridge Piazza, corner James and Lake Street
Cost: Free
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Hopefully the kids won't be involved in Movember

If any of your children are able to grow a moustache I think you should turn your computer off and take them to the doctor immediately.

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Get on Down to Purple Town
The Children's Fiesta on Sunday the 2nd at Samson Park is especially designed for kids under 12, with plenty of activities, music, free entertainment and the EcoFairies. Located within one of Perth's beautiful natural bushland parks, there will be plenty of fun activities for littlies and their families to enjoy such as face painting, market stalls and workshops.

When: Sunday 2nd November, 10am-3pm
Where: Sansom Park, Mckenzie St, Sansom (Fremantle)
Cost: free
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Halloween brings out your kids true nature

Halloween Themed Free Family Activity Day
The first Sunday of every month is a free themed family activity day in the Northbridge Piazza. Try saying that three times quickly. And since we are still scraping eggs off the cars and choking back Halloween candy, it's not too late to don your scariest garb for a spooky theme and the movie Paranorman.

There will be face painting, balloon twisting, roving artists, and two free movies on the big screen (noon and 4pm). Dress ups encouraged.

When: Sunday 2nd November, first movie starts at midday
Where: Northbridge Piazza, corner James and Lake Street
Cost: Free
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Belmont, the Place to Be
Belmont is having a festival so big it needs an entire month. From a jazz evening in the park (Sun 9th), a free kids movie at Ascot [Muppets Most wanted] (Fri 14th), and a huge free closing festival (Sat 29th) with carnival rides, entertainment, and international food stalls.

The closing festival will be opened by the Richochet Circus, and there will also be a cabaret show, performers and dancers, a Kylie Minogue tribute act and end in style with a fireworks display. Talk about Big Banging Belmont!

When: Various dates across November
Where: Various locations in Belmont
Cost: Free
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Get the kids writing for NaNoWriMo

Is the Next Tim Winton is Sitting at Your Kitchen Table
NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) may be known as a creative writing event for adults, but there is also a dedicated Young Writers Program for participants under 17 years. Grown-ups are encouraged to write 50,000 words of a novel over the course of the month, but kids get to set their own individual goals based on their age.

Tens of thousands of young novelists take part ever year. Who knows, maybe the key to your early retirement is playing in your back yard right now.

When: the month of November
Where: everywhere
Cost: Free
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Horse Play
The Melbourne Cups is not traditionally associated with kids, what with all the gambling and drinking and dangerously high heels. Four olds also look quite silly in fascinators. So avoid the event and do something else with your kids that day. Here are some alternatives to watching the race.

If you like horses, then maybe you can stage your own race in your local park and combine it with a picnic (don't forget the carrots). Here are some horses to colour in and some more fabulous horsey activities to do with kids.

When: Tuesday 4th November
Where: everywhere (but especially Melbourne where they get a day off!)
Cost: Free
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DIY Cookies jars on sale at the Wembley Fete

The Wondrous Wembley Fete
November is festival and fete month and many of the schools are running their big annual celebrations. In the case of Wembley Primary School they only have a fete every four years so it's a bit like the Olympics – massive and heaps of fun.

You will find a huge side show with rides and activities, a wealth of stalls selling everything from Christmas craft to second-hand DVDs, a feast of food stalls plus all the fun and games you come to expect from a huge school fete.

When: Saturday 8th November, 11am-6pm
Where: Wembley Primary School,41 Grantham Street Wembley
Cost: free entry
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Or One down South…
I said it was fete month, so here is another one this time in the southern suburbs. With over 30 stalls including food, craft, second hand and books plus plenty of food stalls such as sausage sizzle and Devonshire there is plenty to do. But if that's not enough, try the show rides and bouncy castle or simply spend the day enjoying the free activities such as the rope bridge and colouring in competitions.

When: Sunday 9th November, 10am-3pm
Where: Canningvale Primary School, The Ramble, Canning Vale
Cost: free entry
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A Minute of Silence
Usually when the kids are quiet they're up to no good, but not today. At 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, Aussies stop for a minute to remember all those who have given their lives in the defence of our country.

If you're planning on being at the shops (or anywhere public) around this time, take your littlies something to occupy their mouths (like a lovely sugary lollypop) so they don't choose that exact time to announce they've loaded their nappy or ask why boogers taste so weird.

When: Tuesday 11th November

Get your walking shoes on

Walk This Way
The John Hughes Big Walk may not be for kids as such, but it is certainly *for* kids. Every year, thousands of walkers raise money for Princess Margaret Hospital and a range of Rotary charities. In 2013 they raised over $25,000! With a range of distances from 6km to 15km you can choose one that little legs can keep up with (or that you can manage with a pram).

There are all sorts of prizes and activities during the day, not to mention the warm fuzzies from participating in a good cause.

When: Sunday 16th November, 8am
Where: Burswood Park
Cost: $20 adults, under 15 years $5, under 5 years free
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Love of My (kids) Life
One year I suggested sending a thank you card to our favourite invention (the TV) on World Television Day, and the next I suggested going old-school and turning it off. Scandalous, I know, but it's amazing how much living can be done when the box is off.

Grab one of those big boxes your last flat screen came in, draw on the screen and some dials (I know, modern TVs don't have dials) and cut out a large square in the middle. Prop it up between two chairs, and presto! Your kids can be on TV.

The UN does point out that this day of recognition isn't so much of the technology itself, but rather the way the TV has become a symbol of globalisation and communication. In our house, the TV is a symbol of harmony and silence and I love it. Thank you TV.

When: Friday 21st November
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So many things to be thankful for

Be Thankful
Since Aussies seem to have adopted Halloween and various other American traditions, it will only be a matter of time before we start doing Thanksgiving here as well. It's best just to think about the most basic idea of being grateful and giving thanks. We shouldn't have to limit this to a single day every November though.

Leave the frozen turkey at the supermarket and instead make a picnic or a good Aussie BBQ, sit the kids down and get everyone to say what they are most thankful for or try these gratitude crafts

When: Thursday 27th November
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Horses and Sausages and Bangs
Cryptic, yes. But don't worry, there are no horses in the sausages. This is the Italian Fireworks Night at Gloucester Park sponsored by Del Basso Small Goods, and yes there will be horse racing, but it's also a family night with plenty of Italian food stalls, free kids rides, plenty of entertainment and a fireworks display after the last race.

When: Friday 28th November
Where: Gloucester Park,
Cost: adults $20, kids under 12 free
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Sing Your Hearts Out
If your children can't get enough of Glee and you catch them singing in front of the mirror with a hairbrush, then bring along to the Australian Girls' Choir Annual Concert to see how the elite do it. Enjoy all the singing and dancing of the Perth chapter of this amazing choir (made famous by the 'I Still Call Australia Home' Qantas ad).

When: Sunday 30rd November, 1.30pm or 7pm
Where: Perth Concert Hall
Cost: $46-51 pp
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Why? November is huge for family friendly events
When: November 2014
Where: All over Perth
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