Get organised for the biggest and best school holiday events
Welcome to the Secret List: the ultimate list of fun and unusual things to do with your kids in Perth this month.
April has to be one of the best months: the weather has cooled, the Easter Bunny has been and gone and there are two weeks of school holidays.
A Festival Day at the Beach
Grab the kids, dunk them in a tub of sunscreen and take them along to the free Coogee Beach Festival. It's just like a day at the beach but this time but with free performances and music, inflatable water slides, face painting, a beach challenge, dunking machine, orb balls, climbing wall, mermaids and craft activities. Bring a picnic and plan ahead (it's very popular) or buy food and drinks from the stalls available.
Willetton Community Festival Like a mini Royal Show without the 100,000 strong crowd, the Willetton Community Festival has all the excitement, rides, stalls, food, performances and displays of the Big One but with FREE entry, medieval sword fighting, petting zoos and so much more. Check out this detailed article for all the information.
When: Sunday 3rd April, 10am-4pm
Where: Burrendah Reserve, opposite Southlands Shopping Centre, Willetton Cost: Free Click for more info.
Is that your stomach rumbling, or a food truck? Stomachs! Prepare to be amazed. Featuring an incredible 40 trucks this year, plus 10 food stalls, the Perth Food Truck Rumble will take place at the Northbridge Cultural Centre to serve up a feast including pizza, churros, icecream, Mexican, vegetarian and vegan, Japanese and more.
This year there will be a break dancing competition and market stalls as well. Bring your appetite.
When: Sunday 3rd April, 11am to 8pm
Where: Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge
Cost: food prices will vary Click for more info.
The Brickman Experience, image courtesy Brickman website
The Brickman Cometh
Because too much Lego is never enough, the Brickman experience ought to satisfy even the most hardcore brick fans. With over five million bricks and numerous enormous breath-taking displays, this is the biggest Lego exhibition in Australia and also have plenty of hands-on action.
The Brickman, Ryan McNaught is one of only 13 certified Lego professionals in the world, and is responsible for building all the amazing store models in the Australian region. If that isn't the coolest job in the world, I don't know what is.
When: 7th April to 20th April
Where: Under the big top at Elizabeth Quay
Cost: tickets from $27 Click for more info.
Bamberts Book of Lost Stories, image courtesy Barking Gecko Theatre Company website
Bamberts Book of Lost Stories
A beautiful production for lovers of books and puppets, this is the story of a little man with a love of writing who decides one day to set his characters free, and see what happens. This is the world premiere and will be enchanting for all ages.
When: April 8th to 23rd, multiple performances daily
Where: State Theatre Centre, Northbridge
Cost: tickets $35.68 plus booking fee Click for more info.
Roll Up Roll Up
Circus Joseph Ashton and his family have been entertaining Perth families for years, and are one of the few circus to still use animals as part of their show (which is why certain councils won't let them perform in their area). It's an old-school circus with tumbling and high wire, clowns and performing horses. Feel the woodchips under your feet and smell the popcorn. A great introduction to circuses for the kids.
When: Friday 8th April to Sunday 24th April
Where: Midland Oval, Midland
Cost: children $15/$30, adults $20/$40 Click for more info.
A plan of some of the enormous water slides, image courtesy Xscape at the City website
Get Wet and Wild
Because the biggest and best pop-up water park to ever hit Perth simply isn't enough, for the April school holidays the organisers are not only extending their stay but adding an entire carnival of rides and entertainment as well. Ticket prices include all access and you can choose from morning or afternoon sessions. Book early to avoid missing out.
When: April 9th to 25th
Where: Belmont Racecourse, Burswood
Cost: $25 plus booking fee Click for more info.
The Little Prince, image courtesy Spare Parts Puppet Company website
The Little Prince
When you are sick of arguing with the kids about how much screen time they should have, why not remind them that before TV and computers, we used to experience art and theatre in a much more up close and personal way.
Breathing life into childhood favourite, 'The Little Prince', this beautiful production by the Spare Parts Puppet Theatre has numerous shows throughout the school holidays. Running at a sensible 50 minutes, is a timeless story perfect for children of all ages.
When: Saturday 9th April to Saturday 23rd April, 10am and 1pm (except Sundays and public holidays)
Where: Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, 1 Short St Fremantle
Cost: tickets $25pp Click for more info.
April is the month for festivals, isn't it? This one is a little different, showcasing the importance of the environment, sustainability and teaching you how to make a difference. But it's certainly not doom and gloom with a range of fun workshops, displays, face painting, eco-craft and fairies.
School holidays at Scitech, image courtesy Scitech website
Why is it that kids are happy to learn about science as soon as school is over? No matter, take advantage of their thirst for knowledge and send them along to the variety of school holiday programs run by our favourite science geeks at Scitech.
With programs such as the chemistry of Dr Suess and the engineering of Lego, there will be something for everyone these holidays. There are a number of programs appropriate for children aged between 4 and 16 years.
When: starts Tuesday 12th April and continues during school holidays
Where: Scitech, West Perth
Cost: programs start at $12 for members and many are booking out so hurry Click for more info.
Big Kids Carnival
This isn't just a carnival for big kids (though they're welcome) but it is a BIG carnival for kids. And it will be popular so buy your tickets online now. With unlimited free rides and entertainment as soon as you step foot inside, it's a kids paradise (parents bring earplugs and some paracetamol).
As well as a huge line-up of show rides and bouncy castles there will be a petting zoo, roving entertainers, comedy shows, face painting and free fairy floss. Your entry tickets provides unlimited access to all rides.
When: Saturday 16th April to Monday 18th April,
Where: Wanneroo Showgrounds, Ariti Ave, Wanneroo
Cost: adults $15, kids $27 plus booking fee Click for more info.
Kids Kerfuffle, image courtesy City of Stirling website
Just in case your child still has some energy left, there is the one-day-only Kids Kerfuffle, a fun obstacle course designed especially for kids aged 6-12. While the course must be pre-booked and costs $10 for each half hour timeslot, there will be plenty of free fun and games to be had as well, with activities for the under 6s as well.
When: Saturday 16th April, 9am-1.30pm
Where: Stirling Civic Gardens, Stirling
Cost: $10 for the obstacle course Click for more info.
Fremantle Scavenger Hunt
Raising money for the Cancer Council of WA has never been more fun with the Fremantle Scavenger Hunt. In teams of six, hunters will scour the streets of Fremantle looking for clues, asking questions and taking photos. All ages are welcome, as long as there is an adult on the team and you can choose different activities based on your skills and stamina.
When: Sunday 17th April, 1.30-4.30pm
Where: hunt begins at the Esplanade, Fremantle
Cost: $35 adults, $28 concession Click for more info.
We Will Remember Them
If the pre-dawn start of the ANZAC Day dawn service is too early for you, then spend some time with the kids today baking a batch of Anzac biscuits and telling them about the brave men and women who fought for Australia in the wars. With any luck, we won't need to send our kids off to fight like so many generations before us.
A Dirty Weekend
The Perth Garden Festival is great for families who love the great outdoors. Not only is the event pet friendly, but there are plenty of hands on learning and activities for the little (and big) green thumbs.
When: Thursday 28th April (and finishing Sunday 1st May) 9am-4pmWhere: McCallum Park, Vic Park
Cost: $20 adults, kids under 18 years FREE Click for more info.