Get Organised Now If You Want To Survive the School Holidays
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 is coming and there are two weeks of school holidays with plenty to do.
Kids Canopy at Joondalup Festival
Kids Canopy at Joondalup Festival
The Kid's Canopy is a very special part of the Joondalup Festival, designed to appeal to the littlest of visitors who will be entertained with 15 minute performances of mime, circus, dance, music, clowning and comedy every half hour between 2.00pm to 6.00pm for both main days of the Festival. Grab a beanbag, settle in and enjoy the show.
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: Saturday 1st to Sunday 23rd April
Where: High Wycombe, corner Roe Hwy and Kalamunda Rd Cost: children $15/$30, adults $20/$40 Click for more info.
Excelsior Primary School 2017 Fair Everyone loves a classic school fete, and the Excelsior Primary's fair won't fail to please with classic market stalls, water slides, rides, live entertainment, and lots more. Bring the whole family.
Families are invited to the Family Festival in honour of World Autism Awareness Day, with a huge line-up of fun activities including bouncy castle, gym bus, music, sausage sizzle, ice cream and coffee vans, face painting, bubbles and more. There will also be information booths about Autism and everyone is encouraged to wear blue.
When: Sunday 2nd April from 10am to 2pm
Where: Market Square, Subiaco (Cnr Haydn Bunton Dr and Roberts Rd)
Cost: Free Click for more information.
These 3 and 4 day coding camps are definitely the top end in school holiday programs in terms of costs, but coding is becoming increasingly popular and is being taught in schools. Catering to kids from five years old to high school, the camps are taking place in various schools across Perth and range from three to four days. Kids will learn to create and build their own games ending up with their very own app that will be usable on multiple devices.
When: April 3rd to 29th, from 9am to 3.30pm daily
Were: Multiple school-based locations across Perth
Cost: Camps start from $350 for three days or $440 for a four day camp Click for more information.
Based on a true story of a dog who waited at a Tokyo train station every day for nine years, Hachikō is a simple yet beautiful tale about the love and companionship animals can bring to our lives, brought to life by the talented puppeteers at the SPPT.
When: April 8th to 22nd, multiple performances daily
Where: Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, 1 Short St, Fremantle
Cost: tickets $23 plus booking fee Click for more info.
Fremantle Easter Hunt
Head to Fremantle for the "eggcellent" free Easter hunt, with plenty of prizes up for grabs. Grab a map, find the bilbys in shops across Freo and crack the code to enter the prize draw.
When: 8th to 12th April
Where: hunt begins at the Esplanade, Fremantle
Cost: free Click for more info.
Art Classes for Kids at Fremantle Arts Centre
From mosaic sea creatures to pottery, photography, film, animation, paper mache, marbling and more, these wonderful classes are designed for younger (5-8 years) and older (9-12 years) kids. Ranging from two hours to all day, all classes are run by highly qualified tutors guaranteed to get your kids creative juices flowing.
CirQuest School Holiday Programs
Running in the first week of the school holidays, these circus skills workshops are designed for kids aged between four and fifteen and include skills such as trapeze, juggling, unicycling, stilts and hula hoops. Sessions are divided into age groups (4-6, 7-9 and 10-15 years) and are each two hours long. Book early to avoid missing out.
When: April 10th to 13th
Where: CirQuest Circus School, 17 Howlett St, North Perth
Cost: $25 a day or $80 for all four days Click for more information.
School holiday program at Scitech
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 science of toys, DIY robotics, Easter Egg Engineers and birds of prey there are programs to suit everyone aged between 4 and 16 years.
When: starts Monday 10th April and continues during school holidays
Where: Scitech, West Perth
Cost: programs start at $15 for members and many are booking out so hurry Click for more info.
Crazy Fun Easter Carnival
Taking place over the Easter weekend in Rockingham, the Crazy Fun Carnival will be offering unlimited rides and live shows plus cuddly animals, bubble, mini gold, Easter eggs and more. There are two sessions each day and the entry cost covers a three and a half hour session and is all-inclusive.
When: April 13th to 16th, sessions at 9am and 1.30pm
Where: Dixon Road Oval, Rockingham
Cost: Kids $25 plus booking fee, adults $15 plus booking fee Click for more information.
Art and Sustainability Day Camps
For kids aged between 5 and 15, these long day camps have a range of interactive activities from cooking, caring for the environment, crafting, circus skills, music, toy making and more. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea is provided.
When: April 18th to 21st, from 8.30am-4.30pm
Where:17 Howlett St, North Perth
Cost: $90 per day or $300 for 4 days Click for more information.
Big Kids Carnival
Back again and being held at the Wanneroo Showgrounds, the Big Kids Carnival offers unlimited fun for one entry fee. For kids aged 2 to 14 years, they will enjoy huge four hour sessions with carnival rides, stage shows and more. Get your tickets early as sessions tend to book out.
When: 22nd and 23rd April, 8.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 5.30pm
Where: Wanneroo Showgrounds
Cost: Kids (2 to 14 years) $27 and Adults (14 years ) $15 plus bookings fees Click for more information.
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 22nd April, 9am-1.30pm
Where: Carine Regional Open Space
Cost: $10 for the obstacle course 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.