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Top Kids Events in March: The Secret List

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by Shannon Meyerkort (subscribe)
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Published February 20th 2015
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Welcome to 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.

Point Walter Festival
Start the month with an awesome free festival and fireworks, image courtesy website


Fireworks and Families at Point Walter
What better way to start the long weekend than with a free family concert at beautiful Point Walter. With four hours of free music and entertainment, plus a host of kids' activities (bouncy castle, face painting, balloon twisting) all finishing with a bang (fireworks) this is a great start to March. Free parking and free bus shuttles (check the website) and it's hosted by Tod Johnston, ooh ah.

When: Sunday 1st March, 4.30pm-8.30pm
Where: Point Walter Foreshore, Honour Ave, Bicton
Cost: Free
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Big Weekend at Hyde Park
The first weekend in March also happens to be the long weekend. School has just gone back and here they are on holidays again! No worries, take the family along to the two day celebrations at the Hyde Park Fair with a range of activities each day including food stalls, market stalls, side show and show bags, rides, face painting, street art workshops, and more entertainment than you could hope for.

Entry to the fair is free and there is a massive K-Zone dedicated to kids with a range of interesting activities. Parking can be tricky so consider public transport to get there and home again.

When: Sunday 1st (10am-9pm) and Monday 2nd March (10am-5pm)
Where: Hyde Park, corner of William and Vincent Streets, North Perth
Cost: Free entry
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Keep it Clean
Clean Up Australia Day is turning 25! Last year over half a million Aussies got involved and collected over 15 tonnes of rubbish. 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 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 1st March

Where: everywhere
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Dr Seuss
All kids love Dr Seuss

I like my eggs green, please
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: Monday 2nd March
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Sculpture by the Sea
Enjoy amazing artwork on one of Perth's best beaches, image courtesy website

Best Sandcastles in the Country
Our favourite public art exhibition is back with the iconic Sculpture by the Sea on the sandy white shores of Cottesloe beach for the month of March. Drawing enormous crowds across its two week run, it has become famous for controversial and unique art, all of which is available for sale after the event (if you have a spare few thousand dollars or more). Weekends are usually chockers, but bring the kids along in the evenings for a fun picnic with some unusual dinner companions.

When: Friday 6th March to Monday 23rd March
Where: Cottesloe Beach, Cottesloe
Cost: Free
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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 sausage sizzle, water slides, inflatables and more 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: Sunday 8th March, 11am-3pm
Where: Claremont Pool, 12 Davies Road, Claremont
Cost: normal entry fees apply
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South Perth Fiesta
Prepare to be invaded by more giants, image courtesy website

Invasion of the Giant Bunnies
If you found the last group of Giants to visit Perth to be a bit of a nightmare due to enormous crowds, then these friendly giants might be more your style. Fresh from Vivid, this collection of enormous, illuminated, inflatable white rabbits will be spending a whole week nestled on the grass in South Perth: plenty of time to get up close and personal. At 7m tall they will make a lasting impression on kids of all ages.

When: Sunday 15th to Saturday 22nd March, 6.30pm-10.30pm
Where: Sir James Mitchell Park, South Perth
Cost: Free
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International Happy Day
Smile - it's Happy Day

Don't Worry, Be Happy
A couple of years ago the UN decreed 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 Friday so send them to school (at least you will be happy). Maybe pack a surprise picnic dinner and take everyone to the beach or visit the Giant Bunnies.

When: Friday 20th March
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Homegrown
It's a pop-up beach in the middle of the hills, image courtesy website

A Day at the Beach in Gosnells?
Pop-up events are all the rage at the moment and why should adults get all the fun? This year the City of Gosnells is providing a pop-up beach, right in the middle of Gosnells for the annual Little Scribblers art event as part of their major festival. With as many free events as there are grains of sand on the beach (including water, sand castle building, water slide, camel rides, games and entertainers) you will be wet with pleasure. Of course, don't forget the free art projects where your kids can create their own masterpiece to take home.

When: Saturday 21st March, 11am-3pm
Where: Walter Padbury Reserve
Cost: Free
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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: Saturday 21st March
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Show me the stars
If you have a little astrophysicist in the family then take them along to Astrofest, an astronomically awesome event dedicated to the stars and beyond. Bring a picnic and be prepared to turn your gaze skyward with a host of activities including solar gazing, models, guided tours, guest speakers, astrophotography and plenty of hands on activities. There are prizes to be won, and who knows, you might discover a new star.

When: Saturday 28th March, 5.30pm-9.30pm
Where: Edinburgh Oval, Curtin University, Bentley.
Cost: Free
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Teddy Bear's picnic
Bring your best friend to a picnic at the Zoo, image courtesy website

The Teddy Bears Picnic
Proving yet again that the simple things in life are often the best, the Perth Zoo teddy bears' picnic is a fun and cheap way to spend the day at the zoo with your kids and their favourite toys. For the low price of $2 children aged between 4 and 15 years can enter the zoo for the all-day event which will include rides, face painting, story-telling, bouncy castle, entertainers and more. Teddy bears and kids under four are FREE. Don't forget your picnic.

When: Sunday March 29th, 9am-4pm
Where: Perth Zoo, South Perth
Cost: kids can enter the zoo for $2
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Why? March is probably the best month of the year for kids events
When: March 2015
Where: Across Perth
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