Freelance writer, mum of two who loves living in sunny Perth.
Published August 21st 2012
Learn about local life in Perth for $1
I'd known about this small museum for some time, as it's situated only footsteps away from one of my favourite coffee shops, Cafe Elixir. However, it wasn't until one particularly miserable rainy day that I decided to stick to indoor fun, and take my small son along to this museum to have a gander.
Located within Wanneroo's Cultural Centre, this museum showcases and celebrates the changes through history of the local area with over 300 objects and photographs on display depicting local life over the ages. What's more, there is a fabulous little children's area where little folk can get hands-on experience in the market gardening trade.
Wanneroo Library and Cultural Centre, 3 Rocca Way, Wanneroo
What Bring the kids and take them on a journey of exploration and education. Whilst my little one was too young to appreciate many of the antiquities on show; this is a great place to take little people and show them 'how we used to live'. There are numerous exhibits, many with audio visual and interactive displays that deepen the learning opportunities available. The changing technology display would certainly be a great eye opener for children of today who might enjoy finding out how Wanneroo locals existed before electricity. There are also some fabulous rural artefacts, and a rare 'buka' on show; believed to be the only kangaroo skin cloak on display outside of the Museum of WA.
Gold coin donation encouraged. Kids will love the interactive donation box. Put your donation in and then stand back and enjoy the little show.
What I liked.
Going with a 20 month old, I have to say that my favourite part of the visit was the children's area, but I'm sure as my son gets older, we'll enjoy spending more time exploring the wonderful displays. However, for now, this fabulous little nook of the museum houses everything you need for the little folk to play the role of market gardener and have a whole lot of fun. All the market gardening produce you need is in the 'store' as well as a truck to put it all in, weighing scales to weigh the produce and of course a cashiers till for payment of goods. We had lots of fun identifying all the vegetables and selling them to the local teddy bears.
In this children's area there were also a few craft tables, and we spent some time using the stencils to create some wonderful masterpieces. Considering this is only a gold coin donation entry, this is a great space to take children for some fun yet educational play. I've visited a number of times and have yet to find it busy. At most there has been two other families and kids have happily played 'shop' together.