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Things to do for kids in WA

Perth and regional WA is awash with events and things to do for kids, plus bars, restaurants and wineries especially set up with kid’s play areas, all designed to make it easier for mum and dad to relax and pretend they have a life. In Subiaco there’s even a Toddler Spa – who knew?

Guides


On Our Beach

A new modern puppetry work that uses interactivity to tell a story that explores ideas of identity, belonging and what constitutes the experience of ‘Australian-ness’ and our connection to others.

  • Dates:Sep 28, Oct 1 - 5 & Oct 7 - 12
  • Time(s):10am & 1pm | 6.30pm on Oct 4 & 11
  • Venue:Spare Parts Puppet Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:Spare Parts Puppet Theatre
  • Venue Address:1 Short St, Fremantle WA 6160
  • Ticket Price FROM:$23
  • Ticket price TO:$25
  • Type:Performing Arts
  • Audience:Family-Friendly,For toddlers 0-3,For kids 4-12
  • Performing Arts:Puppetry
  • Produced By:Spare Parts Puppet Theatre

Description

Who is the ‘in crowd’, what makes us strangers and how can this relationship change? These are just some of the questions that will be raised as we are taken to the beach, the perfect setting to explore these concepts, a place where we strip down the layers of our identity, physically and metaphorically.

On our Beach is a tender, moving work that will take you on an emotional journey below the surface of Australian identity.

“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.” – John Lennon

Use promo code SCOOP19 for $20 tickets to On Our Beach!

Buster - It's All About Play

Over the school term the City of Fremantle will be presenting the Buster the Fun Bus program at the WA Maritime Museum!

  • Dates:Apr 30 - Sep 27
  • Time(s):9.30am to 11.30am
  • Venue:WA Maritime Museum

Details

  • Hosted By:WA Maritime Museum
  • Venue Address:Victoria Quay, Peter Hughes Dr, Fremantle WA 6160
  • Ticket Price FROM:Free
  • Type:Free
  • Audience:Family-Friendly,For kids 4-12
  • Produced By:WA Museum
  • Event Venue:WA Maritime Museum

Description

Designed for inquistive minds aged 0 to 5, this free, multi-sensory, and hands-on program offers creative and fun opportunities for families to learn and play together.

You can find the Buster the Fun Bus team in the Australia II Gallery every Friday from 9.30am - 11.30am.

Entry is free for participants and their guardians.

This special program runs during the school term:

Term Two: Tuesday 30 April to Friday 5 July
Term Three: Tuesday 23 July to Friday 27 September

Planet Shark: Predator Or Prey

Leave the outside world behind as you immerse yourself in the incredible underwater world of sharks!

  • Dates:Jul 6 - Nov 10
  • Time(s):9.30am - 5pm
  • Venue:WA Maritime Museum

Details

  • Hosted By:WA Maritime Museum
  • Venue Address:Victoria Quay Road, Fremantle, Western Australia, 6160, Australia
  • Ticket Price FROM:$10
  • Ticket price TO:$20
  • Type:Museum events
  • Audience:Family-Friendly,For kids 4-12,For teens 13-17
  • Produced By:WA Museum
  • Event Venue:WA Maritime Museum

Description

Our latest exhibition will take you on a journey through millions of years of evolution, leaving you with a whole new level of respect for the ocean’s oldest and most effective predator.

Produced on a size and scale never seen in Australia before, Planet Shark includes awe-inspiring models of real sharks, an extraordinary collection of shark teeth and jaws, and extremely old and rare fossils—some up to 370 million years old.

This exhibition also includes a walk through gallery where you will be mesmerised by stunning HD projections of underwater shark footage.

Whether sharks fill you with fear or fascination, Planet Shark: Predator or Prey will have you captivated from start to finish. Don’t miss out on this unique experience for young and old alike!

School Holidays At Museum Of The Great Southern

Keep the kids busy during the school holidays at the Museum of the Great Southern - the program is packed with a range of exciting activities!

  • Dates:Sep 28 - Oct 13
  • Time(s):Activity times vary
  • Venue:Museum of the Great Southern

Details

  • Hosted By:Museum of the Great Southern
  • Venue Address:Residency Road, Albany, Western Australia, 6330
  • Ticket Price FROM:Free
  • Ticket price TO:$8
  • Type:Museum events
  • Audience:Family-Friendly,For kids 4-12
  • Produced By:WA Museum
  • Event Venue:Museum of the Great Southern

Description

Indian Ocean Adventure

Come with us on an adventure of discovery as we explore the depths of the great Indian Ocean and its amazing marine life at Museum of the Great Southern these school holidays.

From ecosystems to ocean currents uncover the fascinating underwater world that is the Indian Ocean.

Lustre: Pearling & Australia

Discover the intriguing stories behind northern Australia's unique pearling tradition. Immerse yourself in the qualities of the shell itself, its evolution and habitat, and the people who have collected and harvested these treasures from Saltwater Country in our newest exhibition, Lustre: Pearling & Australia.

Dates: 21 September 2019 – 2 February 2020
Times: 10am – 4pm
Cost: Free
Age: All ages
Bookings: Not required

Discovery Centre—Indian Ocean Adventure

The Discovery Centre is full of fun and immersive activities for the whole family.

Explore the Indian Ocean from below the waves, interact with science experiments that explain buoyancy in sharks, or try your hand at modelling sea creatures for our diorama.

Dates: 28 September – 13 October
Times: 10am – 4pm
Cost: Free – Fabulous Fish, Ocean Depths Luminaire $5; stained glass art $3; Plaster sea creatures 50c - $2
Age: All ages
Bookings: Not required

Fabulous Fish

Unleash your creativity as you use transparent prints of ocean fish and colourful sharpies to add your individual flare to create a beautiful underwater scene.

Dates: 28 September – 13 October
Times: 10am – 4pm
Cost: Free
Age: All ages
Bookings: Not required

Ocean Depths Luminaire

Create a beautiful and decorative deep ocean luminaire using layers of coloured tissue paper and fine line markers that will shine when lit from within.

Dates: 28 September – 13 October
Times: 10am – 4pm
Cost: $5
Age: All ages
Bookings: Not required

Fishy Prints (workshop)

Using mono-printing and collage techniques create a layered, bright and beautiful masterpiece of creatures of the underwater world.

Dates: 1 October & 8 October
Times: 10.30am – 12pm
Cost: $8
Age: 6 - 14
Bookings: Essential by calling 9841 4844

Discovery Beach Walk

Join us at a local beach to explore the ocean and coastline’s biodiversity. From the tidal zone to deepest part of the ocean discover the types of marine life that live there and we might even spot a whale!

Dates: 4 October & 8 October
Times: 10.30am – 12pm
Cost: $5
Age: All
Bookings: Essential by calling 9841 4844

Programs are subject to availability. All children 12 years and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

School Holidays At Museum Of The Goldfields

Reach for the Moon at Museum of the Goldfields these school holidays - there will be a variety of fun-filled activities to keep the little ones enchanted!

  • Dates:Sep 28 - Oct 13
  • Time(s):Activity times vary
  • Venue:Museum of the Goldfields

Details

  • Hosted By:Museum of the Goldfields
  • Venue Address:17 Hannan Street, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, 6430
  • Ticket Price FROM:Free
  • Ticket price TO:$5
  • Type:Museum events
  • Audience:Family-Friendly,For kids 4-12
  • Produced By:WA Museum
  • Event Venue:Museum of the Goldfields

Description

Reach for the Moon

Reach for the Moon at Museum of the Goldfields these school holidays! Did you know it has been 50 years since the first person walked on the Moon?

Join us as we create rockets, find out what a water bear is, and aim for the stars with a fun range of out-of-this-world school holiday activities.

Aiming for the Stars

Some special stars have come down from the night sky and filled the Museum–can you find them? Follow the star trail and earn your own gold star by answering the trivia questions on the back of each one.

Dates: Saturday 28 September - Sunday 13 October
Times: 10am - 3pm
Cost: Free
Ages:4+
Bookings: Not required

Balloon Rocket Racers

Using a little bit of innovation and imagination, create your own rocket and race it against your friends to see who goes the fastest and the furthest.

How many different ways can we find to get our rockets to the Moon?

Dates:Week 1 Monday - Friday
Times: 10.30am
Cost: $5
Ages: 5+
Bookings: Essential by calling 9021 8533

Water Bears on the Moon

Did you know there are ‘water bears’ on the Moon? Also known as Tardigrades, water bears are near-microscopic animals with long, plump bodies and eight legs. The tiny animals were on an experimental craft which crashed on the Moon. Find out more about Tardigrades and other mini beasts in space.

Dates: Week 2 Monday - Friday
Times: 10.30am
Cost: $5
Ages: 5+
Bookings: Essential by calling 9021 8533

Movies at the Museum

Want some quiet time in the middle of the week? Bring your popcorn and cushions and enjoy a movie at the Museum.

Dates: Wednesday 9 October
Times: 1pm
Cost: Free
Ages:5+
Bookings: Essential by calling 9021 8533

Programs are subject to availability. All children 12 years and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Mozart By Candlelight: A Modern Twist to Mozart Classics

Perth Symphony Orchestra’s ever popular Candlelight series is back after a year’s hiatus, to celebrate and reimagine the music of none other than Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

  • Dates:16 October 2019
  • Venue:St. George’s Cathedral, Perth

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Symphony Orchestra
  • Venue Address:38 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA
  • Ticket Price FROM:35
  • Ticket price TO:90
  • Type:Classical Music,Music,Performing Arts
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For toddlers 0-3,For kids 4-12,For teens 13-17,For seniors,Wheelchair Access
  • Music:Classical

Description

Perth Symphony Orchestra’s ever popular Candlelight series is back after a year’s hiatus, to celebrate and reimagine the music of none other than Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, including a brand new commission by Australian composer Joe Chindamo.

Enjoy a complimentary glass of Silverstream wine as you enter the stunning St. George’s Cathedral, flooded by candlelight and prepare for an uplifting night of music by one of the world’s greatest composers, juxtaposed with works by living composers Joe Chindamo (AUS) and  Jonathan Dove (UK) drawing inspiration from Mozart’s musical legacy.

Inspired by Dove’s ‘An Airmail Letter to Mozart’, the program is woven together with letters written by Mozart himself, giving a unique insight into the mind of one of the most famous composers throughout his lifetime.

TIME: Doors and bar from 5.30pm, Concert from 6.30pm

Plus! Join us in the Burt Hall for a pre-concert talk and drink with composer Joe Chindamo (Melbourne) from 5.45pm – 6pm.

DATE: Wednesday 16th October

WHERE: St. George’s Cathedral, Perth (38 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000)

TICKETS: On sale 10am Tuesday 3rd August

$90* Premium seating | $60* General Admission | $35 Kids (17 and under, seating within the General Admission area)

* tickets include a glass of wine

This concert is made possible thanks to funding from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, and support from Silverstream Wines and generous donations. Special thanks to Sustainability Partners Minderoo Foundation and Tim Roberts Giving, and Foundation Partner AHG.

 

More info can be found at https://perthsymphony.com/pso_event/mozart-by-candlelight/

Children's Week At Wa Shipwrecks Museum

Join us for Children's Week at the WA Shipwrecks Museum.

  • Dates:Oct 20
  • Time(s):10:00am – 2:00pm
  • Venue:WA Shipwrecks Museum

Details

  • Hosted By:WA Shipwrecks Museum
  • Venue Address:45 Cliff St, Fremantle WA 6160
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Museum events
  • Audience:Family-Friendly,For kids 4-12
  • Produced By:WA Museum
  • Event Venue:WA Shipwrecks Museum

Description

Bring the whole family down for a special day, discovering some of oldest known shipwrecks of Western Australia. Visit the photographic exhibition As Eye See It, featuring images taken by West Australian young people living in care.

Participants were given a camera and encouraged to take four photographs of things which hold a special significance for them.

Once you have explored the museum enjoy some fantastic free kids activities!  Make your own sun visor to stay safe in the sun, and take part in our sun prints workshop. All celebrating the 2019 theme of a Child's Right to be Healthy, Safe & Happy.

Location: The Storehouse at the WA Shipwrecks Museum
Cost: Free

Children's Week At Wa Maritime Museum

We are celebrating Children's Week at the WA Maritime Museum with a special family fun day!

  • Dates:Oct 27
  • Time(s):10:00am – 2:00pm
  • Venue:WA Maritime Museum

Details

  • Hosted By:WA Maritime Museum
  • Venue Address:Victoria Quay, Peter Hughes Dr, Fremantle WA 6160
  • Type:Museum events
  • Audience:Family-Friendly,For kids 4-12,For teens 13-17
  • Produced By:WA Museum
  • Event Venue:WA Maritime Museum

Description

Explore the depths of WA's maritime history and a range of exciting shark-themed activities. Don't forget to meet our very special guest, Seamus the Shark at 10.30am and 11.30am!

Entry to the Museum is free for this special event, but charges apply to the special exhibition Planet Shark: Predator or Prey and the HMAS Submarine Ovens.

Ngalipa Wangka Art Project

The East Kalgoorlie Primary School (EKPS) Ngalipa Wangka Art Project is a collaboration between acclaimed local Aboriginal artists Edie Ulrich, Marjorie Stubbs and Danny Ulrich and EKPS upper primary.

  • Dates:Nov 1 - Dec 9
  • Time(s):10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Venue:Museum of the Goldfields

Details

  • Hosted By:Museum of the Goldfields
  • Venue Address:17 Hannan St, Kalgoorlie WA 6430
  • Type:Museum events,Aboriginal Art / Performance
  • Audience:Family-Friendly,For kids 4-12
  • Produced By:WA Museum
  • Event Venue:Museum of the Goldfields

Description

This project provided an amazing opportunity for students to absorb cultural knowledge and mentorship from respected members of the community and to share this with the wider Kalgoorlie-Boulder community.

Together we have created a major artwork which depicts local flora interwoven with elements of local Aboriginal culture.

EKPS would like to thank our sponsors who have provided invaluable support, both financially and in practical ways.

This truly has been a team effort and we are so grateful to you all. 

Jazz For Juniors: Meet The Jazz Orchestra

Join WAYJO as we introduce the instruments in a jazz band, swing through different jazzy styles, and finish the year with childhood favourites

  • Dates:Apr 16 - 17, Jul 9 - 10 & Oct 1 - 2
  • Venue:His Majesty's Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra
  • Ticket Price:$12.50
  • Venue Address:825 Hay Street Perth, WA 6000 Australia
  • Produced By:WAYJO: WA Youth Jazz Orchestra
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For kids 4-12,Wheelchair Access
  • Event Venue:His Majesty's Theatre
  • Music:Jazz

Description

With a different program each school holiday, and instruments to try, designed  for small hands to play, these sell-out concerts are oodles of fun.

Drawing Australian Animals

Learn to draw Australian animals with an Aboriginal influence and discover the Nyoongar symbols used in art.

  • Dates:Sep 5, 12 & 19
  • Time(s):12pm - 2pm
  • Venue:Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre

Details

  • Hosted By:Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre
  • Venue Address:12 Captains Ln, Fremantle WA 6160
  • Ticket Price:$15
  • Type:Aboriginal Art / Performance
  • Audience:Family-Friendly,For kids 4-12,For teens 13-17
  • Visual Arts:Aboriginal,Painting,Drawing

Description

About the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre

  • Learn about Aboriginal history and culture
  • Learning about the Aboriginal Dreamtime ( the Dreamtime are Aboriginal stories and legends of how their land was created)
  • Observe Aboriginal art and craft being created (painting basket weaving wood carving or burning jewellery making etc)
  • Shopping at gift shops memorabilia or tourist shops
  • Visit or shop at an Aboriginal art gallery with authentic arts and crafts

Perth Makers Market - City Editions

Perth Makers Market take on the city by day (after the success of their Twilight Markets). Come along to support local creators at Yagan Square.

  • Dates:Sep 14, Oct 26, Dec 7
  • Time(s):10am - 4pm
  • Venue:Yagan Square

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Makers Market
  • Venue Address:Corner Wellington St and William St, Perth CBD
  • Ticket Price:FREE
  • Type:Festivals,Food & drink,Free,Homes and Design,Summer Markets
  • Audience:LGBTI,Adults,Family-Friendly,For toddlers 0-3,For kids 4-12,For teens 13-17,For seniors,Wheelchair Access
  • Event Venue:Yagan Square
  • Music:Busking
  • Visual Arts:Craft
  • Food & Drink:Food Market Events

Description

Perth Makers Market is bringing our array of talented stallholders to Yagan Square for a fun event so that you can shop local at markets year round!

Be sure to read our FAQ's section on our website for any questions and click "Going" on our Facebook event to keep up to date with who is coming, promotions (there will be giveaways) and everything you need to know about this special market.

FAQs

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Yagan Square is located in the heart of the Perth CBD so you can catch public transport right to where we are! Otherwise you can find many multi-storey carparks located nearby.

Is there an ATM on site?
Yes, there is an ATM located within Yagan Square's Food Hall

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
If you have any questions about the event please do not hesitate to get in touch with us via e-mail to: [email protected]

30Th Annual Performing Arts Festival For Catholic Schools & Colleges

This year is the 30th Annual Performing Arts Festival for Catholic Schools & Colleges. The 2019 Final Concert showcases some of the outstanding performances presented during the Festival.

  • Dates:Sep 16
  • Time(s):7.00pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Concert Hall
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$20
  • Ticket price TO:$25
  • Type:Performing Arts,Youth Art / Performance
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For toddlers 0-3,For kids 4-12,For teens 13-17,For seniors
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

The concert features an array of entertainment by primary and secondary students performing from a wide range of talent. Enjoy an evening of vibrant acts and excellence by students from Catholic schools.

TICKETING INFO
Concessions apply to
Full-time students
Pensioners
Seniors Card Holders
Children 16 years & under

Toddlers under 2 years free.

RUNNING TIMES
Starts 7pm
Interval 8:15pm
Second Half 8:35pm
Finish 10pm

*Times are approximate and subject to change at any time.

FOOD & BEVERAGES
A 'Grab and Go' menu will be available pre-show at this event.
Meals you will often find at this station range from curries, braises, gourmet burgers and substantial salads, right through to lighter options such as sushi, special fries and gourmet pies.

The menu will be uploaded to this event page closer to the event.

Presented by Performing Arts Festival for Catholic Schools and Colleges

Saltwater Rhythm & Ride: Rodeo, Campdraft & Country Music

A two day nationally affiliated sporting, cultural and entertainment event!

  • Dates:Sep 20-21
  • Time(s):7am to 12pm
  • Venue:Broome Rodeo Ground

Details

  • Venue Address:Broome Rodeo Ground, Broome Rd, Broome WA 6725
  • Ticket Price:View website for details
  • Type:Sports
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For toddlers 0-3,For kids 4-12,For teens 13-17
  • Sports:Other Sports & Fitness

Description

Commencing with Campdraft and Kids Git Up day, with free entry for kids, followed by an action-packed full points ABCRA RODEO including junior and senior events, barrel racing, steer wrestling, bronc & bareback riding, and of course bull riding.

Rhythm & Ride will conclude under a Kimberley starry night sky with the soundtrack to country Music.

Food and stalls available. No BYO and dogs. 

Free Film - The 1905 Act And Personal Experiences

An introduction to Aboriginal culture, the experience of invasion and colonisation and the ongoing struggle of Aboriginal people to maintain their identity as the first people of this land.

  • Dates:Sep 20
  • Time(s):12.00pm to 2.00pm
  • Venue:Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre

Details

  • Hosted By:Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre
  • Venue Address:12 Captain's Lane, Fremantle 6160
  • Ticket Price FROM:$0
  • Ticket price TO:$0
  • Type:Aboriginal Art / Performance,Film
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For kids 4-12,For teens 13-17,For seniors

Description

Against a backdrop of the account of the Western Australian 1905 Act, Leisha Eatts, Walter Eatts and Caron Farmer tell how this Act has shaped their lives and indicate how it reverberates still in the daily experience of Aboriginal people.

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