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Things to do for kids in Perth and 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?

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The Little Prince

The Little Prince Adapted from the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

  • Dates:Jan 13 - Feb 1
  • Time(s):Daily; 10.00 am - 11.00 am, 01.00 pm - 02.00 pm
  • Venue:Spare Parts Puppet Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:Spare Parts Puppet Theatre
  • Venue Address:Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, 1 Short Street, Fremantle, WA, 6040
  • Ticket Price:$25.00 - $23.00
  • Ticket Price FROM:$25.00
  • Ticket price TO:$23.00
  • Type:Performing Arts
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For toddlers 0-3,For kids 4-12,For teens 13-17,For seniors,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:Spare Parts Puppet Theatre
  • Performing Arts:Puppetry,Theatre
  • Music:Other Music
  • Visual Arts:Other Visual Arts
  • Event Venue:Spare Parts Puppet Theatre

Description

Immerse yourself in the imagination of a child during the January school holidays with Spare Parts Puppet Theatre’s acclaimed production of The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. 

 

Saint-Exupéry’s exquisite tale tells the story of a curious prince who leaves his tiny planet for an adventure that reveals the essential things in life can only be discovered with the heart. For more than 70 years this timeless story has awakened the imagination of readers of all ages.

 

Duration: 45 mins

Perfect for 5+ but suitable for everyone!

 

Jan 13 – Feb 01
10am & 1pm daily 

No performances Sundays or public holidays.

 

Booking Essential 

Please visit www.sppt.asn.au or telephone 9335 5044

 

Ticket Prices 

General Admission: $25.00 (per ticket)
Groups of 4 or more: $24.00 (per ticket)

Groups of 10 or more: $23.00 (per ticket)

$3.95 booking fee applies

Hecate

In a world where the Noongar language is spoken by all, a yarn about a Scottish king is retold.

  • Dates:Feb 5 - 16
  • Time(s):Tue – Fri 7.30pm | Sat 8 Feb 2pm | Sat 15 Feb 2pm & 7.30pm | Sun 6pm
  • Venue:Subiaco Arts Centre
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Festival
  • Venue Address:Subiaco Arts Centre, 180 Hamersley Rd, Subiaco WA 6008
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events,Performing Arts
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For kids 4-12,For teens 13-17,For seniors
  • Event Venue:Subiaco Arts Centre
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Ticket Price FROM:$25
  • Ticket price TO:$69
  • Produced By:Yirra Yaakin

Description

'Great business must be wrought ‘ere … boodjar baal waaliny.'

Hecate, queen of the witches, is usually omitted from productions of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Here, she is at the heart of everything, watching as Macbeth strives toward power at any cost, all the while knowing that order must be restored; that Country always trumps human ambition and greed.

In 1833 colonist Robert Menli Lyon wrote in reference to Noongar people that ‘the whole of each tribe are bards’. This world premiere event puts those words to the test. Having spent years studying and reclaiming their endangered Noongar language, a star ensemble use this audacious adaptation as a springboard to showcase its poetic and expressive qualities.

Join us for Australia's first large-scale Shakespeare production entirely in Noongar language, the original language of the south west of Western Australia, as conceived by Kyle J Morrison. Adapted and directed by Kylie Bracknell [Kaarljilba Kaardn]. 

A post-show Q&A will take place after the show on Feb 11 and a schools performance will take place on Feb 12.

Hecate is presented by Yirra Yaakin Theatry Company, Bell Shakespeare and Perth Festival. 

Perth Festival 2020

Perth Festival curates and presents an annual arts festival of the highest international quality.

  • Dates:Feb 7 - Mar 1
  • Venue:Multiple Venues
  • Festivals:All Festivals

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Festival
  • Venue Address:M418, 3 Crawley Avenue, Crawley Perth, Western Australia
  • Type:Festivals
  • Audience:LGBTI,Adults,Family-Friendly,For kids 4-12,For teens 13-17,For seniors

Description

The Festival aspires to create new work and stimulate discourse about Western Australia and our place in a complex and political world. The Festival’s ambition is to lift audience expectations and opportunities for Western Australian arts practice, contributing to a vibrant and resilient culture. Founded in 1953 by The University of Western Australia, the Perth International Arts Festival is the longest running international arts festival in Australia and Western Australia’s premier cultural event. The Festival has developed a worldwide reputation for excellence in its international program, the presentation of new works and the highest quality artistic experiences for the people of Western Australia.

The Great Valley Rally

Designed for families with children aged 5 to 12, the Great Valley Rally is a thrilling treasure hunt following cryptic clues along a specific route through the Swan Valley.

  • Dates:Mon - Sun, 9am - 4pm
  • Time(s):9am - 4pm
  • Venue:Multiple venues across the Swan Valley

Details

  • Hosted By:City of Swan
  • Venue Address:Starts at Swan Valley Visitor Centre, Guildford Courthouse, Cnr Meadow and Swan Streets
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Free
  • Audience:Family-Friendly,For kids 4-12

Description

The Great Valley Rally starts at the Swan Valley Visitor Centre and takes around three hours to complete.

Participants follow Stirling the Black Swan’s cryptic clues, along the way learning about local history, historic sites and indigenous culture.

They also get to see some of the Swan Valley’s popular food and tourist attractions as they complete the clues.

There are two ways you can experience the rally:

- Online: Simply click on the button below and you'll be taken to Facebook Messenger to experience the new high-tech version of the rally, complete with digital-only special offers. From there, you'll be able to register the day you plan to do the rally and received further information on the next steps. Note: You'll need a Facebook Messenger account  and mobile data to participate in the rally using this method.

- On paper: Download the clue sheet and track your way through the Swan Valley the old fashioned way.

Either way the Great Valley Rally is a fun family day out. There are plenty of providores to pick up picnic supplies from, or make a pit stop at one of the many cafes or restaurants en route. Don’t forget to drop into the Swan Valley Visitor Centre to claim your certificate and free gift after completing your adventure.

SensAtion Gallery

The SensAtion Gallery is a multi-sensory playground. Be prepared to be enthralled, educated, immersed and challenged to think about your senses differently.

  • Dates:Jan 7 - 25
  • Venue:SensAtion Gallery, 3 De Vlamingh Avenue, East Perth
  • Time(s):10am - 3pm

Details

  • Hosted By:MSWA
  • Venue Address:3 De Vlamingh Avenue, East Perth
  • Ticket Price FROM:Junior - $10 (+booking fee)
  • Ticket price TO:Family - $50 (+booking fee)
  • Type:Art Exhibitions
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For toddlers 0-3,For kids 4-12,For teens 13-17,For seniors,Wheelchair Access
  • Visual Arts:Other Visual Arts

Description

The SensAtion Gallery is a multi-sensory playground.

Be prepared to be enthralled, educated, immersed and challenged to think about your senses differently.

There are more than 20 bespoke interactive installations that will amaze you and provide the perfect backdrop for that awesome Insta-worthy moment!

It will provide extremes that vary from sensory overload to depravation, through the use of innovative augmented and virtual reality.

Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 3pm.

 

Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr Fox Live

Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox burrows west and arrives in Perth to delight and dazzle audiences of all ages these summer holidays.

  • Dates:Jan 22 - 26
  • Venue:Heath Ledger Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:shake & stir theatre co and QPAC
  • Venue Address:174-176 William St, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$34
  • Ticket price TO:$41
  • Type:Performing Arts
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For kids 4-12,For teens 13-17
  • Event Venue:State Theatre Centre of WA
  • Performing Arts:Theatre

Description

Proudly brought to you by multi-award-winning theatre company – shake & stir, Fantastic Mr Fox is “Jaw-droppingly brilliant.”

Following a smash-hit, sold out season in Brisbane, Mr Fox and his family, friends and foes leap off the page and around the stage in this mind-blowing, visually-stunning production.

No one outfoxes a fox, especially not the horrible and greedy farmers Boggis, Bunce and Bean – one fat, one short, one lean. But when they try, Mr Fox needs to save his family and friends and he’ll go to any lengths to outwit the mean humans.

Packed with Dahlicious mischief, hilarious mayhem and humongous belly laughs, Fantastic Mr Fox is unmissable theatre for all ages.

You’ve read the book and seen the movie – now chase your tail all the way to the theatre and experience this family classic from the wacky mind of the world’s No. 1 Storyteller live on stage.

You won’t believe your eyes.

“A masterpiece” - The Courier-Mail

“Jaw-droppingly brilliant” - Stage Whispers

Highway To Hell

The Canning Highway is being transformed into the world's longest stage for a night of family-friendly fun, and iconic Aussie excitement - for one night only!

  • Dates:Feb 1
  • Time(s):5:00pm to 9:30pm
  • Venue:Gabbi Kowangalup - Niergarup
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Festival
  • Venue Address:Canning Highway
  • Ticket Price:FREE
  • Audience:Family-Friendly,Adults,For kids 4-12,For teens 13-17
  • Music:Free,Gig Guide,Popular Music

Description

Bring the family and celebrate our city and it's connection to the iconic Aussie band AC/DC. Come down to this free family event, taking place on Perth's Canning Highway - the supposed inspiration for the iconic song 'Highway To Hell'. Featuring some of WA's biggest up-and-coming acts, and even the Perth Symphony Orchestra. 

It all kicks off at 5pm when a convoy of flatbed trucks sets off down the highway as moving stages for the massive lineup - including Amyl and the Sniffers, Pigram Brothers, Carla Geneve and The Southern River Band to name a few. Celebrate the free family event with a picnic along the highway, enjoying the show as it drives on by. 

Hecate Kambarnap

Kwop Noongar maia waangkiny nitja. Kaarl-booyi nyinalangainy. Celebrate Noongar language thriving on Noongar Boodjar.

  • Dates:Feb 5 - Feb 16
  • Time(s):Before and After 'Hecate'
  • Venue:Subiaco Arts Centre Gardens
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Festival
  • Venue Address:Subiaco Arts Centre Gardens, 180 Hamersley Rd, Subiaco WA 6008
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Free,Aboriginal Art & Events
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For kids 4-12,For teens 13-17,For seniors
  • Event Venue:Subiaco Arts Centre
  • Produced By:Yirra Yaakin

Description

Before and after seeing Hecate you are invited to Hecate Kambarnap, a unique gathering space to celebrate Noongar people and the maintenance and care of the Noongar language as it pulses through the bedrock of our Country. Noongar language is rarely spoken fluently, and language revival is vital to healing and strengthening our community.

Hecate Kambarnap offers a cleansing smoking for those who wish to gather and honour the ancient Noongar sounds, stories and speakers. 

Koorlangka

On the anniversary of the Government apology to the Stolen Generations Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse present their evocative Koorlangka.

  • Dates:Feb 13
  • Time(s):Thu 13 Feb 7.30pm | Duration 90mins including interval
  • Venue:Government House Ballroom
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Festival
  • Venue Address:Government House Ballroom, 13 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price:$45
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For kids 4-12,For teens 13-17,For seniors,Wheelchair Access
  • Event Venue:Government House Ballroom
  • Music:Concert Tours,Other Music

Description

With their reputation for a fresh, modern take on ancient traditions, this award-winning music duo perform this exquisite suite of childrens’ songs and lullabies in Noongar. Guitar brilliance and incandescent vocals shine in a concert that connects one of the world’s oldest languages with our youngest generations. 

Opera In The Park

Supreme Court Gardens will be transformed into a fairy tale forest when one of the best-loved stories from the Brothers Grimm is brought to life.

  • Dates:Feb 22
  • Time(s):Opens 8:00pm
  • Venue:Supreme Court Gardens
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Festival
  • Venue Address:Riverside Drive, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price:FREE
  • Type:Performing Arts
  • Audience:Family-Friendly,Adults,For kids 4-12,For teens 13-17,For seniors
  • Music:Opera

Description

Supreme Court Gardens will be transformed into a fairy tale forest when one of the best-loved stories from the Brothers Grimm is brought to life. West Australian Opera's Hansel and Gretel is a free music and multimedia experience for the whole family.

Taking over the forest in Supreme Court Gardens is media artist Sohan Ariel Hayes (Boorna Waanginy and HOME), who will transform the park using projection, light and image to make this a truly immersive experience. Add to that, the sumptuous, romantic music by 19th Century master Humperdinck, and you'll discover in this glorious opera why Hansel and Gretel is one of the Brothers Grimm's most beloved tales.

Performed by West Australian Symphony Orchestra and sung by an extraordinary WA cast, this free family event promises to be a delight for the ears and eyes! Bring a picnic and make a night of it as you join Hansel and Gretel on a wild ride!

The Sound Of Picture Books

Our free family fun day is back spreading a love of reading, writing and drawing over the grounds at UWA in a huge range of events and activities.

  • Dates:Feb 23
  • Time(s):Sun 23 Feb 10.45am & 12pm | Duration 45mins
  • Venue:Octagon Theatre
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Festival
  • Venue Address:Octagon Theatre, 35 Stirling Hwy, Crawley WA 6009
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Talks & Lectures
  • Audience:Family-Friendly,For toddlers 0-3,For kids 4-12,For teens 13-17
  • Event Venue:Octagon Theatre

Description

Not to be missed is The Sound of Picture Books, an interactive adventure that sees illustrator and composer Matt Ottley and author and musician Valanga Khoza join West Australian Symphony Orchestra’s string quintet and Yamaha’s Alf Demasi to bring to life Dumazi and the Big Yellow Lion with music and imagery.

Kalamunda Night Market

A monthly Night Market hosted in the heart of Kalamunda in operation from October - April annually.

  • Dates:11 Oct 2019, 22 Nov 2019, 20 Dec 2019, 17 Jan 2020, 21 Feb 2020, 20 March 2020, 17 April 2020, 15 May 2020
  • Time(s):6:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Venue:Haynes Street & Central Mall

Details

  • Audience:LGBTI,Adults,Family-Friendly,For toddlers 0-3,For kids 4-12,For teens 13-17,For seniors,Wheelchair Access
  • Music:Busking
  • Food & Drink:Food Market Events
  • Hosted By:Kalamunda Chamber of Commerce
  • Venue Address:Haynes Street and Central Mall, Kalamunda WA 6076
  • Ticket Price:FREE
  • Type:Summer Markets

Description

Join us for a night of international street food and cuisine, followed by perusing through the various giftware stalls and open businesses on Haynes Street and In Central Mall. 

Music and entertainment will ensure to top your evening in our Kalamunda. 

Ancient Rome: Epic Innovators and Engineers

Travel back in time and discover the determination, machines and genius that carved the great Roman Empire!

  • Dates:Dec 7 - Apr 26
  • Time(s):9:30am - 5:00pm
  • Venue:WA Maritime Museum

Details

  • Hosted By:Western Australian Museum
  • Venue Address:Victoria Quay, Peter Hughes Dr, Fremantle WA 6160
  • Ticket Price:Based on age
  • Ticket Price FROM:Free (children 4 and under)
  • Ticket price TO:$17.50
  • Type:Museum events
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For toddlers 0-3,For kids 4-12,For teens 13-17,For seniors,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:WA Museum
  • Event Venue:WA Maritime Museum

Description

Ancient Rome: Epic Innovators and Engineers is a family-friendly exhibition featuring carefully reconstructed replica machines that reflect one of the most technologically significant times in the human history.

The Roman Imperial period (52BC – 476AD) was an era of massive construction and large scale technical innovation that brought about unprecedented wellbeing. You will be surprised to see how much we inherited from 2,000 years ago—many of the objects, concepts and machines are still part of our modern lives.

Due to the ravages of time, very few pieces of ancient Roman technology and machinery have survived in their entirety. However - through studying archaeological finds and ancient texts, exhibition creators—Artisans of Florence in collaboration with the Niccolai Group (Firenze)—have reconstructed Ancient Roman technology using the same materials and techniques used thousands of years ago.

This exhibition includes models, catapults, frescoes, armour, weapons, busts, and much more.

Ancient Rome is best suited to primary school aged children though the entire family will enjoy learning about this fascinating era, including:

Military genius and mighty machines (Caesar’s army, discipline, tactics, war machines, armour, weapons)
All roads lead to Rome (measurements, transportation by road and sea, communication)
Building Rome (engineering - roads, bridges, buildings, monuments, aqueducts, tools, machines, techniques)
Entertainment (gladiators, colosseum, games, art, clothes, timekeeping, Roman life and people)
Discover this significant time in history as part of your family day out in Fremantle! 

School Holidays At WA Maritime Museum 2019 - 2020

Join us these school holidays as we explore the fascinating world of ancient Rome!

  • Dates:Fri 20 Dec 2019 – Sun 2 Feb 2020
  • Time(s):Activity times vary
  • Venue:WA Martime Museum

Details

  • Hosted By:WA Martime Museum
  • Venue Address:Victoria Quay Road, Fremantle, WA, 6160
  • Ticket Price:Entry fee for adults, Pizza Perfetto $15 per child
  • Type:Museum events
  • Audience:Family-Friendly,For kids 4-12,For teens 13-17,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:WA Museum
  • Event Venue:WA Maritime Museum

Description

Ancient Rome: Epic Innovators and Engineers

Travel back in time and discover the determination, machines, and genius that carved the great Roman Empire.

Rome Re-Imagined

Join us for a celebration of all things from ancient Rome, as we uncover the wonders of the city that became an empire. Decorate your own paper-craft gladiator helmet or goddess mask to take home. Ward off enemies and play with a Roman warrior’s ship in our toy touch trolley! You can also decorate a Roman battleship and watch it sail across our animated digital screen!

The Grey Company: Gladiator Games

Want to know what it takes to become a gladiator? Join The Grey Company for an insight into the training and techniques needed to compete in one of ancient Rome’s favourite forms of entertainment, the gladiator games!

Rome Show: A Day at the Colosseum

Explore a ‘day in the life’ of the Colosseum; the ancient home of stadium entertainment and gladiator combat. Step inside our own Colosseum where an ‘archaeologist’ and ‘tour guide’ will be your hosts in this fun and entertaining show. Join in a chariot race and have fun with the gladiator game!

Pizza Perfetto! Workshops

Come and learn the secrets of making ‘pizza perfetto’ (perfect pizza) with expert chefs at Fremantle’s Pizza Bella Roma restaurant.This fun workshop will have your hands floured and punching dough with the best of them!

School Holidays At WA Shipwrecks Museum

Become a legendary Spice Captain in the Trade Winds trail at the WA Shipwreck Museum!

  • Dates:Jan 4 - 19
  • Time(s):10:00am - 2:00pm; Storytelling 10:30am
  • Venue:WA Shipwrecks Museum

Details

  • Hosted By:WA Shipwrecks Museum
  • Venue Address:45 Cliff St, Fremantle WA 6160
  • Ticket Price:Trail - Free. Spice bottles - $3
  • Produced By:WA Museum
  • Event Venue:WA Shipwrecks Museum
  • Audience:For kids 4-12

Description

Trade Winds!

Travel back in time these school holidays at the WA Shipwreck Museum. Become a legendary Spice Catain and tell your own tale of traders, treasure and triumphant discoveries as you sail the high seas.

Adevnture awaits on the trail, starting with your Trade Winds clue sheet as your treasure map, set sail across the high seas to gather exotic and valueable spices. Decorate a special spice bottle in beautiful stained-glass colours and make it yours to keep or to give to someone special.

Seek hidden tales when you join in the Great Trade Race Game and listen to thrilling spiced gingerbread stories.

Bookings essential for groups of 10+

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