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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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Guides


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.

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):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
  • Audience:Family-Friendly,Adults,For kids 4-12,For teens 13-17,For seniors
  • Music:Opera,Free
  • Type:Music

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):10.45am & 12pm | Duration 45mins
  • Venue:Octagon Theatre
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

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

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.

Yirra Yaakin Family Picnic & 2020 Season Celebration

Join the Yirra Yaakin theatre company in this celebration of their 2020 season!

  • Dates:Mar 19
  • Time(s):5.30pm to 8.30pm
  • Venue:Subiaco Theatre Gardens

Details

  • Hosted By:Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company
  • Venue Address:180 Hamersley Road, Subiaco WA 6008
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events,Performing Arts
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For kids 4-12,For teens 13-17,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:Yirra Yaakin
  • Performing Arts:Theatre

Description

Join us in celebrating our 2020 season at our annual family picnic at the Subiaco Arts Centre Theatre Gardens. With live music, kangaroo stew, damper, and face painting it’s a fun event for all!

Yarn with the Yirra Yaakin team under the stars and become part of our community.

When: Thursday 19 March 2020
Time: 5.30pm - 8:30pm
Where: 180 Hamersley Road, Subiaco | Theatre Gardens | Subiaco Arts Centre

The box office will be open and tickets for our upcoming shows will be on sale for a discounted price.

BYO Picnic & Beverages

FREE EVENT

Proudly supported by the City of Subiaco

House

Part fairy-tale, part mad-cap adventure story, HOUSE is a heart-felt and hilarious tale of loneliness, friendship and flying houses.

  • Dates:Jul 4 - 18
  • Venue:State Theatre Centre of WA

Details

  • Hosted By:Barking Gecko Theatre
  • Venue Address:174-176 William St, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$20
  • Ticket price TO:$30
  • Type:Performing Arts
  • Audience:Family-Friendly,For kids 4-12,For seniors,Wheelchair Access
  • Produced By:Barking Gecko
  • Event Venue:State Theatre Centre of WA
  • Performing Arts:Theatre

Description

When you lose something, you gain something else…

Cathelijn (Cata-line) is completely and undeniably alone: no friends, no family, no-one to turn to. All by herself in the centre of a dark forest, she tries to be strong, like a Viking. And that’s when she sees it – the house. A higgledy-piggeldy mess of a place as tall as the trees. Inside, she finds Piotr, a boy who never stops talking, and Elka, a grey-haired explorer who insists they keep the curtains closed tight. When they suddenly launch into the air and set off across the sky, Cathelijn learns that this is no ordinary house: it’s a Rescue House, and it rescues the Loneliest Child In the World. So begins an extraordinary adventure that takes Cathelijn across the world and deep inside herself, on a journey of self-realisation and self-determination.

Featuring a cast of loveable characters and a living, breathing house, this fun-filled escapade for the whole family will set imaginations soaring.

Yurlu Lounge, Karijini Experience 2020

Enjoy a night of music from some of Australia's most talented indigenous musicians, all under the beautiful Karjini sky

  • Dates:Apr 14-18
  • Time(s):5pm
  • Venue:Karjini Airstrip

Details

  • Venue Address:Karijini Airstrip, Karijini National Park, Banjima Drive, Karijini, Western Australia
  • Ticket Price FROM:Free (Children Under 14)
  • Ticket price TO:$130
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events,Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For kids 4-12,For teens 13-17
  • Music:Country & Folk,Other Music,Popular Music

Description

Reflect on the magnificent night sky as you sit back in the Yurlu Lounge and enjoy a prestigious line-up of Australian musicians including Thelma Plum, The Mark Atkins Band, The Struggling Kings (named the best Indigenous act in the 2019 WAM Awards) plus more exciting announcements to be made!
Yurlu is the Banjima word for Country or Earth, so bring your own chairs for a magical night of culture and music immersed in Country.

 

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.

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! 

Sculpture at Bathers 2020

The popular Sculpture at Bathers exhibition will return to the Bathers Beach Arts Precinct, Fremantle in February 2020. In a unique survey of contemporary Western Australian sculpture, the exhibition provides a great opportunity for over 80 artists to showcase their creations in a dynamic coastal setting.

  • Dates:2 February - 2 March 2020
  • Venue:Kidogo Arthouse and Bathers Beach

Details

  • Venue Address:Bathers Beach, Fremantle
  • Ticket Price:Free of charge
  • Type:Art Exhibitions,Pet-friendly
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For kids 4-12,For teens 13-17,For seniors,Wheelchair Access
  • Visual Arts:Sculpture

Description

After three successful ‘free to the public’ exhibitions in 2013, 2015 and 2017 Sculpture at Bathers returns in 2020 to enliven Perth’s cultural landscape.

A wide net is cast to ensure a dynamic mix of artists, from those with a strong established reputation to fresh, emerging talent. Artists are invited to submit a work representing their best current practice. The result is the largest dedicated survey of West Australian contemporary sculpture.

Our location and its intimacy are unparalleled, allowing us to tap into the unique, historic atmosphere of Fremantle’s West End.

We want more people to live with great West Australian art! And we want our audience to have an unforgettable cultural experience…

Chilli Fest 2020

The Marina Mindarie Chilli Fest returns for 2020 and it’s going to be extra hot!

  • Dates:Feb 22
  • Time(s):12-5pm
  • Venue:The Marina Mindarie

Details

  • Hosted By:The Marina Mindarie
  • Venue Address:The Marina Mindarie. 33 Ocean Falls Boulevard
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Food & drink
  • Audience:Adults,For kids 4-12,Wheelchair Access
  • Food & Drink:Food Event,Food Market Events

Description

The Marina Mindarie Chilli Fest returns for 2020 and it’s going to be EXTRA HOT!

Featuring chilli street food & market stalls, chilli market stalls, roaming entertainment, Chilli Eating Competition at The Boat, live music at both The Indi and The Boat, FREE kids’ activities from 12pm – 4pm and more to be announced!

To suit the event, the very spicy Red Hot Chili Peppers Tribute Band Sweet Surrender at The Boat from 9pm till late.

FREE ENTRY! No tickets required.

#themarinachillifest2020

 

Pride in the Park

Join Explore Curtin in celebrating Pride at the Creative Quarter (Curtin Uni) on Feb 23 12-3pm! This free event will be fun for the whole family with games, food, music and so much more.

  • Dates:Feb 23
  • Time(s):12pm to 3pm
  • Venue:Curtin University

Details

  • Hosted By:Explore Curtin
  • Venue Address:Creative Quarter (Curtin University)
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Ticket Price FROM:Free
  • Ticket price TO:Free
  • Type:Food & drink,University
  • Audience:LGBTI,Adults,Family-Friendly,For kids 4-12,For teens 13-17,Wheelchair Access

Description

Come and celebrate Pride at Curtin on Sunday 23rd Feb 12-3pm at Creative Quarter! ??????????

This event will be fun for all ages with drag races, DJ Feminem, food trucks, pop up bar, fun games, face painting, kid's pop up bar, picnic areas and much more.

Drive Ins: My Spy

Watch your favorite movie under the stars

  • Venue:Dongara Denison Drive Ins
  • Time(s):Gates open 5pm
  • Dates:feb 29

Details

  • Type:Film
  • Audience:Family-Friendly,Adults,For kids 4-12
  • Film:Outdoor Films
  • Hosted By:Dongara Denison Drive Ins
  • Venue Address:155 Point Leander Drive Dongara, Western Australia 6525

Description

Gates open at 5.30pm.  Movie starts at 7pm.

Food Available: Burgers -nachos   Hotdogs- Fish/ chips drinks & popcorn.

Come support our local clubs  and enjoy a great night out with your family and friends.

Adults $10, Children $5. No walk-ins

Ocean Film Festival World Tour 2020

A selection of short films that document the beauty and power of the ocean, celebrating the divers, surfers, swimmers and oceanographers who marvel at the mysteries of the big blue.

  • Dates:March 3 - 6
  • Venue:Heath Ledger Theatre

Details

  • Hosted By:Adventure Reels
  • Venue Address:174-176 William St, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$28
  • Ticket price TO:$36
  • Type:Film
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For kids 4-12,For teens 13-17,For seniors
  • Event Venue:State Theatre Centre of WA
  • Film:Film Festivals

Description

Designed to mesmerize and captivate, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour showcases more than two hours of sublime footage taken above and below the ocean's surface. The films feature captivating cinematography, complete with awe-inspiring underwater scenes and fast-paced wave sequences that have been captured from unbelievable vantage points. Inspiring and thought-provoking, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour is filled with moving footage, touching interviews and insightful narrations. Each of the festival’s films conveys a deep respect and appreciation for the world’s oceans and the creatures that call them home.

Labyrinth | Rooftop Movies

A cult classic returns!

  • Dates:Feb 5
  • Time(s):8pm-11:30pm
  • Venue:Rooftop Movies

Details

  • Hosted By:Rooftop Movies
  • Venue Address:68 Roe St, Perth WA
  • Ticket Price FROM:$16
  • Ticket price TO:$65
  • Type:Film
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For kids 4-12,For teens 13-17
  • Event Venue:Rooftop Movies
  • Film:Outdoor Films

Description

Teenage Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) journeys through a mysterious maze to recover her baby brother from a goblin king (David Bowie).

Music In The Park 2020

Come Join us for a fun evening at Music in the Park!

  • Dates:March 7 2020
  • Time(s):5:00pm - 8:30pm
  • Venue:Penistone Park

Details

  • Hosted By:City of Joondalup
  • Venue Address:27 Pensitone St, Greenwood 6024
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Ticket Price FROM:Free
  • Ticket price TO:Free
  • Type:Free,Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For toddlers 0-3,For kids 4-12,For teens 13-17,For seniors,Wheelchair Access
  • Food & Drink:Food Event,Other

Description

Penistone Park will come to life with the sound of families and friends enjoying live music, free children’s entertainment and delicious food from hand picked food trucks. BYO picnics and children’s activities from 5.00pm. Concert to commence at 5.30pm. Odette Mercy and her Soul Atomics will take to the stage to perform their soulful sounds supported by BlackTop official and Siobhan Cotchin. For more information visit https://www.joondalup.wa.gov.au/kb/resident/music-in-the-park

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