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KIDS AND FAMILIES
From Tony Award-winning
Broadway musical creators
Rodgers + Hammerstein
comes a modern take on
the quintessential fairytale.
Koorliny Arts Centre,
Oct 31-Nov 15.
PLC OPEN GARDEN DAY
Get lost among nature
in seven gorgeous,
privately owned gardens
specially opened to the
public for this event.
There’ll be markets with
homemade cakes and
books, live music, and
more. Various locations,
Travel the world with these
family favourites. The
Sesame Street gang learn
how people dance, sing
and say hello in different
THINGS TO DO
The latest craze of adrenalin-pumping
trampoline time has proved a big hit
(especially with teens) at this new venue.
This aquarium has an awesome conveyor belt
tunnel for kids (and adults) to go ‘underwater’
with sharks, rays and turtles.
3. Rock climbing
Young thrill-seekers can head to City Summit,
The Hangout or Joondalup Climbing Centre.
4. WA Museum
With a free interactive area for kids, and
a giant dinosaur, this is a sure winner – and
that’s even before the part where they feed
live crickets to frogs.
Some serious fun can be had at this young
scientist’s heaven, with a mini construction
site and new Planetarium.
6. Indoor playgrounds
Check out the Jungle Gym, Treehouse Indoor Play or
Chipmunks Playland for padded playgrounds.
7. Public libraries
Don’t underestimate your local library – free weekly
Rhyme Time and Story Time programs for little ones
make for great retreats in Spring.
8. Symphony shows
All the cultured tots are seen at classical
Get your kids up close and personal with
wildlife this spring.
Just south of Perth, the team at Rockingham Wild
Encounters offers the chance to swim with these
intelligent mammals – in fact, you’re guaranteed to find
some on the luxury cruise, or you get to go again for
Those with more fearless offspring (the kind brave
enough to hug a python) can head south to Peel
Zoo for a slithery encounter, or north into the Swan
Valley wine region to the West Australian Reptile Park.
Sending your kids out around Perth looking for sharks is
not normally encouraged – unless you’re at the Aquarium
of Western Australia, of course. There, children can dive
into AQWA’s stunning Shipwreck Coast aquarium (for
over 15s) and come face-to-fin with sharks, or don scuba
gear to explore a living reef exhibit. aqwa.com.au.
There’s no need to haul the family to the Gold Coast
to get your fix of rollercoasters and adrenalin rushes.
A Perth stalwart, this theme park has a huge
range of rides, from the gentle to the extreme.
THE GREAT ESCAPE
These water slides have become a huge drawcard at
Hillarys Boat Harbour. thegreatescape.com.au.
This brand new water park boasts six huge
waterslides and is part of The Maze family fun
performances (check out EChO’s regular
Kids’ Cushion Concerts).
9. Puppet preference
Spare Parts Puppet Theatre has enthralling
shows for four- to 12-year-olds (like the recently
performed rural tale Farm).
10. Laser tag
If your offspring are not afraid of the dark,
check out Lazer Blaze in Willetton and
Malaga, DarkLight in Joondalup, or Jungle
Zone in Port Kennedy.
countries. Bonjour! Crown
Theatre, Nov 1.
VISITS THE ORCHESTRA
Join WASO for the
enchanting tale of a mouse
– Maximus Musicus – who
finds himself in a concert
hall filled with strange and
wonderful things. Perth
Concert Hall, Nov 2.
JUSTINE CLARKE: ‘I AM
A... BAND’ TOUR
Breaking out of her Play
School role, Justine
presents her own tour.
With music, song and
dance she takes children
on an adventure through
their imaginations. Crown
Theatre, Nov 22.
It’s got arts and crafts,
animals, music, rides and
showbags. No wonder
it’s WA’s largest regional
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The Abyss, at Adventure World.
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