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Head out this weekend to one of our favourite family spots.
KINGS PARK | It’s a go-to for a reason – Perth’s largest park is also home
to some of its most fail-safe picnic spots. Synergy Parkland and the Lotterywest
Family Area are both great choices, with playgrounds, toilets and barbecue facilities.
For something a little quieter, spread a rug out underneath the trees near the war
memorial roundabout, or on the west side of Fraser Avenue near the Aspects gallery.
POINT WALTER RESERVE | Swim in the river while waiting for your
sausages to cook, at this popular family area, which has a jetty, a narrow beach and
expansive grassed picnic spots. There are barbecues, toilets, a playground and a cafe
(for last-minute picnic supplements), plus plenty of shade.
HYDE PARK | Shady Moreton Bay Fig trees and a cool water playground
should be reason enough to pay this park an end-of-summer visit – not to mention
the free barbecues and quirky sculptures dotted around the central lake. Keep an eye
out for the yarn-bombed bench, too!
MATILDA BAY FORESHORE | There are great picnic spots all along the
Crawley part of the Swan River, but Matilda Bay gets our vote because of its clear
water and shady peppermint trees. Splash around in the river – or just gaze at it from
the end of the jetty – before moving to the grass, to eat or play games.
LAKE MONGER | This reserve is recognised as a site of Aboriginal
and ecological significance, so visit respectfully – but don’t miss out, because
it’s beautiful. There are three playgrounds with barbecue facilities (the far north
one gets our vote!) and you can also take an informative nature walk on the
sealed path around the lake.
KIDS & FAMILIES
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PLACES TO EXPLORE
We got some tips for kids’ activities from the experts
at BIG Kids Magazine – a contemporary arts publication
that features the work of children and artists side by side,
run by artist Lilly Blue and Perth’s Jo Pollitt.
There are many fabulously inspiring places to explore with children in Perth. Creative
projects for kids are flourishing, with each journey coloured by incredible street art that
is bringing the city to life. We love the brand new Milktooth arts project, where kids
can take art classes in Spanish; Nu Dance Collective for creative dance; Rose Skinner’s
Children’s School of Contemporary Art and, of course, the Awesome Festival and
the Fringe World family program for a smorgasbord of shows and activities.
Visit the Perth Cultural Centre with a walk through PICA and the Art Gallery of
WA (especially their brilliantly curated kids’ art book section) – then stroll to the Water
Labyrinth in Forrest Place. Relax at Beaufort Street Books for kids’ book readings,
after a treat from Veggie Mama around the corner, or head on the train to Fremantle
Arts Centre for a garden picnic. Explore the world at Kings Park nature playground
or search for turtles as you scooter around Hyde Park.
Entering the world together with a matched curiosity and passion for adventure can
make the simplest outing into a creative experience.
1. Carry a sketchbook and pencils to record interesting discoveries.
2. Take photos of unusual patterns or videos of things that move.
3. Make up a short story that has an unexpected ending, set in the supermarket.
4. Trip yourself over and turn it into a dance.
5. Write a poem inspired by the weather.
6. Collaborate with your child on a drawing over lunch, taking turns
to complete the picture.
BIG Kids Magazine is an art experience you can take with you or dive into
at home. Visit bigkidsmagazine.com for more information.
Now in its twelfth year, the 2015 Chilli Festival
is set to be bigger, better and more family-
friendly than ever. Freo’s own Spare Parts
Puppet Theatre will be returning again
with giant Aqua Sapiens puppets and
puppet-making workshops for kids. Live
music, face painting and temporary tattoos
(in the shape of chillies, of course) will keep
the littlies occupied, and when tummies start
rumbling, choose from more than 100 market stalls.
There are heaps of options for the young and chilli-averse, such as dumplings, pizza
or the ever-popular Spiral SpudStick – for a treat, head to Chiccho Gelato, Simmo’s
Mobile Scoop Shop or Churro Central. As usual, kids under 17 are admitted for free.
Esplanade Park, Fremantle, Mar 7-8.
Beaufort Street Books.
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