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a little LOUD
This kids’ drama club isn’t your typical after-school activity.
Putting your kids into drama classes is a no-brainer – it boosts their confidence, helps develop creativity, and how else are you
going to find a school carpool group? But this after-school class, run by Elsa Silberstein and Johannes Kornberger, is a little
different. To start with, there’s the reason why it’s after hours. “It started as an idea on the summer holidays after I had quit my
job as a check-out chick, and was yearning for something more meaningful,” Elsa says. “We can see drama skills are critical for
young people, from observing our peers, so we wanted to help kids develop self-confidence, self-awareness and pragmatism
through creative theatre games.” Yep – Elsa and Johannes are students themselves, running A Little Loud while finishing their
year 12 studies. It’s an admirable task for the teens to undertake, but it’s not beyond their reach: both Elsa and Johannes are
seasoned pros. Johannes is a student in John Curtin’s prestigious performing arts program, and Elsa is a Fringe World actor who
has taken lead roles. Plus, who better to motivate young people than their peers? “We want to inspire young people to see
the importance of being creative and expressive,” Elsa says. “We want kids to think outside the box and be ok with challenging
themselves and standing out from the crowd.” The pair uses script work, creative games, music and improvisation to teach kids
techniques, and Elsa says they’re looking to hire local actors to build their team. Mosarts, Saturdays, ongoing, alittleloud.net.
1. MORLEY ROLLERDROME
Peel your kids off the couch and get them into those retro
lace-up boots – they’re about to find out what fun was before
iPads. Disco lighting and thumping club tunes keep it free of
too much nostalgia. 95 Catherine Street, Morley, 9276 9870.
You’re either a BOUNCEinc convert, or understandably
skeptical of something that lets shrieking kids throw
themselves into walls. Well, listen up – we’re firmly in
the first camp. It’s a great indoor activity for winter –
being active cures cabin fever – and it’s just really fun!
1371 Albany Highway, Cannington, bounceinc.com.au.
If only there were some mammoth centre that made things
like maths as entertaining as Scitech makes science. It’s been
around for almost three decades and it’s still fantastic fun –
plus, a movie in the new(ish) Planetarium is a great activity
for both kids and adults. City West Centre, cnr Railway and
Sutherland streets, West Perth, 9215 0700.
4. ICE SKATING
We’ll never get close to a proper white winter, but have
a shot at it with an ice-skating date. Sure, there’ll be red
hands from those inevitable falls, but that builds street cred,
right? We love Xtreme Ice Arena, because they understand
we need a bit of help. They offer learn-to-skate classes
and beginner’s ice hockey courses. 15 Chesterfield Road,
5. WA STATE LIBRARY
Solo silent reading is traditionally a pretty tough sell, but
take the kids here and you’ll get them over the line. There’s
a designated kids’ reading room with comfy couches, fun
artwork, and low shelves for kids to choose their own books.
When you’re done borrowing, you can buy old books at the
library shop for as little as $1, and start a collection of your
own. Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge, 9427 3111.
As well as its captivating exhibitions, AQWA now also offers
interactive experiences perfect for kids. The Reefwalker lets
them don wetsuits and walk through a colourful coral reef –
no diving experience required, but be warned: next time you
visit, they’re going to want to try the shark dive. Hillarys Boat
Harbour, 9447 7500.
7. WA MUSEUM
Kids might roll their eyes at the prospect of more
learning in the school holidays, but just wait – the museum,
with its specially designed activity trails and interactive
Discovery Centre, will have them absolutely transfixed.
Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge, 9212 3700.
8. ROCK CLIMBING
Indoor rock climbing is a perfect activity for kids. First, it’s
safe – they’re physically tied to another person while they
climb. Second, it’s incredible fun. And third, it’s exercise
disguised as fun, so they’ll wear themselves out without even
realising. To make doubly sure they’re having a good time,
take them to City Summit, and check out the cool art on the
climbing walls. 2/26 Harris Road, Malaga, 9248 7035.
9. FREMANTLE PRISON
The heritage-listed former maximum-security prison
will captivate kids with its rich history. View an exhibition
of former prison artefacts or, for something more
adventurous, try a nighttime tour of the tunnels below
the prison. 1 The Terrace, Fremantle, 9336 9200.
10. ART GALLERY OF WA
First, inspire your kids with a tour through the collection
of artworks on display in the gallery. Then, take them to
the drawing space in the Your Collection 1920-1960
exhibit, where they’ll produce a masterpiece on demand
(that’s how it works, right?). Perth Cultural Centre,
Northbridge, 9492 6644.
The main aquarium at AQWA.
WA State Library.
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