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KIDS AND FAMILIES
COOKING UP A STORM
On Junior MasterChef, we learned that
a nine-year-old could cook – and pronounce –
pheasant à l’orange with pistachio and cranberry
filling... and preschoolers joined the national food
obsession. If your kids have started clamouring for
the kitchen utensils, but you don’t have the time or
know-how to help them, consider signing them up
for a cooking school. Check out these classes that
cater for those in highchairs and up.
1 Taste Budds Cooking Studio
Highgate 0415 365 395, tastebudds.co .
2 The Cooking Professor
Churchlands (08) 9287 1717,
3 Fraser’s Restaurant
Kings Park (08) 9481 7100, frasersrestaurant.com.au .
4 Bluewater Grill
Applecross (08) 9315 7700, bluewatergrill.com.au.
5 What’s 2 Eat?
Wanneroo (08) 6201 5054, whats2eat.com.au .
Oh, starry night
When was the last time you turned your gaze heavenward? For the best view, escape the city limits with the kids,
a blanket and a thermos of hot cocoa. “Try parks and open spaces far away from city lights,” suggests Carol
Redford, owner of Stargazers Club WA. “On moonless nights, Gingin and the Perth Hills offer great views of the
Milky Way, the immense band of stars that is seen across the sky.” DIY stargazing not your thing? Take a guided
tour of the night sky at Gingin Observatory, an hour’s drive from Perth. The observatory’s family-friendly tours will
point out constellations, planets, meteor showers and comets. Just think of all the falling stars you can wish upon.
School holiday special
You might feel like you’ve entered a time loop in the school holidays, as your children
demand to be endlessly entertained. When the lolly bribes lose their charm, refer to
this list of suggestions to keep the kids content and tantrums at bay.
SEE THE ANIMALS
ARMADALE REPTILE CENTRE
Learn the difference between venomous and non-venomous
snakes (handy for camping) at Armadale Reptile Centre,
Wungong, where you’ll find over 400 animals and 50
different species on display. armadalereptilecentre.com.au.
BIRDS OF PREY FLYING DISPLAY
Head to Whiteman Park and see some of nature’s
winged predators, including eagles and owls, swoop
and soar menacingly in a display of power and strength.
DOLPHIN DISCOVERY CENTRE
Ever wanted to swim with a dolphin? Come to Bunbury
and visit Australia’s first dolphin research centre, complete
with dolphin eco cruises and swim encounters.
FUN AND GAMES
MAKE YOUR MARK ART CAFE
Head to Myaree and get crafty, creating and painting
a ceramic masterpiece. Even the youngest kids can get
involved, imprinting their tiny hands on pottery you’ll want
to keep forever. makeyourmarkartcafe.com.au.
LASER TAG AT JUNGLE ZONE
If your kid is a Star Wars fanatic, just try to drag them away
from laser tag. The impressive galaxy-style set at Port
Kennedy’s Jungle Zone, complete with space-age battle
suits and a mysterious fog, means they’ll be in their (other)
Tim Winton’s hilarious
tale about a town where
everyone loses their rears
springs to life with some
puppets. Spare Parts
Puppet Theatre, Jul 6-20.
PERTH CITY MAGIC
WITH JAMES SLEIGHT
James Sleight is so called
for good reason; with his
nimble fingers and cunning
trickery, he can make
rabbits disappear and
doves come out of thin air.
Forrest Place, Jul 8-20.
An excellent entree to
classical music for kids,
Echo the Gecko and
WASO go on an adventure
of music-making, dancing
and sing-alongs. Perth
Concert Hall, Jul 12-13.
DISNEY ON ICE –
See your favourite Disney
princesses and princes
skate their way to happily
ever after. Whether that’s
finding true love or opening
a new restaurant, it seems
everything’s better on ice.
Perth Arena, Jul 19-22 .
ELMO’S WORLD TOUR
The Sesame Street gang
takes a singing, dancing
journey through the
imagination. Keep an eye
out for Lady Baa-Baa, a
sassy globetrotting sheep.
Crown Theatre, Jul 19-20.
DRAFTSTAR FOOTBALL CAMPS
A fun, friendly and easy way to get up close and personal
with Australia’s best footballers, this camp will let the kids
experience what it’s like to be an elite AFL player. Various
This non-contact Brazilian martial art is an exotic blend
of dance, acrobatics, music and percussion. Classes take
place in Leederville. bantus.asn.au.
DELTA FORCE PAINTBALL
It’s a great excuse to get messy. Don camouflage outfits
and fire colourful balls of paint around to make rainbow
explosions. There are two locations to choose from,
in Baldivis and Muchea. perthpaintballing.com.au.
KING CARNIVAL MINI GOLF
This scenic 18-hole mini course in Mandurah also has rides
like dodgem cars and a Ferris wheel. kingcarnival.com.
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