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KIDS & FAMILIES
The Freo Arts Centre runs a great selection of art classes,
usually including a cool ‘clay for kids’ course that’s open to
six- to 12-year-olds. Each four-week class lets kids get their
hands dirty with a medium they don’t usually use, learning
modelling and glazing techniques.
Next class Sep 29 (enrolments begin Sep 1), Fremantle.
These classes cover a range of artistic techniques such as
drawing, painting, sculpture, collage and crafts. This term,
little creators will be working on a special Father’s Day gift.
Next class Jul 30, Hazelmere.
Creative Kids Art Club
Specialising in long-term projects, this course focuses
on one major creation and runs for eight weeks.
Kids get to draw with different media (pencil, oil
pastels, charcoal, coloured pencils), and this term the
focus is on printmaking.
Next class Jul 28, Nedlands and Leederville.
Things to do with kids
BOUNCEinc The latest craze of adrenalin-pumping
trampoline time has proved a big hit (especially with
teens) at this new venue.
AQWA This aquarium has an awesome conveyor
belt tunnel for kids (and adults) to go ‘underwater’
with sharks, rays and turtles.
Rock climbing Young thrill-seekers can head
to City Summit, The Hangout or Joondalup
WA Museum With a free interactive area for
kids, and a giant dinosaur – not to mention the
part where they feed live crickets to frogs – this
is a sure winner.
Scitech Some serious fun can be had at this
young scientist’s heaven, with a mini construction
site and new Planetarium.
Indoor playgrounds Check out the Jungle Gym,
the Treehouse Indoor Play or Chipmunks Playland
for massive (and padded) playgrounds.
Public libraries Don’t underestimate your
local library – free weekly Rhyme Time and Story
Time programmes for little ones make for great
retreats in winter.
Symphony shows All the cultured tots are
seen at classical performances (check out EChO’s
regular Kids’ Cushion Concerts and WASO’s
Beethoven Lives Upstairs).
Puppet preference Spare Parts Puppet Theatre
has enthralling shows for four- to 12-year-olds (like
the rural tale Farm in September).
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.
If you haven’t already heard of this fun, free, outdoor
activity that’s sweeping the globe, there’s no time to
waste. Geocaching is a real-life, outdoor treasure hunting
game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate
to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt
to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.
Once found, there’s a logbook for you to enter your find,
and sometimes little trinkets – the treasure! It can be done
in the middle of the city, in your local park, even your
favourite holiday spot. Kids absolutely love it, and you
can geocache any time, for as long as you like, without
even opening your wallet. It’s a great way to teach them
orienteering skills while being physically active and having
a ball along the way. natureplaywa.org.au/geocaching.
Craft activities at Fremantle Arts Centre.
The Creative Kids Art Club focuses on
themes and artists such as Paul Klee.
AQWA’s Shipwreck Coast
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