Wondering what’s on in Perth this winter?
Apart from keeping up with some thrilling AFL matches at our fabulous new Optus Stadium, you’ll find some spectacular entertainment and things to do that will keep the whole family energised through the chilly season. Here’s our pick of events in Perth for families that you’ll want to know about.
If you’re looking for fun things to do in Perth with the family on a chilly winter evening, check these magical musicals. Fame and Aladdin have matinee performances too - a wonderful way to while away the afternoon!
When: 8.00pm, 15, 16, 22 and 23 June; 2.00pm matinees on 16 and 23 June
Where: Koorliny Arts Centre, Sulphur Road, Kwinana
Mums and dads who remember the Fame TV series will want to take their teens to this stage production of Fame - The Musical. Suitable for ages 13 and above, the show follows the final class of New York City’s High School for the Performing Arts from their first year to their graduation as they struggle with ambition and confidence in their quest for success. Teenagers will relate to a cast of characters dealing with complex issues, such as racism, drug abuse and sexual exploitation, and everyone will enjoy the joy of dance and song in this ultimately upbeat musical.
Disney on Ice - 100 Years of Magic
When: 6.00pm, 15-17 June
Where: RAC Arena, 700 Wellington Street, Perth
Disney on Ice presents 100 Years of Magic, with Mouse-ter of Ceremonies Mickey Mouse and a cast of your favourite Disney characters. Sing along to all the favourites, including ‘Let It Go!’, ‘You’ve Got A Friend in Me’ and ‘Hakuna Matata’, and enjoy special moments from Toy Story, Finding Nemo, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and more.
When: Wednesdays to Sundays, 19 July to 14 October - check the website for showtimes: www.aladdinthemusical.com.au
Where: Crown Theatre Perth, Burswood
If you just can’t get enough of Disney this winter, don’t miss this dazzling new production based on the animated film Aladdin. Since its premiere on Broadway in 2014, more than five million people worldwide have watched Aladdin The Musical bring the beloved folktale to real life with spades of adventure, comedy and exotic romance.
Summer doesn’t have a monopoly on fun things to do in Perth! Winter brings with it icy adventure and warming indulgence, such as these two massive events in Perth and Fremantle for the whole family to enjoy together.
When: 8.30am to 8.30pm Sundays to Thursdays, 8.30am to 9.30pm Fridays and Saturdays, 23 June to 15 July
Where: Esplanade Park, Marine Terrace
If the kids are inspired by Disney on Ice, they’ll want to have a go at gliding around Winterworld, Australia’s largest open-air ice skating rink, complete with falling ‘snow’. This is a rare chance in Perth to build a snowman and roast marshmallows round blazing fire pits. Parents will love the Cabin Bar overlooking the rink, where you can relax with a warming mulled wine, and there’s a new Market Square this year made up of local products and international food stalls.
When: 8.00am to 6.45pm, 4 to 8 July
Where: Hertha Road Reserve, 21 Cedric Street, Stirling
This is one of the annual events in Perth that families mustn’t miss - a winter wonderland of carnival rides, games, stage shows and exhibits under WA’s largest Big Top. There are some new things to do this year, including a chance to meet animatronic insects in the Wonderland Garden Oasis, a 20 metre toboggan snow slide, and a new ride, The Dream Swinger, guaranteed to get the adrenalin rushing. The kids will love the latest stage show too - Zap-O-Nauts is a space-themed comedy with acrobatics, fun and fire. Kids Wonderland is ideal for children aged 2 to 12.
Out & About
If you’re looking for what’s on in Perth that won’t cost a fortune, there’s plenty to choose from. Fremantle Markets, Luna cinemas, the Gravity Discovery Centre and family friendly restaurants are just a few fun things to do in Perth that will keep you dry and entertained without emptying your wallet. Here are some low cost events in Perth and out into the Avon Valley that you mustn’t miss.
Brookfield Winter Lights
When: 6.00pm to 11.00pm, 20-30 June
Where: Brookfield Place, 125 St Georges Terrace, Perth
The Brookfield Winter Lights festival aims to dazzle and entertain. Displays of colour and light play on the heritage buildings in this city enclave, and the brilliantly lit Birds of Lumos are guaranteed to delight the kids, along with a range of other installations and sculptures to explore.
When: 11.00am to 3.00pm, 7 July
Where: Winthrop Hall Undercroft, University of Western Australia, Crawley
There’s nothing like a good rummage through a market of beautiful and surprising products, and The Good Market has an educational element too. This is where you’ll discover WA’s thriving community of ethically conscious products and services, including food, homewares, gifts and clothing. Meet the producers and learn more about sustainable living. There will be things to do for children, live performances and food trucks to keep you going all day.
When: 10.00am to 4.00pm, 14-15 July
Where: Various locations around Toodyay
This promises to be a fascinating experience for everyone, as artists in and around the country town of Toodyay open their studios to show and sell their work. Pick up a map from the Visitor Centre, and make a day of it by dropping into one of Toodyay’s family friendly cafes.
Among the many family friendly events in Perth this winter are some inspiring performances designed to entertain and stimulate young minds. All of these offer daytime sessions, providing yet more things to do on a rainy day.
When: 3.00pm, Sunday 10 June
Where: Marist Auditorium, Newman College, Churchlands
Fremantle Symphony promises an afternoon of ‘mayhem and trickery’ at this performances of music from the Harry Potter films and other works inspired by magic. You are invited to dress up as your favourite character, adding to the magical atmosphere.
Carnival of the Animals
When: 1.00pm and 3.00pm, 10 June
Where: Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Terrace, Perth
This ageless classic works on the imagination, as the music depicts a string of animals, from lions to roosters, elephants to tortoises. The West Australian Symphony Orchestra will be joined by Spare Parts Puppet Theatre and poetry to turn the performance into a multi-faceted display of zoological fun, with live action projected onto a big screen. This show is ideal for 5–12 year olds.
When: 10.00am and 1.00pm every day except Sunday from 30 June to 20 July; additional 6.30pm showings on 13 July and 18-20 July
Where: Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, 1 Short Street Fremantle
Through puppetry, live performance, lights and sound, this show celebrates the relationship between Australians and our land by telling the story of the bond between a girl and her grandfather. Based on real events, this thought-provoking piece is ideal for children aged 8 and above.
When: Tuesdays to Saturdays plus final Sunday, from 16 August to 2 September - check the website for showtimes www.bsstc.com.au/plays/skylab
Where: Studio Underground, 174-176 William Street, Perth
This comic fantasy from Black Swan and Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company makes the impossible become real. As Skylab threatens to crash to Earth, the characters experience some strange happenings that will make you laugh and wonder. Great for kids aged 12 and over, be warned that there is some strong language.
George’s Marvellous Medicine
When: 10.00am and 12.30pm, 4-8 July; additional 6.30pm show on 6 July and 3.00pm matinee on 7 July
Where: State Theatre Centre of WA, 174/192 William Street, Perth
If you and your kids love the Roald Dahl story of George’s Marvellous Medicine, head along to the spectacular stage adaptation created for the whole family. George’s plans to stop Grandma’s constant nagging turn into a recipe for disaster - and lots of laughter. For fun things to do in Perth during the school holidays, this show will be hard to beat!