- Western Australian Circus Festival, 27–29 January 2017, Karridale
Run by Lunar Circus in Karridale, the Circus Festival is a celebration of fun. It’s suitable for the whole family with a dedicated kids’ big top with workshops all day, loads of great food, market stalls and Australia’s longest highwire walk. This is a camping festival, so it’s great for a short holiday and it will be a riot of fun.
- Perth Writers Festival Family Day, Sunday 26 February 2017, University of Western Australia (UWA)
Family Day is one of the highlights of the Perth Writers Festival and 2017 will be no exception. With 2017 being the 20th anniversary of the publication of the Harry Potter books, festival goers are invited to dress up as their favourite Harry Potter character to enjoy the day and take part in Hogwarts themed activities. The best part is, that much of it is free!
- Scripture Union WA Summer Camps, various locations throughout summer
Scripture Union WA (SUWA) hold a number of summer camps encompassing a range of outdoor activities. This year there are camps featuring sailing, stand-up paddling, snorkelling and loads more activities to make good use of WA’s perfect summer weather. These camps fill-up quickly, so check out the website for more information.
- Sandcastle competition, all summer, any beach or sandy spot
There’s nothing wrong with a little competition. Get together with some family friends, pool all your sandcastle building resources and head for the sand! You can get passers-by to vote on the best castle for some unbiased judging, or don’t judge at all and just have some fun.
- Boorna Waanginy: The trees speak, PIAF 2017, Festival Opening – Friday 10–Sunday 12 February, Kings Park
A highlight of the summer festival season in Perth, the Perth International Arts Festival (PIAF) Opening is always spectacular, so mark it in your diary for 2017. The 2017 opening, Boornay Waanginy: The trees speak, will be a three-night extravaganza of light, sound and imagery transforming Kings Park over the opening weekend. It will be a walk-through event running continuously from 8.00am–10.30pm each night. And it’s free!
- Bushwalking, anywhere
Western Australia is blessed with an abundance of incredible bushland filled with incredible wildlife and summer is a great time to get out and explore. The great thing about bushwalking is that it is a completely customisable activity, there are some great resources around to help you find a walk that is suitable for your ability and the ability of your fellow trekkers, even if they are brand new to trekking. Just remember to stay safe and let a friend know where you’re going before heading off on your great trek.