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Easter gig guide for kids

31 March 2021

The Easter holidays are coming and we’ve compiled a list of creative adventures for families.

There’s no need to stay home managing the chocolate hangover! Help the children in your life let off some steam and get the creative juices going with these four arty adventures.

1. Puppets in Fremantle

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre has been devising shows for families for decades and Miss Lily’s Fabulous Feather Boa (2 – 17 April) will put everyone in the family (aged 5+) in a good mood. “Miss Lily” is an uplifting story about a lonely Potoroo and it celebrates kindness, courage and marsupial pride! The 45 minute shows are at 10am and 1pm and you can also take a wander through the gallery of vintage puppets on display. Afterwards walk to the Fremantle Markets to sample some international food (open Friday – Sunday and all of the Easter long weekend). Along the way take in some street performers and soak up that relaxed Fremantle vibe.

2. Theatre and feathers in Subiaco

The Subiaco Arts Centre is hosting two children’s theatre shows. Alice (12 – 18 April) is an exhilarating take on Alice in Wonderland by Total Theatre Company that combines circus, theatre, song, dance, puppets and the magic of bubbles (ages 5+). Beyond the Dragon’s Lair (11 – 18 April) is an magical installation (ages 3 – 8) full of songs, stories and sparkle. Children are invited to dress in their best adventuring outfit, get their faces painted and have a photo with the faeries, all while on the lookout for dragons. Within walking distance from the Arts Centre is the Evelyn H. Parker Library on Rokeby Rd where you can join the hunt for the Golden Feather, as part of Scribblers Festival. Thousands of feathers have been hidden in library books around the state and there are prizes to be won if you find a gold, silver, white or sapphire feather. From the library it is just a short walk to icecream and multiple food options.

RELICS by Jackson Harvey and Alex Towler, image courtesy of Scribblers Festival and FORM, photo by Taryn Hays 9 A scene from Relics in which lego machines have been built into the boot of an old VW Beetle. The car sits on red dirt and pebbles, on which various lego machines are built. The feel of the scene is industrial and dystopian. Minifigs rule the world!
The ‘Relics’ LEGO exhibition includes moving parts and interactive elements. Photo: Taryn Hays

3. Lego in Claremont

What happens when the winners of LEGO Masters are commissioned to create an exhibition? RELICS is the intricate and intriguing world created by Jackson Harvey and Alex Towler at The Goods Shed in Claremont and is a MUST on your school holiday bucket list. You can collect a STEAM based activity book (or download it) to continue the fun at home. Across the railway line in Claremont Quarter is Koko Black (if you need more chocolate) and Academy Café has a good children’s menu. A walk around Lake Claremont (and a stop in the Nature Playgound) will round off your day.

4. Broomsticks and dim sum in Northbridge

Another popular Julia Donaldson book has been turned into a play by Tall Stories. The team behind The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child return with Room on the Broom (7 – 11 April) which is full of songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3+ and their grown-ups. The theatre is adjacent to the Perth Cultural Centre so there are multiple other (free) adventure options including exploring the Art Gallery of WA which has multiple family friendly events running, and of course the new WA Museum Boola Bardip. On the other side of the theatre is Northbridge with its plethora of culturally rich food options. My family’s favourite is dim sum at one of the many Chinese restaurants.

Pictured top is a scene from “Miss Lily’s Fabulous Feather Boa”. Photo supplied

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Rosalind Appleby

Rosalind Appleby is an arts journalist, author and speaker. She is co-editor of Seesaw Magazine, author of Women of Note, and has written for The West Australian, The Guardian, The Australian, Limelight magazine and Opera magazine. She loves the percussion instruments which can be found in the uber cool parks.

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