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Family Weekend Guide (May 2023) | Less Stress, More Fun.

Curated by the parents @ Kids In Perth

Mums and dads, it's time to embrace the cooler weather and start planning some exciting family activities for May!

Whether you're looking for indoor or outdoor fun, Kids In Perth has got you covered with our May Family Guide.

From Sea Monsters to theatre productions and Mother's Day events and educational workshops, there's something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

So grab your diary, take a look at our guide, and start penciling in some fun family time!

Also, be sure to bookmark this link and check back as it'll be updated with new offers and ideas throughout May!


- Marnie Adams, Contributor @ Kids In Perth


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Highlights | Our Top Picks

Some can't miss Family Weekend ideas for May 2023!

Dive into the Depths: Discover Prehistoric Ocean Predators with the family at WA Maritime Museum

Are your little ones fascinated by creatures from the deep? If so, you won't want to miss the exciting exhibition at the Western Australian Maritime Museum - "Sea Monsters: Prehistoric Ocean Predators". Step into a world long gone and discover some of the most fearsome creatures that ever swam the oceans, from the infamous Megalodon to the massive Mosasaurus. Your kids will love learning about these amazing prehistoric predators and seeing their impressive fossils up close. But it's not just about the exhibits - the Maritime Museum has plenty of interactive displays and activities for kids of all ages. From coloring stations to touch screens and interactive games, your little ones will be kept entertained and engaged.
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The Beanies Make Their WA Debut at 2023 YORKids Festival!

Prepare for an exciting burst of colour, music, and fun as the award-winning children's band, The Beanies, headlines the 2023 YORKids Festival! This fantastic family event, presented by the Shire of York, is scheduled for the WA Day Long Weekend this winter. For the first time ever, The Beanies will bring their lively performance to Western Australia, promising an unforgettable show filled with catchy tunes and interactive learning. Families can look forward to sing-alongs, dancing, and engaging storytelling as the band hits the stage.
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Perth’s Favourite Little Train is back!

Every year, to raise much-needed funds for the preservation of WA’s railway heritage, volunteers from the Western Australian Light Railway Preservation Association hold Ashley & Friend Days at Whiteman Park. Due to COVID-19, this event hasn’t been running in awhile so it needs the community’s support. Ashley is Perth’s favourite little locomotive! He’s blue, always smiling and not to be mistaken for another train whose name starts with T! Best of all, Ashley is local, the star of Bennett Brook Railway and brings smiles to countless boys and girls. Every Ashley & Friends Day is a fun, colourful celebration of locomotives, especially steam engines!
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All Aboard the 2023 Model Railway Exhibition for a weekend of Family Fun!

Get ready for a train-tastic adventure at the 2023 Model Railway Exhibition presented by the Australian Model Railway Association of Western Australia (AMRA WA). Taking place over the long weekend from Saturday 3rd to Monday 5th June 2023, this event is sure to captivate train enthusiasts of all ages. After a hiatus since 2019, the Model Railway Exhibition is back and better than ever! Perth's most passionate hobbyists have been diligently building and crafting intricate model train setups and lifelike dioramas... Waiting for this moment to showcase their skills and creativity.
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Join a trip across Australia as Alison Lester’s ‘Are We There Yet?’ Live On Stage comes to Perth!

Alison Lester’s ‘Are We There Yet?’ Rolls into Perth for May 2023! The year I turned eight, Mum and Dad took us on a trip around Australia. Luke, Billy and I missed school for the whole winter term. Alison Lester’s much loved picture book Are We There Yet? comes to life on stage in Perth for the first time this May! The show will play for 9 performances from 24 to 27 May 2023 at Octagon Theatre, UWA. Join 8-year old Grace and her family on an adventurous (and often funny) expedition across the country, visiting iconic Australian landmarks along the way including the Great Australian Bight, Uluru, Surfers Paradise, and the Sydney Opera House.
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Make Mother’s Day Weekend Unforgettable at Araluen Botanic Park!

Mother's Day is right around the corner and what better way to celebrate than spending time in nature with your loved ones? The beautiful Araluen Botanic Park, located in Roleystone, is hosting a special Mother's Day weekend event from May 13th to May 14th. With activities for the whole family, this event is a great opportunity to make lasting memories with your kids. Take a leisurely stroll through the stunning gardens, filled with vibrant colours and delightful scents. Enjoy a picnic lunch with your family on the lush green lawns, or indulge in a delicious meal at the park's café.
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In & Around Perth | Things to do

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Face these Mini Golf challenges as a family or… on a date!

Who's the best in the family? Nothing more fun than facing friendly family competition! Who's the best in the family at mini golf? Find out by exploring and tackling some of these fun mini golf courses together!
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Out of Perth | Things to do

Get out of the City this weekend!

Shire of York’s 2023 YORKids Festival: A Winter Wonderland of Family Fun!

Gear up for an exciting WA Day Long Weekend! The YORKids 2023 Festival, now in its fifth year, will entertain kids of all ages with two full days of FREE, interactive, and fun-filled activities. Hosted by the Shire of York, the festival features an impressive lineup of 17 different acts spread across various locations around York. Don't miss the must-see event this year: The Beanies, beloved by ABC TV Kids audiences, performing live at York Town Hall on Saturday, 3rd June. Based in Sydney, The Beanies offer a musical adventure for little ones with big imaginations. Sunday is all about Science Alive, delivering entertaining and educational shows that both kids and adults will enjoy. Visit York Town Hall for this fantastic experience filled with good humour and participatory fun.
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Hunt the kids in Busso!

For most of us, family weekends are made up of seemingly mindless, mundane routine. In a quick blur, does your family weekend look like this? Ubering the kids to extracurricular classes or sport in the morning. Followed by the joys of car park hunting and getting through busy crowds at your local shopping centre.
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Step into Spider-Man™’s Multiverse with the whole family!

From the boundary-pushing studio and creative team that brought us the Academy Award©-winning Spider-Man™: Into the Spider-Verse comes the highly-anticipated Spider-Man™: Across the Spider-Verse, the thrilling second film in Miles Morales’ Spider-Verse trilogy. After reuniting with Gwen Stacy, Brooklyn’s full-time friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man is catapulted across the Multiverse, where he encounters the Spider Society, a team of Spider-People charged with protecting the Multiverse’s very existence.
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Follow John Farnham's journey from humble beginnings to record-breaking success in his first authorised biopic!

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A young woman tries to ease the pain of her fiancé's death by sending romantic texts to his old cell phone number, and forms a connection with the man the number has been reassigned to.

Cultural Events | New Experiences

Embrace Perth as a cultural melting pot.

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2023 Chand Raat Eid Festival - Perth

Chand Raat Eid Festival (CREF) is the largest multicultural celebrations which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan and eve of the Eid-Al-Fitr in Islamic Calendar.

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2023 Africa Day

Mark your calendars! Africa Day is coming up on May 25th, and we're excited to celebrate African culture, heritage and progress.

Free Kids Activities/Events | Save Money

With living cost pressures, we hope these ideas help!

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Not trolling you. Something FREE and EPIC is coming to Mandurah.

Many consider Thomas Dambo to be the world’s leading recycle artist. After graduating with a Master's degree in interactive design from Kolding Design School, Thomas began his journey of using recycled materials to create colourful art installations that has been the foundation for his artwork today. His highly interactive experiences allow individual visitors to express their individuality on a large scale.
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Date Night | Fun without the kids

When was your last date night?

Raise Your Glasses for a Bubbly Affair: The Bubbles Festival Returns to Perth in 2023!

Get ready to pop some bubbly because The Bubbles Festival is back in Perth for 2023! Presented by The Bubbles Review, a renowned blog and website dedicated to champagne and sparkling wine, this festival is a sparkling extravaganza not to be missed. Having received rave reviews and overwhelming success in previous years, The Bubbles Festival returns with an amazing curation of sparkling wines and champagnes in one boutique event.
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Koorliny Arts Centre Presents Live Performances for the Whole Family: Preview of what’s to come in April and May 2023!

Families and parent couples have a lot to look forward to at the Koorliny Arts Centre over April and May! Located in the heart of Kwinana, Koorliny Arts Centre will be hosting a variety of live performances that'll captivate all ages. Kicking off the season is the family show, ‘THE ALPHABET OF AWESOME SCIENCE’ which can best be described by, its main character, Professor Lexi Con as a curious collection of favourite words that spark off 26 quirky scientific demonstrations! ‘THE ALPHABET OF AWESOME SCIENCE’ is performing on 20 April 2023.
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Fly from treetop to treetop as a family or on a date!

For something fun, physical and screen-free to do either as a family this weekend or couple on a date, why not tackle Treetops Adventure’s tree courses, aerial obstacles and ziplines? Treetops Adventure lets you rediscover nature in exciting ways! Swing, leap, bounce and fly around at Yanchep National Park or down in Dwellingup. Every Treetops Adventure location has something unique to offer.
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VR Escaping with Hubby… Who saves who?

Ever watched Survivor on TV, or movie scenes where the main characters must escape intricate mazes, and wonder…what if it was my hubby and I in that spot. Could we work together to make it? Would we drive each other crazy? Or have you thought to yourself…there must’ve been a better way! Glowing Rooms answers these questions with their fully immersive VR Escape Rooms. Currently offering VR experiences based on the Prince of Persia and Assassin’s Creed video game franchises.
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Tandem Crossfit | Custom Landing Page (Display Advert)

Ever tried crossfit? Why not give it a go as a couple or with a friend? Tandem CrossFit offers casual double passes. Click to find out more!
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Fly from treetop to treetop as a family or on a date!

For something fun, physical and screen-free to do either as a family this weekend or couple on a date, why not tackle Treetops Adventure’s tree courses, aerial obstacles and ziplines? Treetops Adventure lets you rediscover nature in exciting ways! Swing, leap, bounce and fly around at Yanchep National Park or down in Dwellingup. Every Treetops Adventure location has something unique to offer.
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