Family Friendly Events for May

We have a great month of family events coming up in May. Mother’s Day is just around the corner, which is a great opportunity to spend some quality time together. If you’re looking for family-friendly events and activities for the month of May, then Buggybuddys has you covered! Check out our list of fun events around Perth including live performances, charity events, festivals and more for the whole family.


Thomas Dambos Giants of Mandurah

The GIANTS OF MANDURAH is a free outdoor exhibition celebrating the extraordinary beauty and importance of protecting our natural world, including Mandurah’s globally significant Ramsar-listed wetlands, unique waterways, bushland and wildlife. Begin at Mandurah’s Visitor Centre and choose your own adventure on your journey to discovering each of Thomas’ hidden Giants. Collect clues along the way to reveal the location of the final Giant, but shhhhh…..don’t tell anybody else. The GIANTS OF MANDURAH has been initiated and produced by FORM Building a State of Creativity and delivered in collaboration with the City of Mandurah. The project is supported by the State Government through Tourism WA’s Regional Events Program, the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, and Lotterywest. Visitors will have plenty of time to explore the GIANTS OF MANDURAH, which will be on display for at least 12 months from 12 November 2022. For more information visit   

Read the Buggybuddys review of the Giants of Mandurah   

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Australian Heritage Festival

THE Australian Heritage Festival is back for 2023, running between 10 April – 14 May 2023. The annual Australian Heritage Festival is the country’s largest festival celebrating natural and cultural heritage that runs throughout April and May 2023. For more than 40 years the National Trust has connected the nation through the Australian Heritage Festival. From the city to the region across Australia, this is an opportunity for the community to immerse themselves in our rich and diverse heritage, offering unmatched access to special exhibitions, tours, talks, workshops, food fairs, ceremonies, demonstrations, dinners and more. The 2023 festival theme is Shared Stories and invites event organisers to help us reveal Australia’s layered history by sharing stories of our natural and cultural heritage that encourages the community to build deeper connections by sharing their own rich and diverse stories along the way. You’re invited to celebrate Western Australian heritage with us across 5 weeks.

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Padbury Community Kindergarten Open Day

♥ We are having our on the 7th of May ♥
If you are looking to enrol your child in Kindergarten in 2024 come along and see why Maggie Dent loves Community Kindergarten as an alternative to a school based Kindy.
You can register for the event using the QR code or our try booking link;
Expressions of interest to enrol can be submitted through our enrolment page on our website;

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Mindfulness in May: Raising Resilient Children (Frye Park)

Come along to these FREE workshops for parents and early childhood educators to learn about mental health and wellbeing in young children.

With mental health challenges on the rise, it’s important that parents and families are given the knowledge and tools to recognise if their child is experiencing mental health challenges, what to do about it and how to promote protective factors in young people.

These workshops are recommended for parents of children between 3 and 10 years old.

Places are limited and bookings are essential.

Visit or call 9394 5125.

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Food Sensations for Children by Foodbank WA

Food Bank is hosting another Food Sensations for Children at our Centre!

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Heart Beat Club Free CPR


Could you save your child’s life in an emergency?

Attend this FREE Heart Beat Club session designed specifically for parents and grandparents of young children

Session covers:

Keeping children safe at home

Responding in an emergency

Resuscitation for infants and children

First aid for common childhood injuries including choking, burns and poisoning

***Please note that this is a community education initiative only, not a qualification course***


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Autism Early Access Session

On the first Saturday of the month the DFES Education & Heritage Centre hosts an early access session to support children with autism and their families to explore and enjoy the Old Perth Central Fire Station. It’s an opportunity to visit the Centre your own way and without the crowds. Bookings are essential –

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Heat-wave proof your home


Join environmental educator Chris Ferreira to learn how to cool your home with clever tree planting.

Join leading environmental educator Chris Ferreira to learn how to cool your home with clever tree planting. This session will explore:

  • The best trees for your garden, large, medium and small gardens (shortened version of above)
  • Turning your garden into the biggest ‘room’ of your home
  • How good soil and clever gardening can sponge up water, rather than let it run off (creating water traps, mulch, etc)
  • Using trees as a natural air conditioner
  • Growing organic food at home
  • Registrations are essential, light snacks will be provided.


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Tree Hugging!


Let’s get together to show some love to the trees in South Beach!

Did you know that hugging trees for more than 20 seconds is good for our mental health? Join the City of Fremantle, Friends of Samson Park, Friends of Booyeembara Park, Friends of Hollis Park, Friends of Cantonmnent Hill and Friends of Clontarf Hill to show some love to the trees in South Beach.

Registrations are not essential for this event.


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Make & Take Manga workshop

Learn to make your own Manga and take home your Kawaii art piece!

Come and join Japanese artist Nami Osaki for her Manga workshop. You will learn how to create and draw your own Manga art, plus how to shade and colour in easy and fun ways. You will also make a “Kawaii” (means Cute in Japanese) Manga art piece to take home for a memory of the workshop!

Ages 12+ only

Bookings essential!


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‘May the Fourth’ Light Saber Workshop for Teens

Light Saber Combat Workshop

Come along and hone your Jedi skills. Learn from Sword-Point College of Arms instructors how to wield a light saber. Dress up in your Star Wars gear and celebrate May the 4th and have some fun learning simple drills including spins, twirls, attack and defence.

Please note there will be light low-level contact for this workshop.

Suitable for ages 10 – 17years


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Hillarys Boardwalk Mini-Market – Mother’s Day

Hillarys Boardwalk are excited to put on a mini-market for you to shop lots of goodies that are going to be perfect as Mother’s Day gifts. Don’t leave it to the last minute, come the week before Mother’s Day to shop up a storm and enjoy the stunning surrounds of Hillarys Boardwalk as well as the multitude of dining options.

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Leederville Community Yard Sale

Leedy’s best community market is pulling in to your favourite neighborhood courtyard!

Because all things once loved deserve a second home, our Yard Sale series will be is BACK for round three! Interested in securing a stall spot? Head to the link at the bottom of the page!

Do you know your trash from your treasure? Do you love giving preloved pieces a second life? Are you always on the hunt for a diamond in the rough? Then look no further!

Back by popular demand, Leedy’s best community market is pulling into your favourite neighborhood courtyard. So come thrifting beneath the pines, grab yourself a coffee and a bite to eat, and see what treasures reveal themselves! Taking place in Servo Yard Bar, our ‘Yard Sale’ series is here to give preloved items a second home.

  • 9AM – 2PM, Sun May 7th
  • Kids play area on-site
  • Free parking (via the ABN Building Carpark next door)
  • As this is a licensed area, minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Register your interest here for our next Yard Sale on Sunday May 7th. Limited stall spots remaining…

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Tree tasting with the Forever Project

Taste the food from trees and get some practical ideas on how to grow food in your garden!

Celebrating the wonderfully huge array of food we can harvest from trees, The Forever Project will show how great food can be grown, even in our own backyards, and provide us with not only beautiful healthy food, but can improve our immediate environment and wellbeing.

Have a chat with the experts for insightful and practical gardening ideas and ‘how to’ tips on growing nutritious food, even in Perth’s sandy soils, while tasting a tree! Enjoy the delicious tastings the visiting chef will create for you, and be reminded about just how essential trees are every day and every meal.

This is a drop-in event, stay for as long or as little as you like! Registrations are not essential. Be sure to stay and check out some of the amazing produce at the Stirling Farmers Markets. You will find us near the overflow carpark.


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Worm farming at home

Learn how to recover food scraps and improve the health of your garden by worm farming at home.

Worm farms are easy with Nutmegz education workshops.

Learn easy ways to recover food scraps to create healthy soil for your garden. This workshop takes you from basics to problem solving common challenges. Learn how to have a simple and productive worm farm process suitable for your home environment.

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Scenes from the Schoolhouse

Discover school life of days gone past at the Wanneroo Schoolhouse! Dress up for an old school photo, practise your copperplate, and more!

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Flinders Indoors Winter & Mothers Day Markets

Come along and keep warm this winter while shopping for wonderful Mothers Day presents (other people too). Featuring candles, crystals, gifts, art and so much more.
WE ARE SEEKING: Crystals, Soaps / Body Products, Oils, Resin Products, Baby Clothing & accessories, Kids & Adult Clothing, Jewellery*, Toys/Novelties, Artisans, Personalised / Vinyl gifts, Plants, and any new, imaginative items we may not have thought of!
NEW STALLHOLDERS please Register first at then follow the link to BOOK ; RETURNING STALLHOLDERS head straight to


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High Voltage

Join us for the ultimate Sunday in Freo on 7 May, 1 – 6pm
Inspired by Perth Festival 2020’s smash hit Highway to HellHigh Voltage is taking to the streets of Fremantle! Seven flatbed trucks become live music stages on the move making their way around a 5km street circuit with the sounds of great Aussie rock done differently on board.  Stop by a truck stop on the route or kick back at one of three entertainment zones for an arvo of music and activities.   

High Voltage is a rock’n’roll street circuit for the whole family. It’s the ultimate Sunday afternoon to take to the streets and parks of Fremantle to celebrate live music, community and the legend himself – Bon Scott.

From 1pm to 6pm, a convoy of music acts on flatbed trucks will take a 5km street circuit around Freo, taking in Esplanade Reserve, South Terrace, Fremantle Oval and Wilson Park at South Beach.

Fans and families are encouraged watch the passing parade at a series of designated truck ‘stops’ along the route and enjoy diverse free activities, performances and ‘mini-concerts’ at three special zones – Fremantle Oval, Wilson Park and Esplanade Reserve. With performances from Australian rock icons to soulful singer-songwriters and from powerful punk to Aboriginal bush bands performing in traditional language, there will something for everyone.

Where will you rock out? Download a map and catch the High Voltage trucks as they bring live music around a 5km circuit of Freo. Or settle in at one of three entertainment zones.  


Pick your spot! There are three zones to choose from each with a different vibe.  


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SAGE – Sexuality and gender equality

Do you identify as LGBTQIA+ or even just unsure? Want a safe place to hang out, make friends and learn more? We are excited to launch this new program! Come join us from the beginning to have your say in what you want this group to cover. Lots of opportunities to make friends and hear from people who identify as being part of the community. 

Date: Tuesdays (Begins second week of term)   Times: 3 – 5pm     12 – 15 years             5 – 7pm     16 – 24 years Location: Billy Dower Youth Centre, 41 Dower St, Mandurah  Phone: 9550 3670 Email: Register online by completing the online membership form

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Girls/Ladies Only Bibra Lake Skateboard Clinic

Beyond Skate are running free Girls/Ladies Only Skateboarding Clinics at Bibra Lake Skatepark this summer. Register now!

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Bayswater Twilight Markets – Mother’s Day Market

Bayswater Twilight Markets 💝Mother’s Day Markets💝
🥟 Food Trucks 🎁 Artisan Stalls 🎶 Live Music 🤩 Fun for the whole family!

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Autumn Festival – Mother’s Day Weekend

Join us this Mother’s Day weekend for afternoon live music, art and craft workshops, and incredible autumn colour!
Our vintage train will be running all weekend, providing great photo-ops and good fun for the whole family; and the Roundhouse Cafe will be open serving coffee, ice creams, and grab-and-go food options.
The Freedom Fairies will be visiting on Sunday for face-painting fun and their iconic bubble show! Enjoy afternoon live music on the Roundhouse lawn, and attend art and craft workshops all weekend, hosted by Cabernet and Canvas and Jotterbook Flowers (bookings essential).
Book online now and come in on the day and enjoy a spectacular autumn weekend in the Perth Hills, all while celebrating Mum!
*Workshop bookings include Park entry. Booking links will be posted once available…/mothers-day…/


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Interview Skills: An intro for teens

Tips to shine in a job interview!

This workshop aims to help you set yourself apart from the rest with confidence in a job interview.

In this session, you will cover…..

  • STAR Method
  • Interview Presentation
  • Handling Stress and Anxiety

Participants are asked to bring along a laptop or tablet if possible. This is not necessary though as paper/pen will be provided.

This session is aimed at young people in years 10-12 looking for first time employment.

This is part of a series of workshops that will be run between April – May for the Youth Employment Initiative.

Canning Libraries will also be recruiting in May 2023, please see link below for more information.


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Mother’s Day Planters in The Patch

Make Mum’s day with a special handmade gift! Kids can get creative decorating their own terracotta pot, and then planting their own seed that can be tended to together at home.
Sessions start at 9:30am, 10:15am, 11am, 11:45am, 12:30pm and 1:15pm. Recommended for ages 3+.

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Northlands Shopping Centre Mother’s Day Markets

Come along and keep warm this winter while shopping for wonderful Mothers Day presents (other people too). Featuring candles, crystals, gifts, art and so much more.

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Community Clothes Swap

Time for a wardrobe refresh? Have you got clothes, shoes, and accessories you no longer wear?  Then join us at City’s Administration Centre for our Community Clothes Swap with special guest speaker. We will be provide a brief presentation on how to dress more sustainably, shop mindfully and get tips and tricks to help reduce textile waste.    In under two hours, you could have a whole ‘new’ wardrobe for free. All you need to do is bring along quality clothes, shoes, and accessories you don’t wear anymore (any style or season) and exchange them for items you will. Bring whatever you have and take whatever you like, and best of all, it’s FREE. Any left over clothes are donated.  

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Mother’s Day Craft Workshop // Free Fun for the Kids!

✨ MOTHER’S DAY CRAFT WORKSHOP ✨ Saturday 13 May – 10am to 1pm *Free Fun for the Kids*
In the lead up to Mother’s Day we are hosting a free themed craft workshop, where the kids will have the chance to make an awesome item (made with love) to give to the special person in their life ❤️
Location: Outside IGA Craigie, 15 Perilya Rd, Craigie WA 6025

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Mother’s Day Mini Market at Brookfield Place

Get mum the perfect gift this Mother’s Day at our curated Mini-Market at Brookfield Place.
Running over lunch hours we have made gift giving easy by brining together stunning gifts in a central location for you to shop during your lunch break.
Running Tuesday – Thursday May 9, 10 & 11 from 11:00am – 2:00pm you will be sure to find the perfect gift for that special mother figure in your life (or for yourself!). 

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Mother’s Day Craft Workshop

Saturday 13 May – 10am to 1pm
*Free Fun for the Kids*
In the lead up to Mother’s Day we are hosting a free themed craft workshop, where the kids will have the chance to make an awesome item (made with love) to give to the special person in their life ❤️
Location: Outside IGA Aveley, 77 Swanleigh Parade, Aveley WA 6069

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The Wonderful World of Worms – Ages 5-12

Find out about these amazing creatures.Easy to look after, they eat all your scraps giving you beautiful fertiliser. Special take home gifts

Celebrate International Compost Awareness Week with this fun, interactive workshop. Children will learn about the amazing compost worms you can use to make beautiful soil for the garden. They will see some beautiful wriggly worms and learn about how they need to be kept, and why they are so good at eating our scraps.

Children will also make an easy paper pot and take home a plant complete with compost soil rich in worm castings (poo!)

The event is free, but bookings are essential. Children aged under 12 years must be accompanied by an adult. Adults accompanying children do not need a ticket.

Please remember to cancel your booking if you are unable to attend once you have booked, so the ticket can be released for someone else to enjoy.

About Peg Davies: Peg Davies is a waste educator with over 13 years experience, having worked in local government, schools and the wider community. Peg has been talking about worms for years and has lots of interesting tips and tricks to keep them happy and working for you.

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Anime Club for Teens

It’s a monthly meet-up at the library for anime fans aged 12-17! Come and make new friends to discuss what manga you’re reading, have fun with lots of anime-themed crafts and games, watch some anime episodes and enjoy some Japanese snacks.  Bookings are essential and can be made online, in person, email or phone. 

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Tax, Super and Banking: An intro for teens

Looking for or just landed your first job: How do I file for a TFN? What is superannuation? And, HELP! I need a bank account!

This workshop aims to equip young people with financial skills to enable them to be workforce ready.

Learn about…..

  • How PAYG and superannuation works
  • Set up a TFN and select a bank account
  • Find out your basic employment rights

Participants are asked to bring along a laptop or tablet. If you do not have access to a device please let us know so we can arrange one for you.

This session is aimed at young people aged 15 to 18 starting their first job.

This is part of a series of workshops that will be run between April- May for the Youth Employment Initiative.

Canning Libraries will also be recruiting in May 2023, please see link below for more information.


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Dungeons and Dragons

Ever wanted to try your hand at being a brave adventurer fighting to survive in a world beset by evil and magic?

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Parents and Bubs Program – Parent’s and Bubs Yoga

Spend a morning with your child being guided through positive poses and blissful meditation in flow yoga.

Parent’s and Bubs Yoga

Spend a morning in flow with your child as you are guided through positive poses and blissful meditation.

This session is facilitated by Core Health Shift.

Where: The Den, Derrick Ernst Neighbourhood Centre, 5 Tara Street, Morley.

When: 9am – 10am, Friday 19th May 2023


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Buckle Up for National Road Safety Week @ Wanneroo Library

Think about safety when experiencing a ride: Seatbelts, helmets, protective gear…

Buckle up for National Road Safety Week (NRSW) at City of Wanneroo Libraries.

National Road Safety Week (NRSW) is an initiative from the Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH) Group, partnering road safety organisations and government to highlight the impact of road trauma and ways to reduce it. Every year, more than 1200 people are killed and 44,000 seriously injured on Australian roads. National Road Safety Week is a time for us to remember those people who have experienced trauma on our roads. We urge communities to come together and make their pledge to ensure the roads are safe for everyone. To drive so others survive.

‘How Safe is My Ride?’

The City will be hosting Kids Safe WA to present workshops on ‘Choosing and Using Car Restraints’ at all 4 Wanneroo Libraries. This workshop addresses the most common questions asked by parents and carers on passenger safety.

Target audience: Workshops are open to new parents, caregivers, grandparents and anyone that uses child car restraints.

Parents/ caregivers will be able to attend this workshop whilst their little ones are cared for in our pop-up creche by the Spiers Centre.

All 4 workshops will be accessible with an Auslan interpreter in attendance.

Please book a ticket to reserve a spot, places are limited so get in early to avoid disappointment.

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Community Board Games Social Club

Bring your family or friends, your favourite board games and a plate of nibbles and have some old school fun! Games start at 2.00 pm until late. The Board Games Social Club run every 3rd Saturday of the month. Connecting with people offline is more fun!

Cost Free
Contact details Community Development Officer 08 9205 8579


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Go Bananas with Lisa and Minky Album Launch – Do You Know Your Poo?


Don’t miss the opportunity to see Lisa and Minky perform live at the launch of their first album release, Do You Know Your Poo?

Come and sing and dance with Lisa and Minky to the songs on their new album such as Do You Know Your Poo? Holy Moly Guacamole, Sneaky Sugar, I’m A Pizza Chef and more!!

You’ll get to meet Lisa and Minky after the show as well as the “Sugar Detective”.

There’s also a chance for schools in the City of Stirling to win a concert with Lisa and Minky that includes a music class with Minky and a healthy lunch box workshop for your mums and dads with Lisa! The winning school will be announced at the launch. Details will be made available to schools prior to the event.

Tickets are free but seats are limited so book early to avoid missing out!

This event is proudly sponsored by Doubleview IGA and the City of Stirling.

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Mother’s Day Market

Mother’s Day Market
15 Old Great Northern Highway, Midland.
11th-13th of may 9am-5pm.
Browse the collectives permanent stall holders and pop ups. Specials in store and entertainment. Also get a coffee and cake. 

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Anime Taster

Get a taste for amazing anime!

Dip your toe into the world of Japanese animation at our Anime Taster event. Enjoy some shows, shorts and trailers. Eat yummy snacks, play fun games and immerse yourself in the wonderful world of anime.

Ages 10-16

Bookings essential for this free event!

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Family fun at the beautiful Claremont Foreshore! 

Celebrate the Foreshore will be a family-friendly event set against the beautiful backdrop of the Claremont Foreshore. There’ll be all sorts of fun activities taking place on the day including:

  • Kayaking, Paddle boats and other water-based fun
  • Sandcastle building
  • Kite flying 
  • Face painting 
  • Sustainability stalls
  • Food vendors
  • Live music and performances

Plus a whole host of other activities are planned for the day!  Come down and enjoy the natural wonder of our beautiful Foreshore at what is set to be a fun day out for the entire family.

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National Simultaneous Storytime – Speedy the Sloth

National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA).

Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centers, family homes, bookshops, and many other places around the country.

Come and join Meerilinga Children and Community Service in Beechboro in Ottawa Park (behind our service) as we participate in the National Simultaneous reading of The Speedy Sloth.

Following the story, children can make their own Speedy sloth arts and crafts.

Suitable for ages 2 – 6 years of age.

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Mindfulness in May: Raising Resilient Children (Armadale Library)

Come along to these FREE workshops for parents and early childhood educators to learn about mental health and wellbeing in young children.

With mental health challenges on the rise, it’s important that parents and families are given the knowledge and tools to recognise if their child is experiencing mental health challenges, what to do about it and how to promote protective factors in young people.

These workshops are recommended for parents of children between 3 and 10 years old.

Places are limited and bookings are essential.

Visit or call 9394 5125.

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Tokyo Alley 11: Marine

📍 Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre 🎫 $25 ONLINE and AT THE DOOR | $20 Early Bird
🏖️Ahoy, there!☀️
☀️We are KRILLed🦐 to SHELLabrate🐚 the announcement of our 2023 major event, docking at a port near you🚢. That’s right, we’ve taken your feedback and have set sail toward the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre⛵!
Tokyo Alley is Western Australia’s longest running, active anime convention and artist market! As a non-profit organisation, we’re on a mission to create opportunities for local artists and fans! For all things anime, gaming, and Japanese culture, join us for an exciting weekend of activities, entertainment, and more! 

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Mother’s Day Market

We want to help you celebrate that beautiful, strong, amazing female role model in your life and are holding a Mother’s Day Market so you can come and enjoy choosing something special for her this Mother’s Day. There will be the chance to win a hamper full of goodies too!

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Rave at the Library

Libraries are not quiet places anymore!

The library invites you to a silent disco for people 12 to 16 years of age.

Put on some fun clothes, grab your friends and join us for a night of music, games and dancing!

Refreshments will be available.

Places are limited and bookings are essential.

Visit or call 9394 5125.

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Time For Stories at the Ferry Tram

Join the City of South Perth and the South Perth Historical Society for Story Time at the Ferry Tram!

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Strategies in Self-Defence Dynamics | 12 – 16 Year Olds

Self-defence is a defence permitting reasonable force to be used to defend one’s self or another.

Workshop | 28th May 2023 | 11:15 am – 12:15 pm | Strategies in Self-Defence Dynamics

What you will learn in this session:

• Techniques in self-defence

• Defences against common attacks

• Using common objects as self-protection and weapons.

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Find more Perth events for Families here

Why not check out our amazing Mother’s Day Events Ideas in Perth list for more things to do with Mum or as a family? 

About Holly Clark

Holly Clark is currently a stay at home mum of one, a self-confessed coffee addict and a baker of sweet treats. She studied Professional Writing and Editing, and occasionally writes on her recipe blog, Lucky Star's Kitchen

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