There are loads of arts events for kids kicking off as we head into spring and the term three school holidays. Make sure to book ahead as many of these shows sell out!
Spare Parts Puppet Theatre will launch their school holiday season on the 22nd with The Night Zoo. This colourful large-scale puppetry show tells the story of girl who always wanted a pet of her own and then one night her dreams come true.
Jazz for Juniors is back on the 25th and 28th September. The enthusiastic musicians from the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra will get your kids grooving, with plenty of time for everyone to have a go on the instruments at the end.
The homegrown queen of children’s entertainment Justine Clarke is on tour again, bringing her favourite songs to Perth on the 30th with a show called Silly Songs. Get ready for the shared joy of singing, dancing and all the excitement of show time, plus Justine and her audience will find their own silly song to perform as one for the grand finale. Apparently Justine will be sending out some rehearsal videos before the concert so kids can learn the words and the moves. “It’ll be wonderful, organised chaos,” she promises!
The Awesome Festival launches at the University of WA on the 28th/29th September before heading to the Perth Cultural Centre for the following weeks. The festival offers everything from theatre to dance, early childhood activities, music, film and hands-on crafts events for children aged 0-12 and their families. The UWA Opening Weekend features Bambert’s Book of Lost Stories (Barking Gecko Theatre Company), Slapdash Galaxy by Bump Puppets, Game Theory where hospcotch meets contemporary dance and Filmbites where kids learn about and create film special effects. Madame Lark will be taking flight vocally around the campus with her musical-saw and check out world class pianist Simon Tedeschi sharing his life story and his unconventional practice tricks.
Playing to sold-out houses all over the world, POTTED POTTER will be at the Heath Ledger Theatre from 26-30th September. The show condenses all seven Harry Potter books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into seventy hilarious minutes. The show features all your favourite characters, a special appearance from the fire-breathing dragon, endless costumes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props and a generous helping of Hogwart’s magic! The show is a must-see for Potter addicts and a great introduction to the series for anyone who’s ever wondered what all the fuss is about. Perfect for ages six to Dumbledore (who is very old indeed).
The WA Youth Orchestra will present Peter and the Wolf on October 6-7th. Returning by popular demand, the orchestra with narrator Peter Moore will bring Prokofiev’s timeless musical classic to life – a tale which not only entertains but also facilitates learning about music and the instruments of the orchestra. Families will be spellbound by the story of a young boy’s adventures with his grandfather, a sly cat, a silly duck and of course – a wolf!
Enjoy your arty family time! For more arts events head to the September Gig Guide.