Lollipops Playland opened in August 2015 the second of its kind in Perth, WA. If you’ve visited their sister playcentre in Jandakot then you’ll know you and your kids are in for a treat.
Lollipops is very clearly sign posted from the road and parking directly outside and around the centre. You’ll notice immediately the light and airy feel to the centre with high ceilings and plenty of space around the tables and play equipment.
The toddler area suitable for 3 years and under only is sectioned off with high walls and a sponge bench for the mums to sit on and watch their little one’s.
The toddler area includes a play structure with slide, tunnel and climbing foam obstacles. There are 4 tables with chairs in the immediate toddler area and then plenty of tables towards the middle of the centre.
Also a water slide! But don’t worry the flowing water is underneath the slide so your little one won’t be getting wet ;-) There is also a nice sized ball pit and plenty of soft mat area for crawlers.
Love them or hate them there are ipads in the middle of the centre and these include a mixture of games such as Minecraft and educational learning games.
Opposite the iPads and next to the toddler area is a bouncy castle with stairs and a slide down the side.
Lollipops is well known for its Pirate Ship which is fully operational and a great ride for the kids. They usually announce on the tannoy speaker system every hour or so when the ride will run.
There are 4 themed party rooms which are bright and airy with a huge long table complete with a special royal looking chair for the special birthday girl or boy. Themes include Pirates, Space and a fairy room with a beautiful yellow unicorn.
The Café are runs along side the middle of the playcentre and includes the usual cakes, slices, jellies, biscuits, pies and sausage rolls from the fresh food counter. Kids meals start at $8:95 and includes chips or fruit and a fruit juice drink. Coffee’s start from $4.00. There are plenty of bigger meals to choose from such as grilled sandwiches and calamari and chips.
As you come towards the end of the centre you’ll find the main play structure. This includes two huge slides (yellow and blue) with bumps along the way. Towards the far far far left of the structure is the DROP SLIDE. Make sure your child is comfortable going down this before you let them go down solo. It’s very steep which my nearly 5 year old LOVED but won’t suit all kids. There’s plenty to do in the main structure, stepping stones across crocodile infested waters, a flying fox, huge ball pit, swinging balls, climbing structures and twirling sticks.
Best suited for the older kids within the main play structure are the shooting ball guns. Yes that’s right!! The kids load up the huge guns and fire them into the air. There are a few other great pieces of play equipment in this area including a huge metal bucket, which drops the balls when a button is pressed.
I think Lollipops Playland Bayswater is a great addition to Perth’s growing number of playcentres.
68 Beechboro Road South, Bayswater, 6053
Phone: 6270 0019
Corrigan Soccer School provides quality and professional Soccer coaching for 3 - 13 year olds across Western Australia.
Classes are split into age groups of "Littlies" 3-4year olds, "Middlies" 5-7year olds, "Biggies" 8-10year olds and "Teenies" 8-13years old.
They have professionally qualified coaches that have experience in the English Premier League Youth Academies, and they're fantastic fun with the kids!
Littlies sessions are 30 minutes long and focus on basic skills and fitness. The kids get a good run around as well as learning new skills. I was amazed at the level of skills and techniques taught for this age group using many different props (hoops, poles, nets etc.) to keep the Littlies engaged and making the sessions fun.
Middlies session are 45 minutes long and incorporate full game play. At this age group it's important to start developing a team spirit. My son loves his weekly sessions and comes away having learnt something new or improved on his skills each week.
Biggies sessions are 60 minutes and include tactics and game play as well as more focus on fitness.
Teenies sessions are based on set training programs focused on stretching to avoid injuries, skills and fitness. Most kids at this stage also play in the weekend Soccer leagues around Perth.
My 4 year old daughter has taken a shine for Soccer and joined the Littlies sessions with Director of Coaching Nick Corrigan. Nick is fantastic with the kids and builds instant rapour with them. He has years and years of experience teaching Soccer to young kids so whether they're shy, naughty, not sporty or new to Soccer he'll get them warmed up and participating in the fun games in no time.
Here's Lollie negotiating her ball around an obstacle course of poles and Nick trying to get her to kick using the inside of her foot.
One great thing I noticed about this Soccer school is there's no queuing and hanging around for your child's turn. The kids are constantly engaged and on the move and as they're outdoors there's plenty of space to run around.
Nick consistently uses code words for some important moves so the kids find it easier to remember. "Red Light" for example means stopping the ball with your foot and leaving your foot on the top of the ball. This ensures Nick has total control of the class :-)
During the School Holidays Corrigan Soccer run coaching clinics for school aged kids. These are run in the Norther Suburbs usually on school grounds. My son Blake attended the Soccer clinic for 4 days during the July school holidays and LOVED IT!!! Some of his mates from school joined him and some have since signed up for coaching during the week and on weekends.
Check their website for details of the school holiday clinics, we paid $35 for 8am - 3pm which is longer than a school day :-) Blake had great fun, learnt LOTS and was exhausted from playing sport all day long!
Review by Georgia Vergano-van
The Beach House playcente has come a long way since my last visit. They have moved again and I can say they have made a massive improvement.
The new Beach House is located in 4-6 Halley Rd Balcatta, just around the corner from the old premises in Geddes Street. It is open Mon-Thurs 8.30am 5.30pm, Fri-Sun 8.30am-6pm and Public Holiday 10am to 4pm.
Entry Fees are: 6mths - 11 mths $3, 1-5 $10, 6-14 $12, Adults $1. Sat – Sun and Public Holiday 1-14 unlimited play $15. The Entertainment voucher can be used to receive 2 for 1 entry.
The new venue is a HUGE warehouse. This time every ride is well signed and most importantly fenced.
The New Beach House is almost a Mini Fun Park. There is a lot to do..
A fully fenced and carpeted 0-3 yrs play section with many toys and ride-ons to entertain little toddlers. Everything looked clean.
A big range of Electric Rides; and you don’t even need a coin to operate them!
A Plane Ride and a Train Ride for Age 4 and under. An adult must supervise and operate these machines at all times. Instructions are well signed.
Arcade games, Table Tennis, Air Hockey, Shooting Hoops Basketball, Motorbikes and Car Battle Gear Driving Games, Pool/snooker tables for the older kids.
Big 14'' trampoline
30m long Flying Fox inflatable
Bumper Cars for 4-14 years
A huge selection of ride-on toys for toddlers
Go-Kart track for 8 years +
Battery operated Animal Rides for kids and adults.
A Mechanical Bucking Bull Challenge
Playground, obstacle course, Chest, Giant Building Blocks area
Bouncy Castles and Two Footy
A huge climbing net
Monday to Friday all the rides are included in the entry fees so kids can ride as much as they want!
Saturday, Sunday, Public and School Holiday each child receive 5 tickets for the rides with the entry fee but extra rides can be purchased at $5 for 5 rides.
They also have four big and colourful Party rooms, the themes are: Underwater, Treasure Island, Space and Disco.
There are plenty of tables some of which are located right next to the rides.
The Cafe serves hot and cold drinks, hot food (pizza, hot dogs, wraps, chips etc.) and a selection of sandwiches, sushi, lollies, pies, crisps, cakes and cupcakes. They also sell some toys and even kids clothes.
They even have a baby corner with changing facilities.
The climbing structure should be available soon together with a 9D Cinema (as per their website).
Although they have a made a massive improvement I have spotted few hazards like cables and some unattended broken ride-ons, but overall it is a really nice play centre and more diverse than others I have been to before. They do have some very fun and interesting rides.
Xtreme Ice Arena is located in Mirrabooka and is the perfect place for both experienced and novice skaters to skate. They offer Perth’s best selection of Ice Skating sports including General Skating, Figure Skating, Ice Hockey, Speed Skating and Bumper Cars on Ice.
General public skating sessions take place at various times during the week. To find out when these are visit www.xtremeice.com.au/session_times as they change each week.
Entry fees for the general
skating sessions are as follows:
$21 entry and skate hire
$70 Family pass (2 adults and 2 children)
$5 Bumper Cars (5 minute session)
Skates can be hired and they have double runners for the younger children which attach to their normal shoes. The double runners have two blades that enable them to retain their balance on the ice. There are lockers available to hire to store your belongings.
If your child doesn’t feel very confident of remaining upright on the ice then there are plenty of skating aids available. Next to the entrance to the rink is a stack of A-Frame aids that are free to use. Or you may wish to opt for a more fancy penguin aid which can be hired for an additional $10 per session.
My 4 year old preferred the A-Frame aid as it enabled her to zip around the ice with some speed. If your child doesn’t have much balance then a penguin aid may be preferable as they are sturdier and less likely to tip over.
At Xtreme Ice you can experience Bumper Cars on Ice – an Australian first! The Bumper car sessions are so much fun and are suitable for all ages. For smaller children an adult is required to ride tandem with them. Sessions last 5 minutes and cost $5. Dedicated bumper car sessions run on the weekends during term time and most days during the school holidays. For current session times check the Xtreme Ice website.
Kids under 5 will have heaps of fun at Xtreme Ice’s Rug Rats on Ice session. Rug Rats on Ice is a dedicated session for children with an assortment of toys on the ice to play with and a huge pile of snow to build a snow man. There is also a fully qualified coach present to show children and adults the basics of ice-skating.
Parents or Guardians must accompany children on the ice however you don’t need to wear ice skates. No problem if you are accompanied by a younger sibling as prams are welcome on the ice too.
Rug Rats on ice run Thursdays and Fridays 10am – 12pm and cost $10 per child and $5 for adults. Skate hire and a free coffee is included. Click here to read the Buggybuddys review.
All that ice-skating is hungry work! Outside food and drink is not allowed to be brought into the arena. Instead you’ll find a well-priced café serving a range of hot food, beverages and confectionary. We couldn’t resist some hot chips covered in gravy! The cafe only accepts cash but there is an ATM onsite.
Xtreme Ice also offer party packages which range in price from $25 to $30 depending on whether you included a Bumper Cars on Ice session. Everything is included from invitations to lolly bags. All you need to rock up with is a cake.
Xtreme Ice is located at 15
Chesterfield Road, Mirrabooka
Tucked away in The Vines is Emms Green which is home to a quirky little playground.
The playground has a focus on imaginative play. There is a large cubby house which contains a set of whisper poles at each end for secret chats.
There are wooden planks to run through.
And woodern poles to climb.
I love the upturned tree which features carvings of Australian wildlife on it.
There is also a cute caterpillar rocker.
If your child is a natural performer they won’t be able to resist giving an impromptu performance on little stage area.
There is a large shelter which contains a BBQ and two picnic tables. There is no shade over the playground area nor are there any toilets nearby.
Next to the playground is a large green perfect for kicking a ball around on.
Emms Green is located on the junction of Adlington Way and Delapre Drive, The Vines, Ellenbrook.
Two recent tragedies in Perth have acted as a timely reminder of the importance of road safety for young children. A 2 year old killed after being struck by a reversing car and a 4 year old critically injured as she crossed a road on her way to pre-primary have caused devastation to families, friends and school communities. While the specific circumstances of every accident cannot be anticipated, there are some guidelines that can help us reduce the risk to children.
Driveway safety: Surprisingly, around one child is run over by a motor vehicle in the family driveway every week in Australia. Always check behind your car and know where your kids are when pulling in or out of the driveway. Talk to toddlers and children about being careful around driveways and create a rule such as holding the front door handle (with an adult) if they are waving people goodbye.
Adults should always hold hands with children when they are near traffic.
Crossing roads: Children should be taught the correct road crossing procedure.
· STOP – A safe distance from the edge of the road.
· LOOK – In all directions for approaching traffic.
· LISTEN – In all directions for approaching traffic.
· THINK – Is it safe to cross the road?
Check that your bike has good brakes, a bell, reflectors and lights.
Helmet and safety on wheels: Check that your child wears an approved and correctly fitted helmet whenever playing or riding on wheels. Children should dismount and wheel their bicycle across the road and at crosswalks.
When riding both parents and children should wear:
· Brightly coloured clothes
· Enclosed footwear with non-slip soles
In the car:
· Children from birth to 7 years of age must be in an approved child car restraint. All other passengers must wear a seatbelt.
· Children under 7 must travel in the back seat unless the seats are already taken by younger children.
· Make sure your child gets in and out of the car on the footpath side, away from traffic. If you have to remove more than one child from the car, the least mobile child should be first. Clip children into a pram, or hold their hand as soon as they are out of the vehicle. Older children should have one hand on the car as ‘home base’ when they are out of the car until an adult can hold their hand to cross the road or a shopping centre car park.
On and off the bus: Your child is most at risk in the minutes getting off the bus. Reduce this risk by:
· Meeting your child at the bus stop. Never wait on the other side of the road.
· Wait until the bus has driven away before choosing the safest place to cross the road. When crossing the road follow the usual crossing procedure of STOP, LOOK, LISTEN, and THINK.
SDERA’s Smart Steps program aims to increase parents’ awareness and knowledge of the main road safety risk factors for children and emphasizes a parents’ responsibility as a role model. Visit http://bit.ly/1MwfTID for more information.
Review by Stephanie Rae
We recently decided to go on a Sunday drive along Brookton Highway. Our initial intention was to visit the town of Brookton, however we took a last minute turn to Beverley and very randomly ended up at the Beverley Airfield! It ended up being a magnificent mistake to make!
The airstrip can be found just past the township of Beverley, quite literally off the beaten track. I must admit at first I thought we were driving down the actual landing strip as there are parallel "tracks", however I got "the look" from my husband and soon sorted my crazy out.
Visitors are welcome and there is a sign at the entrance to back this up. We were being a little nosey at first with no plans on staying, however one of the pilots flagged us down and told us we were more than welcome to park up, get out and make ourselves at home. So glad we did.
We thought we might be waiting a while for some aviation action, but after a quick chat to the gliders it was all systems go. The pilots of both aircrafts were brilliant, waving at the kids and giving them a salute at one point! After the line was attached the tug plane took off, glider in tow and then unattached itself mid air. The glider, riding a thermal, looked like a massive model plane floating in the air. It was rather breathtaking and for a few glorious seconds, my children were speechless (alas, more like a millisecond!) They were thoroughly impressed and soon embraced their inner plane with much zooming and whirring about! They even applauded the pilots as they landed which was heartily received.
They were then invited by the tug pilot to hop up and have a look inside the cockpit. The pilot was an absolute gem of a man and really amazing with the kids. He happily answered any questions and was very patient in deciphering my very excitable three year olds gobbledegook.
Content with our visit and ready for home, the glider soon landed and the pilots waved us over again. The kids were hoisted into the cockpit. My little miss was keen to begin with but then had a minor freak out once she was in, it was quite deep especially in the back. So we swiftly evacuated her before any major meltdowns, but my son remained up front in the "drivers seat" and was ecstatic! The pilots explained what everything was and did, not sure if he took any of it in but he had a smile from ear to ear!
While we were there we saw two flights take off and even as we were driving off, the tug plane came in to land and the pilot managed to wave to the kids as they hollard out the window "Goodbye Mr Plane Man!".
This really was a super cool experience for the family. To see any type of flying apparatus is amazing enough, but to be that close and hands on was truly awesome. Having said that I'm not sure if being invited to sit in the cockpits etc is the norm for every visitor, every weekend. So to avoid disappointment, probably get the kids enthused about seeing the actual flying, just in case.
If you have a budding plane enthusiast, this is definitely worth the trip.
Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays, take advantage of the upcoming Beverley Agricultural Show on Saturday 22nd August and stop in for a visit.
In keeping with the aviation theme, Beverley is also home to the Aeronautical Museum with the very impressive Vampire Jet on proud display at the entrance.
Father's Day is on 6th September and if you are stuck for ideas of how to spend the day we've done the hard work for you and come up with 50 great ideas for places to eat, places to go and things to buy.
1. Salt on the Beach in North Fremantle is offering a special Father's Day Breakfast Buffet. Adults $35, Kids $20 (5–12 years old), Kids under 5 free. Build sandcastles or have a long walk on the beach afterwards. Bookings are essential: 9430 6866 Read the Buggybuddys review
2. Treat Dad to breakfast or lunch at the chilled out Oakover Grounds in the Swan Valley. There is plenty of space for the kids to run about and no Dad will be able to resist a boat around the lake in one of the free pedalos. Read the Buggybuddys review
3. Enjoy a full buffet breakfast at the newly opened Ashby Bar and Bistro. Fun 2 Remember will be there to entertain the kids with face painting, balloon twisting, storytelling and much more! They will be event make some special craft cards and presents for Dad. Adults $27.50. Kids 12 and under FREE. Read the Buggybuddys review
4. Enjoy the Spring Sunshine in the Perth Hills and visit Parkerville Tavern, a gorgeous old family pub and restaurant nestled in a wooded valley. Choose to sit indoors or outdoors where the playground with its resident Emus, goats and bandicoots will keep the kids amused. Lunch bookings not necessary – walk-ins only. Read the Buggybuddys review.
6. Book in for dinner at the Wanneroo Villa Tavern. Not only will be kids be entertained with the fully contained indoor playground but Fun 2 Remember will also be there offering free activities such as Fathers Day Craft, face painting and balloon twisting. Read the Buggybuddys review.
7. The Indian Ocean Brewing Company, Mindarie Marina, has a special Father's Day buffet breakfast with free face painting for the kids. This all-you-can-eat feast includes all the breakfast favourites and will cost $32 for adults, $15 for kids under 12, and kids under 2 eat free. Bookings are essential – 9400 1111. Book and pay by 28th August and kids under 10 eat free!
8. Take Dad for a special buffet lunch at Bistro 38 at the Joondalup Resort. Enjoy the delicious chocolate fountain and two hours of free-flowing sparkling wine. Available from 12–2pm, the buffet lunch costs $65 for adults, $30 for kids 13–17 years and $15 for kids 5–12 years. Read the Buggybuddys review
9. Relax at the gorgeous Canning River Café which is situated on the Canning River in Wilson. There is a great kidsplayground and river beach nearby, or you can take a nature trail walk around the regional park for a great family day out. Read the Buggybuddys review
10. Enjoy great views of the Swan River while dining at the Deep Water Point Café on The Esplanade, Mount Pleasant. The kids can play in the fenced and shaded playground next to the alfresco dining area. Read the Buggybuddys review
11. Is your Dad car obsessed? Take him along to the Father’s Day Hot Rod Show 2015 at St Patrick’s Primary School in Fremantle. Vintage cars and others will be on display, and there will be food stalls, coffee and ice cream. The Show is from 10am–4pm and cost is Adults $5, families $10, children $2. Purchase tickets at the gate.
12. If you want a good value, fun, family day out then The Maze Family Fun Park is a top choice. This Father’s Day it is FREE ENTRY for Dad with a paying child. Enjoy the great outdoors at The Maze this Father’s Day
13. Enjoy some free family entertainment at Piazzarama Northbridge at the Northbridge Piazza. This month’s events is themed an Outdoor Adventure especially for Fathers Day. Showing on the big screen will be the Lion king and A Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb There will also be free face painting and balloons.
14. Perth Zoo is offering FREE entry for all Dads this Father’s Day! Why not make Dad’s visit extra special by booking a Close Encounter. You can get upclose and personal with a giraffe, orangutan, Rhinoceros and many more. Find out more here.
15. Pack a picnic and head to Cockman House in Woodvale and enjoy an afternoon full of fun to celebrate Fathers Day. There will be a kite making activity and old fashioned games. Entry is free but the kite making activity is $3 per child and must be booked in advance (08) 9405 5904.
16. The Bell Tower at Barrack Square is offering FREE admission for all Dads on Father’s Day. Dad can check out the views from the Observation Deck, discover the amazing ancient bells, try his hand at chiming a bell, and even record a FREE video postcard to share with family and friends.
17. Dads go free at Scitech this Fathers Day. Enjoy all the usual Scitech fun including Science Shows, feature exhibitions, puppet shows and more.
18. Do something different this Fathers Day and head to Rottnest Island. Dads travel free with Rottnest Fast Ferries. Simply book Dad or Grandad in with two full paying passengers (adult, senior, student or child fare) and Dad travels free!
19. Check out your local Bunnings for their free family night to celebrate Fathers Day. This is a great opportunity to make a fun gift for the Dad in your life. Kids of all ages are welcome.
20. Project Numbat Day is a family friendly event taking place on Father’s Day in Fremantle. Bring the kids along and help them learn about these precious animals. There will be loads of information, stickers and colouring-in sheets, plus they can meet Nurla the Project Numbat mascot and cockatoos!
21. Enjoy a visit to Rio Tinto Naturescape at Kings Park and have some old-fashioned dirty fun wading through creeks and building dams and cubby houses.
22. Take a tour of the HMAS Submarine Ovens in Fremantle. Children need to be over 5 to participate in the tour. Cost: $10 Adults $3 Children.
23. If your Dad is an aviation fan then pack a family picnic and spend the morning plane and helicopter spotting at Jandakot Airport. Or take the family to view planes landing and taking off at Perth Airport Viewing Platform. Check online for the airport’s busy peak time.
24. Dad can be a pirate
for the day and take a guided tour of the Duyfken, a replica of the first
European Ship to reach Australia. This fabulous ship is
berthed behind Little Creatures in Fremantle Fishing Boat
Cost: Adults $10, Kids $5 (5-15 years). Family pass $25.
25. Challenge Dad to a game of Mini Golf! It’s great fun for the whole family. Check out the Top Ten Mini Golf Courses to play in Perth & surrounds.
26. Take Dad along to visit the fascinating Perth Mint and feast your eyes on the world's biggest gold coin. Join a guided tour and see the Gold Exhibition – watch molten gold being poured and much more! Cost: Adults $25, Kids $8 and Under 4's Free. Open 9am-5pm.
27. Take a short ferry ride from Barrack Street to South Perth and stroll along the Foreshore. Then have a bite to eat at The Boatshed, which has a fenced kids playground.
28. Visit the Aviation Heritage Museum of WA, home of over 30 civilian and military aircraft located in Bullcreek. If you want to give Dad a special treat you could book him onto the tour of a Lancaster Bomber. Adults $10. Kids 4 to 16 $5. Family pass (2 adults & 4 children) $25. Lancaster Bomber Tour $100 per person. Must be booked in advance.
29. Visit Yanchep National Park for some Koala and Kangaroo spotting. You can pack a special Father’s Day picnic or enjoy lunch and indulge in some chocolate at The Chocolate Drops Tea Rooms. Cost: $12 per car.
30. Visit the WA Maritime Museum in Fremantle to explore WA’s fascinating history with the sea. Cost: Adults $10, Kids $3.
31. Let Dad enjoy being a big kid again by challenging him to a duel at Inflatable World. Locations in Joondalup, Ballajura, Leeming and Shenton Park. Entry $16. Children under 5 $8.
32. A visit to the Aquarium (AQWA) is always fun for the family. Walk through the underwater tunnel and watch sharks and rays swim above you. Touch starfish and other creatures in the touchpools, and much more. Afterwards you can have lunch at one of the many eateries in Hillarys Boat Harbour. AQWA is open 10am–5pm. Cost: Adults $29, Kids $17, Under 4’s Free.
33. Enjoy a picnic at Kings Park with stunning views of the city and walk along the tree top walk. Or let the kids have a big play at the Lotterywest Family playground and grab a bite to eat at Stickybeaks Café.
34. Head to Synergy Playground in Kings Park to climb the giant Croc or Dino. Have a yummy breakie at Zamia Café or make your own bbq breakie or lunch there.
35. Take your Dad for a fun session of ten pin bowling at AMF in Joondalup. Read more about it in the Buggybuddys review.
36. Enjoy a picnic at Bells Rapids in Brigadoon. The kids will love discovering the tree swings on the other side of the bridge!
37. Pay a visit to Mundaring Weir– walk the dam, visit the look out and then head to the Mundaring Weir Hotel afterwards for lunch. They have a playground for the kids and serve up a Lamb Spit at 3pm every Sunday.
38. Caversham Wildlife Park is a fabulous place to get up close to Kangaroos and other Ozzie animals and birds. They have animal encounters and farm shows, so you can time your visit to include these. Caversham is within Whiteman Park so you can also tag on a visit to the village playgrounds or the Museums there, and have a ride on the Bennett Brook Railway. You can really make a full day out of it for Dad!
39. Give Dad a challenge – take him to City Summit in Malaga for some indoor climbing. Suitable for all levels of experience, beginners will be welcomed and shown the ropes. Read the Buggybuddys review for more details.
40. Landsdale Farm School makes a fun and educational outing. See various farm animals in their environment, such as ponies, geese, goats, pigs and donkeys. The popular Haystack Café is on the farm and they serve a great breakie with fresh farm eggs, as well as also serving lunch.
41. Visit a playground you have never been to before – from pirate ships to volcanos, race tracks and nature play, Perth has it all. Check out the huge Buggybuddys list for ideas north and south of the river.
42. Create a handmade gift that any Dad or Grandad would love. Check out the gorgeous ‘Proud Dad’ t-shirts and caps from Blank Canvas Gifts which kids can decorate themselves.
43. Does the Dad in your life love silly humour and fun things to put up in his man-cave or behind his bar? Try the Manbase website for some fun gifts.
45. The Australia Geographic Shop is a fabulous shop full of science gadgets, weather stations, telescopes, binoculars, puzzles, games and more. Shop online for some great Father’s Day gift ideas.
46. Buy Dad some barbeque accessories to inspire and prepare him for the summer ahead! Try Barbecues Galore for some ideas.
47. Give the Dad in your life an excuse to visit Bunnings (does he really need one?) – you can order personalised Gift Cards online without setting foot there yourself!
50. Why not purchase a Gift Card for BCF (Boating • Camping • Fishing) if your Dad loves outdoor activities. You can buy it online.
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY
Review by Stephanie Rae
There is a way to feel like you've planned a quality family outing, without driving two hours to get there.
Churchman Brook Dam is located in the Perth hills just a short drive from Armadale. Built in the 1920's this is one of Perth's main water catchments that supplies our drinking water.
It's a spectacular spot for a picnic with plenty of wide open spaces to throw a rug down and hoist a gazebo up. Or grab one of the many gazeboed tables scattered about the grounds, either near the base of the dam by the runoff brook or choose one closer to the forest.
There are also ample BBQ facilities if you're feeling like a cook up.
There is so much on offer at this dam, you could quite easily spend a day here.
There's a lovely park for the kids to burn off some energy with a few old school surprises, like one of the old dam pipes which is now used as a tunnel and a cool addition to a modern play fort.
Near the park is an enormous grassed open space so be sure to bring your sport equipment of choice for a kick or a hit with the family.
Then of course there's the star of the show, the actual dam. There is nothing like staring at the majesty of a large body of water (though unfortunately a little low these days) and if you manage to get there on a fine day (living in Perth, it wouldn't be too hard!) prepare to be in awe when the sun hits the water. The result is an amazing turquoise blue against the deep red rock of the scarp, that you'd expect to see far north of our state. With the ethereal backdrop of the forest it's quite hypnotically soul cleansing.
There is plenty of good old fashioned fun for kids to have, particularly on warmer days. Take a fishing net and be on the look out for tadpoles or just wade in the shallow brook. Explore the bush and check out some great walk tracks winding in and out of the forest that all ages and stages should be able to manage. Our little explorers loved the quiet calm of the trees and each new discovery found on the forest floor, "fairy mushrooms" and other mysterious fauna were all part of the adventure!
Churchman Brook Dam is a glorious example of nature's invitation for an inexpensive day outdoors.
For more information visit www.watercorporation.com.au/water-supply-and-services/visiting-our-dams/churchman-brook-dam
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A FUN, SCIENCE FILLED DAY FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY?!
ChemCentre is the government forensic and analytical chemistry laboratory. Each year ChemCentre opens their doors and invites the public to make science their mission and discover how science is used to protect the community.
2014 was the biggest ChemCentre Open Day yet, with over 3,000 people engaging in activities, displays, science shows and tours.
The most popular activities in 2014 included “Make your own Perfume” where visitors created their own personalised fragrance while learning about the science of odors and “The Clan Lab Experience” where want-to-be scientists donned HAZMAT suits and investigated a mock clandestine drug laboratory.
This year both of these activities will be back plus a whole lot more!
Event highlights include:
· Little Heroes- a special mission for heroes under 7 years old!
· “The Clan Lab Experience” -Dressing up and exploring the life of real chemist heroes! Featuring partners from WA Police, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services and the Department of Health.
· The EXPLOSIVE Show
· FREE Soil Testing- Bring along a sandwich bag of your backyard soil and our scientists will analyse it to help advise how to make your plants grow big and strong!
· Special Guests- We will be joined by a huge range of partner organisations including Forensic Pathologists from PathWest, adorable greyhounds from Greyhounds as Pets and Dangerous Goods experts from the Department of Mines and Petroleum!
ChemCentre Open Day is FREE and will be held in Bentley on Saturday 22 August from 10am-4pm.