A huge pod of wildly colourful dolphins have swum into streets, parks and public spaces around Perth CBD, Northbridge, South Perth and East Perth. The dolphins will swim away on 4 March 2018.
The event is run by Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation to raise awareness and funds for Perth Children’s Hospital, Child and Adolescent Mental Health unit.
There are 36 dolphins to find, we started our ‘dolphin hunt’ at the Art Hub located at Elizabeth Quay near Gusto Gelato. The Art Hub is open from 10am – 2pm daily until 4 February (excluding Australia Day). Children can help paint two of the The Big Splash WA dolphins, Moon and Pebbles, until 25th January. Other activities in the Art Hub include rock painting and scratch art.
If you haven’t already downloaded a map online, you can collect a free map from the Art Hub. We downloaded The Big Splash WA app, the app is only $1.89 and is available from the App Store and Google Play – I recommend downloading the app, but it is not essential. You can use the app to track your process, as you find each dolphin enter the unique code to unlock rewards and upload photos.
After visiting the Art Hub and finding the dolphins around Elizabeth Quay, we found dolphins 1-6, 23 & 24.
Ocean Turbulence #11
Go Bananas #2
Then continued along our way, this time jumping on the ferry to South Perth to find dolphins; Native (30), Good Vibes (31), Patch (32) and Bursting with Hope (33).
Bursting with Hope #33
After exploring South Perth we returned to the CBD to find dolphins 13-22, 25 & 34.
We Are All Made of Stardust Baby #13
Dolphins 26 – 29 are located in Northbridge, one 26 & 28 are located outside the State Library, 27 is located at Perth Cultural Centre and 29 is located at Northbridge Piazza.
Sailor Jerry #26
You can find dolphins Rise Above the Waves (7) and Silver Surfer (8) in East Perth – these dolphins are pretty amazing and other the treck!
Silver Surfer #8
It took as 2 trips into the City to find all the Dolphins. Children are able to touch the dolphin sculptures and pose for photos, but they MUST NOT climb on them or hand on their tails.
Oceanic Feeling #19
The Big Splash WA is a must-do activity – it is free, a fun way to keep kids active, and offers great opportunity to talk to your kids about mental health, and remind them they are not alone and it is ok to talk about your feelings and concerns.
The Porpoise of Sparkle #24
The life-size dolphin sculptures have all been painted by local artists, they are all incredible making it impossible to choose a favourite!
Spiderman Dolphin #17
If you are unable to do the trail a farewell weekend will be held on 17 & 18 March where the whole pod of Dolphins will be brought together, along with a number of dolphin calves painted by children participating in the The Big Splash WA School Program.
After the event, each sculpture will be sold at auction with the net proceeds going to support the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit at Perth Children’s Hospital through Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation.
The Big Splash WA
For more information visit The Big Splash WA website.
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