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5 Feb - 1 March 2010


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Family Day Special Events


Kids Courtyard

Get involved in the State Library of Western Australia Better Beginnings activities, watch a Punch and Judy puppet show or sit down with a picnic lunch and enjoy the atmosphere.

Other Venues

The whole family can enjoy street theatre, face painting, drawing and writing workshops. Get your hair cut by our mini barbers as part of Haircuts By Children.

All Day

Remida present The Parading Lizard

Remida are a creative 'reuse' centre revealing the precious and valuable things that can be found in the waste from local industry. They are looking for volunteers to help parade their giant handmade lizard around Family Day. In between lizard naps you can make tridents to parade with the lizard.


Workshop with Tom Baddeley and Tracey Gibbs

Join Aussie Legends team Tom Baddeley and Tracey Gibbs for a workshop on writing and illustrating, where you choose your own Aussie legend.

WHERE Fox Theatre

AGES: 6–10

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9.30–10.00, 10.30–11.00, 11.30–12.00, 1.00–1.30

Better Beginnings: Story and Rhyme Time

Better Beginnings experts from the State Library of Western Australia share stories and rhymes with babies and toddlers.


Workshop with Sally Murphy

Sally Murphy has written over 28 books for children including Pearl Verses the World and new book Toppling. Join her for an enthusiastic and dynamic writing workshop.

WHERE Arts Lecture Room 4

AGES: 10+

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All Day

Better Beginnings: State Library Display and Activity Table

Presented by the State Library of Western Australia, this is your chance to discover the importance of stories, song and rhyme as a baby's first introduction to language.


Workshop with Jack Heath

Jack Heath is the award-winning author of four action-adventure books including Third Transmission. Jack started writing his first book at 13 and had a publishing contract at 18. He's now 23, but all the older writers still make fun of him. Come and hear Jack's tips of the trade for writing fiction.

WHERE Arts Lecture Room 4

AGES: 10+

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All Day

Better Beginnings: E-Books and Online Resources Demonstration

The internet contains a wide range of early reading resources to make reading time with your family stimulating and exciting. Head to the Better Beginnings Tent to find out more.


Workshop with Kirsty Murray

Join award-winning children's writer Kirsty Murray for a creative writing workshop. In this hands-on workshop Kirsty encourages young writers to use the world around them for inspiration.

WHERE Arts Lecture Room 4

AGES: 10+

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All Day

Interactive Mural – with Paula Hart

Calling Festival-goers young and old, we want you to help us make an interactive mural. Perth artist Paula Hart has started you off by drawing some of her unique characters and now we need you to colour them in. Look for the mural in the Kids Courtyard, grab a pen from one of our volunteers and make your mark! Watch as the mural transforms throughout the day.


Workshop with James Roy

James Roy has written a million books for kids – well maybe not a million but at least 15, and probably more. In this fun writing workshop James shares practical tips for young writers.

WHERE Fox Theatre

AGES: 10–12

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11.00, 12.00, 2.00

Punch and Judy Presented by Ken Harper

Come and experience a traditional Punch and Judy story. Ken Harper is a puppeteer, writer, director and theatre teacher who has been creating and performing plays using both puppetry and live actors since 1980. Look out for the scary bits!


Haircuts by Children

Test your courage and faith in the future by surrendering your sense of control and scalp to the aesthetic choices of a mini barber. This highly original concept sees a select number of Perth school children invited to train with professional stylists before using their new-found skills on the public. That means you! Book for a haircut or just come down and watch.

WHERE Octagon Theatre Dressing Room
BOOKINGS 6488 5555