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French Explorers in WA

You are invited to view two exquisite exhibitions that celebrate Western Australia’s French connections. The Art of Science: Baudin's Voyagers 1800-1804 For the first time since they were completed over 200 years ago this exhibition brings original paintings and drawings from the Museum of Natural History in Le Havre, France to Australia. Baudin’s ships, Géographe and Naturaliste embarked from Le Havre in October 1800 carrying an impressive group of scientists. Lavishly funded by Napoléon Bonaparte, their agenda was the discovery and study of natural sciences, underpinned by the emergence of new ideas and philosophies of reason. Never seen before in Australia,…

Transportation Exhibition

In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the Hougoumont, the last convict ship to arrive in Australia, Fremantle Prison’s new exhibition Transportation examines the forced migration of convicts from Britain to Australia in the 18th and 19th centuries. Transportation presents the stories of men, women and children forcibly sent to convict sites around Australia, exploring the social tragedy of the convict system as a whole as well as individual stories of personal achievement. Exhibiting convict material from the Mitchell Library (State Library of New South Wales), Western Australian Museum and the Prison’s own collection, Transportation demonstrates the impact…

Wildlife Zoo at the Markets

We love having West Oz Wildlife, one of Perth’s leading wildlife petting zoos, at Fremantle Markets. They provide a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with native Australian animals such as koalas, snakes & dingoes. You can usually only glimpse such animals amidst big crowds in larger reserves or zoos. Our Wildlife Zoo offers a more intimate approach, allowing both children and adults to experience these animals in a smaller and more relaxed setting. Entry by Gold Coin Donation. Don't forget your camera!

Childrens Nature Play

Wild Movement Perth willl be at Moore & Moore Cafe in Fremantle from 9.30am - 11.30am every Tuesday.  Come down and grab a coffee while the kids get some natural movement and nature connection in. Steve Aldridge will also be free to chat with parents about ideas and strategies to bring more natural movement and nature connection into your family's life. Here at Moore & Moore our Café is 60% farm-to-table and we pride ourselves in supporting local farmers to bring you a range of fresh and organic options. We are firm believers that a healthy diet as well as the opportunity…

Kids meditation classes

These classes include a simple Buddhist teaching, a meditation that’s easy for children to learn and a craft activity based on that day’s teaching. Each teaching revolves around children’s everyday experiences and is designed to help them see their problems in a way that makes them calmer and happier. Classes are self-contained so it’s easy for parents to bring their children whenever they wish. Suggested age range is 5-12 years. The children are to be accompanied by an adult. Dates: 9 Sep, 7 Oct, 21 Oct, 4 Nov, 25 Nov, 9 Dec Time: 9.30 - 10.30am Suggested donation: $5 per child  

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Make Video Game Controller Animate Code Play

A 1 to 1 1/2 Hour School Holiday Activity making a working push-button to run a video game you can re-program. This is an introductory course to get a taste of learning about electronics and Scratch coding, or 'Physical Computing' (interfacing electronics to/from the virtual to real world).Groups are kept small, maximum of 6 (please contact to accommodate a big group). All Ages - Introduction to Physical Computing with Video Game Electronics for kids, teens, adults!{Under 10's will require parental supervision} Learn by doing a fun hands-on activity making a working push-button switch to decorate and take home. Interface the push-button to a Raspberry Pi computer’s input/output wiring to drive a video game character. Instead of being limited to playing yet another video game, make the game controller, colour & re-animate the game characters, and change the program through simple block coding. Limited space, booking is essential. Cost $28 When: Several 1-hour sessions (pickup up to 30 minutes afterwards) during School Holidays.Where: Thinklab Fremantle (3 blocks from the train station, upstairs next to National Hotel on the Cappuccino Strip)

Abrolhos Adventure 1908

The Leeuwin Youth Explorer voyages are the greatest tall ship adventure for youth. This week-long voyage departs from Fremantle and arrives into Geraldton this April!  Our voyages enable you to surround yourself with active new friends, develop skills for the workplace and to test your personal limits. A day on board We run a working ship, so during the voyage you will be part of a whole heap of hands-on activities, from: - Navigating the ship and taking the helm - Setting and furling the sails - Climbing the masts and working aloft - Standing watch while sailing through the night Weather conditions, watch…

Army Museum of Western Australia

The Army Museum of WA has a collection that encompasses material from the pre-federation period through to the present day, covering both peace-time army units as well as the involvement of West Australians in all major conflicts and operations that Australia was engaged in throughout this period including the South African War, World War 1, World War 2, the Korean War, South Vietnam and the more recent operations such as East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan. The role of women's services in many of these major conflicts and operations is also integrated with the museum's displays covering these. Highly recommended as one…

Bathers Beach Art Precinct Cliff Uplighting

Watch the sun go down and the lights go up. Colourful up lighting has been installed on the coastal side of the Arthur's Head cliff face between J shed and Kidogo as part of the activation of the Bathers Beach Art Precinct. The lights will be turned on at sunset every evening with extra special lights on the weekends! Come down and have a look at this beautiful precinct.

Bathers Beach Fremantle

One of Fremantle's greatest attractions is its coastline of pristine beaches on the edge of the Indian Ocean. Bathers Beach is perfect for swimming, relaxing, kite surfing, paddling and other leisure activities. There is a wide range of facilities that can be accessed year round, and are utilised by locals and tourists alike. Bathers Beach is a popular beach inner city beach, located between Fishing Boat Harbour and the Round House, is the perfect place to relax and swim. Enjoy fish and chips and watch the sunset.

Best kids’ eats in Freo

It’s the school holidays, you need to get out of the house, the kids want 'fast food' and you are beyond thinking about other options to appeal to fussy eaters, that’s cheap, easy and kid friendly. We’ve put together a shortlist of our top places in Fremantle.  Early start options for breaky or brunch, South Beach Café is a top pick with families. Rolling lawns, a full size basketball court and playground keep kids of all ages happy while you watch on sipping your latte in the sunshine. Family favourites for lunch or dinner; you can’t go past authentic Italian home style meals and the Capri, Roma Cucina and Parlapa welcome the whole family. Parlapa’s light and fluffy gnocci is just to die for! Pick up all the yummy picnic bits you need from Manna Wholefoods, Abhi’s or Kakulas Sister for an outdoor lunch and some fresh air at one of Fremantle’s parks (head over to our parks pages for inspiration). There are generations of families with fond memories of trips to Fremantle with lunch at Fishing Boat Harbour or Culley’s Tearooms. A complete refurb has retained the 100 years of tradition in homemade pies, sausage rolls, cakes and the best milkshakes! There’s something on the menu for everyone at Old Shanghai food court in the Henderson Street Mall (Wed-Sun). It’s cheap and cheerful and on a nice day there’s room for the kids to be boisterous. A trip to the vegie section at Fremantle Markets (Fri-Sun) just across the lane might be a nice eye opener to the joy of fruit and vegies for kids. Relax over a glass of wine or a beer in the alfresco area at Clancy’s Fish Pub while they burn off some energy at Princess May Park. The sandpit at Little Creatures is another favourite and Moore & Moore has a gorgeous nature play area tucked away in the rear courtyard, directly behind the heavenly Paper Bird Children's Bookshop & Arts.  On a budget? Check the school holiday pages for special offers from local businesses – Atrium Garden Restaurant at the Esplanade is offering ‘a kids on us’ special for lunch or dinner. For an afternoon treat San Churro Fremantle offers free kids churros. Kids will always have room for desert so we’ve saved the sweets til last… Let them eat cake! But make it very good cake! Using the best ingredients and made on the premises our Freo favourites include Dolce & Solato in South Fremantle – they specialise in mouthwatering Italian pastries. La Vespa Patisserie on South Terrace makes a mean chocolate croissant and Exquise Patisserie in South Terrace Piazza (opposite the Pickled Fairy & Other Myths) is a world class French patisserie right in the heart of Fremantle. Time for icecream - kids with special dietary needs can get in on the action with these sweet treats. Roho Bure in South Fremantle offers small batch vegan ice cream from scratch and Coco Whip at Fremantle Markets is 100% vegan, gluten and dairy-free and packed with probiotics making it the perfect snack or treat for both adults and kids. We all love a good old fashioned lolly shop and there’s two in Fremantle that will make your kids’ eyes boggle; Fremantle Candy Store at Fremantle Markets specialises in sweets from all over the world (Strawberry Shortcake Oreo’s are a thing!) and Sarah’s Lolly Shop in South Terrace Piazza (just next to the waffle place) stocks chocolate flavoured salt & vinegar chips (whaat!!), choc coated spearmint leaves and a great dolly mix.  Find more yummy ideas on the eat & drink pages. You can stay longer in Fremantle with your second hour free parking at Parry Street, Point Street and the new Cappuccino Strip Car Park.

Birdwatching around Fremantle

Nestled between the Swan River and Indian Ocean, Fremantle provides a number of excellent birdwatching opportunities in some of the most picturesque locations of the metropolitan area. In the coastline areas coastal species such as Crested Tern can easily be encountered, whilst North Mole offers one of the best locations in the metropolitan area to look for pelagic sea bird species such as shearwaters.  The adjoining coastal heath contains species such as White-browed Scrubwren and White-cheeked Honeyeaterand remnant areas of woodland provide habitat for typical bush bird species of the Swan Coastal Plain. A number of birdwatching locations also have…

Captain Cook Cruises WA

Captain Cook Cruises is Perth's premier cruise company, offering it's guests a chance to experience Perth and Fremantle from a completely unique perspective, with picturesque cruises along the beautiful Swan River.Cruises depart from Fremantle at Victoria Quay (B Shed) every day at 11.15 am, 12.45 pm & 3.45 pm, arriving in Perth's CBD at the magnificant Elizabeth Quay (Barrack St Jetty). Unlimited tea and coffee is available to you as your Captain points out all the sights including some of the magnificent homes overlooking the river, the Royal Perth Yacht Club, Kings Park and much more. You may even be lucky enough to see a pod of dolphins along the way!…

Circus WA

Come down to the Big Top at 92 Adelaide Street and discover the thrill and joy of Circus! And get fit! Take on the challenge of walking the tight-wire, mastering juggling, diablo or devil-sticks, hanging from the trapeze or ascending the silks. Whether you are 2 or 82, CircusWA has something for you - Term classes, workshops for schools, community groups and businesses, Circus birthday parties and Tiny Tumblers for 2-4 year olds. Book a trial class or visit our website www.circuswa.com for more information.    

E Shed Markets

Located in a magnificent historical warehouse building on Victoria Quay, right in the centre of the Fremantle Port, E Shed Markets is a stone's throw from the Fremantle Train Station and right next door to the Fremantle Maritime Museum and the Rottnest Ferry Terminals. With a massive licensed alfresco terrace looking over Fremantle's picturesque working harbour, E-Shed Markets is the only waterfront market in Western Australia. From here you can watch the boats and ships pass by whilst enjoying your meal either outdoors or indoors.   Fremantle's E-Shed Markets attracts thousands of locals and visitors. They come for the international…

Escape Hunt Perth

The Escape Hunt experience is an activity that is sweeping the world. You are locked in a room that witnessed a crime over 100 yrs ago in old Fremantle. Your challenge is to find the clues and solve the puzzles, that will lead you to the villain. A game that will challenge your deductive and puzzle solving skills. Played as a team of between 2-5 players. The whole experience including photo opportunities and refreshments will take approximately 1.5 hrs

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School holidays

Fremantle story is the best website to find out what’s on in Fremantle during the school holidays. Whether you are looking for things to do in Freo for kids, what to do today or Fremantle attractions, Fremantle story brings together a full list of events, courses, performances and workshops including City of Fremantle events, Spare Parts Puppet Theatre shows or workshops at Esplanade Youth Plaza that will keep the kids busy during the school holidays.