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Inkling Art Space

Art workshops for curious and creative kids! We run classes and workshops throughout the year with a focus on building art skills and critical thinking. We have lots of fun exploring different techniques, especially drawing. This term at the Inkling Art Space we will be painting, drawing, stitching and making a marvelous mess! Join in the fun at one of our excellent classes or workshops where professional artists will help you to build your art muscles. (The more art we make, the better we get!) There are sessions for children of all ages, and some for grown-ups too. We can't wait to…

Kidogo Arthouse Fremantle

Kidogo is a living, bustling art centre. As well as having two busy galleries, Kidogo Arthouse is a popular venue to hear live, original, live music and can be booked for private and corporate events.  Kidogo Arthouse is ranked No1 as "Perth's most beautiful wedding venue".  

Leighton Beach Fremantle

One of Fremantle's (and Western Australia's) greatest attractions is its coastline of pristine beaches on the edge of the Indian Ocean. Leighton Beach and Port Beach are two of Perth's most visited and loved beaches, beautiful white sands, turquoise clear water are great for swimming, body surfing, snorkelling, wind and kite surfing or just relaxing and enjoying the view to Rottnest Island. Enjoy takeaway food and drinks from the kiosks or try one of the restaurants and cafe's incuding Bib & Tucker and The Shipping Lane. Leighton Beach is a 5 minute walk from the North Fremantle train station on…

Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery

The Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery is a City of Fremantle subsidised exhibition space that promotes a diverse range of contemporary art. Located in Fremantle's historic west end, this heritage-listed venue has been an important part of Fremantle's art community since 1994. It is particularly suited to emerging artists and recent graduates due to its low cost gallery spaces and central location. * Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery is operated by the City of Fremantle.

Nature and art hub for kids and their grown ups

Come and enjoy a refreshment in peace whilst your children explore, create and play in our nature play area. 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 for unstructured natural play can be hugely beneficial in the development of children.Benefits of nature play: • Children who play regularly in natural settings are sick less often. Mud, sand, water, leaves, sticks, pine cones and gum nuts can help…

Paper Bird Childrens Books and Arts

Paper Bird has found a nest among friends at the historic Moores Building, alongside the Moore Gallery and the Moore & Moore Cafe, on Henry St. Close by to other independent bookshops, New Edition and Bill Campbell's Books, along with Notre Dame University, Paper Bird is helping create a literary precinct in the West End of Fremantle. A dedicated story house is evolving around the bookshop with writers, story tellers & illustrators on hand, workshops, kids book clubs, animation screenings, book launches, and discussion panels in planning to make for a dynamic children's cultural hub. The children's specialist bookshop will…

Penny Lanes Music Workshop

Penny Lanes Music Workshop is a vibrant Freo music school that offers a range of lessons for KIDS & ADULTS. We teach guitar, piano, violin, voice, drums, bass, ukulele, clarinet, flute, sax, banjo, cello & double bass. For all ages. 6 to 60 years. Our school is famous for its relaxed & colourful Freo vibe & our community focused approach to music. We offer private & group lessons, as well as toddler & pre-school program, school holiday programs & regular low pressure performance opportunities for all students. We also stock a wide range of musical instruments & accessories for beginners to advanced students & musicians…

Performances, workshops & classes in Freo

Drawing workshop with Ross Potter at WA Museum - join this extraordinary artist in a fabulous drawing workshop where you will contribute to a wonderful mural of life-size animals. Using a grid system to combine small observational drawings into a large mural, Ross will teach you drawing and shading skills while you contribute your own patch to a spectacular large artwork. Theatre camp - Yelo’s five day school holiday camps are first of all about having fun! Youngsters get the chance to work with fantastic directors, learn a scene from the show, and perform it for family and friends at the end of week’s performance. Photography workshops - explore the As Eye See It exhibition at the WA Shipwrecks Museum and find out about the wonderful world of photography with expert photographer Kingsley Klaus. Develop your photography skills, train your eye and piece together your photos to make a wonderful record of your world as you see it. The best photograph will receive a wonderful D3400 camera prize from Nikon! As Eye See It photographic exhibition is a collection of photographs by young people living in care in WA. Participants were given a camera and encouraged to take four photographs of things which hold a special significance for them and provides an insight into the worlds of these young people. Kaarla Kaatijin performance at WA Maritime Museum - Kaarla Kaatijin (which in Noongar means to 'understand fire') will use Noongar knowledge and storytelling to deliver traditional stories about fire in an exciting and engaging way. Come on a journey into the lives of Djitty Djitty (Willy Wagtail), Kulbardi (Magpie), Yonga (Kangaroo) and many more familiar friends as they explore the importance of Kaarla (Fire) in the next chapter of Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company’s immersive Kaatijin series. Fremantle Arts Centre (or FAC) – where do we start? FAC has an extraordinary range of classes these school holidays for all interests and age levels. 3D animating, pop art selfie painting classes to contemporary hand stitching for teens and all within the beautiful surrounds of the beautiful arts centre (you might be tempted to enroll in a class too). Kids learn to sail (7-14 years) – learn to sail with the sailing experts at East Fremantle Yacht Club on the beautiful Swan River. No previous experience is necessary and courses run across 4 days from 8.30 am - 12.30 pm. The Night Zoo - Spare Parts Puppet Theatre. Jamie lives in a concrete jungle, a fast-paced and busy city. From her window high above the city Jamie dreams of making friends with animals, but Mum and Dad won’t let her have a pet in the apartment. Tonight, her dreams will take her on a one-of-a-kind visit to the zoo, where she discovers the remarkable joy an animal can bring into her life. The Night Zoo explores the special connection between humans and animals and the importance of caring for another living thing. Full circus carnival action with Circus WA – workshops for 5-8 years, 9-14 years and 15 + years are a great place to develop some of the tricks of the circus trade including trampoline, acrobalance, aerials, tight wire, hoops and juggling. This is a great way to start your holiday mornings then go home and share your tricks with friends and family. Inkling Art Space school holiday art classes – draw and sculpt your own monster inspired by Tim Burton’s illustrations or perhaps the Tjanpi Desert Weavers from the central desert to sculpt animals and people. Inkling Art Space once again offers a collection of creative workshops designed to encourage and support creativity in children. Find more activities on our special school holiday pages. One final tip–if you’re coming into Fremantle for the day we’d recommend parking on the outskirts of the city and riding in on the free CAT bus.

Picnic spots in Fremantle

Fremantle is the perfect spot for a picnic whether it's a family occasion, a catch up with friends or a romantic evening watching the sun go down. Grab your picnic basket, a rug, some cheese and wine and spend some time soaking up the beautiful views. Our sunsets over the Indian Ocean are pretty spectacular.  Top spots include: Monument Hill Bathers Beach Port and Leighton Beach South Beach Round House Esplanade Reserve Fremantle Arts Centre

Port Beach Fremantle

One of Fremantle's greatest attractions is its coastline of pristine beaches on the edge of the Indian Ocean. Port Beach Fremantle is popular Fremantle beach that is perfect for swimming, relaxing, kite surfing, paddling and other leisure activities. There is a wide range of facilities that can be accessed all year round and are utilised by locals and tourists alike. The stunning white sands of Port Beach and Leighton Beach further to the north are some of Fremantle and Perth's most visited and loved beaches, famous for their glorious and romantic sunsets. You can swim, snorkel, wind and kite surf,…

Rolloways

For some of the best roller skating in Perth, bring your roller skates and enjoy the fun of skating with us. We also have a wide range of roller skates and roller blades for sale in our Pro-shop which will make your roller skating a much better experience. Alternatively we have roller skates and roller blades for hire as well as premium roller skates and premium roller blades also for hire. Our opening hours extend for school holidays, check out our website for more information. As you see there is no excuse now not come and have loads of fun...

Rottnest Express

Rottnest Express is the island's largest and most experienced cruise company, operating daily year-round services from Perth and Fremantle. We offer an extensive range of both fully-escorted and self-guided day tour packages including complimentary coach transfers from most hotels in Perth and Fremantle.

Round House

The Round House is the oldest public building in the State of Western Australia. Opened in January 1831, just 18 months after settlement, it was built to hold any person convicted of a crime in the settlement and was used until 1886. Round House is open between 10.30 am and 3.30 pm every day except Christmas Day and Good Friday.The cannon is fired daily at 1 pm, preceded by a talk by one of our volunteer guides commencing around 12.50 pm (weather permitting).  Visitors are welcome to apply to act as our Honorary Gunner.  We recommend advance bookings to avoid…

South Beach Fremantle

One of Fremantle's greatest attractions is its coastline of pristine beaches on the edge of the Indian Ocean. South Beach Fremantle 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. Located in Fremantle's inner harbour, close to the centre of Fremantle, South Beach is a family friendly beach with superb views of Rottnest, Carnac, and Garden islands. South Beach is the perfect place to enjoy a swim, a picnic or BBQ. Enjoy a coffee or a…

Summer School Holiday Classes

Have you always wanted to learn some circus skills? Circus WA has set up the big top in the heart of Fremantle and is running fun circus workshops through the school holidays for ages 7 +. Choose from big top circus skills, aerials, acro intensive, stilt and unicycle. Big Top Circus Skills 7 – 10 Years & 11 – 13 Years Tuesday 15 – Thursday 17 January 9:00am – 1:00pm Single sessions $70, all three sessions $195 Our Big Top Circus Skills program will give you the chance to experience both Aerial and general components of Circus, such as silks and…

Ten things to do in Fremantle - free or under $10

School holidays roll around 4 times a year – so why does it always catch us unprepared? We’ve put together the top ten things to do in Freo that are free or under $10 so you can save your dollars for a morning or afternoon treat. Expand your playground horizons (pick up some yummy picnic treats from Kakulas Sisters or one of the bakeries in South Fremantle). Tuckfield Oval (new) it’s a hidden gem but it has the best views over the harbour and Swan River. Samson Park is Fremantle’s bush forever park with winding nature trails, jarrah, marri and tuart trees, wildflowers in September and it’s the home to over 50 bird species, reptiles and bats. Booyeembara Park (also known as Boo Park) offers large grassy areas, swings, a small skate park and a large pond waiting for paper boat racing! *Tip brand new playgrounds have been installed at Sir Frederick Samson Park, Davies Park, Davies R eserve, Gilbert Fraser Oval, Fremantle Park and Fremantle Leisure Centre. Esplanade Youth Plaza has been voted one of the best skate parks in Australia by the people that use it, the kids, and there’s a cool etiquette between skaters of all ages and skill levels, sharing the space. Get the bikes out–South Beach to Leighton Beach is a flat ride all the way with plenty of stops for a rest & a snack along the way. Early starters can pick up free bike hire at the Fremantle Visitor Centre (in the Town Hall). Transportation Exhibition at Fremantle Prison. This exhibition marks the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the Hougoumont, the last convict ship to arrive in Australia. It’s open til March 2019 and it’s free. Each day at 1 pm sharp the cannon is fired and the time ball lowered behind the Round House – synchronise your watches everyone. You can register to fire the cannon at http://www.fremantleroundhouse.com.au/bookings (gold coin donation). Find Fremantle’s amazing street art using the self-guided walking trail at Explore Fremantle. The trail explores the street art in our city, the artistic careers that were born here and the international artists that have contributed to an urban street art collection. Set a photo challenge to explore Fremantle – try finding the word ‘Fremantle’ in obscure places or perhaps a word sleuth challenge to spell out the letters F.r.e.m.a.n.t.l.e (eg Ferris Wheel, Round House, Exit sign). Post your best on social media (hashtag fremantlestory). Fremantle Port is WA’s largest general cargo port and the daily activity of the harbour as ships arrive and depart to and from exotic destinations is great viewing from Victoria Quay or looking back from the South Mole. You can find shipping movements on fremantleports.com.au Visit a Fremantle gallery: September and October sees three significant exhibitions opening. Dark Swan–Contemporary Tales of the Gothic Antipodes–a contemporary re-imagining of the romanticism of the Victorian; the annual Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award and KOPA at Moore’s Building Contemporary Art Gallery celebrates the 100 year anniversary of independence of the three Baltic countries Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania. The Batavia is one of Australia’s oldest known shipwrecks. It was wrecked on the Abrolhos Island’s off the coast of WA in 1629. It was located 300 years later, the timbers of the hull and artefacts excavated, and put on display at WA Shipwreck Museum in Fremantle (entry by gold coin donation). Tip: Batavia is also the former name of Indonesia’s capital city, Jakarta. Just in - free parkour workshops at Esplanade Youth Plaza - for more info and to register click through to the City of Fremantle website. One final tip–if you’re coming into Fremantle for the day we’d recommend parking on the outskirts of the city and riding in on the CAT bus–it’s free too!

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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.