Perth for free

If you’re a big kid looking for something to do in Perth this weekend, why not grab the family and enjoy the Perth Heritage Days for free?

The beautiful new WA Museum gardens will play host to children, parents and grandparents on 17 and 18 November, as you’re invited to let out your inner child and head along to Play with History.  Spend time with your family and have fun discovering the games children played in years gone by.

During the last century, Australian toys and games were influenced by ties with other countries and climatic conditions, but others developed which were unique to this country. Play with history and with games outside and inside the museum, discover what  life was like 100 years ago.  See a 1900’s classroom, an early Australian laundry complete with a collection of washboards.

Families can also try their hands at archaeology, either as a team or individually.  Leading historical archaeologist Dr Gaye Nayton will share the secrets about people of the past and show that archaeology is more than just digging holes.

From there you can find out what transport was like in the 1830’s by taking a ride on the Settlers Valley Clydesdale drawn wagon.  This is one of the last remaining working Clydesdale horse teams in Western Australia.

Next stop could be the Perth Mint to see the amazing spectacle of molten gold being poured in time-honoured fashion to form a gleaming gold bar. 

A short stroll down the road and you will find the Fire and Emergency Services Education and Heritage Centre in the Old Central Fire Station.  On display will be the ‘rarely’ seen collection of vintage fire appliances and children can even take a ride on a vintage fire engine.

For the first time this year you can visit the Scouting Museum in Murray Street and discover the origins of this magnificent organisation which began in Western Australia in 1908.

For more information about Perth Heritage Days 2012, visit www.heritageperth.com



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