Our visit to Wolf!
We were lucky enough to be invited by the Northam Theatre Group to the first showing of Wolf! today. Maddison and I were very excited to see the show and to support local talent.
We entered the theatre, to an incredible set with doors, fireplace, table and couch.
The excitement and chatter of the audience in anticipation made the experience even more amazing.
Wolf! is based on two wonderful children’s stories ‘The Lamb Who Came to Dinner by Steve Smallman’ and ‘Pig’s Fairytale Adventure by Alain Brian’ both featuring the ever favourite Wolf.
The fairy tale cast includes a pig, a wolf, Red Riding Hood, Prince Charming, Sleeping Beauty, the witch and lots of lovable lambs.
The Wolf played by Les Lee and Hot Pot the Lamb played by Michelle Chan had us laughing at their interactions and uniquely funny script.
Maddison’s favourite character was Hot Pot who made the wolf realise he was lonely and needed a friend.
In the foyer during intermission, children participated in a craft activity to make their own pig or lamb puppet.
Maddison chose to make a lamb with her paper plate and had a great time working and socialising with the other children.
After intermission we were transported to the farmyard where Pig traveled to The Land of Fairy Tales and learnt a valuable lesson about appreciating his life.
Maddison sat on the edge of her seat watching as lots of her favorite fairy tales came to life on stage. She loved Red Riding Hood and the bleating lambs.
Wolf! is a wonderful play for children of all ages and the young at heart. The last two shows are tomorrow Sunday 20th October showing at 10.30am and 1.00pm tickets are available at the door for $10.
Northam Youth Precinct
Wheatbelt Kids spent the morning checking out the new Northam Youth Precinct that opened today.
The Northam Youth Precinct is located on the corner of Chidlow Street and Peel Terrace (opposite McDonalds).
The Precinct boasts areas for all skateboarding abilities and ages. The park is family friendly with grassed areas, undercover seating, BBQ, water fountains, basketball court, ping pong table, parkore and flying fox.
Maddison enjoyed riding her scooter today and we plan to be regular users. We can’t wait until the pools and slides are finished adjoining the Northam Recreation Centre which will become a hub of activity for the town.
To keep up to date with whats happening at the Northam Recreation Centre visit the facebook page.
Wundowie Iron Festival 2018
Saturday 20th October was the annual Wundowie Iron Festival where the town celebrates their unique Iron History. The town hall and oval come alive with art sculptures, photography and market stalls.
Wheatbelt Kids had a great time looking through the local stalls and produce, listening to the live band, and live demonstrations by the local emergency services.
Maddison’s favourite parts of the day were the Bubbleology, petting zoo and showbags.
The Wundowie Iron Festival is an annual event run by the Wundowie Progress Association to help honour their remarkable town. Look for more information on the Wheatbelt Kids page in September/October 2019 as each year seems to bring a bigger and better show.
For more information visit the website Wundowie Progress Association
Northam Show 2018
The Northam Show was on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th of September, Wheatbelt Kids visited the show on the Friday night to take a look at what was on offer. Maddison was very excited to go even though the weather was cold and windy.
Upon arrival we were greeted at the gates by the friendly volunteers, the smell of food vans and the excitement of the rides.
The animal pavilion was a big hit with Maddison, she loved being able to pat and cuddle all the animals her favourite was the rabbit.
The main pavilion was an array of entries and displays from local schools and community groups.
We spent the night walking around looking at the various stalls and community groups before heading down to the sideshow alley.
I still have memories from my childhood of saving all my pocket money to spend on the sideshow rides and games. To me, that excitement was always the best part of the show.
Like every child Maddison’s eyes widened as we walked through all the magical lights and sounds, this year she was able to try some of the rides and games. There were various rides for both little and big kids including the Tea Cups, Bungee Trampolines, Water Balls, the Super Sizzler and the Super Nova.
After the sideshow alley Maddison had her face painted by Alena from The Wheatbelt Face Painting Company.
We then listened to the Bedrock band play and watched the Freestyle bikes do amazing tricks before the fireworks started at 8.30pm.
It was a great family night out, we even spoiled ourselves at the showbag van before leaving with a Bertie Beetle bag.
Each year lots of volunteers band together and work long hours to bring the Northam Show to the public. We would like to acknowledge all the hard work from individuals and local businesses in bringing together such a huge event for the town.
If you would like to be involved in planning and organising future Northam Shows contact email@example.com
Northam School Holiday Program
Monday 2nd July 2018 was the first day of school holidays and we ventured out in the cold and rain to participate in the Northam School Holiday Program’s Floorball held at the Recreation Centre.
The session was conducted by Harrison and Connor Sargeant who are a part of the state Floorball WA team and Molly Dickson who in May represented Australia in the Women’s U19’s World Floorball Championships held in Switzerland.
Floorball is an indoor sport similar to hockey played with plastic balls with holes and special hockey sticks. A floorball team consists of five players and a goal keeper.
Floorball was first played in Sweeden in the 1970’s and has since spread through Europe, Asia, Australia and North America.
Floorball began in Australia in 1996 and has since grown in popularity.
Floorball has become popular in Northam thanks to Leith Woods who has been the driving force behind the develoment of the game in the Wheatbelt area. Leith is also the Australian Women’s Floorball goal keeper.
The Northam Recreation Centre has also hosted the Northam Floorball Open the last five years which has seen many new players join teams.
The Floorball training session was a great success with 20+ kids of all ages participating.
Molly, Connor and Harry taught us skills through fun games and training, then we played an actual game of Floorball which the kids loved.
Maddison who is 5 loved it as she woke up this morning asking to go to sport again.
I would like to thank everyone involved in hosting this event, Molly, Connor and Harry and the parent helpers for volunteering your time. It is great to see sessions like these offered to kids of all ages in the Wheatbelt.
If you would like to know more about Floorball or be involved in the next Mixed Floorball at the Northam Rec Centre visit www.facebook.com/northamrecreationcentre or call 9622 5153
The Northam School Holiday Program offers lots of fun activities for all ages book your place by contacting the Rec Centre or PCYC.
Holiday Activites at Northam PharmaSave
Tuesday 17th April – Snakes Alive Story Time and Craft with Laura and Sarabi the Stimpson Python
Maddison and I have been loving the free activities at the Northam PharmaSave chemist this school holidays.
On Tuesday we went to the Snakes Alive Story Time and Craft with Laura and her Stimpson Python named Sarabi.
Maddison enjoyed listening to the Snakes Alive book and learning about what snakes eat and how they move.
After the story Laura introduced us to Sarabi the Stimpson Python who is named after Simba’s mother from The Lion King.
Laura told Maddison that it was ok to touch Sarabi in the shop, but not to touch snakes outside as we need to remember to stay away and tell and adult.
In the craft session Maddison made a paper folded snake to take home and completed a snake colouring-in page.
To join in the free sessions visit the Northam PharmaSave next to Aldi at the Village Square on Wellington Street from 10am – 11.30am daily.
To see more activities visit our Instagram page www.instagram.com/wheatbeltkids
WA Kids Have Gone Rock Crazy
It’s 2017 and we have seen the decline of colouring-in, Pokemon Go and Fidget Spinners, as of now WA kids are going crazy for rocks.
You may have seen it through Facebook, the news, your local newspaper or you may have stumbled over a beautiful rock at the park and wondered what it was all about.
Painting rocks is not a new concept, it has been around since the beginning of time and is an enjoyable past time for many indiviuals.
The hide and seek idea originally began in Washington in the USA.
It has since spread across the United States and New Zealand and finally landed in Australia with the first groups being Gungahin Rocks in the ACT and NOR Rocks in Western Australia created by Connie Sirmans.
The last few months have seen the rise in rock groups in Western Australia and nationally as more people become aware or stumble over beautifully decorated rocks.
A list of WA’s most popular rock groups are listed at the end of this article.
The rock craze is like a giant game of hide and seek with the purpose of giving everyone in the community a little bit of happiness.
The marvelous thing about rock painting is that everyone can enjoy it, there are members ranging from 0 – 100 years old in most groups, as daycares and nursing homes are participating in rock painting craft sessions.
The general idea is to paint your rocks with whatever designs you like, hide them in a park then post a message in your local rock group on Facebook so other members can then search for your rocks.
Sometimes people post a find or a rehide for members to see but is up to the individual.
I like to think that my rocks made whoever found them happy and are lovingly cherished.
Wheatbelt Kids loved the idea of finding and hiding our own rocks so I joined a few groups to see what the Perth groups were creating and I was blown away with the talent and excitement that these groups had.
I was more excited when local Northam girl Emma started the Wheatbelt Rocks group on Facebook.
It has taken awhile for locals to gain interest but with the school holidays, the group now has over 200 members and daily rock drops have started happening.
I love seeing the happy faces on those who have found little treasures in the Wheatbelt region.
Wheatbelt Kids Top 9 Tips For Rock Painting
- Gather unpolished rocks – we found rocks from Bunnings, Mitre 10 and Home hardware.
- Make sure your rocks are clean and dry.
- If your rocks are unpolished and white you don’t need to prime them, if they are darker or slightly polished you will need to prime your rocks to allow the paint to stick. We used White Knight Squirts Undercoat to cover our rocks before painting.
- Once dry, we painted with acrylic paint and sharpies onto our rocks. Most people use acrylic paint, permanent sharpies, paint pens, melted crayons, stickers with PVA glue or nail polish to decorate their rocks.
- On the back of your rock remember to write the Facebook logo and the group that you belong to. Some people also write their name, hashtag or postcode to make it easier to find their posts.
- Once your rock is completely dry you will need to seal your design with a sealer so it can survive in the elements. We used White Knight Squirts Gloss Clear.
- The trick we found was to do a very light spray over the top then once completely dry another layer from all angles.
- Some members have had good results sealing with a very light coat of PVA glue and once dry spraying the sealer.
- If using nail polish you don’t need to use a sealer but will need a few days drying, especially if your little one puts a lot of nail polish on their rocks.
Once your rocks are dry you are ready to get out into nature and hide them.
Don’t forget to post your hide to your chosen Facebook rock group.
Some things to remember are:
- Don’t hide rocks in National Parks or private property.
- Don’t hide rocks in the grass at the park as they fly when the mowers go over them.
- Appreciate other people’s artwork.
- Most importantly have fun and be positive, you will not always find a rock when hunting but when you do it becomes more special.
Wheatbelt Kids loves this new trend and Miss 4 has been painting and hiding lots of rocks this week while on school holidays.
While the statewide rock group is good we are loving the local Wheatbelt Rocks group as it has that small community feel much like a country town.
It has been great to find new parks and make new friends both within our own town and neighbouring towns.
Miss 4 with her rock find today in Northam, she is in love with the cat rock.
These rocks were created by local girl Jasmine.
Links to popular rock groups around Western Australia:
Wheatbelt Rocks – https://www.facebook.com/groups/1698138883821487/
NOR Rocks – https://www.facebook.com/groups/NORRocks/
SOR Rocks – https://www.facebook.com/groups/811997792286797/
Ellenbrook Rocks – https://www.facebook.com/groups/EllenbrookRocks/
Pinjarra Rocks – https://www.facebook.com/pinjarrarocks/
South West Rocks (SW Rocks) – https://www.facebook.com/groups/southwestrockswa/
Geraldton Rocks – https://www.facebook.com/groups/232163663968389/
KB Rocks (Kalgoorlie-Boulder Locations) – https://www.facebook.com/groups/350599715357519/
Broome Rocks – https://www.facebook.com/groups/1857939647860572/
Busselton Rocks – https://www.facebook.com/groups/251003222047135/
Headland WA Rocks – https://www.facebook.com/groups/1771058603146014/
Karratha and Surrounds WA Rocks – https://www.facebook.com/groups/1887841861491521/
A Family Night Out At The Avon Descent
Growing up in Northam it was a family tradition to attend the Avon River Festival each year.
I remember the excitement of watching the float parade make it’s way along the main street of Northam, the festivities in the park, the rides and showbags from the sideshow alley and the fireworks that concluded the night.
The Avon Descent is Western Australia’s unique paddle and power dinghy river race.
The Avon Descent Festival begins the first weekend of August each year, the race is 124kms long and spans over 2 days.
The race begins in Northam on Saturday morning and finishes at the Riverside Gardens in Bayswater on the Sunday.
The Avon River Festival family night was held on Friday 5th August 2016.
While every year I stand and watch the parade, this year I was actively involved in decorating and walking in the parade.
I enjoyed being a part of the float parade this year, the thrill and atmosphere surrounding the event made this experience more exciting.
Joining me was my daughter MJ who was thrilled to be dressed up and proud to be handing out lollies to the children watching the parade.
Some of the awesome things to do and see at the 2016 festival were:
- Street Parade, it is always exciting to see how the community and businesses decorate their floats
- Sports Discovery Zone, Wheatbelt Science put on a fantastic hands on display
- Sideshow Alley
- BMX Display
- Display’s and Market Stalls
- Murphy’s Lore playing live
The Avon Descent Festival is a great family focused event, with plenty for the kids to do and see. The fireworks display can be best viewed from the banks of the Avon River.
More information can be found at www.avondescent.com.au
The next Avon Descent River Festival will be held on Friday 4th August 2017.