Seven things for parents to do now that school holidays are over

Ron Gomboc hanging works by Robert Juniper for the exhibition at Gomboc Gallery Sculpture Park opening this weekend.
Ron Gomboc hanging works by Robert Juniper for the exhibition at Gomboc Gallery Sculpture Park opening this weekend.

You’ve survived the school holidays intact, so you’re about to have a bit more time on your hands.

So what about a little you time?

Now that the little ones are out from under your feet, why not make some time for yourself and take in a show, a movie, or have a nice lunch out with friends?

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We’ve compiled a list of post-school holiday treats you can indulge in to congratulate yourself on a job well done.

Rare work from late artist Bob Juniper

 Ron Gomboc hanging works by Robert Juniper for the exhibition at Gomboc Gallery Sculpture Park opening this weekend.
Ron Gomboc hanging works by Robert Juniper for the exhibition at Gomboc Gallery Sculpture Park opening this weekend.

One of Western Australia’s treasures, Bob Juniper passed away in 2012 at the age of 83. He left behind a rich legacy of work. A number of never-seen-before items are going on display at the Gomboc Gallery Sculpture Park in Middle Swan until November 6. This is a must-see exhibition.

Last days of the Italian Film Festival

 The Space Between co-writer and director Ruth Borgobello.
The Space Between co-writer and director Ruth Borgobello.

Hosted in Perth at Cinema Paradiso and Luna on SX, the festival celebrates the very best in Italian cinema with films like Perfect Strangers, Sweet Dreams, Where am I Going?, Daddy’s Girl or Ruth Borgobello’s The Space Between. The Italian Film Festival concludes on October 12.

Worn Land jewellery exhibition at The Goods Shed in Claremont

 Nicky Hepburn. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
Nicky Hepburn. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

Artists Nicky Hepburn, Yuko Fujita, Pennie Jagiello and Natalia Milosz-Piekarska headed to FORM’s Spinifex Hill Studios in South Hedland in 2014. The jewellers conducted workshops and programs with the local community and Aboriginal artists, and the results can be seen in this display at the The Goods Shed. The exhibition runs until November 16. For more information visit the website.

Dance workshop with US-based Queen Moiika

 Queen Moiika.
Queen Moiika.

Carolyn Williams runs adult beginner Dancehall Burn Up classes at Da Beat Dance Studio in Clarkson. She will have an international guest this week, with US-based Queen Moiika delivering a workshop on October 12. There will also be a free session at the Healthy living Expo at Hillary’s Boat Harbour on October 15 from 11am to noon. Call 0403 760 313 to register for Moiika’s workshop or visitb www.facebook.com/dancehallburnup/ for more information.

John Williamson delights Mandurah and Perth

 John Williamson.
John Williamson.

It’s been 46 years since Williamson (70) recorded his first hit single, Old Man Emu. Over that time he’s forged a place in the national consciousness as a chronicler of Australia while never glossing over its shortcomings. Hear him perform classics like Rip Rip Woodchip and True Blue at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre on Friday October 14 and the Astor Theatre on Saturday October 15.

Go to the movies

 Colin Firth, Renée Zellweger and Patrick Dempsey.
Colin Firth, Renée Zellweger and Patrick Dempsey.

And we don’t mean to see Finding Dory or Angry Birds… there are a host of funny, thought-provoking, terrifying and action-packed movies doing the rounds. What about the latest Bridget Jones, or the new Tim Burton film: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar ChildrenA remake of The Magnificent Seven is sure to tickle the spurs of western fans, and Storks is an adorable film if you’ve still got a youngster in tow.

A nice lunch in the Hills

The team at Mason & Bird.
The team at Mason & Bird.

Why not take a drive out to Kalamunda to soak up the spring flowers, sample some great coffee and food? Mason & Bird is a new addition to Kalamunda’s fast growing cafe culture and coffee scene. The new venture is located in the old Zig Zag Cafe building and has been open since July. Mason & Bird is located at 7 Williams Street, Kalamunda.