It’s a wonderfully geeky month for families! With the weather getting cooler and indoor activities getting increasingly tempting, now’s the perfect time to curl up with a good book… or in this month’s case… a good comic book. And there’s no better way to start than with…

Free Comic Book Day – Saturday, 4th May 

Did you know, that there’s an ANNUAL free comic book day on the first Saturday in May??? This global event aims to introduce new readers to the wonderful world of comics by providing independent comic book shops with FREE comics to distribute to enthusiasts. Different stores may have different policies with regards to the number of comics you can request, but here’s a sneak peek at some of the titles you can bag for free!

If none of those titles tickle your fancy, your local comic book retailer might also offer some special Free Comic Book Day deals on comics and merchandise in store. It’s a great day for comic book aficionados and some choose to attend events dressed up as their favourite comic book character. So join in on the fun and get those kids reading!

As of the time of publishing, these are the local retailers participating in Free Comic Book Day:

Collector Zone Comics and Collectables, Clarkson

Chaos Pop (NOT on the 4th, date to be confirmed)

Can’t get enough of the comics? Then head into…

Oz Comic-Con Perth (11th – 12th May)

If your family is deep in the world of comics, then Comic-Con is for you! All the staples will be there to enjoy: free play gaming opportunities, panels, artist alleys and merch stands. You can even grab a photo an autograph with some of your favourite celebrities. This year’s celebrity guests include Brenton Thwaites (Tians, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales), Tait Fletcher (The Mandalorian, John Wick, Breaking Bad) and Trica Helfer (Battlestar Galactica, Lucifer).

For cosplay enthusiasts, Oz Comic-Con will be hosting on the largest cosplay contests in Australia. Even if you’re not dressing up, be prepared to be wowed the immense talent and costume wizardry right here in Perth.

Grab your tickets to Oz Comic-Con here.

May the 4th be with you

It’s Star Wars Day and there are Star Wars themed events abound! From movie marathons at Hoyts to Star Wars waves, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

One family friendly option that caught our eye is Perth Observatory’s May the 4th Night tour. And yes, you can dress up as a jedi for this tour – it’s encouraged! Enjoy an evening of stargazing then take some photos with the onsite Star Wars characters.

Book the remaining spots here!

Puppet Playtime (multiple sessions, 28th – 30th May)

For 3 days a month, Spare Parts Puppet Theatre runs this special puppetry and storytelling session especially for kids aged 3 -5. Each session spotlights a popular children’s book for the children to enjoy and depending on which artist is performing it, guests may enjoy a mix of puppetry, music, object theatre, dance… or maybe all of the above! Kids will come away learning about a new element of puppetry and will be given the opportunity to craft a puppet designed by the professionals.

This month’s sessions is based on the iconic book, “Where the Wild Things Are”… so get ready to get wild!

More info here

S&R Orchard Autumn Festival 2024 (18th, 19th, 25th and 26th May)

It’s back! The ever popular S & R Orchard is opening its gates and inviting families to enjoy the picturesque Autumn colours of their orchard. Bring a picnic basket or grab a bite from the onsite food trucks. There’s so much to do including rides, an animal farm and a bouncy for the kids. Take advantage of the backdrops and props to create a special memento to remember that glorious Autumn day with the fam.

Entry fees apply.

Stories in the Park (29th May 2024) 

Want to enjoy the last of the beautiful Autumn weather? Why not take the littlies out for story time at Kings Park. This FREE event will be held at the Poolgarla family area in Kings Park (under the trees near Koorak Cafe). There will be mats on the lawn but for extra comfort, bring your own lawn chairs and/or picnic blanket

More details here. 

Movie releases

13th May – Fixed

18th May – If

30th May – The Garfield movie

And that’s just scratching the surface of what’s on in our beautiful city! Keep an eye on our socials for more events coming your way this May.

Know of something happening in June that we should know about? Drop us an email by 15th May for inclusion in our June 2024 update!