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Children, Families & Creative Learning

Feeding the next generation's creativity and imagination

The Opera House first began programming for children in 1977, just four years after it first opened. Four decades on, more than 150,000 people take part in our Children, Families & Creative Learning program each year.

A cornerstone of Sydney Opera House Presents, the program offers young people, families, students and teachers across Sydney, Australia and the region the opportunity to experience great art and explore diverse ideas with extraordinary artists and educators.

Conceived to inspire creative thinking in a building that has become synonymous with imagination and innovation, the Children, Families & Creative Learning
program offers traditional and contemporary performing arts experiences from leading national and international artistic companies.  From classic tales to popular culture, digital experiences and Aboriginal contemporary dance, the program encompasses diverse live and streamed performances, free creative play, digital creative learning, forums, installations and workshops.

Creative Learning

The Sydney Opera House’s Creative Learning program is Australia’s respected destination for the creative development of teachers and students, offering a year-round program of performing arts, digital and creative experiences. Schools can experience live performances at the Opera House, or via live-stream through our Digital Creative Learning program. Live, interactive, and free to all Australian public schools, this program also offers a unique suite of digital excursions that take students behind-the-scenes at Bennelong Point and extend the live performance program for deeper learning.

For teachers, we offer full-service and tailorable Professional Learning designed to suit the individual needs of any school group. 

Explore

This Kid Life: a Podcast for Kids

What do kids think about the environment, school or social media? This Kid Life is a podcast where kids get to talk about topics they aren’t often asked about.

A healthier harbour

A pioneering reef project is breathing life into Sydney Harbour.

Spot

Join one of the world's most beloved dogs Spot and his friends as they jump out of the storybook and onto the stage this summer.

Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo

Journey back in time and meet awesome prehistoric creatures, from cute baby dinos to some of the largest carnivores and herbivores that have ever walked the planet.

The Midnight Gang

David Walliams' bestselling novel comes to life on stage! Join The Midnight Gang as their imaginations take them on amazing adventures these Summer school holidays.

Sweet Skills: How to do Parkour

In the first of our series of 'How to' videos for kids, our Creative Learning Host Curly is shown how to do Parkour.