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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. 

Tamara Harrison, Head of Children, Families and Creative Learning

Tamara Harrison is the Head of Children, Families and Creative Learning. She has extensive national and international experience in the arts and culture sector across a range of performance genres. She has held a number of senior positions at The School of Life Australia, Australia Council for the Arts, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image and Malthouse Theatre, across programming, sector and audience development, partnerships and communications. As Executive Producer/CEO of Polyglot Theatre, Harrison was responsible for an annual program of projects and performances for young people, as well as leading the company’s international collaborations and touring. Most recently, she has worked with Circus Oz and The Ethics Centre, consulting on international programming and talks and ideas events.


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