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A decade of creativity: Giving children a voice with Frank Newman

Nearly ten years since its inception, we spoke to Creative Learning Specialist Frank Newman about the importance of play, and how the Opera House uses contemporary arts practices in free Creative Play workshops.

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From stage to story: books for kids

Inspire creative young minds with these children's books whose characters and their authors have appeared on the Opera House stages.

Black Bear Magic

Candy Bowers and Melbourne rapper P-UniQue on the origins of hip hop fairytale One the Bear.

My Inspirational Teacher: Scott Wright

Most of us are lucky enough to have one inspirational teacher. For Scott Wright, Artistic Director of Erth, there was a village. We spoke to Scott about the teachers who gave him space to be himself, and how this continues to impact his work with Erth, ahead of the world premiere of their powerful new work ARC this year.

My Inspirational Teacher: Angharad Yeo

Angharad (Rad) Yeo was blessed with many inspirational teachers – “I have so many teachers that - looking back - I can see have shifted my entire life's trajectory.” Ahead of this year’s Digital Creative Learning talks at the Sydney Opera House, we spoke to Rad about her schooling experience and the inspirational teachers that helped contribute to the person she is today.

When I Was Little: Tim McGarry

There's a Sea in My Bedroom director Tim McGarry shares his childhood dreams in our new series chatting with the theatre-makers and creatives who bring magic to our stages, and wonder to our little ones.

My Inspirational Teacher: Emily Flannery

These are the stories of the ones who made us care... while caring about us. First up, Wiradjuri performer and choreographer Emily Flannery talks about her mentor Uncle Dujon.

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My Inspirational Teacher: Pasi Sahlberg

The Finnish educator and thought-leader on the teachers who inspired him to reshape the narrative around schooling.

The children's show making light of the big questions

By using light as an interactive storytelling tool, the new immersive children's show Zooom is rewriting the rule book when it comes to children's theatre.

When I Was Little: The Listies

We spoke to Australia's favourite kidult comedy duo The Listies, also known as Matt and Rich, about Shakespeare, fart jokes and what they would tell their five year old selves.

How to craft a Grug costume

In celebration of Ted Prior’s beloved series of children’s picture books, we’ve crafted these easy to follow steps for you to create your very own Grug costume at home.

When I Was Little: Teeny Tiny Stevies

They may be Teeny Tiny but they’ve made a great big mark on the children’s entertainment world. We spoke to the talented sisters about what it’s like to live your childhood dreams.

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Swap screen time for story time

From The Gruffalo to Funny Kid, swap screen time for story time with this ultimate reading list for kids, as picked by our Children, Families and Creative Learning team.

How To: ‘Hands On Art’ In The Home

Dettol has partnered with the Sydney Opera House to deliver ‘Hands On Art’ – an event and inspiration for Australian children to learn simple, important hand hygiene through imagination and creativity.

Celebrate World Hand Hygiene Day with Hygiene Quest

At Dettol, we protect the ones we love and strongly believe that every little bit of school is worth protecting. That’s why we’re launching, Hygiene Quest, an adventure that will help classrooms across the world unlock healthy hygiene habits.

Opera House parents on what we’ve learnt from Bluey

To many the mum and dad, Bluey is a beacon of how families can be: honest, forgiving, patient, fun. It's also a reminder to embrace creativity, in a world in short supply. With Bluey's Big Play around the corner, we've asked parents of the Opera House to share what they've learnt watching Bluey with their kids.

When I Was Little: Lucky Lartey

In this edition of When I Was Little, we speak to dance artist Lucky Lartey, star of Infusion, No Movement, No Sound, whose work draws from a rich Ghanan upbringing full of rhythm and dance.

School holidays survival guide

Our guide to surviving the school holidays with your sanity, and your kids' imagination, intact.