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School holidays survival guide: Summer Edition

Get your kids out of the house and into the Opera House with our exciting program of kids’ shows and activities these summer school holidays.

Sydney Opera House

Take away the hassle of planning these school holidays with our official survival guide, helping you and your kids have the best summer ever - all under the sails of the Opera House.

Watch the heroic adventure DOG MAN: THE MUSICAL, witness children’s animations from around the world, introduce the world of classical to your little ones with musical genius Mozart and so much more.

What’s on

A man wearing a Mozart costume and a big white wig sitting at a grand piano

Meeting Mozart

Classical music lovers of all ages will love… Meeting Mozart

13 - 22 December 2023

Ages 3+

Join the mischievous Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, his wife and muse Constanze, and a string quintet on a journey to discover some of Mozart’s best-known and beloved music—from variations on ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’ to his large-scale orchestral pieces.


Budding superheroes will love… DOG MAN: THE MUSICAL

3 - 13 January 2024

Ages 6+

With the head of a dog and the body of a policeman, Dog Man loves to fight crime and chew on the furniture. 

But while trying his best to be a good boy, can he save the city from Flippy the cyborg fish and his army of Beasty Buildings? Can he catch Petey, the world’s most evil cat, who has cloned himself to exact revenge on the doggy do-gooder?

The musical is based on Dav Pilkey’s popular book series Dog Man, bringing its beloved characters to life on stage.

London International Animation Festival

Animation enthusiasts and avid movie attendees will love… London International Animation Festival

19 - 21 January 2024

Ages 2 - 14

Our Playhouse has been transformed into a cinema for you and the family to enjoy the best of independent animation from across the globe. From stop-motion, claymation, 2D and 3D CGI and everything in between, get comfy in your seats and ready to travel to faraway lands and mysterious planets.

Top tip: If this sounds fun, make your own animation at the Stop Motion Animation Workshop located in the Centre for Creativity.


A young boy moving toy cars within a cardboard box

Stop Motion Animation Workshop

If you want to create your very own stop motion film check out... the Stop Motion Animation Workshop

19 - 21 January 2024

Ages 6+

These January school holidays, to coincide with our screening of the London International Animation Festival, join Jelena Sinik to create your very own stop motion animation.

Dance Mania

Do you love to dance? Check out our school holiday dance workshop... Dance Mania

Two day workshop: 22 - 23 January 2023

Ages 9 - 11

Ever dreamt of dancing within one of the world’s greatest performing arts centres? Make a young dancer’s dreams come true with our special School Holiday dance experience where ballet, contemporary and hip hop collide in a beautiful dance explosion!

While you’re here:

House Canteen

If you have worked up an appetite don’t forget to visit… House Canteen

Enjoy the best view of Sydney Harbour while tucking into a delicious feast, from dumplings to kids’ bento boxes, at our Asian-inspired restaurant House Canteen

'Sydney Opera Mouse' book with a mouse standing outside the Sydney Opera House.

Pick up a souvenir

If you would like to get a souvenir to remember your special day check out… the Sydney Opera House shop! Visit our shop at the Lower Concourse or Box Office (or jump online) to explore our range of gifts and souvenirs including our playful toys, games, backpacks, colouring-in books and much more!

Join from home

Arty Farty Podcast

If you are needing a day at home and want to get a bit creative you’ll love listening to… the Arty Farty podcast!

Our podcast series Arty Farty – A Podcast for Kids has been created especially for Kid Creatives. We’re excited to share special moments, insights, tips, tricks and more from kids themselves, and creative types who appear here at the House.

Find more about Kids & Families at the Opera House