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School holidays survival guide: Autumn edition

The weather may be milder, but our kids’ shows are as great as ever.

Sydney Opera House

With your kids suddenly out of school for two weeks, keeping them entertained and your sanity intact can feel a little hectic. Not to worry though, the Opera House has you covered. With a great range of kid’s shows for all ages, you’ll find abundant fun for the whole family.

Experience on-stage blockbuster RATBURGER, adapted from David Walliams’ bestselling book, witness a spectacle of light, circus and self-discovery in I Wish…, watch a Polar Bear & Penguin become the unlikeliest of friends and so much more.

What’s on

Illustration of a man with stripy clothing, sunglasses and long hair holding a rat and a burger above his head. A little girl with a red haired ponytail stares up at him and gasps


Those looking for a deliciously good laugh will love… RATBURGER

17 - 28 April 2024

Ages 6+

Things are not looking good for Zoe. Her stepmother Sheila is so lazy she gets Zoe to pick her nose for her. The school bully Tina Trotts makes her life a misery – mainly by spitting on her head. And now the evil Burt from Burt’s Burgers is after her pet rat! And guess what he wants to do with it? The clue is in the title… 

RATBURGER brings David Walliams’ shockingly funny bestselling book to the stage, author of other hits such as Gansta Granny, Billionaire Boy and Mr Stink.

I Wish…

Little ones with big imaginations will love… I Wish…

12 - 14 April 2024

Ages 4+

I Wish... is an acrobatic adventure exploring all the things we could be. Through gravity-defying acrobatics, stunning visuals, and playful humour, explore our differences to reveal the magic of individuality. Get ready to celebrate all things ‘you’ through this interactive, light-filled spectacle.

Polar Bear & Penguin

Animal lovers and adventurers will love… Polar Bear & Penguin

20 - 24 April 2024

Ages 5+

The tale of an unlikely encounter between a Polar Bear and a Penguin. This is the story of polar opposite characters meeting for the first time, getting to know one another and learning how to survive in a world that is melting beneath their feet...paws...flippers.


Five dancers wear pink and stand in a diagonal line caught in movement.

Game Theory

Gamers and sports fans will love… Game theory

17 - 18 May 2024

Ages 8+

Arriving directly from Switzerland is Game Theory - a fast-paced, funny and playful dance celebration of play, sport, big emotions, and the highs and lows of playing games! This season will have you looking at dance from a whole new perspective.

The Magic Garden

Those looking for a hands on, musical workshop check out... The Magic Garden

18 & 19 April 2024

Ages 4+

Join the award-winning children’s band for a journey into the magic garden of the human imagination. Learn about vocal warm-ups and sweet harmonies from Ru Barb, feast on songwriting secrets from Aspara Gus, get groovy with Sir Paul McCarrotney, and then use what you’ve learnt to help the band write something fresh and new.

Alien Invasion

Chase aliens around the Sydney Opera House with... Alien Invasion

22 & 23 April 2024

Ages 6+

Join us for a day of imaginative theatre play where we explore how an alien landed upon the Sydney Opera House...

You might witness alien sightings, learn an alien language or even review some hilarious ‘alien security footage’, all in the search for our alien friend. Together, we will find the best ways to draw out our shy little aliens and return them to their alien families.

Shadow Puppets

Join internationally renowned theatre-maker in... Shadow Puppets

24 April 2024

Ages 12 - 16

In this specially designed workshop for the Sydney Opera House, internationally renowned theatre-makers and visual artist Jumaadi takes children and young people on a journey to make performances using household materials.

From storyboarding, paper puppet making and shadow play, this workshop will introduce kids to one of the oldest forms of theatre-making in the world - the traditional art of wayang kulit or shadow puppetry from Indonesia. Then end the day with a performance that the whole family will love!

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