Sydney - Monday 3 April, 2017. From mind-expanding theatre to free hands-on activities, the Sydney Opera House has plenty on offer this April school holidays to keep little hands and minds engaged.
Kids four and up can kick off the holidays with Leigh Hobbs’ wild and wicked Horrible Harriet, brought to life on stage by playwright Maryam Master and the team behind much-loved page-to-stage productions Mr Stink and The 52-Storey Treehouse.
Packed with laughs, songs and Hobbs’ inimitable sense of fun, a cast of three bring Harriet’s quest for identity and friendship (despite herself) to the Opera House stage. Keep your eyes peeled for a special guest appearance by Mr Chicken himself!
Next up, the Opera House gives kids (and their keepers) the chance to invent, from scratch, a republic run by children! How much homework is too much? Who gets to make the rules? What should they be? Over the course of a week, The Children's Republic of Sydney, is free for kids over the age of four. Featuring hourly sessions led by artists, in the Sydney Opera House Studio, kids can get their hands dirty designing the national flag, forging a new constitution and creating the coat of arms Sydney’s first micro-state really requires. Don’t forget to pack your banner and join the triumphal march at the end of the week.
The holidays finish with another familiar story when classic children’s book Dot and the Kangaroo (1899) gets a modern retelling as the immersive theatrical experience Creature. Designed for little ones from three and up, Creature was created by Stalker, one of Australia’s original multi-disciplinary theatre companies, for Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s Out of the Box Festival last year. Featuring aerial performance, dance and interactive digital projections of indigenous flora and fauna, kids can revel in the magic of the Australian bush as they join Dot on her journey home and learn about how our actions affect native wildlife.
As ever, there’s much more to see and do at the Sydney Opera House this school holidays: future stars can venture backstage and unleash their inner performer on the Junior Adventure Tour. Led by our expert guides, the jam-packed one-hour tour is designed just for kids, with astounding facts and stories, theatrical dress-ups and interactive games.
When hunger strikes, treat the kids to a Junior Lunch (and yourself to breathtaking harbour views) at our family-friendly restaurants, or grab a takeaway lunch pack from Portside Sydney and picnic wherever you please. For the ultimate family day out there’s the Junior Day Pack; a ticket to Horrible Harriet, Junior Adventure Tour and souvenir photo, plus a delicious Junior Lunch.