Shows and activities at the Sydney Opera House for kids and families
These school holidaysSydney Opera House is jam-packed with adventure, science and songs this summer. Families can join Captain Hook on the Jolly Roger, learn from silly scientists and see story books leap off the page.
Off-stage and around the sails there is even more fun to discover. Plan the ultimate family day out with kid friendly food options, behind-the-scenes tours and free Creative Play activities.
Playschool host Jay Laga'aia joins a live ensemble for a celebration of festive family favourites. Sing your hearts out, dance along to the music and meet the instruments in this joyful, interactive musical adventure for ages 2-5.
The stars of hit ABC Me series Operation Ouch! have been hard at work, creating more incredible medical stunts and even crazier experiments. Don't miss another action-packed show these school holidays, filled wth fascinating medical facts and the awesome things your body can do.
Andy and Terry are back with more big adventures and crazy inventions! The team behind The 13-, 26- and 52-Storey Treehouses return with the newest, biggest, brightest blockbuster… but watch out for those cows! A play by Richard Tulloch, adapted from the book by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton.
Ahoy me-hearties, all aboard the Funatorium! The original topsy-turvy cabaret for kids returns with an all new show. Filled with catchy tunes, acrobatics and a treasure trove of silliness, the whole family will love this interactive and immersive show.
Add to your experience with a hands-on workshop where you become the detective. In this one hour interactive workshop, your kids will learn about forensic science and help solve the robbery at Brainiac HQ!
Treat the kids to the Junior Lunch menus available at our harbourside, family friendly restaurants - and treat yourself at the same time!
Visit Opera Bar for family favourites like pizza and spaghetti, or perhaps Opera Kitchen for burgers, hot chips or sushi. If you are seeing a show in the Western Foyers, visit Portside for set meals that include ice cream, or a take away Lunch Pack for your kids to enjoy wherever you please!
Circular Quay is about a six-minute walk from the Sydney Opera House. You can catch buses, trains and ferries to Circular Quay. The Royal Botanic Gardens, The Rocks and Museum of Contemporary Art are a short stroll away from the Sydney Opera House too! To find out more, go to Getting Here.
Owned and operated by Wilson Parking, entry to the car park is located next to the roundabout in front of the Opera House. The car park has undercover access to the Opera House lower concourse with elevators located on every level. If you have a pram, car spaces on Level 6 have direct access to the lifts without stairs.
Wilson Parking offers prepaid discounted parking through their online booking system, Book A Bay. Plan ahead and book online to save.
Babies are welcome at the Sydney Opera House. Some of our performances have been created especially for babies!
For Jay Laga'aia's Classic Christmas, all children 12 months or older need a ticket to enter.
For all other children’s performances, children two years of age or older must have a ticket (even if the accompanying adult intends to sit the child on his/her knees). If in doubt, please ask our friendly staff members for guidance.
Each program is different with performances taking place across a number of venues within the Sydney Opera House, from the Concert Hall to the more intimate setting of the Studio. Shows such as Jay Laga'aia's Classic Christmas and Brainiac's Detective Academy are interactive experiences that encourage kids to participate.
Some performances are not recommended for children as they may include adult content or strict noise restrictions. Please check the event page for age recommendations and content warnings.
We’re glad you asked, yes! Most of our shows have term time performances scheduled, but we also welcome school bookings to weekend or evening performances. To make an enquiry on behalf of your school, go to Creative Learning.
Our family friendly restaurants at the Sydney Opera House are the perfect spot to grab a bite before or after a show with kids menus on offer every day at Opera Bar, Opera Kitchen and Portside. Combining a laid-back atmosphere with fuss free, fun-to-eat-food and Sydney’s best harbour views, dining at the Opera House is the ultimate family experience. For a full listing of food outlets and available menus, please visit Eat and Drink.
Large bags and prams aren’t designed for theatres, so we’ll ask that you cloak these items before you go into the theatre. As a safety precaution and condition of entry, all ticketholders must present their bags and personal belongings for visual inspection by Sydney Opera House security staff before entering the venue. Large items – including handbags bigger than A4-size, backpacks, umbrellas, suitcases and prams – are not permitted inside the theatre and must be cloaked. Find out more about venue security at Sydney Opera House.
All Sydney Opera House foyers are pram accessible, with lifts to the main and western foyers. The public lift to the foyers can be accessed from the corridor near the escalators on the Lower Level and also in the Western Foyer via the corridor of the Ground Level (at the top of the escalators).
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