Did you know we have more kids shows each year than operas?
The Sydney Opera House is a place for the young and the young at heart, with experiences tailor-made for babies right through to teenagers. There’s heaps on for kids – around one in four of all our performances are for children under 12 years of age.
Our theatres offer the best (and the funniest) live music, dance and theatre entertainment for every type of family. We have plenty of child-friendly places to eat, during school holidays we offer free Creative Play activities and there are even dedicated tours of the building just for kids!
To get the most out of your trip to the Opera House we suggest you plan ahead, and here you’ll find the answers to all the questions you might like to ask.
“Start a lifelong relationship with the arts.”
Bridgette Van Leuven (Head of Children, Families & Creative Learning, Sydney Opera House)
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.
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 Music of the Forest and The Children’s Republic of Sydney are interactive experiences in an open floor area that encourages 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. Cloaking is free, but we recommend that you arrive at least 15 mins prior to the start of the performance so you have time to get organised before the show starts. Bags A4 size or smaller are fine to take with you into the theatres.
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).
Live Performances for kids
From dance to dinosaurs, our program of live performances brings together the best children's theatre from Australia and around the world. Bring the whole family to experience the reign of a new king, discover the classics or dissect the anatomy of a mythical creature called ‘piano’.