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For the kids

Experience the Sydney Opera House from your home with our range of digital content and hands on activities created especially to inspire young minds. From parkour to classical music, model-making to puppets, there’s something for kids of all ages to discover. From our House to yours.

What's new

Who's in the lift? A stage manager!

Ages 5+

Henry, Nina and Xavier meet stage manager Monica and learn how she keeps performances running smoothly from backstage! 

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Meet the instruments and learn some sweet skills with our range of video content for kids.

Highlights from our stage to your sofa

Available on demand from our digital season

There's a Sea in My Bedroom

Ages 2 - 7

Discover new music for little ears in this beautifully reimagined classic tale, weaving storytelling with an original score performed by musicians from the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Kids Music Café: Around the World (Premiere)

Ages 6 months+

Come on a journey around the world in this wonderful introduction to classical music, created especially for your toddler and you! Hear songs from five different continents as you meet the string instruments along the way.

Shaun Tan: Author Talk

Ages 10+

Discover the creative process behind The Red Tree and The Lost Thing, in this talk featuring best-selling Australian children’s author and illustrator Shaun Tan.

Introductions to classical music

 

George meets the orchestra

Ages 3+

Follow George as he chats with players from the Sydney Youth Orchestra and learns all about the four families of the orchestra – strings, brass, woodwind and percussion.

 

Karen meets the strings family

Ages 5+

Learn about the string family and how musical techniques can be used to create mood, character and setting with Karen Pang and musicians from the Australian Chamber Orchestra on the set of 'There's a Sea in My Bedroom'. 

 

Karen and the composers

Ages 5+

Join Karen Pang along with the composers of 'There’s a Sea in My Bedroom' Dr Daniel Blinkhorn and Associate Professor Paul Stanhope as they find out where music comes from, plus learn some fun ways to start your own composition.

Get ready to Wiggle

Dance along to The Wiggles

To celebrate The Wiggles appearing on our stage, we asked families to share their wiggly dance moves with us. Check out some of our favourites! 

The Wiggles sing 'Social Distancing'

Sing, dance along and become a hand washing hero as The Wiggles perform their new song 'Social Distancing', created to help kids understand what it means to stay at home. Watch the full performance here.

Sustainable futures

The Artificial Reef Project

Ages 8+

Discover what's living in the water around the Opera House, learn about the project to protect it and ways you can help build a more sustainable future!

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Author readings

Herbie Hancock and Karen Manbulloo read
Moli det bigibigi

Ages 3+

UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock joins Binjari author and artist Karen Manbulloo to read her book Moli det bigibigi (Molly the Pig), as part of the 2019 Indigeous Literacy Foundation’s Community Literacy Program.

Who's in the lift? 

Meet an opera singer, piano tuner and ballet dancers

Ages 5+

Curious kids step through the giant doors of the scenery lift at the Sydney Opera House and meet some amazing people from the stage and behind the scenes.

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Discover the set design process

Go behind the scenes of Emil and the Detectives and learn about the set design process 

Ages 12+

In this series, designer Wendy Todd explains the set design process using Slingsby Theatre Company's production Emil and the Detectives

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Listen

Introduce your little ones to classical music, or be inspired by an author talk with our podcasts and playlists curated for kids.
 

Arty Farty – A Podcast for Kids

Our podcast 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.

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Featured episodes

Season 3: House Call

Curious kids phoned us with their questions and we've answered them in this brand new season of Arty Farty with the help of people from the stage and behind the scenes. 

 

Before the House with Rhoda Roberts

Ages 6+

Hear all about the rich Indigenous history that existed in Sydney long before the Opera House was built. 

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Dinosaurs in the House with Scott Wright

Ages 6+

Have you ever seen a dinosaur at the Opera House?  We have  all kinds of things on its stages, and dinosaurs sound like they could be one of them!

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Houses Guests with Valerie Ng

Ages 6+

Is the Queen the most famous person to have visited the Opera House? Take a journey down into the vaults of the Opera House to talk to the person who’s an expert on all the Sydney Opera House records and photos.

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Season 2: Creative Conversations

Learn about the creative process and inspiration behind well-known artists. These conversations will spark the imagination of children and adults alike.

 

David Walliams

Ages 6+

David talks about his bestselling novel Billionaire Boy and the unlikely places he's found inspiration.

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Matt Stanton

Ages 4+

Author of the Funny Kids series, listen to how Matt starts getting words onto a page and how important reading is to creating stories. 

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Tim Sharp

Ages 9+

Join Tim and his mum Judy as they discuss Tim's early years being diagnosed with autism, his life as an artist and creator and where this dream has taken him.

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Introductions to classical music, just right for
your toddler and you!

 

The Brass Family

 

The Woodwind Family

 

The String Family

Classic Kids

Ages 2+

Introduce young listeners to musical soundscapes and classical compositions with the Classic Kids podcast and our interactive activity sheets.

Through sounds and storytelling, these resources are designed to help kids learn about the instrument families and develop their musical vocabulary. 

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Make

Our hands on activities will inspire budding architects and illustrators to get creative.

Make models inspired by Utzon's own designs

Ages 7+

In this five part series with step by step tutorials, explore the design principles of architect Jørn Utzon as you learn to make mini models and daring constructions.

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Colour in your House

Ages 5+

In celebration of World Environment Day on 5 June, download our colouring in sheets and learn some fun facts about sustainability at the Opera House.

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Colour in musical instruments 

Ages 2+

Colour in the tuba

Colour in the cello

Colour in the saxophone

Share your artwork #sydneyoperahouse

Create your own artwork inspired by the Opera House and share it with us on socials using the hashtag #sydneyoperahouse. We'll be sharing some of them on our social pages each week!

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Inspiring pieces unpacking creativity for kids and adults alike. 

Photos of Tim McGarry as an adult and child in bubbles on green background

When I Was Little: Tim McGarry

Parents

There's a Sea in My Bedroom director Tim McGarry shares his childhood dreams in our new series chatting with the theatre-makers and creatives who bring magic to our stages, and wonder to our little ones.

 

From stage to story: books for kids

Parents

Inspire creative young minds with children's books whose characters and authors have appeared on the Opera House stage.

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Swap screen time for storytime

Parents

Swap screen time for storytime with this ultimate reading list for tiny tots to teens, as picked by our Children, Families and Creative Learning team.

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School kids write their migrant family stories into song

Whole family

Students from Lansvale Public tell history and humour with musician Luke Escombe. Hear the two songs and about their experience recording in a studio. 

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From our House to yours

Bring our stages to your sofa with our new digital program delivered weekly from our House to yours.