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Things to do with the kids these July school holidays

From urban circus to storybook favourites, there’s plenty to see and do for the ultimate family day out

Kaila Keen

1. Get dizzy with excitement:
360 ALLSTARS Return

Catch the 360 ALLSTARS as they return to play for one day only, fresh from a sold out Sydney season. Combining the street to the elite, see circus reinvented with BMX, breakdancing, basketball freestyling, and even a cyr wheel. It’ll entrance the whole family.

2. Learn to mix it up a little:
Beep

Spend the day in Mort’s picture perfect and peaceful village…until it’s turned upside down with a crash, boom, bang from the lovable robot Beep. This slightly sideways tale of unexpected friendship and finding your place in the world is full of beautiful design, puppetry and surprises to keep even the youngest of theatregoers in thrall.  

“Forget Star Wars’ BB-8 or Pixar’s WALL-E, Beep is the most endearing robot of them all” - Adelaide Review

3. Be delighted and revolted:
Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts 

Think you know the story of The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, and Jack and the Beanstalk? Thing again. The ultimate fairytale mashupmash up penned by the world’s number one storyteller bursts off the page in this multi Helpmann Award nominated production. It’s guaranteed to delight and disgust the whole family – in equal measures.

4. Glimpse into different cultures:
Between Tiny Cities  រវាងទីក្រុងតូច 

Step to the edge of the circle for an explosive b*boy dance off, blending wild energy, booming beats and skilled improvisation. Choreographed by internationally renowned Sydney hip-hop artist Nick Power, b*boys Erak Mith (Phnom Penh) and Aaron Lim (Darwin) express their different cultures, locality and styles in an ultimate street dance celebration.

5. Enter a world of imagination:
The Red Tree

Come on an extraordinary adventure as Shaun Tan's beloved picture book comes to life in a new musical adaptation. Follow the story of a young girl who does not want to get out of bed, with a breathtaking score performed live on stage and set against Tan’s iconic illustrations.The Red Tree teaches kids big and small that it’s okay to be different. 

Before the show, you can even watch our digital author talk with Shaun Tan on YouTube to learn more about his creative process for his award winning books. 

6. Uncover mysterious secrets:
Junior Adventure Tour

Calling all curious minds! Embark on a journey behind the curtain and discover how the magic of theatre comes to life on this one hour behind the scenes adventure filled with fun facts, crazy stories, dress ups and guessing games. Walk away wide eyed with plenty of fun facts up your sleeve to share with your friends. 

7. Have a bite by the harbour:
Kid-friendly menus

Worked up an appetite? Stop by one of our relaxed harbourside restaurants for a delicious junior lunch, and even an adult version too (if that’s what you fancy). There’s plenty to choose, from kids meal deals for every taste served with a small drink and ice cream at Opera Kitchen to your family favourites like pizza at Opera Bar.

Or fancy a picnic? Make a day of it and grab a Kids Lunch Pack from Portside to enjoy wherever you please! The Royal Botanical Gardens are only a short walk away. 

8. Unleash your inner artist:
Free Creative Play

Come and play before or after a show in the Western Foyers with our free interactive installations designed to let little creatives let their imaginations go wild.

9. Listen in:
This Kid Life podcast

Keep the kids entertained on the road with this This Kid Life – a podcast unpacking big ideas by little thinkers. Listen to the bite sized 20 minute episodes and get their brains whirring about creativity, diversity, resilience and more.

And if you prefer four wheels, don’t forget you can validate your Wilson Parking ticket and pay only $20 for three hours when you see one of our Kids & Families performances. 

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