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Things to do with the kids these school holidays

From dinosaur puppets to free creative workshops, make iconic family memories this April

Kaila Keen

1. Roam among dinosaurs: Erth's Prehistoric World

When: Tuesday 6 - Sunday 18 April 

For: Budding paleontologists ages 5+ 

Journey back in time and meet a larger-than-life cast of dinosaur puppets in the school holiday edition of Jurassic Park. This thrilling brand new show from Erth Visual & Physical Inc will bring families to the bottom of the ocean to discover bio-luminescent creatures and marine reptiles and back to dry land to witness some of the largest carnivores and herbivores that are unmistakable alive! Get up close and personal in this entertaining and educational experience – if you dare!

Top tip: Come and play before or after a show in the Western Foyers with our free Creative Play program Awakening Evenfall. Led by The Adorned Collective and Western Sydney multidisciplinary artist Liam Benson, kids are invited to bead, sew and weave old Sydney Opera House uniforms to form part of a group art installation and even make their own tote bag! 

2. Build daring constructions: Utzon's Universe

When: Thursday 8 - Sunday 11 April 

For: Aspiring architects ages 5+ 

Ever wondered how the Opera House was built? Inspire your mini-architect at this free workshop exploring the design principles of architect Jørn Utzon. Based on the children’s craft book Utzon’s Universe by Denmark’s finest architectural educators Malene Abildgaard and Julie Dufour, make miniature models and daring constructions at a series of stations led by artists – from soft caves to the perfect house in a tree. 

Top tip: This is a free event part of our Creative Play program. All materials are supplied but bookings are essential. 

3. Laugh out loud: Charlie and the War Against the Grannies 

When: Tuesday 6 - Friday 9 April 

For: Young jokesters ages 5+ (All non-evil grannies welcome)

You may know Alan Brough from Spicks and Specks, but did you know he’s also an acclaimed children’s author? These school holidays Brough stars in the rampaging musical adaptation of his hilarious book that follows the adventures of 12-year old Charlie and his best friend Hils as they go to war to stop a league of evil grannies from taking over the world. Brought to life with shadow puppetry, live music composed and performed by Kit Warhurst (Rocket Science), and three really stinky farts. 

Top tip: With a Day Pack you can explore beneath the sails on a Junior Adventure Tour and save 15% on show tickets. All bundled in an iconic, convenient family day out.

4. Listen to your favourite band: Teeny Tiny Stevies

When: Saturday 10 - Sunday 11 April

For: Mini rocks tars ages 2+ 

Join ARIA award-winning children’s band, the Teeny Tiny Stevies (Melbourne’s sister act Byll and Beth) as they perform music that keeps kids entertained without driving parents crazy. Featuring irresistible melodies and helpful tips for navigating life’s little challenges; from toilet training to eating fruit and vegetables – this will be a super fun gig for the whole family.

5. Uncover mysterious secrets: Junior Adventure Tour

When: Saturday 3 - Sunday 18 April

For: 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 and guessing games. Walk away wide eyed with plenty of fun facts up your sleeve to share with your friends.

6. Tick this photo off your bucket list 

Before or after your show, don’t forget to take the ultimate Sydney Opera House photo of the kids on the Monumental Steps. Take in the majesty of the Sails from this vantage point and take home a lasting memory of your day out!

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 kid meals for every taste 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. Listen in: House Call podcast 

Are there any ghosts in the Opera House? Who is the biggest celebrity who has visited? Keep the kids entertained on the road with our latest season of Arty Farty podcast for kids – House Call answering questions kids want to know! Each episode is answered by people who make magic happen on stage and behind the scenes at the Opera House, and jam-packed with interesting stories and facts! 

9. Pick up a souvenir for your treble makers

Visit our shop at the Lower Concourse (or jump online) to explore our range of gifts and souvenirs including our playful kids collection of backpacks, coin purses, LEGO and colouring books, and much more!

Top tip: Settle in for storytime as Zindzi Okenyo reads Sidney Opera Mouse (thanks to our partner Mastercard) and then purchase your very own copy to read at home. 

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