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Things to do with the kids these summer school holidays

From comedy to storytime favourites, there's plenty to keep the kids entertained this summer

Kaila Keen

1. Laugh out loud: Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark 

When: Monday 4 - Friday 22 January 

For: Young jokesters 

To pee or not to pee? The whole family will be in stitches as Australian’s silliest kidult comedy duo, The Listies, take on Shakespeare. Expect ninjas, ghosts, swords, dinosaurs, zombies and supersonic gags. This fun-filled hour of theatre shatters the fourth wall and glues it back together with turbo-charge story-telling and silliness! 

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

2. Settle in for storytime: Justine Clarke reads Diary of a Wombat 

For: Mischievous ones ages 2+

Meet the naughtiest wombat in Australia as homegrown queen of children’s entertainment Justine Clarke reads the award-winning picture book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley, Diary of a Wombat.

Top tip: You can even experience Mothball come to life on stage from the comfort of your home. Watch on demand now, available until 2 January.

3. Embark on an adventurous mission: The Gruffalo’s Child

When: Saturday 2 - Tuesday 19 January 

For: Little monsters aged 3+ 

Thought it was safe to go into the deep dark wood? Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s bestselling sequel to The Gruffalo comes to life in this magical, musical adaptation. Packed with inventive storytelling and catchy tunes, find out how scary the Big Bad Mouse can really be with Gruffalo Jnr. 

4. Uncover mysterious secrets: Junior Adventure Tour

When: During the school holidays between Thursday and Monday

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.

5. 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!

6. Watch closely at mind-blowing magic: James Galea’s BEST TRICK EVER

When: Saturday 2 January - Sunday 14 February 

For: The whole family 

Witness the mind bending wizardry of Australia’s greatest magicians including a shadow puppet expert and master of the rubik’s cube! Watch closely and prepare for the whole family to be flabbergasted as Australia’s finest magicians perform their BEST TRICK EVER.

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 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. 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! 

And if you prefer four wheels, don’t forget our Wilson Car Park is offering a $10 discounted rate for weekends if you book ahead. Check out their website for details.

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