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Things to do with the kids these school holidays

From thrilling adventures to family favourites, there’s plenty to keep the kids entertained this summer

Kaila Keen

1. Run your imagination wild:
The Midnight Gang

When: Friday 3 - Tuesday 21 January

For: David Walliams' superfans aged 6+ 

When the clock strikes midnight ... join The Midnight Gang on their quest for adventure!  A story of imagination, friendship, magic and making dreams come true, David Walliams’ best selling novel comes to life on stage, guaranteed to touch the hearts and funny bones of the whole family. 

2. 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!

3. See TV’s favourite doctors live on stage:
Operation Ouch

When: Tuesday 7 - Wednesday 8 January

For: Kids aged 5 and up

Why do new challenges and adventures sometimes feel scary? What exactly happens to the food you eat? How do your eyes work? All this and more will be answered as Dr Chris and Dr Xand from the award-winning TV show Operation Ouch! take to the stage to show all the amazing and gross things your body can do. 

4. Set sail around the world: 
The Snail and the Whale

When: Friday 10 - Tuesday 21 January

For: Ages 4+ 

Join an adventurous young girl and her seafaring father as they reimagine the story of a tiny snail’s incredible trip around the world, on the tail of a great big whale.  This magical adaption of the much-loved picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler (also known for The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom) brings oceans of storytelling, live music and lots of laughs for children aged 4 and up. 

5. 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. 

6. 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. 

7. 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.

8. Listen in:
Arty Farty – A Podcast for Kids

Keep the kids entertained on the road with this Arty Farty – A Podcast for Kids! These talks, discussions and stories will ignite the spark of imagination in our littlest listeners and remind them to always think and create on the edge of the possible! 

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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