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Things to do with the kids these school holidays

From dino puppets to classical greats, there’s something to keep the whole family entertained

Kaila Keen

1. Journey back in time: 
Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo

Did you know Titanosaurs weighed up to 100 tonnes? And the the gigantic primitive dragonfly, Meganeura had a 70 centimetre wingspan? Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo gives aspiring paleontologists the chance to adventure back in time, and get up close and personal (if they dare) with an amazing array of prehistoric creatures, brought vividly to life through the art of puppetry. This widely acclaimed show is the perfect combo of daring, entertainment, education, and all round fun for the whole family.

2. Inspire a love of music:
Meeting Mozart

Introduce young music lovers to Mozart’s timeless music – from ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’ to his great orchestral pieces. Renowned Australian pianist Simon Tedeschi assumes the persona of the musical wunderkind himself, alongside his wife and muse, Constanze and a string quintet in all its glory, in this fun and magical production for ages 2 – 8.   

3. 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. 

4. 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. 

5. 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.

6. 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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