Dress Up Attack!
Dress Up Attack! is the reason we become parents: you can dress up your babes in adorable outfits and educate them on Aussie music history at the same time. If you missed out on the mini-fest at Vivid earlier this year, make sure you get tickets for the main event at Marrickville’s Portugal Club before they sell out. Kimya Dawson (Alphabutt) leads the line-up alongside ’90s power-pop outfit Custard and Bunny Racket – performing with a new album recorded in LA with guitarist Robby Krieger (The Doors) and drummer Brant Bjork (Kyuss). Plus, mother of two Angie Who will be performing songs from her new parent-friendly kids’ album Littlefolk and kiddie band Benny Time will open the festival. There’ll be free activities all day, including storytelling and acting workshops from NIDA, for ages 2-5 and 6-8. Melbourne musician Erica Rasmussen and visual artist Zakiya Kurdi will be running Paint What You Hear workshops, engaging kids with classical and contemporary music and visual art. And the ever-popular Dad Joke Bar will be open for mega LOLs. One of the highlights is Awesome People Reading Books, where kids can sit and listen to stories read by local personalities. Previous readers have included Kamahl, Holly Throsby, Kirin J Callinan and Jay Frenzal. Dressing up on the day is part of the fun, so start planning those matching parent and baby outfits now. Khaleesi and baby dragons, Batman and Robin, Goblin King and baby Toby… the possibilities are endless.
Peppa Pig Live! Big Splash
Peppa Pig is the most watched kids’ show on Australian TV, seen daily by 250,000 viewers. So it’s no surprise that the live show keeps returning to Sydney with more tour dates than ever before. If ‘Peppa’ is a word you can’t say in the house unless you’re going to deliver on that promise, make sure you book tickets to one of these upcoming shows at the Riverside Theatres, the Concourse and Roslyn Packer Theatre. The stage show includes sing-along songs by BAFTA award-winning composer Mani Svavarsson, and bigger puppets than previous shows. In Peppa Pig Live! Big Splash, Peppa and her pals are on a mission to fix the leaking nursery roof by hosting a village fete. The show features all the main characters from Peppa, George, Mummy and Daddy Pig to Danny Dog, Pedro Pony and Suzy Sheep.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Time Out gave the show five stars when we saw it at Riverside Theatres in its debut year. Four Eric Carle stories are brought together with vibrant puppets and a revolving set that captures the attention of even the youngest audience members. It’s designed for toddlers and up, but the gentle storytelling is mesmerising for all ages. This Australian-made production brings to life The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly, and of course, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Kids will recognise the rhythmic verse and they can shout out the words as they watch the 75 puppets dance, swim, fly and leap across the stage.
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Sydney Story Factory
In the bustling heart of Redfern is an eye-catching shopfront declaring itself the Martian Embassy – but what’s within is something even better.
The Messy Spot
The Messy Spot in Maroubra is a creative centre for kids of all ages. It offers a Squishy Workshop for toddlers and preschool kids to introduce them to different textures and crafts.
Wannabees Family Play Town
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Van Morrison’s Masterpieces Featuring Vince Jones And The Astral Orchestra
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Father’s Day Lunch at Glass Brasserie
Your dad likes meat, right? And we’re guessing he likes beer, wine and barbecues too. Thought so. Then this Father’s Day Lunch offer at Glass Brasserie in the Hilton Sydney is one you should get on board with. On Sunday September 4, acclaimed restaurateur/chef Luke Mangan is putting together a lunch with three delicious courses matched with brews from Young Henrys and fine wines. The set menu includes confit pork belly, Moroccan spiced lamb and the famous dark chocolate cream Milo mousse. Luke will be also be on hand for an interactive presentation with top butchers (and father-son duo) Anthony and Victor Puharich of Victor Churchill, Woollahra and Vic’s Meat Market, Pyrmont. Dad can brush up on his barbecuing and meat seasoning skills, and learn the tricks behind selecting the perfect cut of meat. Guests also have the chance to win a selection of premium meats from Vic’s Meat Market valued at $300. Think of it as the ultimate meat tray, and then some. Glass Brasserie’s Father’s Day Lunch is $125 per person. Spaces are limited, so be quick to make your reservations via firstname.lastname@example.org.