Keep them active at workshops and festivals
While French wine and garden dining might immediately entice Sydney’s Francophiles to this annual Parisian summer party, the music at this year’s So Frenchy So Chic will really bowl them over with a completely lady-powered line-up. And it's family-friendly, with kids activities and free entry for those under 12.
This full day workshop lets little padawan learners harness their craft abilities to create some stellar Star Wars projects. Armed with thermoplastics, cutter printers, articulated joints and mechanisms, they’ll create their own Star Wars character to take home.
This five-day holiday workshop gives kids a behind-the-scenes look into the world of veterinary science and animal care. There’s three individually tailored age categories that'll provide a mix of hands-on learning, vet and farm tours, and interaction with animals.
Curious kids are invited to embark on a behind-the-scenes adventure that’ll reveal the Opera House’s deepest mysteries. Follow expert guides backstage to see how the magic of theatre comes together. See secret stage markings, learn fascinating facts and connect with you inner star by dressing up in costumes.
The fictional galaxies of Star Wars have been igniting imaginations for decades, and kids are becoming more excited about robotics than ever. In this full day workshop, they can learn how to create their own mini Star Wars bots, from your R2D2 types to a more classical C3P0 friend.
Take the kids to a show
The Listies have garnered quite the reputation for being every parents favourite kids’ entertainer. In their latest show, Ickypedia, expect a stage full of slapstick comedy, improvised chaos, giant inflatable snot monsters, toilet roll cannons, and bin juice bubbles on stage.
At this live storytelling event, Andy Griffiths’ and Terry Denton’s best-selling book, The 91-Storey Treehouse, will come to life with another 13 wacky levels added to the funny structure in the internationally renowned Treehouse children's book series.
Free outdoor movies return in January as the Little Darling Night Owls Kids Film Festival sets up roost on Darling Quarter’s Village Green for another year. There'll be 17 nights of free movies and live entertainment out on the green, with plenty of eateries close by for grabbing dinner.
Meet Wolfgang Mozart: a man with dexterous moves, a daredevil’s spirit and a musical talent beyond your average circus performer. In this lively kids' performance the artistry of Mozart will become more than music on the stage of the Sydney Opera House.
This comic ballet isn’t traditionally performed for crowds of tutu-clad children, but this rendition of Coppélia will delight kids aged three and up. The recital runs for just under one hour, with magic tricks, colourful costumes, toys and friendly narration.
Naturalist and television presenter Steve Backshall will bring his adventure and wildlife series Deadly 60 back to Australian audiences for a live performance, sharing footage from his recent Aussie adventure of death defying experiences in the Australian outback and bush.
If the bare necessities made you forget about your worries and your strife as a littlun, take your own brood of kidlets to the next exciting step in Mowgli and Baloo’s jungle adventures. This new production follows the whole gang reunited several years after Mowgli has left the jungle.
Explore treasures at a museum
Ten life-size animatronic dinosaurs will join the herd at Taronga Zoo until February 3 on the Dino Trail. The whole family will get a thrill searching for the monstrous Tyrannosaurus Rex, the feisty Raptor, and the spitting Dilophosaurus. There’ll also be dinosaur talks presented twice a day and a dig for fossils running during the program.
Film director James Cameron is best known for his blockbusters Titanic and Avatar, but he’s also an avid deep sea explorer. Kids can explore his underwater worlds and get a behind-the-scenes look at Cameron's cinematic masterpieces.