The Best Kids❜ Shows in Sydney for 2024

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Sydney is a city full of fun theatrical performances for kids - there is always something good on show - and checking out a kids' show in Sydney is a great way to keep kids entertained, give them a taste of culture, and get them giggling and dancing away.

Catching a show at one of Sydney’s iconic locations is the perfect way to immerse your kids in all things dramatic, so we’ve rounded up the best kids' shows in Sydney to catch this year - enjoy!

The Best Kids' Shows in Sydney for 2024

1. Snow White: A Pantomime Fairytale at Riverside Theatres

Snow White: A Pantomime Fairytale at Riverside Theatres
The queen of pantomime Bonnie Lythgoe is back! 

Enchanting audiences of all ages, get swept up in the magic of a brand-new production of Snow White at Riverside Theatres for a strictly limited season.

Bonnie Lythgoe Productions, Australia's top Family Musical Panto producer, is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a stunning theatrical experience filled with song, dance and fairy tale fun. Audience participation and the interactive humour that pantomimes are known for will bring the story to life on stage.

Hilarious, heartfelt, and imaginative, this is good old-fashioned fun with a modern twist that will leave the whole family wanting more.

Where:     Riverside Theatres
When:      7-15 September 2024
Cost:        Tickets from $59

2. Kids' Puppet Shows at Puppeteria

Introducing the Puppeteria puppets. Image supplied.

From Pinnochio to Cinderella, The Three Little Pigs, The Owl & the Pussycat and plenty more, Puppeteria is the home of the best kids' puppet shows in Sydney!

Perfect for kids of all ages who love puppets, come along for laughter, music, theatrics, and, did we mention puppets!?

Tickets for Puppeteria's shows can be booked on 02 9371 7328 or by visiting TryBooking.

Where:     Puppeteria Theatre, 12H Denawen Ave, Castle Cove.
When:      All year round | All shows start at 10:30 am
Cost:        Admission is $13 per child and $15 per adult

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3. Stardust Circus

Stardust Circus
Stardust Circus

The circus is back in town!

Stardust Circus is one of Australia's oldest (and last remaining!) family-friendly circus acts that is as traditional as it gets - think juggling clowns, a flying trapeze, live animals, acrobatics, and plenty more. 

Stardust Circus is touring Sydney in 2024 and making big and little kids laugh out loud at three locations. They'll be taking over Rosehill from 16 - 28 July, then Manly from 2-18 August, followed by Hawkesbury from 23 August to 1 September. 

Where:    Locations in Rosehill, Manly and Hawkesbury
When:     16 July to 1 September 2024
Cost:       Tickets start at $30 per child and $40 per adult

4. Hamilton The Musical

Hamilton The Musical Sydney
Hamilton The Musical

Hamilton The Musical is storming back to the Sydney Lyric Theatre, continuing to revolutionise the stage with its groundbreaking blend of hip-hop, jazz, R&B, and Broadway tunes.

This musical juggernaut transforms the life story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton into a cultural phenomenon that has reshaped theatre, influenced politics, and invigorated educational discussions.

More than just a show, Hamilton is a spellbinding experience that fuses phenomenal music, sharp lyrics, and a compelling script to captivate audiences. Whether you're a history buff, a music lover, or a theatre enthusiast, this hit musical is a must-see that educates as much as it entertains. 

Where:       Sydney Lyric Theatre, 55 Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont
When:        30 July to 15 December 2024
Cost:          From $75 pp

5. James and the Giant Peach at the Sydney Opera House

The best kids shows in Sydney 2024
James and the Giant Peach at the Sydney Opera House.

This July, climb aboard the world’s juiciest fruit as Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach rolls off the page and onto the stage for one of the best kids' shows in Sydney for 2024.

This bold new theatrical adaption of one of the most-loved children's tales will be delighting audiences these winter holidays. See all your favourite James and the Giant Peach characters come to life on the Sydney Opera House stage in Shake & Stir's most delicious production yet.

Where:  Playhouse, Sydney Opera House
When:   5-21 July 2024
Ages:    Ages 6+
Cost:     From $39 | $8.95 booking fee applies to all transactions

6. A Forest in the City at Sydney Opera House

A Forest in the City at Sydney Opera House
A Forest in the City

Calling all kids aged 4 and up! Get ready to create an imaginary city with projections and play at A Forest in the City - the Sydney Opera House's newest show all the way from Italy!

This interactive performance uses colourful projections, digital technology, and dance to engage kids in a fun, educational, and creative way.

Kids are invited to join dancers onstage and step into a magical green city where they can help create an exciting new world. Watch as insects appear, seasons change, and the city grows bigger, busier, and more amazing.

Where:  Studio, Sydney Opera House
When:   16-19 July 2024
Ages:    Ages 4+
Cost:     From $35 | $8.95 booking fee applies to all transactions

7. Erth's Dinosaur Zoo

Erth's Dinosaur Zoo
Erth's Dinosaur Zoo

Time travel is real, and it's happening at Carriageworks with Erth's Dinosaur Zoo!

Step into this thrilling throwback and get face-to-face with some of the most incredible insects and dinosaurs that ever stomped the Earth.

Dive into the prehistoric with the Australovenator—Australia's fierce homegrown theropod, unearthed in Queensland. This interactive extravaganza is packed with genuine Aussie charm and mind-blowing realistic animations that'll make you do a double-take.

Whether you’re a dino-devotee or just dino-curious, this outing is perfect for anyone young or just young-at-heart. Don't miss this Mesozoic meet and greet!

Where:  Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh
When:   16-20 July 2024
Cost:     From $20 plus booking fee

8. Disney On Ice Presents: Road Trip Adventures

The best kids shows in Sydney
Disney On Ice Presents: Road Trip Adventures

Pack up the kids and get ready for a magical road trip like no other, because Disney On Ice is rolling into town with Disney On Ice Presents: Road Trip Adventures! This enchanting ice spectacle is set to dazzle families and Disney fans across Australia.

Join Mickey Mouse and a star-studded lineup of your favourite Disney characters as they whisk you away on a whirlwind journey to some of Disney’s most iconic spots. You'll catch the tropical breezes of Moana's Motunui and roam the majestic Pride Lands with Simba. It's an action-packed adventure brimming with magic, belly laughs, and show-stopping ice performances that will leave you spellbound.

So, lace up your skates (figuratively) and get ready for an unforgettable experience where your beloved Disney worlds come alive right before your eyes!

Where:   Qudos Bank Arena, Newcastle Entertainment Centre
When:    Qudos Bank Arena: 17-21 July 2024
               Newcastle Entertainment Centre: 11-14 July 2024​​​​​​
Cost:      Waitlist tickets available in March

9. The River That Ran Uphill

The River That Ran Uphill at Sydney Opera House
The River That Ran Uphill

Do you know the story of the river that ran uphill?

In 2015, Cyclone Pam ravaged the South Pacific. This bold, powerful true story of The River That Ran Uphill is brought to life on the Sydney Opera House stage by Ni-Vanuatu man and Cyclone Pam survivor Edgell Junior and trailblazing South Australian theatre company, Singsby.

Based on his lived experience, this moving production emphasises the importance of community cooperation and resilience. Experience mesmerising shadow puppetry in a tale of courage and community, perfect for ages 8+.

Where:  Playhouse, Sydney Opera House
When:   25-27 July 2024
Ages:    Ages 8+
Cost:     From $35 | $8.95 booking fee applies to all transactions

10. In the Heights at Sydney Opera House

In the Heights at Sydney Opera House
In the Heights at Sydney Opera House


The salsa-fueled sensation In the Heights is bringing the electric street vibes straight to the iconic Sydney Opera House in 2024.

This Tony Award®-winning masterpiece pulses with the vibrant life of a tight-knit Manhattan neighbourhood under the summer heat, where dreams buzz as loudly as the A-train offering the only way out.

Catch Usnavi, the heart of the show, as he runs his family's bodega, dreaming of a return to the Dominican Republic. Alongside him, a dynamic cast of characters from the community—each as vibrant as the city itself—navigate their hopes, loves, and challenges. Who's got the winning lottery ticket that could flip the script? Could it be the family pinning their hopes on Ivy League success, or the woman fighting to carve out her American dream? Don't miss this electrifying tale at one of the world's most revered venues!

Where:    Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House
When:     20 July to 25 August 2024
Cost:       From $59.90

11. Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live™ Glow Party™

The best kids shows in Sydney
Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live™ Glow Party™

Get ready to glow up this August as the first-ever Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live™️ Glow Party™️ is revving into town, and it's set to be a blazing spectacle of lights and action!

Watch Qudos Bank Arena transform with neon glory as monster truck legends like Mega Wrex™, Tiger Shark™, Demo Derby™, Bone Shaker™, Bigfoot®, Gunkster™, and the debut of HW 5-Alarm™—the first fire monster truck hero—tear it up with insane truck takedowns and adrenaline-pumping competitions.

The heat doesn’t stop there! Each show amps up the excitement with a high-energy dance party, stunning laser light displays, and Hot Wheels toy giveaways that will have you feeling like a kid again.

Plus, for the first time ever, brace yourself for the fire and frost-breathing, car-devouring dragon, ARCTICGON. Don't miss out!

Where:  Qudos Bank Arena
When:   3-4 August 
Cost:     From $45.85

12. Little Murmur

Little Murmur at Sydney Opera House
Little Murmur

Little Murmur is an innovative dance theatre performance from award-winning choreographer Aakash Odedra which features cutting-edge projections, a mesmerising soundscape, and a flurry of paper and confetti!

Where:  Studio, Sydney Opera House
When:   9-10 August 2024
Ages:    Ages 7+
Cost:     From $39 | $8.95 booking fee applies to all transactions

13. PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue

The best kids shows in Sydney
PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue


Calling all PAW PATROL fans to get ready to dive into a day jam-packed with adventure and excitement as PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue hits the stage!

This is no ordinary outing—it's a high-octane, music-filled extravaganza that brings the beloved animated series PAW Patrol to life like never before. Watch as your favourite heroic pups leap from the small screen to the big stage, delivering a show bursting with music, action, and valuable lessons, all served up in true Ryder and his team style. This interactive live stage show is designed to captivate with its dynamic mix of energetic storytelling and catchy tunes, perfect for families and little fans aged two to six.

Don't miss out on the fun—PAW Patrol is on a roll!

Where:   Aware Super Theatre, ICC Sydney
When:    10-11 August 2024 
Cost:      TBA

14. Emma Memma - The Boop and Twirl Tour

Emma Memma Boop and Twirl Tour Sydney
Emma Memma Boop and Twirl Tour


Sydney, it's time to bust a move! The Emma Memma Boop and Twirl Tour is coming to town and it's going to be epic!

Pack up the fam and get ready to sing, dance, and maybe even learn a little sign language with Emma Memma, Elvin Melvin, BB Butterfly, Waffles the Wombat, and the entire Memma Mates crew. It's more than a show—it's an all-out adventure! Don't miss out on this unforgettable jam with Australia's coolest gang.

Where:      Multiple locations across Sydney (see below)
When:       22 September 2024 - Newcastle Civic Theatre
                  29 September 2024 - Thirroul, Anita's Theatre
                  10 October 2024 - Chatswood, The Concourse
                  13 October 2024 - Sutherland, The Pavilion Performing Arts Centre
                  27 October 2024 - Penrith, EVAN Theatre
Cost:         TBA

15. Edward the Emu at the Sydney Opera House

Edward the Emu at the Sydney Opera House
Edward the Emu at the Sydney Opera House

Our favourite Emu is back for another season of Edward the Emu at the Sydney Opera House!

Edward the emu is officially over it. Being the only emu at the zoo isn't exactly a party, and he can't help but wonder if he's missing out. Maybe the seals, lions, or snakes are having a better time? Dive into Edward's grand adventure as he steps out of his enclosure and into the wild unknown, all in the name of self-discovery.

On his quest for fun, Edward doesn't just find new sights and sounds—he finds Edwina, another emu who's also on her own journey. Join these two feathered friends as they navigate the ups and downs of zoo life and friendship in a story that's as heartwarming as it is hilarious.

Where:    Playhouse, Sydney Opera House
When:     27 September to 6 October 2024
Ages:      Ages 4+
Cost:       From $29 | $8.95 booking fee applies to all transactions

16. The Gruffalo

The Gruffalo Live on Stage
Catch The Gruffalo at Glen Street Theatre.

After sell-out shows across the world, including London’s West End and Broadway, The Gruffalo returns to Australia in 2024!

Based on Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's award-winning children's book of the same name, The Gruffalo live on stage at Glen Street Theatre invites guests to take a stroll through the deep dark wood with their old pal, Mouse. 

Adults and kids aged three and up can enjoy 55 minutes of tales, songs, laughs, and scary fun.

Where:    Glen Street Theatre, Cnr Glen Street and Blackbutts Rd, Belrose
When:     16-19 October 2024
Cost:       Tickets from $40

17. Cirque Du Soleil: LUZIA

Cirque Du Soleil: LUZIA
Cirque Du Soleil: LUZIA

Brace yourselves for an acrobatic spectacle like no other! Cirque Du Soleil is back with its latest show-stopper, LUZIA, and it's set to transform your night into a dazzling dream of "light" and "rain."

Dive into an enchanting imaginary Mexico, where every scene shimmers with the essence of luz (light in Spanish) that energises the spirit, and each drop of luvia (rain) soothes the soul. LUZIA elevates the traditional and contemporary with mind-blowing acrobatics that'll leave you spellbound.

Don't sleep on this one—book your tickets now and secure a spot at one of the most mesmerising performances you'll ever witness. 

Where:    The Entertainment Quarter
When:     24 November 2024 to 12 January 2025
Cost:       TBA

18. The Wiggles New Wiggle and Learn BIG SHOW

The Wiggles Wiggle and Learn
The Wiggles New Wiggle and Learn BIG SHOW

They're back! To celebrate the release of their 100th album since they first became the Wiggles in 1991, The Wiggles are bringing a brand-new production to the Sydney stage.

The Wiggles New Wiggle and Learn BIG SHOW will feature your favourite Wiggles' hits like Hot PotatoFruit Salad, and Rock-A-Bye Your Bear, plus, brand-new tunes from The Wiggles' latest album, Wiggle and Learn: 100 Education Songs for Children.

Tickets go on sale on 11 July but hurry, they won't last long!

Where:    Qudos Bank Arena and ICC Sydney
When:     Saturday 14 December at Qudos Bank Arena
                Saturday 21 December at ICC Sydney
Cost:       From $39.82

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