The Best Kids Shows For Summer In Sydney 2018/19

  • Preschoolers

By: Rosie Stevens, ellaslist

As the weather heats up and we steamroll our way from spring to summer, there’s plenty to see and do in Sydney’s burgeoning cultural calendar. And in case you missed it—the festive season is also upon us, meaning a boat-load of family fun is waiting to be had.

Catching a show at one of Sydney’s iconic locations is the perfect way to escape the blazing sun for an hour or two, and immerse your kids in all-things dramatic while you’re at it. We’ve rounded up the best shows for kids in Sydney this summer, and we don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

Sarah & Duck’s Big Top Birthday


If your kids are fans of the much-loved CBeebies series, Sarah & Duck, this theatre performance might just make their year. Perfect for little ones ages 3 and over, the show is told through a fantastic blend of puppetry, storytelling and music, taking all those in the theatre on a magical adventure.

When: Thursday 6th December - Sunday 23rd December
Where: Sydney Opera House
How much: Standard tickets from $29 + $8.50 booking fee
More information here.

Storytime Ballet - Coppélia 

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Created especially for children aged 3 and up, this unmissable production makes a wonderful introduction to ballet and the theatre in general. 

It’s a sparkling tale of mischief, full-to-bursting with magic tricks, life-sized toys and spellbinding costumes. This narrated version of Coppélia will provide a delightful experience for little ones and have them dancing all the way home, and for days to come. 

When: Wednesday 19th December - Saturday 29th December 2018
Where: Sydney Opera House
How much: Standard tickets from $44.00 + $8.50 booking fee
More information here

The Nutcracker

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'Cause nothing says Christmas like this timeless show. Providing the perfect opportunity to celebrate the magic of Christmas and brimming with festive cheer, the Sydney City Youth Ballet is showcasing its popular full-length ballet, The Nutcracker. Ideal for the whole family, it's a wonderful way to introduce ballet to new generations and spark the pre-Santa delight of Christmas!

When: Wednesday 19th December - Sunday 23rd December
Where: Chatswood Concourse
How much: $35 per child, $48 per adult
More information here.

Charlie And The Chocolate Factory


Recommended for kids aged 6 and up, this timelessly classic tale by the king of children’s literature, Roald Dahl, is brought to life through music, performance and show-stopping costumes. 

Kids will delight in experiencing the wonders of Wonka-land, and are sure to love appearances from the Oompa-Loompas! 

When: January - April 2019
Where: Capitol Theatre
How much: Tickets start from $59.90
More information here.

Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus

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Offering the perfect chance for children to experience the spirit of Mozart’s work, this comedy fuses classical music with a circus twist. Acrobatics, aerial work and hula-hooping all feature prominently, and little ones will be spellbound by the whirling, twirling and tumbling of the performers. Recommended for kids aged 4 and above.

When: Tuesday 15th January - Friday 25th January 2019
Where: Sydney Opera House
How much: Standard tickets from $25 + $8.50 booking fee
More information here.

Splash Test Dummies


A mischievous show that kids will adore, Splash Test Dummies offers an hour-long aquatic adventure, showcased through synchronised swimming on unicycles, human balancing acts and water-skiing through the theatre. This slapstick comedy will have children (and adults!) roaring with laughter.

When: Friday 11th January - Sunday 13th January
Where: Lennox Theatre, Riverside Parramatta
How much: $15 per child, $26 per adult, $72 for a family of four
More information here.


 The Jeral Puppets present their twelfth Summer Festival of Puppetry with six different programs for the Christmas to January school holidays at their Puppeteria Theatre in Castle Cove. Offering something for all ages— from Pinocchio and Cinderella, Peter Pan plus Snow White and the Gingerbread man, as well as a festive special—this season of shows promises to delight the whole family.

When: Wednesday 12 December 2018 - Monday 30 January 20
Where: Puppeteria Theatre, 12H Denawen Ave, Castle Cove
Cost: Admission is $12 per child and $15 per adult
More information here. 


The 91 Storey Treehouse

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The fantastical world of Andy and Terry’s Treehouse returns to the stage, bringing to life Andy Griffiths’ and Terry Denton’s best–selling book.

Perfect for kids aged 6 and over, this laugh out loud comedy promises a whole lot of belly-clutching giggles for the whole family. 

When: Thursday 3rd January - Sunday 20th January 2019 
Where: Sydney Opera House
How much: Standard tickets from $39 + $8.50 booking fee
More information here.


Presented by Monkey Baa Theatre Company and featuring the ultimate rambunctious kidult-comedy-duo, The Listies, Ickypedia is a seriously silly show that will answer all of life's most unimportant questions. Boasting gross humour and a LOT of mischief with snotmonsters, bubble machines and toilet paper guns, Ickypedia offers a delightful mix of clowning and complete chaos that the whole family will enjoy.

When: Thursday 10th January - Wednesday 23rd January 2019
Where: Lendlease Darling Quarter Theatre
How much: $29 per adult/child, $104 for family of four

More information here.

Deadly 60 Down Under

Steve Backshall’s brand new stage show, Deadly 60 Down Under sees Steve welcome Australia’s deadliest animals live on stage, as he shares the wildest Deadly footage from his time in Australia. 

Kids will delight in watching him being lowered from a helicopter to dangle into a crocodile’s nest or hand-catch the world’s most venomous octopus just off Sydney Harbour. 

When: Friday 11th January - Saturday 12th January 2019 
Where: Sydney Opera House
How much: Standard tickets from $39 + $8.50 booking fee
More information here.


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