A child sits in her mother's lap at the opera, gazing happily up at the stage

School Holiday Activities

Take your children to the opera these school holidays!

Once you’ve packed away the last of the Christmas wrapping and the batteries are worn out on the new toys, the school holidays can loom long and large for parents.

Why not do something different with your kids these holidays and take them to a show? The magic of live performance lasts a lot longer than the show itself.

Start a new conversation with your children these summer holidays.

Kate Miller Heidke with Shaun Tan's illustrations from The Rabbits

The Rabbits

14–24 January

John Marsden and Shaun Tan's haunting picture book captivated a generation of children and adults, with its bold pictures and deeply moving story of progress, displacement and culture clash. It is a story that speaks to the world.

Opera Australia and Barking Gecko Theatre Company assembled some of Australia's foremost creative talents to adapt this story into a new opera for children and families.

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Four kids dress up in opera costumes at Mazda Opera in the Domain

Mazda Opera in the Domain

23 January at 8pm

It's a tradition: every year, thousands of Sydneysiders head to the Domain with picnics packed and friends in tow for this free event.

Before the concert begins, dive into the opera dress-ups box and become a fabulously costumed character.

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A bear puppet from The Magic Flute, drawn in outline for colouring in

Activities for Kids

"Once upon a time in a fantasy land somewhere between the moon and the sun, a handsome prince is running hard. Hot in pursuit is a slithering serpent, nine metres long and quick as the wind, circling and twirling with dripping fangs and poisonous breath…"

Download our retelling of Mozart's The Magic Flute—a perfect bedtime story.

We've also made a colouring-in page with our favourite puppet from The Magic Flute.

Download bedtime story (pdf)

Download colouring-in sheet (pdf)

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