The Best Kids❜ Shows in Sydney for 2024

By: The ellaslist Team, 09 May 2024

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. Game Theory at the Sydney Opera House

Game Theory at Sydney Opera House
Game Theory at Sydney Opera House.

In Australia for the first time after delighting audiences across Europe, Joshua Monten Dance Company presents an introduction to contemporary dance for theatre lovers aged 8+. 

Direct from Switzerland to Sydney, Game Theory is a fast-paced, funny and vibrant celebration of play, sport and big emotions, presented through the clever and captivating medium of dance. Exploring the highs and lows of playing games, this season will encourage you to look at dance from a whole new perspective.

Where:    Studio, Sydney Opera House
When:     17-18 May 2024
Cost:       Standard $39 pp | Family Package (4+ tickets) $30 pp | $8.95 booking fee per transaction

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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

3. Ride the Cyclone

Ride the Cyclone
Ride the Cyclone

Prepare for a theatrical whirlwind as the wildly inventive musical Ride the Cyclone makes its electrifying Australian debut. 

The plot spirals around six Canadian teens from a chamber choir whose lives are tragically cut short in a rollercoaster accident. Finding themselves in limbo, they meet a mystical mechanical fortune teller who dangles a tantalising offer before them: a second chance at life! The catch? They must sing their hearts out, sharing their stories to claim that ultimate prize.

Hilariously heart-pounding and brilliantly bizarre, Ride the Cyclone promises to be an unforgettable journey through the unexpected. 

Where:    Hayes Theatre Co, 19 Greenknowe Ave, Potts Point
When:     23 May to 22 June 2024
Cost:       From $55

4. VIVID Kids at Tumbalong Park

VIVID Kids at Tumbalong Park
Catch up with The Beanies and others at VIVID Kids at Tumbalong Park.

If you're keen to make the most of Sydney's VIVID with the kids in tow, we suggest checking out the crazy antics at VIVID Kids at Tumbalong Park!

VIVID Kids at Tumbalong Park is the perfect kids' show for babies, toddlers, and preschool kids with loads of laughing, singing, and dancing from The Beanies, The Quokkas, Formidable Vegetable and more. Plus, it's free!

Where:  Tumbalong Park
When:   25 May to 15 June 2024
Cost:     FREE

5. How to Catch a Star

The best kids' shows in Sydney
How to Catch a Star

Once there was a boy and the boy loved stars very much. Every night he watched the stars from his window and wished he had one of his own. One day, he decided he would try to catch a star… but first, he had to think of a plan…

Inspired by Oliver Jeffers' international bestseller, How to Catch a Star, is an enchanting journey packed with awe, determination, and ultimately, a triumphant spirit. In this stunning adaptation, Jeffers’ magical tale is brought to life on stage through storytelling and exquisite music performed by an ACO string quartet.

Designed for children 3 - 8 years old, performances are approximately 40 minutes including a post-show ‘meet the musicians’ session. Children can also enjoy free creative play activities before and after the show.

Where:  Australian Chamber Orchestra, ACO Pier 2-3, 13A Hickson Road, Dawes Point
When:   6 - 11 July 2024
Cost:     $39 for children and adults. Babes-in-arms FREE on a parent’s lap

6. 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:        1-31 July 2024
Cost:          From $75

7. 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 & The Giant Peach rolls off the page and onto the stage for one of the best kids' shows in Sydney for 2024.

A bold new theatrical adaption of one of the most loved children’s classic books will be delighting audiences in 2024 as you can see all your favourite James and the Giant Peach characters come to life on stage with this Shake & Stir Theatre Co and QPAC co-production that's not to be missed.

Where:    Playhouse, Sydney Opera House
When:     5-21 July 2024
Cost:       Standard tickets from $39 | $8.95 booking fee applies per transaction.

8. The 13-Storey Treehouse

The 13-Storey Treehouse
The 13-Storey Treehouse

Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton's blockbuster book hits the stage in a hilariously inventive show perfect for kids aged 6-12 and their cool grown-ups!

Step right up and give a big round of applause for… Andy and Terry! That's right, it's showtime, and they're about to bring their zany tales to life in their very first play—but, oops, they forgot to write it! Now, where in the world will they find flying cats, a mermaid, a sea monster, a monkey invasion, and a giant gorilla?

CDP are taking you back to the beginning with The 13-Storey Treehouse, the show that started it all. Grab your tickets and join the fun!

Where:    Seymour Centre
When:     6-8 July 2024
Cost:       From $46

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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

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:    The Playhouse, Sydney Opera House
When:     27 September to 6 October 2024 
Cost:       From $29

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

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