Sydney Opera House
The Sydney Opera House is considered one of the wonders of the modern world and rightly so, it is a magnificent building in an awe-inspiring setting. Of course, it is a must-see for any visitor to Sydney but it isn’t just for tourists, we Sydney residents are incredibly lucky to have this icon at our doorstep. There is so much on offer at the Opera House for kids that we really should take advantage of this international icon.
The main attraction is the wonderful Kids at the House program which offers a diverse program of international and nationally acclaimed performances for children aged 2 – 15yrs. The Baby Proms are included in this program and even the Under 2’s love it.
Older kids can check out the inner workings of this architectural marvel on a guided tour of the Opera House and toddlers and preschoolers can spend endless time and energy climbing the monumental steps. There is always something happening at the Quay; street performers are always out in full force providing free entertainment and the Sydney and Vivid festivals often have amazing family friendly art and music events both in and around the Opera House, often for free.
Ellaslist opinion: There is a real sense of occasion when you make a family outing to the Opera House and even the littlies feel it on arrival. We’ve been to a few of the Kids At The House performances and they have all been incredibly well received by the kids and are a great start in instilling an early appreciation of theatre and music. It’s best to give yourself plenty of time to explore. It’s a shame to miss out on the Royal Botanic Gardens when you are so nearby and the human statues and fire swallowers who usually busk between Circular Quay and the Opera House are fantastic family fun. This is an activity best enjoyed on a sunny day-of course, an indoor performance is great in any weather as is a look in at the wonderful performance spaces but for a day of fun and free activities, kids of all ages will love spending an hour or two on the foreshore enjoying the buzzy atmosphere, spectacular views and people watching.
Admission: is free but does not include guided tours or performances
Getting There: Circular Quay is a five to seven-minute walk from Sydney Opera House. You can catch buses, trains and ferries to Circular Quay.
Facilities: There is a child-friendly café, Studio Café, on the Western Boardwalk which provides healthy kids’ meals that don’t break the budget and the Opera Bar is a little pricey but great for mums with young babies to have lunch with friends and the meals are big enough to share with a toddler. Opera Kitchen on the Promenade offers a good range of food at different price ranges (kind of an upmarket food court with views!) though we tend to pack a lunch and sit on the Opera House steps. Good stroller access and baby change facilities available.
Places to visit nearby: The Rocks, The MCA, Royal Botanic Gardens
- Mums & Bubs