Artsplore Sydney: Family Arts Activities, April 2017

The Easter Bunny may be the main man this April, but with school holidays here, plenty of our local arts organisations are putting out a pretty good showing of their own. Make sure to include some artsploration in your adventures with kids in Sydney this April!


Diary of a Wombat 
18 – 24 April
Monkey Baa Theatre
Recommended Ages 3+
Tickets: $29 (Discounts for groups and families)
Millions of young people around the world have adored the multi award-winning picture book, Diary of a Wombat. Now finally this iconic work by Australian Children’s Laureate (2014/15), Jackie French and Bruce Whatley comes to the stage.

Horrible Harriet
8 – 23 April
Sydney Opera House
Recommended Age 4+
Tickets: $29
Horrible Harriet lives in the roof of her school and keeps teachers chained in the cellar to do her homework! But all Harriet really wants is a friend. When Athol Egghead lands in his hot air balloon, Harriet finally meets someone who understands her. Then Mr Chicken arrives… Fortunately Horrible Harriet knows how to handle him…Or does she?

The Children’s Republic of Sydney
8 – 23 April
Sydney Opera House
Recommended Age 4+
Free School Holidays Event
If the children of Sydney joined together to create their ideal nation, what would it look like?
We invite your little leaders to create their ideal nation and decide the laws of Sydney’s first microstate. With hands-on activities led by artists, kids can help design a national flag, constitution and coat of arms for the Children’s Republic.

The Jungle Book
10 – 22 April
King Street Theatre
Recommended Age 5+
Tickets: $20 – $25
The classic tale of Mowgli, Baloo, Bagheera and their arch nemesis Shere Khan is set to a soundtrack from Summ of Acoustic Media in Germany, which Suzy Wrong describes as “delightfully catchy and pleasantly melodic.”

Creature: An Adaptation of Dot and Kangaroo
19 – 23 April
Sydney Opera House
Recommended Age 3+
Tickets: $30
Discover the magic of the Australian bush in this modern and visually stunning retelling of the 1899 classic children’s book, Dot and the Kangaroo. 

Never Grow Up
Seymour Centre
27 – 29 April
Tickets: $15 Under 12; $20 Adults
Never Grow Up draws together a variety of circus disciplines to bring to life a circus reimagining of the children’s classic Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie. An iconic story about growing up but never forgetting the optimism, the imagination and the friendships of childhood.

Storytime Ballet: The Nutcracker
21 – 22 April
Chatswood Concourse
Recommended Age 3+
Tickets: $34 – $49
The world’s most famous ballet comes to life in The Australian Ballet’s brand-new production of The Nutcracker for children aged 3 & up.

Lah-Lahs Big Live Band
8 – 13 April
Various Locations in NSW (see website for location and ticket info)
Get ready to pull on your best red, white and black stripes because everyone will be Having Fun with the stars of ABC KIDS – Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band – around Australia in 2017.

The Conductor and the Clown
Sunday 9 April
City Recital Hall
Recommended Age 4 – 12
Tickets: $25
A serious classical concert is underway when a mischievous visitor with a red nose arrives on stage and tries to take over the performance. The Conductor keeps conducting and the orchestra keeps playing, but the Clown’s cheeky antics create havoc on stage. Will the disgruntled Conductor and the playful Clown ever become friends?

Drop in and Make: Tangled Lines and Lyrical Landscapes
Sunday 2 April and 10 – 13 April
Art Gallery NSW
Free Drop in Event
Immerse yourself in John Olsen’s colourful landscapes and make your own expressive artwork based on your favourite place in Australia.

Art Play
Wednesday 5 April 
Museum of Contemporary Art
Recommended Age 0 – 5
$5 Donation
Drop-in any time between 10am and midday and let creative play lead the way!
Explore the interactive Bella Room, have fun with fancy dress, sing songs, play exhibition inspired games and put your dance moves to the test!

Children’s Access Workshop: The National 2017
8 and 19 April
Art Gallery NSW
Free, bookings required
Artmaking for children with specific needs, their families and carers.

Workshop: Party Pinata
Monday 10 April
Art Gallery NSW
Recommended Age: 7 – 14
$55 Non-members/$45 Members
School holiday workshop for ages 7 to 14 years
Join Michelle Lackenby to create a fun version of the traditional Mexican piñata with a twist.

Family Workshop: Easter Pinata
Monday 10 April 
Art Gallery NSW
Recommended Age: 4 – 7
$45 Non-members/$35 members
School holiday activity for children aged 4-7
Led by Michelle Lackenby, this collaborative workshop is designed for children aged 4 to 7 with an adult.

Clay Workshop: Fishy Fun
Tuesday 11 April
Art Gallery NSW
Recommended Age 5 – 8
$45 Non-members/$35 members
Explore the Gallery to find some fish and get inspiration for colours and patterns, then make your own decorative fish out of clay.

Contemporary Kids School Holiday Program
11 – 16 April
Museum of Contemporary Art
Recommended Age 4+
Tickets: $15 per family (2 adults and up to 3 children)
Adventure into other dimensions with a week-long art-making extravaganza inspired by exhibition, The National 2017: New Australian Art.
Gather inspiration in the galleries then enter a new dimension in our creative studios where you will tinker with materials to help us build a new alternate world.
Come with your imaginations ready and watch our installation grow and grow throughout the week!

Drop in and Make: Material World
16 – 21 April
Art Gallery NSW
Free, drop in event
Free artmaking activity for families.
See the latest in contemporary art and ideas and get creative with a range of materials to bring your own thoughts about your world to life.

Workshop: Invented Language
18 – 20 April
Art Gallery NSW
Recommended Age 9 – 12
$45 non-member/$35 member
Designed by artist Emily Floyd, whose work is in The National 2017: new Australian art, this workshop is based on the literary quotations, lettering and the colourful geometric forms in Emily’s large-scale sculptures.
Unlock your creativity and make your own unique woodblock prints. You’ll learn how to use a printing press and traditional printing techniques, so come and get your hands dirty!

Tours for Tots: Lights, Camera, Action!
Thursday 27 April
Art Gallery NSW
Recommended Age: 3 – 5
Fun artmaking tours for 3-5 year olds.
Discover art and make your own.

Art Safari – Perfect Patterns
Friday 28 April
Museum of Contemporary Art
Recommended Age 3 – 5
Tickets: $22 per child
Calling all art explorers!
Do you know what a pattern is? Can you help us find some in the Galleries?
Introduce kids to the concept of patterns through fun games, books and art making activities plus an interactive Gallery exploration.

*All of the information presented here has been collected from information provided by the organizers. Please check with the relevant organizations before making commitments and travel plans.*

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