Artsplore Sydney: Family Arts Events, May 2017

Family Arts Events Sydney

The beginning of May is looking a bit quiet (perhaps we’re all still recovering from our Easter chocolate comas!), but you’ll want to start marking dates on your schedule for later in the month!


Drop in and Make: Illustrative Ads and Fancy Footwear
7 and 21 May
Art Gallery NSW
Free, Drop In
ake a leaf out of Andy Warhol’s book and create an ad or illustration using line drawings, bright colours and bold images.

Art Safari
9 and 26 May
Museum of Contemporary Art
Recommended Age: 3 – 5
Tickets: $22
Calling all art explorers!
How many different shapes can you name? How many can you spot in the Galleries?
Explore the world of shapes through fun stories, games and art making activities plus an interactive Gallery tour.

MCA Zine Fair
Sunday 21 May
Free, Drop In
The MCA Zine Fair is a celebration of independent and DIY publishing and art-making.
This year, the fair will be returning to its original venue, the MCA Foundation Hall, for one massive day of selling, trading, knowledge-sharing and all-around good vibes.

24 and 31 May
Museum of Contemporary Art
Recommended Age: 0 – 5
Drop In. $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!

Tours For Tots
25 and 30 May
Art Gallery NSW
Recommended Age: 3 – 5
Tickets: $25 per child
Fun artmaking tours for 3 – 5 year olds. Discover art and make your own.

Vivid Sydney
26 May – 17 June
Various Locations across Sydney
Vivid Sydney is a 23-day festival of light, music and ideas.

Family Fun Day
28 May
Museum of Contemporary Art
Recommended Age: 4+
$5 Donation suggested
Explore The National 2017: New Australian Art exhibition with a family activity trail designed by MCA Artist Educator Nicole Barakat.
Find inspiration through fun drawing, writing and performance activities then create an artwork with the whole family in our Creative Studios.

Meet the Orchestra
Sunday 6 May
Mosman Art Gallery
Tickets: $17.35 – $27.55
The Meet the Orchestra concerts (previously called Toddlers Proms) are a wonderful way to introduce orchestral music to families and young children. These concerts have been specially designed to be interactive, informative and fun!

12 – 13 May
Sydney Opera House
Recommended Age: 5+
Tickets: $32
Share the floor with four internationally acclaimed B-boys as they trash it out, pushing the boundaries of movement in dazzling blur of limbs and trainers.

Saturday 6 May
Monkey Baa Theatre
Suitable for ages 5 – 8 with mild to complex disabilities
Free. Bookings required
Children with special needs and their families: Join Crab and Turtle for this fun-filled immersive journey into an undersea world, designed especially for children with special needs.

The Seven Stages of Grieving
19 – 20 May
Sydney Opera House
Recommended Age: 12+ (Contains infrequent use of coarse language and adult concepts (death, grief, race and discrimination)
Tickets: $20
Remaining a masterpiece 20 years after it was penned by Wesley Enoch and Deborah Mailman, The 7 Stages of Grieving has become a vital piece in the Australian theatrical cannon. Studied by thousands of students and hailed as a contemporary classic, the play explores the grief of Aboriginal people and their hopes for reconciliation.

Diary of a Wombat
27 May
Monkey Baa Theatre
Recommended Age: 3+
Tickets: $29
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.

Sydney Writers Festival Family Day
Sunday 28 May
Walsh Bay
Sure to delight booklovers big and small, Family Day is back on Sunday May 28 with a jam-packed program designed to celebrate creativity and storytelling. Our blockbuster line-up kicks off with universally adored authors Lauren Child and Andy Griffiths at the Roslyn Packer Theatre in Walsh Bay. The main Family Day Precinct is located on Pier 4/5 in Walsh Bay and has four unique spaces for little bookworms to explore. Overseeing the entire Precinct is our much-loved mobile book reading centre, Russ the Story Bus, and there’s also an exhibition of Roald Dahl book covers from across the globe to discover.

*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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