Kids & Families

Kids & Families

A selection of kids and families films and shows, and plenty of things to make and do.

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Kids & Families
  • Maths of the House: The Purity of Geometry | Age 11+

    Did you know that the Opera House was almost never built? Maths solved the problem! Find out how geometry and Utzon’s ‘Spherical Solution’ resolved the construction dilemma that the unique design of the arched sails caused with Eddie Woo and Peter Mould, former NSW Government Architect.


  • Maths of the House: Calculating an Impossible Number | Age 11+

    Investigate how algebra was used to calculate the exterior tiling of the Opera House sails. Eddie Woo is joined by Ken Kobayashi, a BIM Integration Specialist who has digitally reconstructed the Sydney Opera House using modern computers.

    Recommended for ages 11+

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  • Maths of the House: Nature Inspiring Design | Age 11+

    What is fractal geometry and how did it help build the Opera House? Learn about how architect Jørn Utzon took inspiration from the natural environment to reflect the harbourside location of the building with Eddie Woo and Richard Johnson, an architect who worked directly with Utzon.


  • Maths of the House: Acoustics | Age 11+

    Are your ears ringing? Deconstruct the science of acoustics and sound with Eddie and Mitch Allen, Soundscape Designer from the engineering firm Arup, whose founder worked directly with Utzon on the structure of the Opera House.

    Recommended for ages 11+

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  • Science of the House: The Human Experience | Age 8+

    How is a body like a building, or a building like a body? Explore how the architecture of the Sydney Opera House influences the way people use, work in and enjoy buildings.

  • Science of the House: Building the Opera House | Age 8+

    Take a close look at how Science, Maths, Engineering and Technology has influenced the Art, Architecture and Design of one of the world’s most recognisable buildings.

  • Science of the House: The Artificial Reef Project | Age 8+

    Sydney Opera House is surrounded by water; the Harbour is kind of like our very own backyard!

    Like all backyards - it’s a place that we are responsible for looking after.

    But did you know 60% of Sydney’s harbour shoreline has been replaced by seawalls, resulting in small fish and animals losing...

  • Erth | Puppet Making

    Learn how to make a dinosaur puppet with Erth's Puppet Maker, Cass and Puppeteer, Nick

  • Erth | Puppeteering

    Learn some tips for bringing a puppet to life with Erth Puppeteer, Nick and Puppet Maker, Cass

  • Hunter Page-Lochard reads Edward the Emu | Footlights & Booklights

    Enjoy the breathtaking view from the iconic Taronga Zoo with Australian actor and TV presenter Hunter Page-Lochard as he reads the story of Edward the Emu.

    Tired of his life as an emu, Edward decides to try being something else for a change. But he soon discovers that being who you are is always...

  • Kids Music Café: Around the World | From Our House To Yours

    Come on a journey around the world in this wonderful introduction to classical music, created especially for your toddler and you!

    Performed by musicians from the Sydney Youth Orchestras and hosted by Miriam Rizvi (The Beanies). Sing and dance along to songs from five different continents and y...

  • Angie Who: A Little Song Workshop | From Our House To Yours

    A musical experience for grown ups and their little people!

    Join singer-songwriter Angie Who on a folky, blue-grassy journey through a collection of songs-of-old and originals from her latest album I Love You The Most.

  • Kids Music Café - Brass Instruments

    Tired of nursery rhymes? Introduce little ones to the brass instrument family with these child-friendly classics, performed by musicians from Sydney Youth Orchestras. Join in at home with a coffee and slice of cake, and get ready to feel the rhythm!
    Presenter: Miriam Rizvi
    Trumpet: Ma...

  • Introducing the String Family for Early Learners

    Join Karen Pang and some musicians from the Australian Chamber Orchestra on the set of ACO’s There’s a Sea in my Bedroom at Sydney Opera House. Learn about the string family and how musical techniques can be used to create mood, character and setting.

  • Lessons for Little Composers

    Music can be used to create moods and characters to tell stories. Where does it all start? And how do the musicians know what to play?

  • George Meets the Orchestra - An Introduction to the Orchestra | Age 3+

    George is going to meet an orchestra for the first time!
    He wants to learn an instrument – but which one?

    Follow George as he chats with players of the Sydney Youth Orchestra and learns all about the four families of the orchestra – strings, brass, woodwind and percussion. A perfect introducti...

  • Behind the Scenes: Kids Tour of the Sydney Opera House | Age 5+

    Be transported to Bennelong Point with our expert guide Alex for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of the Opera House. Discover the Indigenous history and cultural significance of this remarkable place, learn about the design principles formulated by architect Jørn Utzon a...

  • Guwanyi Walama | Kids Tour of the Sydney Opera House precinct | Age 8+

    Join our Indigenous narrators on a journey into the history and culture of Bennelong Point in this digital tour created especially for kids!

    Beginning from creation time to pre-settlement and the arrival of the first fleet, learn about the daily life of the Gadigal people and the land of Tubowgu...

  • Justine Clarke reads Diary of a Wombat | Footlights & Booklights

    Meet the naughtiest wombat in Australia as homegrown queen of children’s entertainment Justine Clarke reads the award-winning picture book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley. Join us for storytime as artists from our stages read aloud your favourite Australian storybooks in our series, Footlights...

  • Zindzi Okenyo reads Sidney Opera Mouse | Footlights & Booklights

    Zindzi Okenyo reads Sidney Opera Mouse written by Graham Hosking and illustrated by Inky Stone, with special thanks to Sydney Opera House Major Partner – Mastercard®. Sidney is a little mouse who dreams of becoming a singer. Except there’s a little problem – he’s stuck in a pet shop. Can Sidney e...

  • Adam Briggs reads Our Home Our Heartbeat | Footlights & Booklights

    Our Home, Our Heartbeat read by Briggs, adapted from his hit song 'The Children Came Back', listen to the multi-talented Briggs read his debut children’s book 'Our Home, Our Heartbeat'. Featuring past and present Indigenous legends, this book is a joyous celebration of the oldest continuous cultu...

  • Muggera Dance Party | From Our House To Yours

    Hold your very own dance party with Daz and Jax Compton, stars of the popular TV show Move it Mob Style! Big and little kids alike are invited to learn contemporary Indigenous and hip-hop infused dance moves.

  • How to draw Possum Magic with illustrator Julie Vivas

    Ever wondered how Australia’s favourite possums were drawn? Take a look at the creative process behind the iconic characters of Hush and Grandma Poss, with the illustrator of Possum Magic, Julie Vivas.

  • Sweet Skills: How to perform Circus Skills | Age 5+

    Learn new skills in this series of "how to" videos presented some very talented young people!

    In this episode 14 year old Asha shows us how to perform a range of circus skills.