The BIG list of family friendly concerts, stage and screen this winter!

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Winter is here which means there are plenty of family friendly concerts and shows to keep the kids entertained all season in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Newcastle. Check out some of our favourites here.

SYDNEY

JUNE

Diary of a Wombat 7th-10th June
Glen Street Theatre
Meet Mothball, the naughtiest wombat in Australia. Bored with her daily routine, Mothball goes in search of shelter and food, creating chaos in the lives of the humans around her.
Doormats, bins and washing lines are no match for this mischievous marsupial. Between a packed schedule of scratching, sleeping and eating Mothball discovers that with a bit of persistence, humans are quite easily trained!

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Blinky Bill 29th June-1st July
Riverside Parramatta
In a special premiere, Sydney’s favourite musical mavericks, Ensemble Offspring are joined by Georgia Adamson (CDP’s Snugglepot & Cuddlepie), to bring Dorothy Wall’s classic children’s tale Blinky Bill to life. Featuring old-fashioned colonial folk tunes, contemporary sounds of the Australian landscape, interactive moments, songs and narrated excerpts from the bush classic, your students will be mesmerised by this production.

JULY

Peter and the Wolf 2nd July
City Recital Hall
The ever-popular Murray Cook, known to kids as the red Wiggle, narrates Prokofiev’s charming musical tale. Conducted by George Ellis, Peter and The Wolf tells the story of a curious and courageous boy, his fearful grandfather, his animal friends and a big bad wolf.

Splashdance 5th, 8th and 9th July
Various
SplashDancers Monique, Amber, Adrian and Dan are bringing their brand new show, Let’s Bop, to Melbourne for the very first time! Let’s Bop! will include all the big dancing songs from the smash hit SplashDance TV series. Your kids will be dancing from the get-go to songs including Moving All Together, I Love Bananas, Tiger Roar, Like a Ballerina and Go Go Stop.

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JUNK: Flying Fruit Fly Circus 5th-16th July
Sydney Opera House
The highly acclaimed and much-loved Flying Fruit Fly Circus return with a brand new show set amongst a 1940’s rural junkyard. Transforming trash into magical landscapes, come on a journey back to a time when the neighbourhood street was a playground full of adventure and make-believe.

The Wolf and Peter 12th-16th July
Sydney Opera House
Told through the eyes of the Wolf, this energetic new work from internationally acclaimed CoisCéim Dance Theatre is inspired by one of Prokofiev’s most famous scores, Peter and the Wolf.

Justine Clarke’s Look! Look! It’s a Gobbledygook 1st-11th July
Sydney Opera House
Justine Clarke brings her theatrical magic to the Playhouse for a brand new show based on her best-selling and award-winning book, The Gobbledygook Is Eating A Book (written with Arthur Baysting and illustrated by Tom Jellett) and their latest collaboration The Gobbledygook And The Scribbledynoodle.

Mr Snotbottom’s Seriously Stinky Songs 4th-5th July
Riverside Parramatta
Hilariously deeeesgusting kids comedian Mr Snot Bottom returns to Riverside with a mind-blowing mucusical brimming with all the topics kids love ­– boogers, bottoms, pop-offs and smells! Expect tasteless tunes, horrible harmonies and repulsive rhythms plus plenty of gross gags and wrong routines in this symphony of silliness! Featuring songs co-written with Benny Davis of Axis of Awesome, Tom Bettany of The Beards.

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Alice in Wonderland Jnr 7th July
Riverside Parramatta
Travel down the rabbit hole and join one of literatures beloved heroines, in her madcap adventure as she meets the wacky and wonderful characters Dodo Bird, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum and the bubble blowing Caterpillar and more, along the way. Watch on as Alice beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game!

Thai-riffic!  4th-8th July
Monkey Baa Theatre Company
Imagine being stuck with the most embarrassing family in existence. Imagine if you could make a fresh start …
Albert (Lengy) Lengviriyakul is the son of Thai immigrants who own a restaurant called Thai-riffic! (sooooo embarrassing). Lengy is about to start high school and is desperate to transform his image and just eat some pizza!
Adapted from Oliver Phommavanh’s best-selling novel, this hilarious and heartfelt play about acceptance will have you laughing out loud.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt 13th-19th July
Glen Street Theatre
WE’RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT is the wonderful story of a family out for walk and on the lookout for a growling bear – they have to march through long swishy grass, wade through thick gloopy mud and even battle a snow storm before entering a big dark cave where maybe they will finally spot the glinty wet eyes of a slobbering, gigantic bear winking at them through the blackness.

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Beauty and the Beast 1st-15th July
Marian Street Theatre
Through mist and snow, in a castle far away, there is the most beautiful rose garden. But beware the traveller who stumbles on it.
Meet larger than life characters including Boswell the horse and Beauty’s two silly sisters Anne and Sophia. Help Beauty try to civilise the Beast, but watch out as he learns to use a knife and fork! A classic tale for the whole family filled with laughs and adventures.

Seussical 21st-22nd July
The Concourse Chatswood
Come on a magical journey where your thinks will take you to wondrous places… and get you into trouble! Meet the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Jojo and all the Seuss characters in this colourful musical extravaganza inspired by the much-loved books of Dr. Seuss.

The Adventures of Peter Pan and Tinkerbell in return to Pantoland 7th-16th July
The State Theatre
This enchanting story will feature top Australian performers, sumptuous glittering sets, spectacular effects, gorgeous fairytale costumes, fantastic song and dance numbers, infectious and riotous comedy, magic and bags of audience participation.

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Lah-Lah Live Having Fun Tour 11th July-16th July
Various locations
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.

Disney On Ice presents Frozen 12th-17th July
Qudos Bank Arena
Enter a fantastical winter wonderland beyond imagination at Disney On Ice presents Frozen. The heartwarming Academy Award® winning tale you love is now LIVE and skating into your town.

AUGUST

Seussical the Musical 3rd-5th August
Meet the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Jojo and all the Seuss characters in this colourful musical extravaganza inspired by the much-loved books of Dr. Seuss. Tony winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty have brought to life many favourite characters, including Gertrude McFuzz, Mayzie LaBird and the cheeky Wickersham Brothers!. The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains the Whos, a community of tiny people.

THAI-RIFFIC! 7th-12th August
Seymour Centre
Albert Lengviriyakul, or Lengy for short, is the son of Thai immigrants who own a restaurant with the cheesy name Thai-riffic! Lengy is starting high school and sees this as his opportunity to transform his image from the kid who lives in a restaurant to a cool and popular Aussie teen. When his teacher sets a group assignment that focuses on another culture it becomes apparent Lengy won’t be able to get away from his past as easily as he’d like.

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Peter Combe Live it Up! … and Bellyflop in a Pizza! Sat 5th August
Monkey Baa Theatre Co
Beloved children’s entertainer and three-time ARIA Award winner, Peter Combe is back!
Celebrating the release of his new album, Live It Up! Peter will perform a vibrant mix of new hits and old classics in this interactive and fun-filled show for ages 3+

1001 Nights Children’s Concert Sat 5th August
The Concourse Chatswood
Children are invited on an exciting journey through Ancient Persia at this special performance of Nikolai Rimsky-Kosakov’s beloved Scheherazade. The concert will be followed by free entertainment and an opportunity to explore the instruments of an orchestra.

Horrible Harriet 15th August
The Concourse Chatswood
The team behind the hit stage productions The 13, 26 and 52-Storey TreehousesThe Gruffalo, and Mr Stink, bring the works of Australian Children’s Laureate, Leigh Hobbs, to life on stage. Horrible Harriet lives in the roof of her school and keeps teachers chained in the cellar to do her homework. Harriet and the other children don’t see eye to eye – but all Harriet really wants is a friend.

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Meet the Orchestra – Symphonic Wind Orchestra 5th August
Sydney Town Hall George St Sydney
The conductor started with a tap tap tap and the strings began to sing la-la-la . Then the flutes joined in with a tootle toot too and the trumpets butted in with a pah-pa-rah-pa! And the sound of the drums shook the room with a boom, boom boom!! Meet the Orchestra concerts are a wonderful way to introduce orchestral music to families and young children.

Meet the Orchestra – Peter Seymour Orchestra 13th August
Leichhardt Town Hall 107 Norton S, Leichhardt
The conductor started with a tap tap tap and the strings began to sing la-la-la . Then the flutes joined in with a tootle toot too and the trumpets butted in with a pah-pa-rah-pa! And the sound of the drums shook the room with a boom, boom boom!!
Meet the Orchestra concerts are a wonderful way to introduce orchestral music to families and young children.

MELBOURNE

JUNE

Little Big Shots 2017 8th-12th June
ACMI
Join us for entertaining, inspiring and educational short films for kids and the whole family. Australia’s premier film festival for kids Little Big Shots is a carefully curated collection of the best kids’ short films from across the globe.

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The Wolf and Peter 29th-30th June
Arts Centre Melbourne
CoisCéim Dance Theatre takes this timeless story of courage and imagination as inspiration and here…the story is told through the eyes of a WOLF. Filled with dance and live music, this fun and richly theatrical production by David Bolger gives life to a Bird, a Cat, a Duck, a Boy, and of course a WOLF in a highly energetic original new work.

Disney’s Little Mermaid 24th & 30th June and 1st July
Geelong Performing Arts Centre
Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages.

Peter Combe – Live it Up and Bellyflop in a Pizza! 24th June
Adamson Hall, Wesley College 577 St Kilda Road
A unique, happy mix of quirky new songs from Peter’s brand new album “Live it Up!” plus old favs like WASH YOUR FACE IN ORANGE JUICE (MR CLICKETTY CANE) NEWSPAPER MAMA, JUICY JUICY GREEN GRASS, SPAGHETTI BOLOGNAISE, CHOPSTICKS, TADPOLE BLUES…

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JULY

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
The National Theatre Melbourne 4th-6th July
The Drum Theatre Dandenong 8th July
One of the most-read and famous children’s books of all time, ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ emerges off the page in a masterful theatrical experience for the whole family.

Disney On Ice presents Frozen 5th-9th July & 22nd & 23rd July
Hisense Arena
Enter a fantastical winter wonderland beyond imagination at Disney On Ice presents Frozen. The heartwarming Academy Award® winning tale you love is now LIVE and skating into your town.

The Magic Flute 6th July
Melbourne Recital Centre
This fully-staged 50-minute version of Mozart’s opera was devised especially for Opera Australia by Tim Sexton and Christine Anketell and is sure to delight. Featuring professional singers, colourful costumes and an enchanting set, this version of The Magic Flute opera has been devised especially for children aged between 5-12 years.

Wallace and Gromit: The Aardman Collection From July 1st
ACMI
This special compilation features several classic Aardman multi-award winning short films including early installments of Creature Comforts, the complete works of William Shakespeare (in under five minutes!) and the third Wallace and Gromit adventure, A Close Shave plus many more Aardman treats!

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Wind in the Willows 11th July
Gasworks
Join us for the first Kids Holiday Show back in our Main Theatre! Enjoy this classic of children’s literature, based on Kenneth Grahame’s 1908 classic story, retold by the mighty La Boite Theatre Company.

Ickypedia 11th-15th July
Arts Centre Melbourne
Australia’s favourite kids comedians, The Listies, bring their best-smelling book Ickypedia: A Dictionary of Disgusting New Words to the stage in a brand new show!
It is a seriously silly show that answers all of life’s unimportant questions, like: how do you take a smellfie? What does pooetry sound like? How does one avoid a fartquake?

Lah-Lah Live Having Fun Tour 1st July-9th July
Various locations
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.

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The Adventures of Peter Pan and Tinkerbell 21st-30th July
Melbourne Comedy Theatre
This magical story will feature top Australian performers, sumptuous glittering sets, spectacular effects, gorgeous fairytale costumes, fantastic song and dance numbers, infectious and riotous comedy magic and bags of audience participation. Fun and laughter is guaranteed for the whole family from ages 3 to 103!

Wind in the Willows 30th July
The Clocktower Centre
This is a charming, classic tale of adventure and discovery by Kenneth Grahame, in a brand- new one- man adaptation by Maxine Mellor.
Join Ratty, Mole, Badger and the incorrigible Mr. Toad on their journeys, trails and misadventures around the river, the Wild Woods and beyond.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt 12th July
Frankston Arts Centre
WE’RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT is the wonderful story of a family out for walk and on the lookout for a growling bear – they have to march through long swishy grass, wade through thick gloopy mud and even battle a snow storm before entering a big dark cave where maybe they will finally spot the glinty wet eyes of a slobbering, gigantic bear winking at them through the blackness.

The Wind in the Willows 14th & 15th July
Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre
Darebin Arts Loud Mouth and La Boite Theatre Company are pleased to bring The Wind in the Willows to Melbourne for the winter school holidays. Families can enjoy this exciting theatrical revision of the classic novel at the Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre in Preston on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 July 2017.

AUGUST

The Secret Life of Suitcases 12th & 13th August
Arts Centre Melbourne
Larry’s got no time for fun, but that’s all about to change…
Larry works in an office and he likes it very much. He likes sorting and tidying and generally putting things in order. Everything in its place, a place for everything. But one day, a suitcase suddenly appears at the door with Larry’s name on it. And this suitcase has a mission.

Diary of a Wombat 8th August
Frankston Arts Centre
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. Meet Mothball, the naughtiest wombat in Australia. Bored with her daily routine, Mothball goes in search of shelter and food, creating chaos in the lives of the humans around her.

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Diary of a Wombat 12th August
Geelong Performing Arts Centre
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.

BRISBANE

JUNE

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show 7th June
Redland Performing Arts Centre
One of the most-read and famous children’s books of all time, The Very Hungry Caterpillar emerges off the page in a masterful theatrical experience for the whole family.

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The Hundred and One Dalmatians 24th June-2nd September
Arts Theatre Brisbane
Pongo and Misses are expecting their first litter and they can’t wait for the pitter-patter of tiny dog feet to fill the house!

Mr Stink 24th, 25th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th June and 1st July
Gardens Theatre QUT
David Walliams’ award-winning book comes to life on stage for children 6–12 … and their adults! The team behind The 13- 26- and 52-Storey Treehouses live on stage returns with this touching, twisted and hilarious, and very smelly tale … hold on to your nose!

Play School Live in Concert-Prince of Bears 17th June-2nd July
Various
Don’t miss out on the chance to see your children’s favourite television show live in concert when the Play School Concerts come to town. These popular Play School live shows are specially designed to delight pre-schoolers and parents alike. The concert features songs, games and stories, presented by two Play School presenters, along with the real stars of the show the toys

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Disney on Ice presents Frozen 29th June-2nd July
Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Enter a fantastical winter wonderland beyond imagination at Disney On Ice presents Frozen. The heartwarming Academy Award® winning tale you love is now LIVE and skating into your town.

Alice in Wonderland 28th-30th June
Brisbane Powerhouse Arts
Join Alice as she ventures through the rabbit hole and into Wonderland. She meets up with the March Hare and the Dormouse at the Mad Hatters tea party, makes new friends and eventually faces the Queen of Hearts and challenges her to a game of croquet. You are sure to enjoy all the adventures that Alice discovers along the way.

JULY

Peter Combe Live it Up and Bellyflop in a Pizza 15th July
Gardens Theatre QUT
Peter Combe’s new show is a unique, happy mix of quirky new songs from his brand new album “Live it Up!” plus old faves like Wash Your Face in Orange Juice (Mr Clicketty Cane)Newspaper MamaJuicy Juicy Green GrassSpaghetti BolognaiseChopsticksTadpole Blues …

AUGUST

Horrible Harriet 29th August-3rd September
Gardens Theatre QUT
The team behind the hit stage productions 13- 26- and 52-Storey TreehousesThe Gruffalo, and Mr Stink, bring the works of Australian Children’s Laureate, Leigh Hobbs, to life on stage. Join Harriet’s search for identity and friendship, with songs, laughs, mischievous fun – and not least Mr Chicken himself!

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ADELAIDE

JUNE

Family Gala-Hosted by Eddie Perfect & Ali McGregor 10th June
Her Majesty’s Theatre
Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Something on Saturday in true Adelaide Cabaret Festival style; dress up, strut your stuff on the red carpet and show off your dance moves at this year’s Family Gala! Hosted by Artistic Directors Ali McGregor and Eddie Perfect, sample this mixed-bag of goodies, including a performance by the Young Adelaide Voices Junior Choir.

Happy Town-Families Sat 10th June
Adelaide Town Hall
Narrated by the charismatic Paul Rissmann, hear the story of Chutney the Chimpanzee as he transforms the town of Drabsville into a town of colour and joy.

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Disney On Ice presents Frozen 9th-12th June
Adelaide Entertainment Centre
Enter a fantastical winter wonderland beyond imagination at Disney On Ice presents Frozen. The heartwarming Academy Award® winning tale you love is now LIVE and skating into your town.

HUSH 16 – A Piece of Quiet 18th June
with Lior, The Idea of North & Elena Kats-Chernin with Zephyr Quartet 18th June
Her Majesty’s Theatre
This, the 16th instalment of original Australian music created for kids in hospitals, is the compassionate collaboration of three of Australia’s most loved musicians: singer-songwriter, Lior; vocal quartet, The Idea of North; and renowned composer, Elena Kats-Chernin with Adelaide’s own zephyr Quartet.

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Alex the Magician in Jaw-Dropping 3D 24th June
Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent
A grand finalist of Australia’s Got Talent and a regular guest on Channel GO’s Kids’ WB, Alex will leave you astonished with card tricks, disappearing dice and hilarious illusions.

Blinky Bill 23rd, 24th, 25th & 30th June & 1st & 2nd July
Hills Youth Theatre-Stirling Community Theatre
This story follows everyone’s favourite cheeky koala as he sets out with his good friend Nutsy to explore the human world. When Blinky discovers that his gumtree home is under threat from the ‘new humans’, he must rally his Australian wildlife friends to act to protect their home.

Herman and Rosie 30th June-1st July
Space Theatre
Herman likes the smell of hot dogs and the sound of his oboe. Rosie likes the buzz of the city as she sings the sounds of jazz. This is a tale about a big city: a summertime subway breeze, singing on the rooftops and toffees that stick to your teeth. Herman and Rosie share a special friendship over music and the sounds of the city.

JULY

How to be a Rock Star 8th July
Space Theatre
Release your inner rock legend with this hilarious, high-energy show about positivity and being comfortable in your own skin. Tessa Waters is a trained physical performer, award-winning comedian and the undisputed queen of stupidity and buffoonery!

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Mr Snot Bottom’s – Stinky Silly Show 11th July
Prospect Town Hall
Be repulsed by horrible stories, gross gags and just wrong routines in this rollercoaster of weirdness that is perfect for strange kids aged 4-10 and their even stranger parents!

The Boat 15th July
Her Majesty’s Theatre
Join the young circus stars from Cirkidz for a journey across long rivers and wide oceans to discover the secrets they keep beneath the surface. You’ll discover the joy of keeping things afloat – like juggling balls and acrobats – tumbling, flipping and flying off the ground.

SciWorld’s Science Magic Show 22nd July
Space Theatre
Levitation, green fire, invisible forces and much, much more! Learn how to do all your favourite magic tricks – and the science that makes them work.

The Night Before Christmas 29th July
Her Majesty’s Theatre
Christmas comes early as the Australian Classical Youth Ballet take on the world’s most famous Christmas poem The Night Before Christmas.

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Rosin Eating Zombies from Outer Space 12th August
Dunstan Playhouse
Join conductor Martin Butler and Adelaide Youth Strings musicians aged 8–12 as they take on pop favourites, a song that sounds like a jumbo jet taking off and a scary film score with some very interesting string techniques.

WALA The Spirit of Ghana 19th August
Space Theatre
WALA is a three-piece music group all the way from Ghana, Africa. They sing. They dance. They drum.
Featuring 15 hand-made instruments – including some you can try for yourself – sing and dance along to their catchy rhythms. WALA’s inspiring show will deliver a little piece of Africa straight to your heart!

BEEP 24 Aug – 3 Sep 2017
Space Theatre
A brand new show from the makers of Grug.
In Mort’s village everything has its place, every day is the same and everyone likes it that way. Until one morning, crash, boom, bang… down comes Beep.

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Play School Concerts-Prince of Bears 11th-20th August
Various locations
Don’t miss out on the chance to see your children’s favourite television show live in concert when the Play School Concerts come to town.
These popular Play School live shows are specially designed to delight pre-schoolers and parents alike. The concert features songs, games and stories, presented by two Play School presenters, along with the real stars of the show the toys.

Yo Diddle Diddle 12th, 19th & 26th August
Odeon Theatre, Norwood
Perfect for 4 – 8 year olds, Yo Diddle Diddle is a heart-warming and highly visual story of one cow and her desire to jump the moon, featuring live a DJ and an outstanding cast of performers.

PERTH

JUNE

The Lion Who Wanted to Love Sat 24th June
Perth Concert Hall
Meet Leo the Lion. Lions are usually fierce and strong but Leo doesn’t fit in; he just wants to love everybody and play with his friends all day long. All Leo wants is to love and help his fellow lions, but his mother tells him that if he can’t learn to hunt he has no place in the pride. So Leo is all alone … until out in the wide world he meets lots of animals who appreciate his love and help.

Wind in the Willows 22nd June
Mandurah Performing Arts Centre
La Boite Presents The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame in a new version by Maxine Mellor. A fresh take on a classic adventure of fun for the whole family! This is a charming, classic tale of adventure and discovery, in a brand-new one-man adaptation – starring Shaka Cook (Jasper

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The Beat Of Your Feet 25th June
Perth Concert Hall
A music-loving dog and cat go on an amazing musical adventure to find the Greatest Orchestra in the World.
Join WASO for an irresistible musical adventure based on the book Stan and Mabel by Jason Chapman. This highly interactive performance will captivate young children and families, with its mix of music, illustrated projections and audience participation.

JULY

The Tales Of Beatrix Potter 5th & 6th July
Perth Town Hall
Join us for the “Tales of Beatrix Potter” at the renovated heritage Perth Town Hall during the July School Holidays. The enchanting tales come to life as they are told. You will meet Peter Rabbit, Jeremy Fisher, Mrs Puddleduck, the Sly Fox, Squirrel Nutkin and many more.

Saltbush 12th-14th July 
State Theatre Centre of WA
Saltbush centres on the journey of two friends from different Aboriginal backgrounds as they cross Australia on foot. Their journey sees them travel across diverse Australian landscapes (countries) –  river country, urban landscapes, the desert and the sea, all the while discovering the land and better understanding and acknowledging our own challenges and personal journey.

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Disney’s The Little Mermaid 28th-30th July
Regal Theatre WA
The Little Mermaid is performed by the students of Mercedes College, a Catholic all-girls’ school located in the heart of Perth. Based on the Hans Christian Anderson story, this is the Broadway version of the story of Ariel – a mermaid who desires to be human. Her wish is eventually granted, although with dire consequences.

Saltbush 21st-22nd July
Mandurah Performing Arts Centre
Saltbush is a plant that can be found throughout Australia in almost all Aboriginal lands, and so it represents a common thread between all the different nations of Australian Indigenous peoples. This shared idea acted as a point of inspiration for the narrative, contemporary painting, dance and instrumental music that were created by the Aboriginal artists in this production. These artistic forms were used as a means to interpret and present the natural features of the Australian landscape from an Indigenous storytelling perspective.

Jazz for Juniors 4th & 7th July
His Majesty’s Theatre
On the first Tuesday of the April, July and September school holidays, a special program of music performed by a small WAYJO ensemble will introduce children to jazz instruments and fun tunes designed to get them moving.

AUGUST

Beauty and the Beast 25th, 26th, 27th & 31st August
Regal Theatre WA
By arrangement with Music Theatre International (Australasia) and Hal Leonard Australia. APAN Entertainment production of Beauty and the Beast is here!
Based on the smash hit 1991 Disney movie and dating back to a late 18th-century classic French fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast tells the story of Belle, a beautiful and intelligent young woman who feels out of place in her provincial French village.

NEWCASTLE

JUNE

You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown 9th June-24th June
Young People’s Theatre
Charles Schulz’s beloved comic comes to life in Clark Gesner’s classic musical, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. The whole gang is here: bossy Lucy is hopelessly in love with piano prodigy Schroeder who doesn’t give her the time of day, perfectionist Sally is still mocking blanket-toting Linus, Snoopy is in the doghouse, and “blockhead,” himself, Charlie Brown, is in rare form.

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Mary Poppins 22nd-24th June
Civic Theatre Newcastle
Mary Poppins is one of the most popular Disney stories of all time. Don’t miss all your favourite songs – Chim Chim Cher-ee, A Spoonful of Sugar, Feed the Birds and Step In Time, along with breathtaking dance numbers and astonishing stagecraft. Join Mary, Bert and the Banks family as they dance their way onto The Civic Theatre stage for a Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical adventure!

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Disney On Ice presents Frozen 22nd-25th June
Newcastle Entertainment Centre
Enter a fantastical winter wonderland beyond imagination at Disney On Ice presents Frozen. The heartwarming Academy Award® winning tale you love is now LIVE and skating into your town.

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JULY

Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium 1st July
Cessnock Performing Arts Centre
Deep below the surface, submerged below time, swam some of the world’s most amazing prehistoric marine reptiles. Following the internationally loved and applauded show Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo™, the team at Erth have spent years scouring the seven seas, collecting playful prehistoric creatures of the deep in their giant aquarium. For the very first time, you are invited to dive in and meet these aquatic critters in person.

Hunter Drama Singing in the Rain jnr 5th-8th July
St Philips Christian College Theatre
The “Greatest Movie Musical of All Time” takes to the stage in Newcastle! Hilarious situations, snappy dialogue and a hit-parade score of Hollywood standards make Singin’ in the Rain JR. a guaranteed, toe tapping good time.

Mr Stink 12th July
Cessnock Performing Arts Centre
Mr Stink stank. He also stunk. And if it was correct English to say he stinked, then he stinked as well…”
It all starts when Chloe, just about the loneliest girl in the world, makes friends with Mr Stink, the local tramp. Sure he smells a bit, but he’s the only person who’s ever been nice to her. So, when Mr Stink needs a place to stay, Chloe decides to hide him in the garden shed.

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Splashdance 16th July
Charlestown Bowling Club
SplashDancers Monique, Amber, Adrian and Dan are bringing their brand new show, Let’s Bop, to Melbourne for the very first time! Let’s Bop! will include all the big dancing songs from the smash hit SplashDance TV series. Your kids will be dancing from the get-go to songs including Moving All Together, I Love Bananas, Tiger Roar, Like a Ballerina and Go Go Stop.

Mr Stink 25th & 26th July
Civic Theatre Newcastle
A touching, twisted and hilarious, and very smelly tale directed by Newcastle favourite, Jonathan Biggins. The team behind The 13- 26- and 52-Storey Treehouses live on stage return with this touching, twisted and hilarious, and very smelly tale… hold on to your nose!

AUGUST

Roald Dahl’s Charlie and The Chocolate Factory 10th-12th August
Cessnock Performing Arts Centre
Journey into the world of Roald Dahl with a wonderful performance of everyone’s favourite Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. Performed by St Phillip’s Christian College, Cessnock.

Cirque Africa 17th August
Cessnock Performing Arts Centre
100 minutes of mind-blowing entertainment, Cirque Africa features a world-renowned troupe from 6 African countries and consists of 25 performing artists including acrobats, dancers, percussionists, musicians and contortionists.

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