The Winter Holidays are here which means heading indoors to catch kids shows are perfect to keep the kids entertained these school holidays. Check out our top Must See kids shows coming to your city these winter holidays!

SYDNEY

  • Mister Maker Returns Sat 30th & Sun 1st July
    Big Top Luna Park Sydney
    Zodiak, Live Nation and NAB are excited to announce the MISTER MAKER RETURNS has arrived in Sydney and making his way around Australia just in time for the school holidays.
  • Tribunal 6th-7th July
    Sydney Opera House
    Welcome to the Australian Truth and Reconciliation Tribunal we’ve never had. Artists, lawyers, leaders and activists put Australia’s colonial past and murky refugee policies on trial in this powerful piece of political theatre. Each performance is different, with guests airing their experiences and the issues directly affecting their communities. Tribunal is a space where the truth can be told, connections can be made, and intimacies shared.
  • Wilde Creatures 7th-14th July
    Sydney Opera House
    Step into a fairytale with this new production based on Oscar Wilde’s most loved stories including the Happy Prince and The Nightingale and the Rose.
  • Hunting of the Snark 17 July – 22 July
    Sydney Opera House
    Enter the imaginative world of Alice in Wonderland creator, Lewis Carroll, in this brand new adaptation inspired by his much loved classic poem. Fresh from London’s West End, this show features five high-energy actors, life-like puppets, fantastical characters, and lashings of daft humour.

  • The Great Illusionist 21 July – 29 July
    Sydney Opera House
    Jump into this enchanting tale of a young boy who longs to be an illusionist. A tale of daring and willpower, the importance of a good assistant, and of course, a white rabbit! Packed with cleverly executed illusions and tantalising tricks, it proves there’s more to magic than meets the eye! This rich, multilayered production from the Netherlands’ acclaimed Het Filiaal theatre makers is sure to captivate the whole family with live music, impressive illusions, magical puppetry and marvellous tricks.
  • Diary of a Wombat 17th-21st July
    Lend Lease Darling Quarter Theatre
    After a mammoth 59 venue tour across Australia and a showcase at the International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY) showcase in Philadelphia, Diary of a Wombat will return home to the Lend Lease Darling Quarter Theatre for a very limited season in the July school holidays.
  • Lah-Lah’s 10th Birthday Party National Tour 12th, 13th, 16th-22nd July
    Various Locations
    Come and party with the stars of ABC KIDS Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band as they celebrate their 10th birthday around Australia!  It’s an hour of singing and dancing fun full of Lah-Lah hits and laughs.
  • The Tragedy of Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark 4th-22nd July
    Seymour Centre
    After winning over everyone who came to see it in 2016, this very cheeky, very clever, utterly irreverent riff on Hamlet – made especially for children – is back for an eagerly anticipated return season. The Listies, maestros of children’s entertainment, have pulled apart Shakespeare’s classic and glued it back together with hilarious costumes, loads of silliness and plenty of interactivity.

  • Sleeping Beauty – A Knight Avenger’s Tale 13 – 22 July
    State Theatre Sydney
    Awake from your enchanted slumber and be the first to book for our fun-for-all-the family fairy tale panto adventure, “Sleeping Beauty – A Knight Avenger’s Tale!”
    From the same creative team that brought you “ The Adventures of Peter Pan and Tinker Bell”, fall under the spell of Bonnie Lythgoe’s latest fairy tale classic.
  • Pearlie in the Park 7th-21st July
    Knox Cultural Centre Wahroonga
    Pearlie is the best park fairy in the city! She keeps everyone happy in Jubilee Park – Mrs Duck and her ducklings, Brush and Sugar Possum, the singing Frogs and Sulky and Silky the spiders. But one day she wakes up to find everything topsy-turvy.
  • Peppa Pig’s Surprise 10th-13th July
    The Concourse Chatswood
    Surprise! Peppa Pig, George and friends are back featuring life size puppets in a brand new live stage show, PEPPA PIG’S SURPRISE.
  • The Wonderful World of Will 12th July
    Riverside Parramatta
    These school holidays, travel back in time to 1599 and meet a host of memorable characters in this spirited, funny and informative show. The perfect introduction to the world of Shakespeare, this interactive performance mixes real world history, comedy, tragedy, fun language and snapshots from some of Shakespeare’s most memorable plays. Just watch out you don’t lose your head!
  • Wilde Creatures 19 Jul – 21 Jul
    Riverside Parramatta
    Come on a fantastic journey through palaces, forests and beyond. Based on Oscar Wilde’s best loved fairy tales, including The Happy Prince and The Nightingale and the Rose, this spectacular show features original live music, imaginative storytelling and a generous dash of comedy.
  • Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic 18th-23rd July
    Qudos Bank Arena
    Celebrate the legacy of Disney in this ice skating spectacular as Mouse-ter of Ceremonies Mickey Mouse leads a parade of characters including Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and an ensemble of Disney Princesses.
  • The 78-Storey Treehouse 17-18th July
    The Joan Penrith
    Andy and Terry’s treehouse just keeps on growing. With yet another 13 levels, it’s now got a Scribbletorium, a high-security potato chip storage facility (guarded by one very angry duck!) and even an open-air movie theatre.
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show 13th-14th July
    The Joan Penrith
    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. Journey through Eric Carle’s incredible stories as they come to life on stage in this enchanting show when it returns to Penrith by popular demand.

MELBOURNE

  • The Hunting of the Snark 11th-15th July
    Arts Centre Melbourne
    Come with us on an impossible voyage to find the mythical Snark! All children, animals and silly people are welcome in the wonderful world of Lewis Carroll. A riotous ragtag gang of bold adventurers including the Boy, the Banker, the Butcher, the Baker, the Bellman and the knitting Beaver set off on a quest to catch the mythical Snark.
  • Mister Maker Returns 5th-7th July
    Melbourne Recital Centre
    8th July Geelong
    Zodiak, Live Nation and NAB are excited to announce MISTER MAKER RETURNS for a series of live shows in July that will take him around the country in what promises to be the family show of the year. Joining Mister Maker on stage will be his famous side-kicks The Shapes as well as the Mister Maker dancers.
    Mister Maker returns
  • Lah-Lah’s 10th Birthday Party National Tour 5th-8th July
    Various Locations
    Come and party with the stars of ABC KIDS Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band as they celebrate their 10th birthday around Australia!  It’s an hour of singing and dancing fun full of Lah-Lah hits and laughs.
  • Madagascar – A Musical Adventure JR 11th-14th July
    Union Theatre Parkville
    Take a journey out of the zoo and onto the stage with your favourite crack-a-lackin’ friends from the blockbuster DreamWorks film. Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto your stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime.
  • The Big Bubble Show 5th July
    Athenaeum Theatre
    Make amazing memories for your children these winter school holidays at The Big Bubble Show! Starring the UK’s incredible Samsam Bubbleman, holder of 10 Guiness World Records, and seen by 100,000’s worldwide.
  • Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic 5th-10th July
    Hisense Arena
    Celebrate the legacy of Disney in this ice skating spectacular as Mouse-ter of Ceremonies Mickey Mouse leads a parade of characters including Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and an ensemble of Disney Princesses.
  • Circus Oz Precarious 4th-12th July
    The Big Top, Southern Cross Lawn, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
    Circus Oz tumbles into Melbourne in their 40th year, with a brand new show Precarious. This year the Circus Oz Big Top will be nestled within the trees beside the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, presenting a 70-minute non-stop spectacle of acrobatic mayhem for audiences of all ages.
  • Sleeping Beauty – A Knight Avenger’s 29th June-8th July
    Comedy Theatre Melbourne
    Awake from your enchanted slumber and be the first to book for our fun-for-all-the family fairy tale panto adventure, “Sleeping Beauty – A Knight Avenger’s Tale”. Showing at Melbourne’s Comedy theatre from 29 June to 8 July.
  • Silvers Circus 27th June-22nd July
    Westfield Southland
    Silvers Circus presents a line up of stunning international artists, Las Vegas style illusions and captivating production techniques.
  • Wonderland Theatre Presents Cinderella 4th-10th July
    Phoenix Theatre Elwood
    Wonderland Theatre is where the magic in Melbourne happens! Every school holidays we present a traditional pantomime that both the young and the wise can enjoy. Catch a performance of Cinderella these school holidays.

BRISBANE

  • Alice in Wonderland-Live on Stage 10th-14th July
    Brisbane Powerhouse
    Lewis Carroll’s timeless classic Alice in Wonderland comes to life on stage in the most hilarious-filled madcap fun! Tumble down the rabbit hole and join Alice, one of literature’s most beloved heroines, in her adventures through Wonderland in this dazzling, internationally acclaimed production.
  • The Magic Toyshop 4th-5th July
    Brisbane Powerhouse
    Follow the story of a young gypsy girl, alone in the streets, who finds shelter in a toyshop. As she hides among the toys she notices they are brought to life by a magical toymaker. The toymaker finds the gypsy orphan one night and after hearing her sad story he brings his toys to life to cheer her up. As he shares the toys with her, he and his wife fall in love with the innocent orphan and decide to adopt her.
  • Little Women (The Broadway Musical) 13th-20th July
    Brisbane Powerhouse
    This all-new musical, Little Women is based on Louisa May Alcott’s beloved 19th century novel, vividly brings to life the March family of Concord, Massachusetts. In a time of war and sacrifice, Jo, Meg, Amy, and Beth, guided by their mother Marmee, grow from girls into women, through romance and courtship, illness and loss, loving and letting go.
  • Mister Maker Returns 14th-15th July
    Logan Entertainment Centre
    Zodiak, Live Nation and NAB are excited to announce MISTER MAKER RETURNS for a series of live shows in July that will take him around the country in what promises to be the family show of the year. Joining Mister Maker on stage will be his famous side-kicks The Shapes as well as the Mister Maker dancers.
  • Grease The Arena Experience 14th July
    Brisbane Entertainment Centre
    GREASE – THE ARENA EXPERIENCE brings everyone’s favourite rock and roll musical to life on stage like you’ve never seen it before! The ultimate party musical features all the hit songs from the most popular movie musical of all time, including You’re the One That I Want, Hopelessly Devoted to You, Summer Nights, Greased Lightnin’Beauty School Drop Out, Born to Hand Jive and more.
  • Disney Mulan jnr 6th & 13th July 11am show only available
    Brisbane Arts Theatre
    A legend over 2,000 years in the making, Disney’s Mulan Jr is the latest in live-action Disney adaptations for the stage. Based on the 1998 Disney film, and featuring iconic songs including Reflection and I’ll Make a Man Out of You, your heart will soar during this modern princess story.
  • Air Play 5th-8th July
    QPAC
    Direct from New York, Air Play merges circus and street theatre performance art with sculptural artistry. Ride the wind and dream with Air Play, a modern spectacle that brings to life the very air we breathe. Flying umbrellas, larger-than-life balloons, giant kites floating over the audience, and the biggest snow globe you’ve ever seen will make you gasp in wonder and laugh until it hurts.
  • The Arrival 5th-8th July
    QPAC
    These school holidays, enter an extraordinary new world at QPAC with The Arrival, based on the much-loved novel by Shaun Tan. See giant ships fly through the air and foreign tongues thrive in this strange and wondrous place. Curious puppetry and physical theatre combine with breathtaking sets, whimsical props and a remarkable soundscape to tell the touching story.

ADELAIDE

  • Mister Maker Returns 18th July
    Thebarton Theatre
    Get ready mini-makers your favourite arty party man is here!
    Mister Maker Returns for a series of live shows in July that will take him around the country in what promises to be the family show of the year.
    Joining Mister Maker on stage will be his famous side-kicks The Shapes as well as the Mister Maker dancers.
  • The Funny Farmers Show 21st July
    Adelaide Festival Centre
    Georgia, Pete and Matt are quirky colourful country farmers working, singing and dancing to keep their frantic and frenzied farmstead in order. The Funny Farmers Show will have everyone laughing and singing along to the farmer’s kooky kids’ comedy and silly sing-along mischief making. It’s a cock-a-doodle-crack-up for kids and parents! But watch out for the cheekiest cow, ever!
  • Peppa Pig’s Surprise 6th July
    Brenton Langbein Theatre
    Surprise! Peppa Pig, George and friends are back featuring life size puppets in a brand new live stage show, PEPPA PIG’S SURPRISE.
  • Once Upon A Time 10th-14th July
    Australian Company of Performing Arts
    Enjoy a fabulous fairy tale pantomime these school holidays.
  • Charlotte’s Web 16th July
    Utopia Arts Percy Court Adelaide
    Charlotte’s Web follows the story of Wilbur, the runt of a litter of pigs, and how he is saved by a young girl named Fern. When he eventually becomes too big for the farm everything seems lost – until he makes the acquaintance of a helpful spider, Charlotte. Based on the classic book by EB White, Joseph Robinette’s adaptation of Charlotte’s Web reduces the story down to a one hour show with eight actors playing multiple roles. This heart-warming adaptation is fun, funny and easy to watch.

PERTH

  • Mister Maker Returns 21st-22nd July
    Perth Concert Hall
    Zodiak, Live Nation and NAB are excited to announce MISTER MAKER RETURNS for a series of live shows in July that will take him around the country in what promises to be the family show of the year. Joining Mister Maker on stage will be his famous side-kicks The Shapes as well as the Mister Maker dancers.
  • Josephine Wants to Dance 20th July
    Octagon Theatre, UWA
    Based on the book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley
    A story about dreams, believing in yourself… and a dancing kangaroo.
    From the award-winning team behind Diary of a Wombat comes another hilarious tale of a bush animal you’ll never forget. Josephine is a kangaroo – who loves to dance. Her little brother, Joey, tells her that kangaroos don’t dance, they hop – but Josephine continues to point her toes and leap through the air.
  • Aladdin the Musical From 10th July
    Crown Theatre Perth
    From the producer of The Lion King and Mary Poppins, the beloved story of Aladdin comes to thrilling theatrical life in this bold new musical comedy.
  • George’s Marvellous Medicine 4th-8th July
    State Theatre of WA
    What starts as just another boring day for George quickly turns into a marvellous experiment of epic proportions! Cleverly adapted from the much-loved book by Roald Dahl, George’s Marvellous Medicine bounds off the page in a spectacular live show for the whole family.
  • The 78-Storey Treehouse 9th-13th July
    State Theatre Centre of WA
    Andy and Terry’s treehouse just keeps on growing. With yet another 13 levels, it’s now got a Scribbletorium, a high-security potato chip storage facility (guarded by one very angry duck!) and even an open-air movie theatre.
  • Alice In Wonderland Meets Peter Rabbit 4th-7th July
    Perth Town Hall

    Prompt Corner Presents a very humorous story of the the enchanting “Alice In Wonderland Meets Peter Rabbit” in the newly renovated Perth Town Hall.
    This one hour show will delight both young and old.

NEWCASTLE

  • Mister Maker Returns 12th July
    Newcastle Civic Theatre
    Zodiak, Live Nation and NAB are excited to announce MISTER MAKER RETURNS for a series of live shows in July that will take him around the country in what promises to be the family show of the year. Joining Mister Maker on stage will be his famous side-kicks The Shapes as well as the Mister Maker dancers.
  • Lah-Lah’s 10th Birthday Party National Tour 15th July
    NEX
    Come and party with stars of ABC KIDS Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band as they celebrate their 10th birthday around Australia in 2018. Lah-Lah and the band will be touring their 10th Birthday Party ‘best of’ album through SONY Music, following their 2017 ARIA nominated release Having Fun. It’s an hour of singing and dancing fun full of Lah-Lah hits and laughs. And don’t forget everyone gets to meet the band, and the instruments, after the show.
  • Pinocchio 9th July -18th August
    Young People’s Theatre
    This beloved children’s classic, amazes and delights the audience as Pinocchio gradually discovers the dangers of selfishness and the importance of honesty, told with all the hallmarks of traditional pantomimes in this fantastic adventure to delight all ages!
  • Peppa Pig’s Surprise 9th July
    Civic Theatre Newcastle
    Surprise! Peppa Pig, George and their friends are back in Australia in a brand new live stage show PEPPA PIG’S SURPRISE.
    It’s a lovely day and Peppa is playing outside with her friends. Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig have got a surprise for her and her younger brother George but no matter how hard they try, they cannot guess what it is.
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show 11th July
    Cessnock Performing Arts
    Journey through Eric Carle’s incredible stories as they come to life on stage in this enchanting show. Featuring some other delightful characters from three of Eric Carle’s bestselling classics tales including, The Artist Who Painted A Blue HorseMr. Seahorse and The Very Lonely Firefly.
  • Disney’s Aladdin JR. 20th-21st July
    Cessnock Performing Arts Centre
    Based on the iconic animated film, with an Academy Award-winning score by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, Disney’s Aladdin JR. is sure to send you soaring on a flying carpet ride filled with romance and adventure.
  • Pete the Sheep 9th-13th July
    Upstage Youth Theatre-Tocal Homestead
    Suitable for all ages, this hilarious musical comedy is based on the book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley. Shaun is the the new shearer in Shaggy Gully. Since shearing is such hard work, all the shearers have sheep dogs to help them, but not Shaun. His partner is Pete, a sheep-sheep! When Pete and Shaun are rejected by the other shearers for being different, they set up their own Shearing Salon in town.
  • The Girl with the Golden Locks 13th-28th July
    Maitland Repertory Theatre
    Fairy-tale espionage, intrigue and holiday fun at Maitland Repertory Theatre!
    Enter the world of fairy-tale espionage and intrigue, where top-level spies take on the kingdom’s worst criminal masterminds. Agent Gold is the girl with the golden locks and the top agent at the FBI, that is, the Fairytale Bureau of Intelligence.