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There’s nothing like a live performance or show to keep the kids entertained during the school holidays. There’s plenty of concerts, films and shows during the summer school holidays including the following shows;

SYDNEY

Sydney Opera House

Deadly 60 Live on Stage 18 JANUARY 2016– 19 JANUARY 2016
The creepy crawlies, spine-chilling creatures and brutal beasts of the global TV sensation Deadly 60 are coming to the Sydney Opera House these school holidays … beware where you tread!
Tailing a sell-out tour across the UK, Deadly 60 Live engages families and intrepid youngsters in stories of adrenalin-filled adventure in a special interactive, multimedia event. Discover and learn more about the world’s top predators and get involved, as Steve Backshall leads an audience Q&A and onstage fun and games.
Deadly 60 Live is not only riotously entertaining, but a great learning experience for the whole family. If you’ve ever fancied swimming with sharks, scaling volcanoes or eyeballing an anaconda come along for this ride – it could get bumpy!

Deadly 60: Series 1

Dirtgirl’s Get Grubby Musical 19 JANUARY 2016– 24 JANUARY 2016
Join dirtgirl, scrapboy and Costa the garden gnome live on stage as they solve the mysterious disappearance of the local bees. Getting funky in the compost and heading off on a nature walkabout is all in an eco-day’s adventure for these planet-loving friends. Cheer on these singing, dancing eco-warriors as they try to save the planet one bee at a time and get ready to discover the magic behind planting seeds, composting food scraps and saving water!

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Stick Man 6th-17th January
Scamp Theatre’s delightful adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s bestselling children’s book Stick Man is the perfect school holiday treat for all branches of the family tree! Touching, funny and utterly original, this award-winning production features a trio of top actors and is packed full of puppetry, catchy songs, live music and funky moves.

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The 52-Storey Treehouse 3rd-25th January
Andy and Terry are back in the return season of this sell-out, smash hit show!
Andy and Terry’s treehouse is now 52 storeys tall, but there’s no time to  play! Mr Big Nose has mysteriously disappeared, and Jill has fallen into a deep sleep  and Andy and Terry just can’t wake her up. Can they solve the mysteries and survive  the dangers that test even their ingenuity?

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The Concourse Chatswood

THE BEATLES CONCERT FOR KIDS Saturday 9th January
The world premiere of a spectacular Concert for Kids developed around the iconic music of the Beatles & devised by Marty Rhone and star of Play School George Spartels. Starring the world’s premier Beatles band, the Fabulous Beatle Boys, this 40 minute show will excite and charm ‘kids’ four to sixty four. The concert will also star very special guest Casey Burgess, formerly of the highly popular kids group Hi 5.
A magical, visual, music extravaganza that includes screen vision, animation, visual effects, and some of the greatest music ever written for adults and children.

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MINI MAESTROS: THE CONDUCTOR AND THE CLOWN 19th & 20th January
Back by popular demand, the Willoughby Symphony presents Mini Maestros: The Conductor and the Clown!
A mini symphony performance just for children, this engaging concert will showcase some of the best known works in a fun, interactive way – a perfect introduction to classical music!
Conducted by the charismatic George Ellis and George Washingmachine, two of Australia’s most celebrated children’s concert presenters, children will love this entertaining show featuring plenty of hilarious physical comedy, a 12 piece orchestra and loads of infectious laughter!

Monkey Baa Theatre Company

Sticks, Stones, Broken Bones 20 January – 22 January
Flying chickens, brain transplants and sneaky ninjas! Come play in the dark these school holidays!
Using bits of household rubbish and household items, Bunk Puppets create surreal shadow puppets in front of your eyes. In each scene, the audience watches the action unfold in front of the screen, to see the magical transformations. It’s like watching a live cartoon.

Roslyn Packer Theatre

The Rabbits 14th-24th January
John Marsden and Shaun Tan’s haunting picture book is adapted in this Helpmann Award-winning opera for children and families. A deeply moving story of hope amidst colonisation, The Rabbits sparks imaginations of the young and old, inviting us all to question modern society and our role in its future. The fantastical wonder of this strange world thrills and devastates with the operatic prowess of Kate Miller-Heidke’s exquisite score and performance, alongside a talented cast of opera singers and contemporary music performers. Lavish sets and kooky costumes realise Tan’s pictures in a spectacular tale sure to ignite curiosity, regardless of age.

MELBOURNE

Arts Centre Melbourne

Deadly 60 Live on Stage 15th-16th January
Swimming with leopard seals, tracked by Jaguars, hunted by Polar Bears.………It’s all in a day’s work for Wildlife TV Presenter, Adventurer, naturalist and writer Steve Backshall, whose gripping encounters with the world’s deadliest creatures have become a television phenomenon. Deadly 60 is one of the most popular children’s shows on the planet,
Following sell out shows in the UK, the hero of Deadly 60 appears LIVE ON STAGE for an evening of wild discovery and dangerous entertainment. Join Steve Backshall as he shares his experiences of getting up close to some of the worlds deadliest creatures.

The 3 Little Pigs 2 – 17 January 2016
A classic story with a musical twist in its tail is trotting into Melbourne, direct from London’s West End!
Full of catchy songs, jokes and mischievous fun, this endearing musical will leave you squealing with glee and howling with laughter.
He can huff and puff until he blows their house down, but will the Big Bad Wolf get the better of the three little superstar piglets?
Discover how the three little porkers become world renowned celebrity superstars when forced to leave the warmth of their mother’s overcrowded sty. Will the 3 Little Pigs cope without their adoring mother’s “hogs and kisses”?

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Frank Woodley – Noodlenut 19–24 January 2016
Wonderful nonsense that has children bursting with joy!
Fans have been asking for it for years. Now, the wait is over…Frank Woodley is doing a show for kids!
Now’s your chance to introduce little comedy fans to Australia’s most physical comedian in his natural habitat, on stage, performing for the pure joy of it.
Whether he’s singing songs about sneezing, doing chaotic magic or impersonating animals playing sport, comedy master Frank Woodley has kids rolling around laughing in the palm of his hand.

Melbourne Recital Centre

Space Symphony Thursday 14 January 2016 11am
Do you know about the stars? What kinds of sounds are in outer space?
Space Symphony will take you on an imaginative journey through our solar system and beyond!
This very special program introduces young music lovers to several iconic compositions, including Richard Strauss’ ’2001: A Space Odyssey’, John Williams’ ‘Star Wars’ and Gustav Holst’s orchestral suite ‘The Planets’. The Space Symphony Chamber Ensemble will also demonstrate the brass, wind and string families of the orchestra, offering clues in how to listen and feel the expansive mystery of these seminal works.

Cabbage Symphony Thursday 14 January 2016 10am, 11.30am & 1.15pm
Join multi-talented musician and educator Jon Madin in a fun, hands-on interactive music performance
It’s not often you get the chance to play huge marimbas, bow Echocellos, ride musical exercise bikes, jump on dingboxes and yank a cord to activate cosmic ponytails!
Come along and join the Cabbage Symphony – Jon will give you simple instructions so you’ll instantly be part of the band.

Jazz Up your Kids Friday 15 January 2016 11am
Join James Morrison and his band in a fun-packed concert exploring the styles of jazz, that is sure to get the whole family swinging!
James will guide you on a journey from Dixieland to Bop, from the Birth of the Blues to Birdland and will introduce children and their families to jazz music and all the wonderful musical instruments.
Be blown away by James playing ten different instruments throughout the concert including the trumpet, trombone, saxophone, piano, and keystar!

The Good Morning Kids Show!Saturday 16 January 2016 9.30am, 11.15am & 1pm
Woody’s World: a world where alley-cats sing and dance, mice invite you in for a cup of tea and farm animals gather for a bushdance.
Fabulous songs, enchanting stories and puppets take over the Salon for some school holiday fun! Children dance, sing and play along with Woody and his friends.

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Think Of An Adventure With Jay Saturday 16 January 2016 11am
Jay Laga’aia is loved by parents and kids Australia wide for his appearances on Play School, and he is coming to town for MusicPlay!
Jay will weave a wondrous story full of fun and mystery with opportunities to join in and share the adventure. All you need is a beautiful smile, your dancing shoes and a big imagination. Jump, laugh, sing and play as we journey through a high-energy, interactive musical adventure that will capture the imagination and delight audiences of any age!

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Gasworks Arts Park

The Owl’s Apprentice Friday 22 January 2016
Owls aren’t born wise, you know, they have to learn it from somewhere. A young owl named Poot Poot is sent to study at Owl school. On his journey he meets an Echidna, a Wombat, a Kookaburra, a Lyrebird, a Kangaroo and a Platypus who each share with him their own special kind of wisdom. But will he pass the final test and become wise enough to save the forest? The Owl’s Apprentice is an interactive show for families combining puppetry and physical comedy by award-winning puppeteer, Jenny Ellis.

Speakeasy HQ

Catch the Reading Bug January 6th & 14th – 11am
Join Australia’s favourite ventriloquist Sarah Jones and her host of puppet pals on an adventure designed to encourage confidence, creativity and curiosity in young readers.
Using ventriloquism, magic and plenty of audience participation comedian Sarah Jones creates an experience that will have young readers engaged and encouraged to learn more.

Mr. Snot Bottom January 7th – 11am
Meet the horrible Mr. Snot Bottom, a deeeesgusting kids comedian brimming with all the gooey, smelly and yucky topics kids love: boogers, bottoms, pop-offs and smells! Be repulsed by horrible stories, gross gags and just wrong routines in this rollercoaster of weirdness!

Punch & Judy’s Summer Holiday January 6th, 7th, 13th & 14th – 1pm
Treat your children to a stunning and hilarious performance of Punch & Judy at Australia’s only vaudeville theatre.
Watch Mr Punch’s naughty shenanigans, as Officer Plodd and his sill brother Butsco bring even more laughter to the stage.
With parents at children’s prices, and all tickets ONLY $5 – Mr Punch’s & Judy Summer Holiday is a show for the whole family.

Tivoli Theatre Pantomimes

Hansel & Gretel 11th-16th January
Handsome Hansel and Dear Sweet Gretel are sent into the woods to look for mushrooms by Fearless Father. They meet WillaMeana the Wicked Witch. Will they overcome the wicked seductions with the help of Dreary Driselda the Fairy Queen?

Frankston Performing Arts Centre

The Tiger who Came to Tea Thursday 21 January, 1pm
Hold onto your biscuits! The tea-guzzling Tiger roars into Frankston this summer in this mischievous musical play brought to you by the team behind We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.
Join Sophie and her unexpected guest for some tea-time mayhem packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos.
This stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale is adapted for the stage by David Wood, deemed the UK’s ‘national children’s dramatist’ and the undisputed leading writer and director of plays and musicals for children.

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Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

The Wind In The Willows 2nd Jan, 5th-9th Jan, 12th-16th Jan, 19th-23rd Jan
Kenneth Grahame’s immortal story of life on the riverbank is a rollicking yet gentle adventure, starring the pompous, arrogant, vain, hilarious Toad – a favourite with children everywhere. Toad, along with his better-behaved friends, Ratty, Mole, Otter and Badger, as well as the rascally Weasel, have come to life every summer for the past 14 years providing enchanting and lively entertainment for all the family.

Tinkerbell and the Dream Fairies 6th Jan – 23rd Jan, Wednesday to Saturday at 10am and 12pm Daily
Join TinkerBell and the Dream Fairies this January in the enchanted Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne. An interactive adventure perfect for the littlies and fun for the whole family these school holidays. Come dressed as a fairy or an elf and help TinkerBell and her Fairy Friends on their magical quest. Suitable for children children aged 2 – 6 years

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Polly Woodside

Caribbean Pirates 2nd Jan, 4th-9th January, 11th-16th January
Caribbean Pirates is a swashbuckling adventure that comes to life on the Polly Woodside Ship this summer!
Join the most crazy and colourful pirates of the Caribbean as they regale their life stories on the high seas, battling for booty from passing merchant ships and living the pirate life to the full. Learn the pirate talk, do the pirate walk, sing the pirate songs and go on a treasure hunt on the ship to find the lost treasure!

Ripponlea House & Gardens

Alice and Peter Pan in Never Neverland 5th-8th January, 12th-14th January, 19th-22nd January
What happens when Alice falls through the rabbit hole and meets the boy who never grew up?
An interactive adventure for the whole family! Join Alice and Peter as they draw swords with Smee and drink tea with the Mad Hatter. Sore through Never Neverland and help save Tiger Lilly from the Captain Hook!
Alice and Peter will be performing in the Geelong Botanic Gardens on the 2nd of Jan 2016 and then spending the rest of January performing amongst the magical garden of Ripponlea House and Gardens. Glenn Elston and the Australian Shakespeare Company have been creating fun-filled summer memories for generations of Australian families.

Silvers Circus 4th-26th January
Owned by Swiss born Anna & Anton Gasser, Silvers, from humble beginnings 37 odd years ago, have evolved into the critically acclaimed position of being one of the Top 10 Circuses of the World. Dedicated to constant innovation and modernisation Silvers keeps on top of the trend. Silvers circus presents a line up of stunning international artists, Las Vegas style illusions and captivating production techniques.

BRISBANE

QPAC

Cirque Adrenaline 7 to 17 Jan 2016
Cirque Adrenaline is a new genre of show, blending traditional circus acts with the new; mixing clowns and trapeze artists with daredevil motorcyclists and complex aerial stunts, guaranteed to keep the whole family on the edge of their seats. Circus doesn’t get much wilder than this!

Carnival of the Animals 9 to 13 Jan 2016
Carnival of the Animals whisks you and your family away on a thrilling circus escapade inspired by Camille Saint-Saëns delightful salute to feathers, fur and fins. Experience the magic of Circa’s acrobats against a spectacular animated backdrop as they bring this classical music suite to life for a whole new generation of circus, music and animal lovers.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea 14 to 17 Jan 2016
Direct from a smash-hit season on London’s West End, The Tiger Who Came to Tea is brought to you by the team behind We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and has been adapted for stage by David Wood OBE, deemed the UK’s leading writer and director of plays and musicals for children.
The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big, stripy tiger!

Roald Dahl’s George’s Marvellous Medicine 14 to 17 Jan 2016
Adapted for the stage by shake & stir theatre co
What starts as just another boring day for George quickly turns into a marvellous experiment of epic proportions!
Roald Dahl’s legendary book, George’s Marvellous Medicine, bounds off the page to become a spectacular new live show this summer. Set to completely lift the roof, it’s packed (to the rafters) with mischief, magic and giant laughs. Just remember – do not try this at home!

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Deadly 60 Live 7 to 9 Jan 2016
Swimming with leopard seals, tracked by jaguars, hunted by polar bears…
It’s all in a day’s work for wildlife TV presenter, adventurer, naturalist and writer Steve Backshall, whose gripping encounters with the world’s deadliest creatures have become the television phenomenon Deadly 60.
Now, one of the most popular children’s shows on the planet is live on stage for the very first time at QPAC this summer.Following sell out shows in the UK, the hero of Deadly 60 presents an exhilarating show of wild discovery and dangerous entertainment. Join Steve Backshall as he shares his experiences of getting up close to some of the world’s deadliest creatures.

Aladdin 20 to 23 Jan 2016
Be swept into an exotic world of daring adventure and timeless romance by Ballet Theatre of Queensland’s breathtaking ballet adaptation of Aladdin, from the Tales of the Arabian Nights.
Choreographed by Ballet Theatre of Queensland’s Artistic Director Timothy Brown, with magnificent sets and costumes, Aladdin showcases the talents of some of Queensland’s finest young dancers, in a ballet for both the young and the young at heart.
With the help of his trusted companions and a powerful Genie, Aladdin must rescue the magic lamp to defy the evil Sorcerer and win the heart of the beautiful Princess.

Brisbane Arts Theatre

James & the Giant Peach 5th-16th January
By Roald Dahl, adapted by David Wood ROALD DAHL’s classic tale comes to life as James escapes the clutches of the most revolting aunts in England—Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker. One day James meets a mystical old man who gives him a bag that contains the strongest magic the world has ever known. When James accidentally spills the bag near an old peach tree, the most incredible things start to happen.

ADELAIDE

Adelaide Festival Centre

The Tiger Who Came to Tea 22 – 24 Jan 2016
The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big, stripy tiger!
Following a smash-hit West End season, the tea-guzzling tiger is back on the road in this delightful family show; packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos! A stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale of teatime mayhem… expect to be surprised!

Deadly 60 Live 11th-12th January
Want to meet the world’s most venomous snake, or the ultimate lethal predator on the planet? Relax, Steve Backshall has met them all for you. Deadly 60 Live! is the adventure of a lifetime.
Steve tells stories and shows unseen footage from his most famous expeditions and answers your questions about the making of his hugely popular BBC series. A must for fans of the TV series as well as wildlife enthusiasts of all ages.

Hills Youth Theatre

Cinderella-A Pantomime 12th – 17th January 2016
This timeless tale of Cinderella who goes from rags to riches will delight audiences of all ages. The story follows the traditional tale with the Evil Step-Mother and Ugly step-sisters mistreatment of Cinderella in the Mansion kitchen; the faithful Buttons who is in love with her; The Prince and his servant Dandini swap roles causing mayhem; Cinderella’s kindness to the old woman who turns out to be her Fairy Godmother (the Dame in the show); a magical transformation, the splendour of the Ball and the handsome Prince; the dramatic exit as the clock strikes midnight; the hunt for the slipper’s owner and the glorious happy ending.

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PERTH

Kings Park

Peter Pan & Wendy 8th, 9th, 10th, 17th & 20th January
Watch the famous and much-loved novel come to life and join Prompt Corner as they present ‘Peter Pan and Wendy’ these January school holidays. Meet all of your favourite characters from Neverland including Captain Hook, Tinkerbell and of course Peter and Wendy. Children who long to be a pirate, an Indian or a lost child, will be chosen from the audience to participate as some of the characters. Prompt Corner’s production of this everlasting and enchanting show is based on the original story.

Subiaco Arts Centre, WA

Little Bobo Wed 20 – Sat 23 January 2016
In their new adaptation of the beautifully illustrated book by Serena Romanelli and Hans de Beer, the Kaleidoscope Ensemble invites you on a musical journey into the jungle, where Bobo the young orangutan finds a violin.
Despite opposition from his family, who stick bananas in their ears to block out the noise, Bobo soon becomes an enthusiastic musician. One day, disaster strikes when a crocodile comes onto the scene. However, Bobo’s persistence and passion for music prevail, and in the end he and his friends form a band filling the jungle with joyful sounds.
Playing a variety of exotic wind instruments (tarogato, furulya, sarunai), percussion, guitar, ukulele and of course violin, the musicians and puppeteer bring the story of Little Bobo to life in a unique and captivating new production. Packed with emotion, fun, interaction, surprise and memorable original tunes, this show will delight audiences of all ages.

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Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre – Riverside Theatre, WA

Deadly 60 Live 20th & 21st January
Deadly 60 will primarily be a show exploring all of Steve’s great adventures with dangerous animals around the world as part of his BBC Earth television series.
The inclusion of live animals on stage is on an ongoing discussion, as Steve’s priority is always on the welfare of the animals and of his audience. While it is expected that live animals will be a part of the show, given the unpredictable nature of both wild animals and of live performance it is not guaranteed, and it may change with each performance. The decision to include live animals at any performance will be entirely Steve’s and will be assessed on a daily basis.

State Theatre WA

The Tiger Who Came to Tea 27 – 30 January 2016
Join Sophie and her unexpected guest for some tea-time mayhem packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos.
This stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale is adapted for the stage by David Wood, deemed the UK’s ‘the national children’s dramatist’ and the undisputed leading writer and director of plays and musicals for children. Direct from a sell-out season in London’s West End, where it broke box office records. Kids will “squeal with delight!” (Daily Mail, UK)
One of the best-selling children’s books of all time, Judith Kerr’s picture book has played a special role in the imaginations of children around the world since 1968. So pull the book from your shelf and book tickets now to share the magic of this modern classic with your family in this summer school holidays kids’ show.

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre

Miss Lily’s Fabulous Feather Boa – January 4 – 30
Rambunctious koalas and wombats share the stage with a timid marsupial and a dancing crocodile in an uplifting story that will nourish your heart.
Miss Lily’s tropical holiday house offers relaxing days and cheerful company to everyone who visits, and no one needs it more than the last potoroo. Could the fabulous feather boa give her the confidence to do anything at all?

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NEWCASTLE

Civic Theatre Newcastle

The Tiger Who Came to Tea 20th January
Hold on to your biscuit! The Tiger Who Came to Tea is roaring into Newcastle for a smashing summer season!

 Join Sophie and the tea-guzzling tiger in this delightful family show; packed  with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos!
A stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale of teatime mayhem….expect to be surprised!
Adapted for the stage by David Wood OBE, undisputedly the leading UK writer and director of plays and musicals for children.