20+ Kids Shows to Attend in Newcastle, Central Coast & Sydney in 2022/2023

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Let’s support the arts industry! Book in to attend a stage show or concert with your kids. 2022/2023 brings a range of kids shows for families to enjoy. Find out the best kids events over the next 12 months including family-friendly concerts, plays, musical shows and theatre performances in Newcastle, Central Coast & Sydney. The arts industry has been particularly impacted by COVID-19. Support the industry and attend a show with your kids.

There are lots of great local stage and music shows in the Newcastle and Hunter area that your kids will love including Shrek the Musical and Disney on Ice. If you feel like a day trip or a night away, head down and catch a show in Sydney or the Central Coast. No matter what the age of your child or their interests, you’re bound to find a show that they will love.

Mary Poppins

Date(s): Sunday 15 May – Sunday July 31, 2022
Location: Sydney Lyric Theatre
Age Group: All ages
Cost: Tickets from $69.90
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Why you should go: Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Mary Poppins will open at the Sydney Lyric Theatre in 2022 for a strictly limited run. At its heart Mary Poppins is a story about family and the infinite possibilities that lie within us all. It’s time to rediscover the undeniable magic of childhood and show new generations that anything can happen…if you let it. This triumphant theatrical experience is a must-see for 2022!

World of Musicals

Date(s): Monday 16 May, 2022
Location: Civic Theatre Newcastle
Age Group: All Ages (Under 24 months require a Babes In Arms ticket)
Cost: Tickets start from $79.90 (Over 16) & $49.90 (Under 16)
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Why you should go: Presented by Rokitz Entertainment. All the hits in one show! The Musical Gala with an International cast brings London’s West End and New York’s Broadway to Australia with a brand-new show. The World of Musicals brings the very best of Musical theatre to life. This incredible production with the wonderful revue of all your favorite musical theatre hits which include such classics as The Lion King, Fiddler on the roof, Mamma Mia, We Will Rock You, The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore, The Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story, Cats, Evita, Wicked, The Rocky Horror Picture show, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Greatest Showman, Jersey Boys, Oklahoma, South Pacific, Miss Saigon, The Boy from OZ, Hairspray, Les Misérables and The Blues Brothers. Whether a soloist, duet or the entire ensemble, the performers of this musical event will inspire in this Musical Whirlwind. The World of Musicals is a show for the entire family, so get ready to be enthralled and sing along to all your favorite and much-loved Musicals in one unforgettable evening. Running time 1hr 50mins including interval (45 mins 20 Interval 45 mins).

The 13 Storey Treehouse

Date(s): Monday 30 May & Tuesday 31 May, 2022
Location: The Art House Studio, Wyong
Age Group: Recommended age 6-12 years
Cost: $20.00 (Child), $25.00 (Adult), $75.00 (2A, 2C or 1A, 3C)
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Why you should go: Andy Griffiths’ & Terry Denton’s best-selling book comes to life on stage for children 6-12 and their adults! Today’s the day Andy and Terry are going to bring their stories to life in their first EVER play – except they forgot to write it! Where will they find flying cats, a mermaid, a sea monster, an invasion of monkeys, and a giant gorilla? Here is your chance to see the first show in the award-winning ‘Treehouse’ series with the return of the one and only, super-famous, ultra-brilliant, runaway success, The 13-Storey Treehouse. We take you right back to where it all began.

LEAP

Date(s): Tuesday 7 June & Wednesday 8 June, 2022
Location: Civic Theatre, Newcastle
Age Group: All ages
Cost: $66.00 (Adult), $56.00 (Concession & Junior)
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Why you should go: Featuring ten of Australia’s foremost dancers and four extraordinary musicians, LEAP re-imagines recognisable classical music into a modern soundtrack.  A unique blend of dance and story, LEAP will transport you into the lives of compelling characters in the effervescent and unknown world that is LEAP. Catch LEAP on its premiere Australian tour before it takes the world by storm!

The Sound Effects Show

Date(s): Tuesday 14 June, 2022
Location: Cessnock Performing Arts Centre
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: All tickets $35.00
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Why you should go: Hunter Drama present their mid-year WOWFEST event, The Sound Effects Show. Each group of students will be given a random sound effect to use as a stimulus point to create a short 10 minute performance to be presented as part of The Sound Effects Show. Guided by their tutors, students will work with their classmates during term 2 and explore the world of playbuilding. With a focus on ensemble work and building the fundamentals for performing in front of an audience, a simple sound effect will bring the stage to life!

Starstruck 2022

Date(s): Friday 17 & Saturday 18 June, 2022
Location: Newcastle Entertainment Centre
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: Tickets start from $39.95
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Why you should go: Star Struck is a performing arts extravaganza presented by Newcastle, The Hunter and Central Coast areas of the NSW Department of Education. This year’s theme is ICONIC – Celebrating 30 years.

Disney’s Moana JR.

Date(s): Friday 1 July, 2022
Location: Cessnock Performing Arts Centre
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: Tickets from $10.00
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Why you should go: Presented by St Philip’s Christian College, Disney’s Moana JR. is a one-hour musical adaptation of the 2016 Disney film featuring all the beloved songs. Disney’s Moana JR. is a heart-warming tale of bravery, adventure, selflessness, courage and self-discovery. The adventures of demigod Maui and strong-willed Moana are sure to bring out the hero within each of us.

The Twits

Date(s): Saturday 2 – Sunday 17 July, 2022
Location: Sydney Opera House Playhouse
Age Group: Recommended for ages 5+
Cost: Standard tickets from $29.00
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Why you should go: Roald Dahl’s gruesome twosome – The Twits arrive on stage to delight and disgust, in equal measure. Proudly brought to you by multi-award-winning shake & stir theatre co.

The Spongebob Musical

Date(s): Tuesday 5 July – Saturday 6 August, 2022
Location: Young People’s Theatre, Hamilton
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: Tickets from $25.00
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Why you should go: YPT presents Nickelodeon TM The Spongebob Musical. The stakes are higher than ever in this dynamic stage musical, as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes centre stage. The power of optimism really can save the world!

Disney on Ice presents Into The Magic!

Date(s): Thursday 7 July – Sunday 10 July, 2022
Location: Newcastle Entertainment Centre
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: Tickets start from $33.00. Children under 23 months are admitted free provided they sit on a parent or guardian’s lap. Children over 2 years old require a ticket.
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Why you should go: Seek adventure in the great wide somewhere with Belle as she explores the Beast’s enchanted castle, experience Moana’s courage to embark on a voyage with demigod Maui to save her island and sing-along with Miguel from Coco as he follows the music in his heart. Be inspired by Anna’s devotion to her sister Elsa on her journey to the North Mountain to stop the eternal winter and watch Rapunzel and Flynn go to great lengths to make her dream come true. Celebrate the magic of courage, love and adventure at Disney On Ice!

The Owl and the Pussycat

Date(s): Tuesday 12 July & Wednesday 13 July, 2022
Location: The Art House Studio, Wyong
Age Group: Recommended age 4 – 10 years
Cost: Tickets start from $12
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Why you should go: From Little Match Productions. In a pea green boat, an owl and a pussycat sail across the sea for a year and a day to fair Bong-tree Bay. Adventure calls, new encounters await and love conquers all in a nostalgic musical journey and irresistible blend of romance and nonsense. The Owl and the Pussycat is an enchanting and intimate theatrical experience for families, based on Edward Lear’s beloved childhood poem. Created by a national team of award-winning artists for children 4-10 years, be swept away in this all-new opera, featuring stunning vocals, interactive theatre, puppetry and a troupe of musical Puffins.

On Tuesday 12th July at 4pm, children are invited to participate in an accompanying music workshop. Play percussion instruments and explore the show’s themes of harmony, adventure and acceptance. Or, on Wednesday 13th July at 11am, join in a free origami boat-making workshop. Stay after the 10am show or arrive early for the 12pm performance.

Disney on Ice presents Into The Magic!

Date(s): Wednesday 13 July – Sunday 17 July, 2022
Location: Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney Olympic Park
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: Tickets start from $29.50. Children under 23 months are admitted free provided they sit on a parent or guardian’s lap. Children over 2 years old require a ticket.
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Why you should go: Seek adventure in the great wide somewhere with Belle as she explores the Beast’s enchanted castle, experience Moana’s courage to embark on a voyage with demigod Maui to save her island and sing-along with Miguel from Coco as he follows the music in his heart. Be inspired by Anna’s devotion to her sister Elsa on her journey to the North Mountain to stop the eternal winter and watch Rapunzel and Flynn go to great lengths to make her dream come true. Celebrate the magic of courage, love and adventure at Disney On Ice!

Seussical the Musical

Date(s): Thursday 14 July – Saturday 16 July, 2022
Location: Civic Theatre Newcastle
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: Tickets start from $49.00
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Why you should go: Based on the works of Dr. Seuss. Join Hunter Drama, as the most famous of Cats in the most iconic of Hats guides us into the world of Dr Seuss, where Horton, the kind-hearted elephant, discovers a speck of dust on which the civilisation of Whoville exists. One of the most widely produced musicals in the world, Seussical weaves a story of friendship, loyalty, and love. Despite all odds, Horton and Gertrude band together to save the Whos, free Horton, and restore peace and unity to the Jungle of Nool.  

Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus

Date(s): Wednesday 20 July – Friday 22 July, 2022
Location: The Art House Studio, Wyong
Age Group: Recommended for ages 3+
Cost: Tickets start from $12
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Why you should go: Designed to amaze people from the age of 3 and upwards, Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus reinvents the composer’s magical music in a skilful and illuminating show featuring Circa Contemporary Circus’ dexterous daredevil artists and a live accordionist. Watch as the notes are physically lifted off the page as performers bring the renowned compositions to life amidst tumbles and crashes… all under the eccentric swirl of the conductor’s baton. Running time 60 mins.

Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus

Date(s): Sunday 24 July, 2022
Location: Civic Theatre Newcastle (The Playhouse)
Age Group: Recommended for ages 3+
Cost: Tickets start from $20.00
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Why you should go: Designed to amaze people from the age of 3 and upwards, Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus reinvents the composer’s magical music in a skilful and illuminating show featuring Circa Contemporary Circus’ dexterous daredevil artists and a live accordionist. Watch as the notes are physically lifted off the page as performers bring the renowned compositions to life amidst tumbles and crashes… all under the eccentric swirl of the conductor’s baton. Running time 60 mins.

There’s a Sea in My Bedroom

Date(s): Tuesday 2 August & Wednesday 3 August, 2022
Location: The Art House Studio, Wyong
Age Group: Recommended age 2-8 years
Cost: $15.00 (Child), $20.00 (Adult), $56.00 (2A, 2C or 1A, 3C)
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Why you should go: Based on the book by Margaret Wild, illustrated by Jane Tanner and adapted for the stage by Tim McGarry with original music by Paul Stanhope, There’s a Sea in my Bedroom is an immersive and theatrical introduction to live classical music, capturing the magic of a child’s fantasy world.

World of Musicals

Date(s): Saturday 6 August, 2022
Location: Cessnock Performing Arts Centre
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: Tickets from $59.90 (Child 16 years & under)
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Why you should go: The World of Musicals brings the very best of Musical theatre to life! “All The Hits In One Show” – that’s the motto of this musical gala. Full of highlights, the emotional and varied journey into The World of Musicals will delight and entertain. This is a show for the entire family, so get ready to be enthralled and sing along to all your favourite and much-loved musicals in one unforgettable evening!

Shrek the Musical

Date(s): Wednesday 10 August – Saturday 20 August, 2022
Location: Civic Theatre Newcastle
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: Tickets start from $58.00
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Why you should go: Presented by Metropolitan Players. Join Shrek, our unlikely hero, and his loyal steed Donkey as they set off on a quest to rescue the beautiful Princess Fiona from her tower, guarded by a fire breathing love-sick dragon. Add the vertically challenged Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairy-tale misfits, and a biscuit with attitude, and you’ve got an irresistible mix of adventure, laughter and romance, guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages. Running time 2hrs 20mins including interval (subject to change).

The Sapphires by Tony Briggs

Date(s): Wednesday 24 August, 2022
Location: Civic Theatre Newcastle
Age Group: Suitable for ages 7+
Cost: Tickets start from $30.00
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Why you should go: The multi award-winning musical play, inspired by the remarkable true story of writer Tony Briggs mother, returns to the stage for two shows only. Set in the heady days of the late 60s a quartet of talented young singers from a remote aboriginal mission are discovered and guided by a kind-hearted, soul-loving manager. Wearing sequins and armed only with microphones, they find themselves trying to spread joy in the hell that is the Vietnam War. An uplifting Australian classic, full of comedy, heart and romance, together with unforgettable soul music, The Sapphires will stay with you for years to come. Running time 2hrs 20mins (including interval). 

Hunter Drama – She Kills Monsters

Date(s): Thursday 25 August – Saturday 27 August, 2022
Location: Civic Theatre Playhouse
Age Group: 10+
Cost: Tickets from $33.00
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Why you should go: A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games! In this high-octane dramatic comedy, laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres and 90s pop culture, acclaimed playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all. She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans, a young woman grieving for her deceased sister. The Evans sisters never were especially close, but after Tilly’s death, Agnes discovers a notebook containing a game scenario created by her sister. She discovers Tilly was a well-known Dungeons and Dragons player, who was passionate about online fantasy gaming. In order to unlock more secrets about her mysterious young sibling, Agnes recruits a “dungeon master” named Chuck, to help her understand and grieve Tilly. Chock-full of supermodel elves, dominatrix warrior women, and nasty ogres, She Kills Monsters is a surprisingly sweet tale of friendship, loss, and acceptance. This is a story in which girls wield swords, queer kids are cool and nerds rule the earth.

Zooom

Date(s): Saturday 24 September – Wednesday 5 October, 2022
Location: Sydney Opera House (Playhouse)
Age Group: Recommended for ages 3+
Cost: Standard tickets start from $29 (+ $8.50 booking fee), Babes In Arms, 0-11 months ($10)
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Why you should go: A child alone in her bedroom, unable to sleep and curious to understand, begins a transformational journey guided by a lost star. Zooom, the latest work from immersive theatre company Patch, is a groundbreaking piece of interactive kids theatre. It pairs state of the art technology with an empathetic sense of adventure and curiosity. By using light as an interactive storytelling tool, the new immersive kids show Zooom is rewriting the rule book when it comes to children’s theatre. Running time approximately 50 mins, no interval.

Erth’s Prehistoric World

Date(s): Tuesday 27 September & Wednesday 28 September, 2022
Location: Newcastle City Hall
Age Group: Suitable for ages 5+
Cost: Tickets start from $20
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Why you should go: Presented by Erth Visual & Physical Inc, Erth’s Prehistoric World is Two worlds. Twice the thrill. Travel to the bottom of the ocean to discover ancient bio-luminescent creatures and marine reptiles, then back to dry land to witness some of the most amazing dinosaurs to have ever walked this Earth. Renowned the world over for their theatrical magic and for pushing the limits of design, content and experience, Erth’s Prehistoric World is a fusion of the highly successful Dinosaur Zoo and Prehistoric Aquarium. Experience the creatures of your imagination coming to life on stage in this enthralling new show, presented as part of the New Annual Festival. Running time 55min (no interval). Fog, smoke effects, loud noises, dinosaurs. 

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Date(s): Sunday 23 October – Friday 23 December 2022
Location: Sydney Lyric
Age Group: All ages
Cost: Tickets start from $69.00
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Why you should go: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA is the Tony Award® winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music that delighted Broadway audiences with its surprisingly contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features incredible orchestrations, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists! Coming to the Sydney Lyric in October, 2022. Running time 2 hours 30 min including 20 minute interval.

Edward the Emu

Date(s): Monday 14 November & Tuesday 15 November, 2022
Location: The Art House Studio, Wyong
Age Group: Recommended age 4-10 years
Cost: $20.00 (Child), $25.00 (Adult), $75.00 (2A, 2C or 1A, 3C)
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Why you should go: Based on the books by Sheena Knowles and Rod Clement, written for the stage & directed by Eva Di Cesare. The award-winning creative team from Monkey Baa Theatre Company are back with a brand-new take on another much-loved tale, Edward the Emu. More than an adaptation, this is a unique imagining of two beloved picture books, Edward the Emu and Edwina the Emu, combining the plights of both emus in one heartfelt, clever and funny new tale.

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