Kids are in for a real treat at Riverside Theatres over the coming months, with a number of great family productions to enjoy. Here are five performances for kids that we think are definitely worth checking out. Three bring well known stories to life and the other two will take you on a fascinating journey of discovery.

Billionaire Boy | Roald Dahl’s George’s Marvellous Medicine | Patrice Balbina’s Chance Encounter With the End of the WorldCreature: An Adaptation of Dot and the Kangaroo | Ruby’s Wish


David Walliams’ best selling books comes to life on stage for primary school kids – and their parents! In this world premiere Australian adaptation, Joe faces up to the bully at his new school, his Dad’s girlfriend, and the world’s worst canteen, to discover that money might buy you a lot in Raj’s shop, but it can’t buy you everything.

With plenty of songs, laughs and a heart-warming message of the importance of friendship and family, your family will love this new show from the team behind Mr Stink and The 13, 26 and 52-Storey Treehouses.

Suitable for:

  • Ages 6 – 12 and their families

Dates & Times:

  • SCHOOL SHOWS: Tuesday 3 April at 12:30pm; Wednesday 4 April at 10am & 12pm
  • GENERAL PUBLIC SHOWS: Tuesday 3 April at 6pm

Ticket Price:

  • $29 single ticket

What starts as just another boring day for George quickly turns into a marvellous experiment of epic proportions! The much loved book by Roald Dahl bounds off the page in this spectacular live show.

The award-winning team behind the production of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts (2015) bring you this brand new stage adaptation from the wacky mind of the World’s No. 1 Storyteller. Direct from a sold-out season at the Sydney Opera House, George’s Marvellous Medicine is packed to the rafters with mischief, music, magic and mammoth laughs. Just remember – do not try this at home! Please Note: This production contains haze, smoke, strobe effects and loud music. No animals (or Grandmas) will be harmed in the staging of this production.

Suitable for:

  • Ages 6 – 106 (Grandparents beware)

Dates & Times:

  • SCHOOLS SHOWS: Friday 6 April at 10:15am & 12:30pm
  • GENERAL PUBLIC SHOWS: Saturday 7 April at 2pm & 6:30pm

Ticket Price:

  • $25-$35 for single ticket.
  • $114 for family pass.

Something unsettling has crept into the neighbourhood. It’s a feeling, a suspicion that disappears when you look at it directly. Patrice Balbina has noticed that small things are starting to disappear. The butcher loses his laugh, the man with the pigeon is losing his patience, and Dad says the government has lost its mind. Even the love of her life seems to be a little further away each day. But you wouldn’t expect the end of the world. Then he rang the doorbell.

Funny, surprising and deeply moving, audiences will see themselves in Patrice, a young Australian girl just like any other, who suddenly has to flee her home to a rickety boat bound for another land. This multi-lingual international production, performed primarily in English, also includes some French, Portuguese and Italian spoken language and takes you on an extraordinary journey.

Suitable for:

  • Ages 10+

Dates & Times:

  • SCHOOLS SHOWS: Thursday 12 April at 10:15am & 12:30pm; Friday 13 April at 10:15am
  • GENERAL PUBLIC SHOWS: Wednesday 11 April at 6:30pm

Ticket Price:

  • $21-$31 for single ticket.
  • $98 for family pass.

The classic Australian story Dot and the Kangaroo jumps into the digital age with this stunning new stage adaptation. Featuring breathtaking aerial acrobatics, live music and spectacular 3D projections, you will discover the Australian landscape as you’ve never seen it before. A must-see magical and immersive theatrical experience that explores how our actions affect the wildlife.

Join the Discovery Rangers from NSW Office of the Environment and Heritage in the Riverside Theatre Courtyard before and after the show for some free activities!

Suitable for:

  • Ages 4+

Dates & Times:

  • GENERAL PUBLIC SHOWS: Tuesday 15 May at 6:30pm
  • SCHOOLS SHOWS: Wednesday 16 May at 10:15am & 12:30pm (Auslan Interpreted Performance)

Ticket Price:

  • $21-$31 for single ticket.
  • $98 for family pass.

Ruby is seven and three quarters.  She is everything a little girl should be: brazen, hopeful and bright-eyed. But unlike other little girls, Ruby is sick and spends most of her time in hospital. Through an unlikely friendship with a tongue tied clown doctor called Dr Audio-Yo!, Ruby’s hospital room is transformed into a wonderland of mop monsters and bed caves, where anything can happen and wishes really do come true!

Ruby’s Wish combines beautiful puppets, sensational clowning, original music and a magical beat boxing costume into a heart-warming, visual spectacular that will enchant children and parents alike.

Suitable for:

  • Ages 6+

Show Dates & Times:

  • GENERAL PUBLIC SHOWS: Thursday 24 May at 6:30pm; Friday 25 May at 6:30pm; Saturday 26 May at 2:15pm
  • SCHOOLS SHOWS: Friday 25 May at 10:30am

Ticket Price:

  • $21-$31 for single ticket.
  • $98 for family pass.

About Riverside Theatres

Riverside Theatres

Riverside Theatres celebrates its 30th birthday this year and is now home to 1200 events every year. It has three venues under the one roof and is a leading entertainment venue and performing arts centre in Greater Sydney.

Riverside Theatres work to bring children to the arts and the arts to children in the most exciting ways possible. It is a place where stories come to life with the help of puppets, music, fantasy, adventure and lots of laughter. Riverside select from Australia’s best children’s theatre makers to ensure that parents enjoy the experience as much as their kids.

Local Family Friendly Performing Arts Centre

Performances for kids Riverside Theatres

Riverside Theatres provide a number of facilities and services that help make it a more enjoyable experience for families, including:

  • Lots of booster seats available – just ask an usher at your door,
  • Space to park prams,
  • A relaxed courtyard for the kids to run around,
  • Baby change facilities,
  • Responsible cafe.

Getting to Riverside Theatres

Riverside Theatres

Located on the banks of the Parramatta River, near the Eat Street precinct, Riverside Theatres is easily accessible by bus, ferry and car.

There are a few car parks to choose from nearby:

  • Novotel Parramatta (across the road) – $10.00 per 6 hour period from time of entry
  • Secure Parking – Riverbank
  • Secure Parking – Eat Street. Riverside patrons can park here at a flat rate of $5 after 6pm on weekdays and all day weekends. To receive the discounted rate, you need to request a discount voucher from the Riverside Theatres Box Office or the Riverside Bar prior to returning to your vehicle.

Places of Interest Nearby

Parramatta River Foreshore Reserve
Playground at Parramatta River Foreshore Reserve

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