Looking for something a little different and whole lot creative to brighten up your winter school holidays? Well then a visit to Penrith is in order! Penrith Performing & Visual Arts has a fun program that is bound to inspire the artist in your child.

Penrith Regional Gallery

Penrith Regional Gallery has five art workshops for kids and young adults, from fun drip painting to bringing Minecraft to life and sculpting clay bowls. Each one is suited to a different age group, with the creative program offering something for kids 3-15yrs.

Creative Arts Penrith Regional Gallery

Then there’s the perfect introduction to Shakespeare, thanks to The Listies and their hilarious take on Hamlet. Cheeky, clever, utterly irreverent and made especially for children, Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark is the Bard as you never imagined possible!

Below is a summary of the different creative activities on offer in Penrith these winter school holidays.

Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre The Listies in Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark

Penrith Regional GalleryDrip Painting | Desert Landscape Painting | Game World Ink Drawing | Family Tour and Workshop | Clay Animal Bowls |

1The Listies in Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark (5yrs+) | 29th to 30th June

Photo credit: Prudence Upton

A must-see show for Horrible Histories fans! Don’t miss the maestros of children’s comedy, The Listies in their award-winning show, Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark. This side-splitting extravaganza shatters the fourth wall and glues it back together with turbo-charged storytelling and silliness featuring ninjas, ghosts, swords, supersonic gags and more.

Plus, become a time traveller with The Joan and Penrith City Library’s Shakespeare Time Traveller Passport for your chance to win one of five amazing prize packs!

  • Suitable for: kids 5+yrs and their families
  • Dates & Times (4 shows): Tuesday 29th June at 2pm and 6pm; Wednesday 30th June at 10am and 2pm, 60min show with no interval
  • Ticket Price: $25 each or $90 for family of 4
  • Book Tickets

2Shakespeare Time Traveller Passport (5-14yrs) | Until 9th July

Hear ye, hear ye, all ye peoples 5–14 years old! Celebrate The Listies bringing their award-winning production of Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark to Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre these Winter School Holidays with The Joan’s and Penrith City Library’s fun-filled Shakespeare Time Traveller Passport jam-packed full of free and paid activities to create an adventure of a lifetime!

Participate in 3 or more activities and submit your Passport to your local Penrith City Library branch for your chance to win one of five incredible prize packs thanks to Critical Stages Touring, The Listies and Allen & Unwin. Each pack includes:

  • 1 x Ickypedia or Ickyfoodia book by The Listies (selected at random);
  • 1 x The Listies Make You LOL DVD; and
  • 1 x The Boy, the Bear, the Baron, the Bard and Other Dramatic Tales book by Gregory Rogers.

Ready for the challenge? Jump aboard*:

  1. Grab a ‘Shakespeare Time Traveller Passport’ from any Penrith City Library Branch or from The Joan to get started today!
  2. Collect a passport sticker or code number from each ‘travel stop’ activity.
  3. Fill your passport with three or more stickers, then submit your passport into the prize draw at any Penrith Library branch to win one of five great prize packs! Hurry – entries close Friday 9th July 2021 at 5pm.
  4. Check out all the travel stops‘ and get started now!

* Terms and Conditions apply.

3Drip Paint (6-8yrs) | 29th June

Create colourful linear landscapes inspired by our current exhibition! Kids will explore mixing their own unique colour combinations before letting loose with a fun drip painting technique.

All art materials supplied. Please wear old clothes and bring a snack.

  • Suitable for: kids 6-8yrs
  • Dates & Times: Tuesday 29th June from 9:30am to 11:30am
  • Ticket Price: $35 (includes art materials)
  • Book Tickets

Learn to design and mix a colour palette and explore paint application techniques inspired by artist David Middlebrook. Then put these new skills to the test as you paint a desert landscape on canvas.

All art materials supplied. Please wear old clothes and bring a snack.

  • Suitable for: kids 9-12yrs
  • Dates & Times: Wednesday 30th June from 9:30am to 11:30am
  • Ticket Price: $35 (includes art materials)
  • Book Tickets

5Game World Ink Drawing (13-15yrs) | 1st July

Courtesy the Artist, Lost Bear Gallery and Art Atrium. Photo credit: Silversalt Photography, David Middlebrook

Design and draw landscapes from your own inspired by everything from Minecraft to Dungeons and Dragons. Learn tips and tricks for using artists ink and felt tipped pens by looking at David Middlebrook’s monochrome ink drawings and paintings.

All art materials supplied. Please wear old clothes and bring a snack

  • Suitable for: 13-15yrs
  • Dates & Times: Thursday 1st July from 9:30am to 11:30am
  • Ticket Price: $35 (includes art materials)
  • Book Tickets

6Family Tour and Workshop (3yrs+) | 3rd July

Ada Petyarre, Courtesy the Artists Estate. Photo credit: Silversalt Photography

A family friendly tour of our current exhibition Bird Petyarre and David Middlebrook followed by artmaking in the studio. Create a collaborative artwork as a family by exploring mark making, pattern and colour then collaging pieces together.

Adults don’t pay but must stay.

  • Suitable for: kids 3yrs+ and their family
  • Dates & Times: Saturday 3rd July from 10am to 11:30am
  • Ticket Price: $12 per child
  • Book tickets

7Clay Animal Bowls (6-8yrs & 9-12yrs) | 6th & 7th July

Draw inspiration from Gerald Lewers’ Pelican Birdbath as you sculpt your own clay bowl and decorate it with your favourite animal. There are two clay bowl workshops – one for 9-12yrs and the other 6-8yrs. Older students will explore techniques for adding detail to a clay form. While the younger students will enjoy fun introductory hands-on clay experience.

All art materials supplied. Please wear old clothes and bring a snack.

  • Suitable for: 6-8yrs and 9-12yrs
  • Dates & Times: Tuesday 6th July from 9:30am to 11:30am (9-12yrs); and Wednesday 7th July from 9:30am to 11:30am (6-8yrs)
  • Ticket Price: $35 (includes art materials)
  • Book tickets 6-8yrs | 9-12yrs

About Penrith Performing & Visual Arts

Penrith Performing & Visual Arts is made up of the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith Conservatorium, Q Theatre and Penrith Regional Gallery, and represents a diverse and dynamic blend of creative practice in the Western Sydney region. Since its establishment back in 2006, they’ve worked to showcase creativity in all its forms to help improve people’s lives and make Penrith a great place to live, work and play.

The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre
Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre

Their education programs guide people from all ages and stages through their artistic pathways – from those seeking mainstage fame and excellence in their chosen artform, to those wanting to further a personal passion.

Penrith Regional Gallery
Penrith Regional Gallery

As an entity established to offer cultural centres for the entertainment, enjoyment and education of the local community, Penrith Performing & Visual Arts offers more than just the performing and visual arts – it offers a vision of a creative Penrith for the whole community.

Getting to The Joan

Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre is located in the heart of Penrith, about 30mins west of Parramatta. It’s right next to Penrith City Council building and Westfield Penrith, where you’ll find parking. Plus, The Joan is a short walk through Westfield from Penrith train station.

Getting to the Penrith Regional Gallery

The Gallery is located at 86 River Road in Emu Plains, on the western side of the Nepean River. There’s street parking and a very nice river walk nearby. But it’s not walking distance from Penrith or Emu Plains train stations.