Kids are in for a real treat at Riverside Theatres over the coming month, with six great family productions to enjoy, plus a back stage tour. What’s more, you can use both your Creative Kids and Discover NSW vouchers at Riverside Theatres! Plus, if you become a Riverside Member you’ll get even more savings.

Here’s a summary of the performances and tours that are definitely worth checking out as a family, with four being in the April School Holidays. Three performances bring well known stories to life, one will get you bopping in your seat and the other two will amaze you will with high calibre acrobatics or dance performances.

Remaining April Family Shows – Pete the SheepThe Magic Beach | Grimm |

1Pete the Sheep | 26th April

Based on the book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley, Pete the Sheep is a lively and mischievous award-winning musical for young audiences and their adults.

Shaun isn’t like the other Shearers in Shaggy Gully… he’d rather be styling than shearing and instead of ‘sheep-dog’, he has a ‘sheep-sheep’ named Pete. After being rejected by the shearers and their dogs, Shaun and Pete set up their own Shearing Salon in town and before long word is out and they are inundated with woolly clients and maybe a Ringer or two!

  • Suitable for: kids 4-9yrs and their families
  • Dates & Times: Monday 26 April 2021 at 6:30pm (school performances on 27th April), 50min show with no interval
  • Ticket Price (member/ non-member): $32/35 adult; $22/25 children
  • Book Tickets

2The Magic Beach | 20th April

Alison Lester’s classic picture book comes to life on stage in a wonderful world of song, light, shadow and movement.

Every year, an everyday family go on a beach holiday. This isn’t just any beach – it’s a Magic Beach, where everything you can imagine becomes real. But this year is different. As the eldest child begins to grow up, does she have to leave the magic behind?

  • Suitable for: 3yrs+
  • Dates & Times: Tuesday 20 April 2021 at 6pm (school performances on 21st and 22nd April), 55min show with no interval
  • Ticket Price: $29
  • Book Tickets

A musical tour down memory lane with Peter singing all his best known songs. A concert for kids, parents who used to be kids and grandparents who originally bought the albums for the parents who used to be kids! A great big ‘feel good’, three generational singalong with Peter and 6 young backing singers, the Fabulous Combettes.

  • Suitable for: All ages
  • Dates & Times: Wednesday 7th April at 2pm to 4pm, including a 20 minute interval
  • Ticket Price (member/ non-member): $32/35 adult; $22/25 children
  • Book Tickets

4Brass Monkeys | 14th April

The creators of Children are Stinky bring you an all new, action-packed, super exciting circus spectacular. Brass Monkeys celebrates kids who march to the beat of their own drum. Bursting with high calibre acrobatics, a ton of comedy, live music and high flying tricks, this show is perfect for little kids and grown ups who like a big brass belly laugh!

  • Suitable for: kids between 3-10yrs and grown ups who like a laugh
  • Dates & Times: Wednesday 14 April 2021 at 11am and 2pm, 50min show with no interval
  • Ticket Price (member/ non-member): $32/35 adult; $22/25 children
  • Book Tickets

Perfect for those just starting out on their Shakespeare journeys is the Bell Shakespeare production Just Romeo & Juliet! – originally by William Shakespeare, messed around with by Andy Griffiths, adapted by Joanna Erskine.

When Andy unwittingly auditions for a school production of Romeo and Juliet, he gets more than he bargained for. Featuring Shakespeare’s original language within a madcap adventure, follow Andy, Danny and Lisa as they rehearse the greatest love story ever known with hilarious results. It’s Andy Griffiths’ beloved humour in a rollicking tale of Shakespearean proportions.

Just Romeo & Juliet! Riverside Theatres

  • Suitable for: kids 7yrs+ and their family
  • Dates & Times: Thursday 8 April 2021 at 10:30am and 1pm (Relaxed Performance), 1 hour show (including a Q&A after the performance)
  • Ticket Price (member/ non-member): $18/20
  • Book tickets

6Family Backstage Tours | 7th, 8th 14th April

Step behind the curtain and explore the exciting and magical world of Riverside Theatres.
During the backstage tour, you’ll see the workings of Riverside Theatres upcoming April School Holiday performances of Peter Combe Greatest Hits Tour, Just Romeo & Juliet! and Brass Monkeys, hang out in the Green Room and discover the different theatre and workshop spaces that make up Riverside Theatres.

  • Suitable for: 4yrs+
  • Dates & Times: Wednesday 7 April 2021 at 4:45pm; Thursday 8 April 2021 at 9am; Wednesday 14 April 2021 at 3:45pm – 1hr tour
  • Ticket Price: $10
  • Book Tickets

7Grimm | 14th to 17th April

Sydney Choreographic Ensemble, in association with Riverside Theatres, Presents
GRIMM – a contemporary ballet by Francesco Ventriglia. Be prepared for an unforgettable experience.

Heroes and heroines. Dark secrets and magical endings. Fairytale characters as you have never seen them before. GRIMM promises a world of imagination and beauty as Snow White, The Frog Prince, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and others find a path through the mysteries and dangers of youth to find joy, understanding and maturity. There will be a witch, of course, but expect the unexpected in this very modern version of old stories.

  • Suitable for: 14yrs+
  • Dates & Times: Wednesday 14th April at 8pm (Preview); Thursday 15th April at 8pm; Friday 16th April at 8pm; Saturday 17th April at 2:30pm and 8pm
  • Ticket Price (member/ non-member): Adults $44/49; kids $31/35
  • Book Tickets

About Riverside Theatres

Riverside Theatres

Riverside Theatres celebrates its 33th birthday this year and is home to about 750 performances and events each year, with over 180,000 patrons. 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’s a place where stories come to life with the help of puppets, music, fantasy, adventure and lots of laughter. Riverside Theatres 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. NOTE: Church Street is currently closed to general traffic between Market and Macquarie Streets due to construction of the Parramatta Light Rail. If driving, it’s best to allow extra time.

The main nearby carpark is Secure Parking – Eat Street and you can get FREE parking there until 30th April by shopping at a participating business.

Places of Interest Nearby

Winterlight Family Guide 2017
Ferris wheel
Parramatta River Foreshore Reserve
Playground at Parramatta River Foreshore Reserve