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1. MSO Jams for Juniors Online

Junior music lovers and their families will have a great time learning about the music of Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Dvoƙák and Bizet. Our friends at the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra have put together this fun series to keep children entertained and engaged. Why not start with a hands-on music lesson featuring The Nutcracker – download the song lyrics and instructions for how to make your own shaker!



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2. The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly by Theatre Lovett (IRE)

Sometimes it takes a girl-sized human to solve an adult-sized problem! This award winning Irish-Australian theatre show for children was presented on our Fairfax Studio stage back in 2014. This beautiful work was written by Finegan Kruckemeyer and is suitable for ages 6+.


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Sydney Opera House are streaming the full show online for free right now as part of their Digital Season. The perfect viewing for a family that’s in need of a good show and a good laugh.



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Creative activity for kids
In The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly, our brave hero Peggy meets a mouse called Hildegard who helps her save the day. Now we invite you to make your own Hildegard with this easy craft activity.


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3. Art that connects children across the world
ISOLATE > CREATE > CONNECT

Although we have had to press ‘pause’ on our day-to-day life for now, creativity is always at our fingertips! Our friends at Barking Gecko Theatre in collaboration with ThinkArts in India are connecting children across the world with their initiative Isolate > Create > Connect. Through a weekly video delivered by teaching artists, children aged 5 to 17 will be invited to create a small artwork capturing their perspective on the world right now. At the end of this project will be a digital scrapbook that documents this unprecedented time in history through the eyes of children.

Barking Gecko Theatre are the geniuses behind children’s theatre shows Bambert’s Book of Lost Stories and A Ghost in My Suitcase, which you may have seen on our stages previously.

 



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4. African Drumming for Children with Blacktown Arts

Break the monotony of housebound routines for children with these fun drumming and percussion workshops with Yaw Derkyi + Friends. Watch musicians from Ghana in West Africa teaching African percussive rhythms and play along at home. Don’t have a drum? Don’t worry. Children can use household items such as a bucket, box, pots or pans with wooden spoons or sticks. Blacktown Arts in NSW is committed to exploring dynamic, culturally diverse work that reflects Blacktown, its history and its communities.



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5. Poetry Performance with Arena Theatre Company

Make your own piece of performance poetry from things you can see out of your window with Arena Theatre Company’s Creative Classrooms Poetry Performance Project. All you’ll need is paper, pencil/pen and your imagination. These activities are suitable for all ages, with the only criteria being to have fun!

You may remember previous shows Arena Theatre have brought to our stages, including Cautionary Tales for Children, The Sleepover and Trapper.

 



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