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With iPads threatening to melt down with overuse and mummy’s patience wearing thin, we need a plan to survive the second half of the school holidays. The first thing I’m locking in is a day out at Darling Quarter.
There’s a new kids show called Swamp Juice starting at the Lendlease Darling Quarter Theatre, which looks radical enough to get cool points from the kids, plus crazy enough for plenty of giggles.
Add to that –
- A trip on the bus to the city, which still entertains the kids no end,
- A wander around the delights of Darling Quarter, where there’s always something happening (plus endless cartwheel room for Alannah),
- Plenty of lunch options (Gelatissimo!), and
- Maximum playmate potential at the massive Darling Quarter playground and water play.
Household objects and bits of rubbish are transformed into engaging shadow puppets right before your eyes, including a jaw-dropping 3D shadow puppet finale. Acclaimed puppeteer Jeff Achtem presents a gurgling adventure about life in a swamp, with bickering snails, a neurotic snake and an opera singing mouse.
Monkey Baa Theatre Company brings Bunk Puppets’ Swamp Juice to Sydney. This creative show has been enchanting kids around the world, picking up the Total Theatre Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival along the way.
A crazy comedy, perfect for kids aged 7 yrs plus.
Kid-friendly Darling Quarter
Monkey Baa’s home in Darling Harbour is a purpose built theatre in the super kid-friendly Darling Quarter precinct, between McDonalds and Guylian and opposite the Children’s Playground.
“The kind of works Monkey Baa creates require the audience to participate, allowing the children to be co-creators. Unlike television or a large-scale theatre production, Monkey Baa’s form of theatre requires the audience to be part of the work. This level of engagement creates a profound learning experience: the children literally walk out of the theatre more intelligent than when they walked in.”
Jackie French (Author, Australian Children’s Laureate 2014-2015 & Monkey Baa Patron)
Darling Quarter Children’s Playground
If you haven’t tried this mega-playground yet, then what are you waiting for? With an extensive water play area with pumps and buckets, and a playground with a flying fox, climbing ropes and an endlessly popular giant slide, the kids love it every time we visit.
Get all the playground details here.
But don’t miss the activities in the theatre foyer pre and post show!
Stay nearby and make a holiday of it at one of these Sydney hotels.
Where to eat in Darling Quarter
You don’t need to go far for a feed here!
My family-friendly picks are –
- Umi Sushi – my kids love a sushi train
- Taste Baguette – for coffee, cakes and baguettes
- Guylian Cafe – divine hot chocolates and desserts
Where to park for Darling Quarter
If you’d rather drive, then we like the Wilson Parking Darling Quarter car park in Harbour Street.
Swamp Juice essential info
Dates: 17-21 January 2017
Ages: 7 yrs +
Location: Lendlease Darling Quarter Theatre, Terrace 3, 1-25 Harbour Street, Sydney
Tickets and more information: Swamp Juice
What plans do you have for the rest of the school holidays?