The world's most famous furry little red monster is touring Australia in an all-singing, all dancing spectacular. Join Elmo and all your favourite Sesame Street characters including Abby Cadabby, Big Bird, Bert and Ernie, The Count and Cookie Monster as they set off around the world, learning about different cultures. Your little ones will love the music, and seeing their favourite characters dancing on stage. You can see a full review of the tour
Elmo and friends will be at the Riverside Theatres, Parramatta, NSW on Tuesday 15 May 2012, and will be touring regionally in NSW and ACT until 26 May 2012. Tickets cost approx $29 each. Visit the website here for dates and locations and follow the links to book tickets.
2. Chronicles of Narnia: The Exhibition @ The Powerhouse
From May 12 until August 26 2012, The Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo will be hosting The Chronicles of Narnia: The Exhibition, featuring over 150 original costumes, props and set dressings from the popular Chronicles of Narnia film series. Your kids will learn more about how this immersive world mirrors our own, including finding out how we influence climate, learn about castle building and heraldry and find out whether we really can talk to animals. Kids can interact with spectacular three-dimensional sets, get the chance to be the White Witch by sitting on her icy throne, touch a frozen waterfall and try firing a catapult. Queues for special exhibitions can become outrageously long, so do pre-book your tickets here. To check out the exhibition, click here.
Family Tickets cost $45. The Powerhouse is also offering discounted Family Tickets, which you can read about here.
3. Pregnancy Babies and Children's Expo
The annual Pregnancy Babies and Childrens Expo will be held between Friday 18 May to Sunday 20 May 2012 at Sydney Showground Exhibition Centre, Sydney Olympic Park. This fabulous event gives mums,dads and carers the opportunity to learn about new brands and products, hear from experts, talk to qualified midwives, and get plenty of tips on pregnancy and parenting in the early years. There's plenty for the kids to do too – live stage entertainment including Dorothy the Dinosaur shows, animal farm, comfyland play experience and lots of other free activities. For full details see their website here.
Tickets are $20 – but you can get a free ticket if you "like" the site on facebook. See a full review of the expo here
4. Free Event: Vivid Sydney presents Light Sculptures
This is one worth keeping the kiddies up for! From 25 May until 11 Jun, Circular Quay, The Rocks, Walsh Bay and the Sydney Opera House will light up with over 50 interactive and immersive light art sculptures. They will include fibre optic sea grass, dancing lamps, giant glowing dandelions and illuminated skyscrapers. The light show takes place from 6pm – midnight, each night. Sure to be spectacular, and its free. See a full review here
5. The Gruffalo's Child Theatre Production
The Gruffalo said that no gruffalo should
Ever set foot in the deep dark wood."
But one wild and windy night the Gruffalo's child ignores her father's warning and tiptoes out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn't really exist - does he?
The Gruffalo's Child - Julia Donaldson
The Gruffalo's Child is the sequel to The Gruffalo, and tells the story of a little monster who goes in search of the Big Bad Mouse. It is full of scary fun for over 4's and features original songs, puppetry and physical theatre. Read a full review here.
It runs from May 15th to May 19th, 2012 at the Seymour Theatre, Chippendale Tickets are $25.00. Book your tickets here.
So there you have it - five great ways to keep the kids entertained this May. Watch this space for great kid's activities for June.