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Published September 16th 2014
Secrets of the Sydney Opera House
If you're a Sydneysider like me, you've probably been to the Sydney Opera House a million times, right? Walked up the steps, had your photo taken, been to one of the bars or even seen a show. But to really get to know the Opera House, inside and out, you simply must do a guided tour.
There are a number of different tours available - Junior Tour, Backstage Tour and the temptingly titled Tour and Tasting Plate. I did the Kids Discovery tour with my children and I was surprised by how much I didn't know about the Opera House.
On the Kids Discovery Tour the kids are given a short quiz and worksheet which they can fill in if they like. On the tour we watched a short video about the history of the Opera House and then visited some of the theatres.
Kids Discovery Tour
The terrific guides keep the tour fun and entertaining for the kids but it is also educational. We visited the concert hall and learnt about some of its uses. We were suitably amazed when we learnt how many tiles are on the roof of the Opera House.
After the tour we had a look at the Creative Play area. This free program is run every school holidays in the Western Foyer of the Opera House. For the upcoming September - October school holidays they are offering live sculpture building with lego pieces.
School Holidays Creative Play
So how well do you know the Opera House? Take my Pop Quiz to find out:
a. Who designed the Sydney Opera House and which country was he from? b. How many sails / shells make up the Opera House? c. How many times a year do the sails get cleaned?
For information about the tours check out the website. I would highly recommend a guided tour as an interesting and fun thing to do for any Sydneysider.
Pop Quiz answers a. Jorn Utzon from Denmark
c. None because the tiles are self-cleaning