The Planner - Children

Wiggle room ... all aboard the Big Red Car at the Powerhouse Museum.
Wiggle room ... all aboard the Big Red Car at the Powerhouse Museum.


 Imaginocean is a live, glow-in-the-dark puppet show and Broadway musical spectacular that opens on January 3 at the Opera House. Imaginocean tells the story of Tank, Bubbles and Dorsel, three best friends (who happen to be fish), who set out on a remarkable journey of discovery. Starting with a treasure map, they swim off in search of clues while singing, dancing and making new friends. Written and produced by Tony- and Emmy-nominated actor John Tartaglia (Sesame Street, Avenue Q, Beauty and the Beast), the show is jam-packed with toe-tapping original music.
Until January 27, various times, Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House, $30-$49, 9250 7777, 


Mini-chefs can get their hands dirty at a creative cooking class at Lilies on the Park cafe in Bicentennial Park. They work closely with their parent or carer to roll dough and decorate their own biscuits. While the treats are in the oven, the children design a bag in which to take them home (if they last that long).
Tuesdays and Thursdays until January 24, 10am and 2.30pm, ages two to five, Lilies on the Park, Bicentennial Park, Sydney Olympic Park, $19, 9764 9900,


Explore Australia's convict history at the World Heritage-listed Hyde Park Barracks. Learn about the convict experience and everyday lives of those who passed through the doors of the barracks between 1819 and 1848. Wander the streets of 1820s Sydney on the giant map, try on a set of leg irons, lie in a convict hammock and look for relatives on the convict database.
Open daily, 10am-5pm, Queens Square, Macquarie Street, city, adults $10, children/concession $5, family $20, 8239 2311,


Murray, Jeff, Anthony and Greg have become international household names and done more for skivvies than any fashion designer. So it's only fitting an exhibition be dedicated to the entertainers. The show caters for adults and children. Kids can sing along to Fruit Salad while generating their own version of the breakfast food in an onscreen game, take a virtual ride in the Big Red Car and try to wake up Jeff by voice-activating a volume-sensitive device. There's a room dedicated to each of the Wiggles, a life-size model of Captain Feathersword's ship and an appearance from his friends Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus and Dorothy the Dinosaur. Birthday party packages are available (from $300 for eight children, up to four extra children can be added, $25 a child) and include entry to the museum, unlimited playtime in the Wiggles exhibition, an entertaining party host, themed party food, lolly bags and a gift.
Open daily, 10am-5pm, Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo, free with museum entry, adults $12, children (four-15) $6, family $30, 9217 0111.

This story The Planner - Children first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.