The Creative Learning Centre
What is it: The Opera House’s first dedicated space for children When will it open? Unknown
Sydney’s most iconic building is currently undergoing the first stages of a $273-million refurb. The first upgrade will be a shiny-new Joan Sutherland Theatre, which has tradies on the job right now, and future updates include more accessible foyers and entrances, a better sounding Concert Hall and better looking function centre. But the most exciting addition to the House is a permanent space for kids and teens. The Creative Learning Centre, situated on the ground floor of the building’s northwestern corner (near the Studio and Playhouse), will have the best views in Sydney. They’re kicking out the lawyers and accountants to make way for a flexible learning space that champions creativity and innovation. Children aged five and up will be able to play and interact with artists and performers, take part in workshops and even create their own broadcasts in the digital classroom. The space will be used by school students from Punchbowl to the Pilbara, but there’ll also be weekend programming for families. The project is part of the biggest upgrade to the Opera House since it opened in ’73, however they’re yet to put a date on construction.