Visit the Royal Opera House as a family

  • Category: Art & Culture
  • Dates: Thursday, 31 July 2014 to Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Family day at the Royal Opera House promises to be a very special occasion

London's Royal Opera House is throwing open its doors with a new regular event that will see it invite families in every last Sunday of the month for an exclusive day of fun and entertainment related to this impressive art form.

Featuring a plethora of opportunities including chances to join in the operatic atmosphere with interactive singing and dancing activities and to try on some of the costumes opera singers wear, the events are all designed to appeal to both adults and children alike.

There will be demonstrations of how to apply operatic makeup, while the kids will be entertained by live stage combat demonstrations that show them how to make an onstage battle look totally convincing.

Design activities are also available from professional set designers, for those who would rather stay out of the limelight themselves and instead put something together that goes under the glare of the audience every day.

Informal performances from Royal Ballet dancers, Jette Parker Young Artists and the many musicians that come and go over the course of a week at the Royal Opera House will feature prominently, as will backstage tours that show you just how the magic happens.

Of these, several tours run throughout each day - from 12:30 until 1pm; from 1:15 until 1:45pm; from 2pm until 2:30pm; from 2:45pm until 3:15pm and from 3:30pm until 4pm. Tickets for these are available separately from the general admission price and are available on a first-come first-served basis when you purchase your family open day entry.

As well as these standard activities, each Sunday event promises to have a few surprises that will be kept secret until the day itself, just to keep things interesting. While it's too early to speculate, you can bet these secret occurrences will be particularly special.

All in all, this is a great day out that will help to inspire a love of opera, ballet and performance in all members of the family. If you're interesting in attending, you can purchase tickets online or on the door.

However, those hoping to secure entry on the day should be advised that only 100 tickets will be made available and this will be sold on a first-come first-served basis. So be prepared to get there early!

Tickets are priced at £5 for adults and £3 for children, which allow for participation in all activities apart from the tour.

If you're looking for a hotel experience that will complement your day at the Royal Opera House, look no further than The Montague on the Gardens. This opulent and impressive venue is more than capable of keeping the children occupied as well, with a specially tailored Kids Go Free package that includes access to a games console and unlimited in-room films.