Top tips on keeping your children safe at Vivid Sydney 2017

Taking the kids to a big event like Vivid Sydney is an amazing experience and creates memories that will last a lifetime. But it’s important to make sure you keep your family safe. Here we share top tips for family safety from  festival organisers. While safety comes first, also make sure to enjoy the spectacle with your children. And don’t try to see everything in one night. It’s all beautiful, but there will be more next year!

 With the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas set to run from 27 May to 18 June, Vivid Sydney organisers are encouraging families with children to visit early in the week and early in the evening to avoid late finishes for littlies.

Top tips for families to enjoy Vivid Sydney from organisers:  

  • Come early in the week – it’s quieter Monday to Wednesday and busiest on Friday and Saturday
  • Arrive early in the evening – before the crowds grow and kids grow tired
  • Come back –  don’t try and  fit everything into one visit
  • Travel  by public transport – leave the car at home and take  advantage of extra bus, train and  ferry services during the festival
  • Come prepared –  plan your visits beforehand. Vivid Sydney precinct and accessibility maps  including transport options and activities can be downloaded at the Vivid website
  • Vivid Hot Tip : Take advantage of Vivid Sydney accommodation deals and stay near the  action. Choosing a location near the city centre, Darling Harbour, Pyrmont or North Sydney  

More safety Suggestions for children at large events:

  1. Write your mobile phone number on each child’s arm or on a wrist-band they can wear
  2. Use safety harnesses or child-carriers wherever possible to remain attached to your children
  3. Use your mobile to take a phone-photo of each child in their current clothing prior to leaving home (in case a child gets lost and you need a description/photo for police, etc)

The best family fun for all ages: 0-5  years

  • Join the dinosaurs at WildLight (Victoria Street, Chatswood): The BioKinetic City – Step off the bus or train at Chatswood  and  discover a world of digital dinosaurs featuring  3D animations of prehistoric creatures  playing at The Concourse. Join in by taking control of mechanical dinosaur frames at the Exoskelton Encounter created by puppetry masters, Erth.
  • Electric Jellyfish (Museum of Sydney): Venture inside the spectacular dome and pluck, bounce or wobble electric  light rings to create your own light and sound jellyfish –  and watch it float across the surface.
  • Be The Light for the Wild (Taronga Zoo): Taronga Zoo lights up with giant, interactive animal lanterns  ranging from the magnificent Asian elephant to the brightly coloured Corroboree frog.  Families can interact with the larger-than -life lanterns which change colour and make sound  in spectacular fashion.
  • Sydney’s Hidden Stories at Customs House (Customs House Alfred Street, Circular Quay): A blue -tongue lizard leads a journey through  enchanted forests with witches, snakes, cockatoos, gnomes and gumnut fairies in an awe – inspiring projection on the grand sandstone façade.
  • Cathedral of Light (Royal Botanic Garden):–  Take little ones on a mesmerising walk through a 70 metre long, eight  metre high tunnel made from tens of thousands of LED lights in The Royal Botanic Garden.  Enter through Queen Elizabeth II Gates via the Opera House forecourt.
  • Vivid hot tip: Vivid Sydney at Chatswood and Taronga Zoo lights up at 5.30pm, so Vivid’s  youngest visitors can get an early start (and finish). 

The best family fun for all ages: 6-10  years

  • Spectrum (The Rocks):  The kids can put their own creative stamp on this interactive light sculpture by  tilting a line of multicoloured rods to form unique colour and pattern combinations.
  • Shadow Wall (Circular Quay):  Your shadow has never looked so bright! Watch your shadow come to life as  a multicoloured silhouette as the interactive walls mirrors your movements.
  • Dress Circle (Circular Quay): The kids haven’t coloured in like this before! Add colour, light and patterns to  the Circular Quay skyline using a 3D, touch -sensitive model  – and see your creation light up Vivid Sydney in real time.
  • IMPOSSIBLE Voyage (Cadman’s Cottage, The Rocks): Take an interactive ride to strange and mysterious lands as one of  Sydney’s oldest buildings is transformed into an imaginary vessel. Create a unique family  journey as the light art responds to  your movements, transporting you through changing  landscapes.
  • Silent Disco (Central Park, Friday and Saturday, 6pm –  9:30pm): Sshhh! The kids can burn off energy dancing to music that you don’t have to  listen to! They simply pick up a set of headphones, select an audio channel and hit the dance  floor with music only they can hear .

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