Three amazing interactive art exhibitions to see!


Sydneysiders are spoiled for amazing things to see and do, but these school holidays our museums have outdone themselves with incredible interactive exhibitions that will hypnotise your kids! Here are three light-filled, digital-touch adventures we recommend.


1. Future Park, Powerhouse Museum

Compose a symphony of light and sound with giant colourful musical balls, create a living ecosystem of animals and plants with digital graffiti, test out your building skills and design a futuristic town, try your hand at electronic hopscotch, plus so much more at Learn & Play! teamLab Future Park presented by Toyota.

The digital playground is fuelled by human interaction, and lets you journey through eight collaborative and interactive installations. Add your artworks and watch them come alive, constantly evolving and responding to your touch and the world around you.

Designed for visitors young and old, come and experience all Future Park’s visual delights, snap a selfie, and explore the possibilities of imagination, collaboration and creation.

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  • What: Future Park, Powerhouse Museum
  • Where: Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris St, Ultimo NSW 2007
  • When: Open between 10am–5pm every day until Monday 30 April 2018, and after hours every Thursday night in January from 5.30–9pm
  • Cost: Adult: $28, Concession: $22, Child (4–16 years): $17.30, Family, $74, Children under 4: Free
  • More information: Future Park

2. Pipilotti Rist: Sip My Ocean, Museum of Contemporary Art

Rooms where you can lay back on glowing beds and watch bedazzling video play out over your head, and shimmering light displays; you and your family will be entranced by the Pipilotti Rist exhibit!

Over the past 30 years, Pipilotti Rist has achieved international acclaim as one of the pioneers of experimental video art and multimedia installations. Incorporating video and sculpture, her dazzling environments plunge viewers into colourful kaleidoscopic projections which explore the relationship between nature, the body and technology.

Exclusive to Sydney, the exhibition Pipilotti Rist: Sip my Ocean presents the spectrum of Rist’s groundbreaking practice, from her early single-channel videos of the 1980s to her large-scale audio-visual installations and recent immersive environments. Some video may not be age-appropriate for younger children, so do check with the museum if you have any concerns.

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  • What: Pipilotti Rist: Sip My Ocean
  • Where: Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, 140 George St, The Rocks NSW 2000 (for train transport, alight at Circular Quay)
  • When: Until Sunday February 18 (Monday-Tuesday: 10am-5pm, Wednesday: 10am-9pm, Thursday-Sunday: 10am-5pm)
  • Cost: Adults: $22, Concession: $17, Youth: $12, Child: Free, Family: $56
  • More information: MCA website

3. Experimentations @ Powerhouse Museum

It’s harder to imagine any exhibition could be more hands-on or interactive than this one! The Experimentations Room is about ‘scientific and technological breakthroughs and YOU become the scientist, engineer, thinker, artist and inventor. It’s right next door to the Egyptian exhibition, so if your kids are old enough you can do both on the same day, or for little kids come back for a new experience. This exhibit will keep them occupied for hours, and has enough range that everyone can participate.

Highlights for little bubs include two tables for kids to create their own ‘machines’ from cardboard construction shapes that mesh together, or from Lego shapes, and there’s an exhibition space (complete with spotlight!) where they can display their work for other patrons.

Bigger kids will love powering an ambulance siren by riding a bike or stacking giant foam cubs and generating electricity. The smiling staff are on hand to encourage kids to take part, and it’s all hands-on and nothing is ‘untouchable’! Highly recommended.

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  • What: Experimentations Exhibit
  • Where: Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo
  • When: During Musuem opening hours (permanent exhibition)
  • Cost: Free with Museum entry
  • More info: Powerhouse Museum


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