We’re more than half-way through the holidays, so you might be running out of fresh ideas for things to do, so these crazy experiences might be perfect! From tiger-spotting to frozen fish, here are some wildly fun things to try in Sydney (and some for a limited time!).
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.
- 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.
- 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. Jurassic Plastic Dinosaur Sculptures, Town Hall
Jurassic Plastic is art for both kids and grown-ups – a fun exercise in creativity and nostalgia, while contemplating mass consumerism. Japanese artist Hiroshi Fuji recycles and reinvents unwanted plastic toys into colourful ‘Toysaurus’ dinosaur sculptures and landscapes.
As a space where complex issues sit alongside simple joys, Fuji’s immersive installations are highly evocative: simultaneously dystopian, nostalgic and optimistic. But Jurassic Plastic is also a place to play – hands-on workshops will unlock your creative potential, where you can transform discarded plastic toys into your own new creations, drawing inspiration from the explosions of colour and patterns in the swamp of vibrant plastic and colourful sculptures.
Want to get more hands-on with Jurassic Plastic’s toy world? Book a ticket to one of the workshops for 6–12-year-olds, or an Up Late session for the 18+ crowd.
- When: Saturday 6 January–Sunday 28 January from 9am–5pm (Closed Mondays)
- Where: Sydney Town Hall, Lower Town Hall, 483 George Street, Sydney
- More info: Jurassic Plastic Dinosaur Sculptures, Town Hall
4. Highly Sprung Trampoline Show
Legs On The Wall bring their multi-level, outdoor trampoline playground to Circus City with Highly Sprung. Free performances of sky-high storytelling by these acrobat experts are followed by audience bounce-offs, where you get the chance to leap and bound.
Highly Sprung is a spectacle of trampolining expertise, as four performers mix theatre, dance, parkour, tramp and street art in a jumping, spinning, flying and falling story about overcoming everyday hurdles.
You’re invited to kick off your shoes and have a bounce, aided by Legs On The Wall’s trained performers during the free jumping sessions.
- When: Thursday 11 January – Thursday 18 January, various performances
- Where: Prince Alfred Square, Circus City, Cnr Church Street and Market Street, Parramatta
- More details: Highly Sprung Trampoline Show
5. Four Thousand Fish at Barangaroo Reserve
Join us at this large scale art installation to celebrate fisherwoman Barangaroo, the influential and resilient Cammeraygal woman after whom the place is named. On 10 special days across the Festival, Four Thousand Fish invites you to visit Nawi Cove and create your own frozen fish using sea water and a cast mould.
Across each weekend of the Festival, you can help return the ice sculptures to an artist’s modern interpretation of a traditional nawi (bark canoe) with a fire lit inside, where the heat and the setting sun will slowly melt and return the frozen fish to the Harbour.
The nawi fire installation without the ice fish sculptures can be seen every day during the Festival between 7pm-10pm. However, to make the most of this experience and take part in the returning of the fish, we suggest scheduling your visit to coincide with sunset on a Saturday or Sunday or the 5 & 26 of January.
ACCESS NOTE: Access to the artwork on Nawi Cove is via a floating pontoon. Please be aware, at low tide the gangway accessing this pontoon will be at its steepest.
- When: Every Saturday and Sunday until Monday 26 January, 4pm-8pm
- Where: Barangaroo Reserve, Hickson Road, Barangaroo
- More details: Four Thousand Fish at Barangaroo Reserve
6. Tiger Trek at Taronga
This Indonesian-themed experience provides an amazing opportunity for you to get up-close with these magnificent, critically endangered Sumatran Tigers and learn how simple shopping choices can help to preserve their precious, natural habitat.
During your Tiger Trek experience, you will board your flight to Sumatra and be transported to the beautiful forests of Way Kambas National Park to see the magnificent Sumatran Tiger. Explore the village, and discover how we all have a role to play in saving this species from extinction by choosing Certified Sustainable Palm Oil.
The Tiger Trek experience is the natural expansion of Taronga’s efforts to help save the Sumatran Tiger.
- When: Free and during normal zoo opening hours (click here)
- Where: Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman
- More details: Taronga Zoo Tiger Trek
Want more ideas? Check out the NSM What’s On section… we’re always adding new local events around the North Shore.