Top tips on keeping your children safe at Vivid Sydney 2018

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)

Don’t Miss:

 ‘Octopoda’ at Vivid at Chatswood –Last year’s crowd favourite, the Octopoda, returns to invite kids into becoming part of the tentacle percussion ensemble of a remarkable steampunk creature. As kids play the drums, individual tentacles flash and animate rhythmically to the beat. When all the tentacles are activated, the octopus’ brain animates in a surge of pulsating light. The music making doesn’t stop there with Junkyard Beats at Chatswood Mall giving kids the chance to create their own musical tunes at an interactive installation created entirely from collected junk! Chatswood

Be The Light for the Wild, Taronga Zoo – The 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. Taronga Zoo, Mosman


Aqueous, Royal Botanic Garden –By day, the surface of Aqueous will reflect the sky, audience, and surrounding environment. The mirage of shifting colour encourages a moment of play, leading to profound contextual, connected community response in the space. At night, Aqueous will animate and glow in full illuminated interactivity, engaging individuals or groups in collaborative play. To interact with the platforms one must engage actively within the sculpture by stepping, running, jumping, or playing along the pathway. These user-based interactions alter the light and colour of the sculpture. Royal Botanic Garden

Vivid Sydney is the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas, which transforms the Harbour City with its colourful creative canvas. Full program at 

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