Top tips on keeping your children safe at Vivid Sydney 2019


Taking the kids to a big event like Vivid Sydney is an amazing experience and creates memories that will last a lifetime. It’s important to prepare before you go, so you can have lots of fun whilst keeping everyone safe, so be sure to read through our top tips for a safe night.


With the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas set to run from Friday 24 May to Saturday 15 June, Vivid Sydney is a ‘must do’ for all Sydney-siders!

But if you’re planning on taking your children, you’ll want to do everything you can to ensure you have a safe and memorable experience.

1. Come early in the week

It’s quieter Monday to Wednesday and busiest on Friday and Saturday.

2. Arrive early in the evening

The lights turn on at 6pm every night, so arrive early – before the crowds grow and kids grow tired.

3. Don’t try to do it all!

There’s a huge array of light installations to enjoy, but it’s simply not practical to try and squeeze them all into the one visit with kids. Come back another night, or next year!

4. Travel by public transport

Leave the car at home and take advantage of extra bus, train and ferry services during the festival.

5. Stay the night

Why not turn it into a mini break? 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.

6. Arrive prepared

Plan your visits beforehand. Vivid Sydney precinct and accessibility maps  including transport options and activities can be downloaded at the Vivid website.

7. Visit other Vivid locations beyond the city

If the thought of visiting the city with kids is overwhelming, why not visit one of the more local and family-friendly venues? Chatswood is a great local option, and Taronga Zoo and Luna Park are also excellent venues to explore during Vivid.

8. Keep your children safe

  • Take a photo of each child in their current clothing on your mobile phone. This is very useful in case your child gets lost and you need a description/photo for police.
  • Write your mobile phone number on each child’s arm or on a wrist-band they can wear.
  • For younger children, use safety harnesses or child-carriers wherever possible to remain attached to your children.
  • For older kids, make sure you remind them of the importance of staying close and not wandering off, and let them know what you’d like them to do if they do lose you.

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


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