If you like the idea of taking your young kids to VIVID Sydney this year, the hot tip is to go early in the week and in the early evening so that little ones can still get to bed at a reasonable hour.
VIVID Sydney is most definitely still doable with a baby or toddler (or both!) and they've provided a guide for what to see when you have littlies.
Top tips for families to enjoy Vivid Sydney:
- 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 vividsydney.com
What to do at VIVID Sydney with children 0-5 years
- Join the dinosaurs at WildLight BioKinetic City Victoria St, Chatswood
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 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 Custom's 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 of Customs House.
- 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).