From: Vivid Sydney MEDIA RELEASE: Wednesday 10 May 2017

Vivid Sydney is the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas, which for 23 nights – from Friday 26 May until Saturday 17 June – transforms the Harbour City with its colourful creative canvas.


0 – 6 Years: Bubs to Pre-schoolers

Vivid Sydney’s youngest visitors can watch light and colour dance and animations come to life. They will enjoy interactive installations featuring giant friendly flowers, favourite animals and a fantastical fairytale world, where colours, sounds and forms change, simply by moving, touching or walking past something. Highlights include:

  • Dipping Birds (The Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney) – Just like the ‘drinking bird’ novelty toy perched on a glass, these brightly coloured, spindly legged, two metre tall birds bob up and down seeking a drink of water too, changing colour as they quench their thirst.
  • The Sunflowers (The Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney) – Kids will be delighted by this joyous creation. Charming, giant sustainable sunflowers welcome you with a bow as you walk by at night, using solar energy they harnessed during the day.
  • Never Ends (The Rocks) – A lone illuminated rocking horse on a platform four metre in diameter, waiting for a rider. Hop on for a ride into the night and everything changes as you create a fairy-tale setting.
  • Lights for the Wild (Taronga Zoo) – After the permanent zoo residents have retired for the night, the giant light sculptures of endangered animals take centre stage along an illuminated trail of interactive animal lanterns with crowd favourites including the Asian elephant and toothy Sumatran Tiger joined by new additions: Gorillagram, Pelican, Tasmanian Devil, a swarm of tiny buzzing bees and PJ, a 20 metre walk-through Port Jackson shark.



  • Visit early in the week – Monday to Wednesday are quieter compared to Friday and Saturday.
  • Visit early in the evening – Experience the wonders of Vivid Sydney when the lights go on at 6pm. Its lights on at 5.30pm at Chatswood and Taronga Zoo – ideal for taking in the lights, grabbing an early dinner and getting the family home for bedtime.
  •  Visit more times for more fun – It’s impossible to see everything in one night.
  •  Visit by public transport – Leave the car at home (extensive road closures will be in place). Take advantage of extra bus and train services during the festival instead.
  • Visit a Vivid Information Booth and get an ID wristband for children – Wristbands are available at Darling Harbour, Customs House & West Circular Quay. Add your contact number and put them on your children’s wrists to make it easy to be reunited should you be separated at any time. Be sure to keep an eye out for Vivid Sydney’s friendly army of volunteers in their bright pink jackets, they can answer any questions or point you in the right direction.
  • Visit prepared – Planning your visit beforehand is simple with precinct and accessibility maps, transport options and activities available at or through the festival smartphone app.