Saturday, 20 May 2017

Vivid Sydney for Primary Schoolers

Winter favourite Vivid Sydney returns in 2017 with a bigger family-friendly offering than ever before. Over 23 nights, there are over 100 family-friendly installations and events, including 32 Vivid Ideas and Music events.

Family-friendly highlights include Vivid Ideas’ Rhodes: Creative in Rhodes, including the Human Friendship Robot Ball, where kids can learn, interact and dance with humanoid robots called ‘NAO-bots’. Get the whole family swinging with Vivid Lights at Freedom of Movement at Dawes Point, an interactive, larger-than-life set of humble swings that combine the wonder of motion with colour, light, sound and performance. Vivid Music presents two of the kids’ favourite activities mashed-up for a two-week-long free festival: the Silent Disco Ice Skating Rink in Central Park combines a live DJ set played through individual headphones with the magic and excitement of ice-skating.

Activities that tap into primary school aged children’s natural curiosity and sense of discovery through exploration and play include watching combat action with Australia’s best robots battling it out and making their own interactive creation by giving coding a crack. Youngsters will burn off energy at installations that challenge them to get involved, from jumping over cracks to swinging giant, colour-changing balls.
  • Don’t Step on the Crack (Alfred Street, Sydney) – You might have childhood memories of not stepping on cracks in the footpath, but never like this. Kids jump over illuminated cracks, cross boundaries and question what really lies beneath the surface.
  • Cradle (Customs House Square) – The coolest physics lesson ever. Kids can channel their inner Isaac Newton and give five giant illuminated spheres a gentle push so they swing back and forth, changing colour every time they touch. 
  • {Kids/Code/Create} (27 May, 10am – 3pm, Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo) – Presented by Code Club Australia, kids are inspired to create a project using code, light and music. Parents can learn what all the fuss is about, and give it a go too! Tickets can be purchased via

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