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Vivid Sydney At Chatswood

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5 reasons to take your kids to Vivid Sydney at Chatswood this year!

Running from 25th May to 16th June 2018, Vivid Sydney is the world's largest festival of light, music and ideas and is now the largest event in Australia.

Vivid Sydney at Chatswood is one of the precincts for Vivid Sydney and offers up an unforgettable experience for kids with Lightscape, an eclectic celebration of food, fashion, light and the planet cosmos.

Families will be taken on an extraordinary and interactive journey through time and space featuring a Sky Portal into alternate realities, 360-degree projections of NASA imagery, a crazy lie detecting professor, a tentacle percussion with a musical octopus and a hot-tempered jellyfish that zazzles and zaps kids that get to close.

Here are 5 reasons why Lightscape is the perfect destination for a magical family night out:

1. Interactive installations to ignite the imagination

The installations at Lightscape will entertain and excite kids and adults alike with the heavily interactive displays.

At Chatswood Interchange, the Sky Portal will transport kids to alternate realities where they can swim in the Great Barrier Reef.

Sky Portal

Nearby at the Magic Carpet, kids can bounce with bubbles, swim with fish, frolic with flowers and scatter stars in the highly responsive projection game.

At Westfield Chatswood, kids can gather under Crank Zappa the hot-tempered electric jellyfish, touch its tentacles and watch as he comes to life, reacting to touch, pulsating and illuminating different colours.

Crank Zappa

Children will love the crazy professor managing the Liquid Lies installation and will also be astonished when the park benches along the mall come to life to strike up a conversation at the I have Feelings Too installation.

Liquid Lies

2. Escape the city crowds with early lights on time

The early lights, starting at 5.30pm, means families can experience the whole exhibition before bedtime.

The installations are positioned close together within the centre of Chatswood CBD and the journey is simple and quick to navigate. There are no steps and plenty of space for those bringing a stroller or wheelchair.

The crowds are sparse from Monday through to Wednesday, for those after extra space to move around and take photos.

3. Delicious food to satisfy everybody's tastebuds

For hungry mouths to feed, there's plenty of tasty food options at the Light Market, a pop-up international food market at Chatswood Mall, as well as District Dining at Chatswood Interchange, Hawker Lane at Westfield Chatswood or one of the many restaurants at The Concourse.

Light Market

The wide range of cuisines, including Italian, Thai, Chinese, Japanese and more, are bound to keep everyone happy.

4. An amazing journey through the stars and planets

Future Scape at The Concourse will take kids and families on a visual journey through space, starting at the big bang and continuing on through the solar system onto distant galaxies with nebulas and black holes.

Kids' eyes will light up as they are immersed in the spectacular 360-degree projection featuring amazing NASA imagery. Families will feel as if they are on their own space exploration.

5. Make music with the family favourite Octopoda

Last year's crowd favourite, the Octopoda, returns to invite kids into becoming part of the tentacle percussion ensemble. 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.

Junkyard Beats

When: Vivid Sydney at Chatswood runs from 5.30pm to 10.30pm every night from 25 May until 16 June 2018 and is suitable for all ages and families.

For more information about Vivid Sydney at Chatswood, see here.

The festival is owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the NSW Government's tourism and major events agency. In 2017 Vivid Sydney attracted a record 2.33 million attendees and injected over $143 million into NSW's visitor economy.

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