Lighting up the town

In what has become a bit of #blogjune tradition for me, today’s fourth post is about our night out at the Vivid festival. We took the boys in to the city last night, having done a bit of reconnaissance a week or so ago without them. The highlight for them was the display on Customs House, which was very much aimed at kids, with dinosaurs, gnomes and giant snails featuring in the show.

20150603_181813After watching the Customs House show a couple of times, we headed off to the MCA and checked out the nearby installations. They were pretty interactive, although the queue was too long at some of them. The boys had fun with the large lit-up drums, and they enjoyed checking out the glowing “spider web”. The big pig was also an attraction. We stopped here for dinner, which included cupcakes for dessert to celebrate my wife’s birthday.

CubesPigWebWe had two very tired boys with us by the end of the night, and they slept well once we got home. I’m pretty sure we’ll be going back to Vivid next year.

A night on the town

Yesterday was my wife’s birthday, and we celebrated by heading into the city to check out the lights of the Vivid Sydney festival. They boys weren’t with us – they were being babysat by my parents, so we were able to have a nice relaxed wander around.

We started the night with dinner at Wolfie’s, with a great view of the display on the Opera House.

Vivid Sydney display on the Opera House

Vivid Sydney display on the Opera House

Vivid Sydney display on the Opera House

Vivid Sydney display on the Opera House

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vivid Sydney display on the Opera House

Vivid Sydney display on the Opera House

 

Vivid Sydney display on the Opera House

Vivid Sydney display on the Opera House

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After dinner we wandered along the waterfront to Dawes Point, to check out the lights on the western side of the Harbour Bridge.

Vivid Sydney lights on the Harbour Bridge

Vivid Sydney lights on the Harbour Bridge

Then it was back to Circular Quay to check out the Museum of Contemporary Art show, and the display which was projected on Customs House.

Vivid Sydney display on Customs House

Vivid Sydney display on Customs House

Monkey business on Customs House

Monkey business on Customs House

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After buying an icecream, we headed over to have a look at some of the installations in First Fleet Park. We were a bit underwhelmed by these. Last year there were a few interactive ones that the boys could play on, but there was nothing like that this year.

We then headed back to the QVB to catch the bus home. We were glad to hear that the boys had behaved themselves for Grandma and Grandpa. It was a very nice night, with pretty much perfect weather (same as we had last year). We’ll be back next year, most likely with the boys.