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Central Park Stress Free Vivid

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It's Vivid, but without the crowds
Vivid 2015 Central Park

The crowds can deter those with young families from heading into the city to see the magic of Vivid, but it doesn't mean the little ones need to miss out.

Vivid 2015 Central Park

Vivid 2015 Central Park

We headed to the Central Park precinct on Saturday night, and entered a laid back world with lights, markets and dancing - and no crowds! The deck chairs are laid out so you can sit back and watch the light projections and we walked straight into the empty chairs, getting three together with ease.

Vivid 2015 Central Park

There is a festival atmosphere, aided by the furry, lit up photographers and the silent disco. The kids loved this, and the queue to get in was only two deep when we decided to give it a try. So a kid tolerant few seconds, rather than a whine inducing length of time. The silent disco is only on Friday and Saturday nights.

Vivid 2015 Central Park Silent Disco

There is also a fabulous drawing wall, where the kids, or adults, can leave their mark along side the famous graffiti artists that are creating works underneath the light show.

Vivid 2015 Central Park

There are pop up food stalls, including Gomez & Guzman, as well as some trinket markets, and some of the restaurants are offering a kids eat free deal for the Vivid period.
Vivid 2015 Central Park

On Friday and Saturday nights, the Newtown Hotel has a pop up bar on level 3, so follow the signs if you're wanting to make a night of it.
Vivid 2015 Central Park

So join in with the rest of Sydney, go for dinner and enjoy the lights! Little kids will love the festival vibe and you'll love getting out of the house! This Vivid, no one needs to miss out!
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Why? Great fun, very easy with little kids. Plenty of space, no crowds!
When: 6pm til midnight
Where: 28 Broadway, Chippendale
Cost: Free (or costs for dinner and drinks)
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