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Jurassic Plastic Exhibition

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Don't Miss The Toysaurus
It is every child's fantasy. A massive hall filled with piles of toys. Jurassic Plastic is a creative and interactive exhibition running as part of the Sydney Festival at Town Hall in the city.

Dinosaur sculptures made from discarded toys

The exhibition is centered around impressive dinosaur models all constructed from discarded plastic toys. The dino's are surrounded by perfect circles of toys organized by colour and shape. The dinosaurs and the circles are 'no touch zones' and I was initially concerned that the kids would make a beeline to have a closer touch and feel.

But there are so many areas of toys that the kids could play with, that there was no temptation to mess with the prehistoric artwork.

There are many friendly volunteers in Sydney Festival t-shirts who were happy to chat about the exhibition, play with the kids and make sure the artworks were respected.

Toy Art
Fascinated by the dinosaur sculptures made from recycled plastic toys

The creative brains behind this fun exhibition is Japanese artist Hiroshi Fuji who recycles and reinvents unwanted plastic toys into colourful 'Toysaurus' dinosaur sculptures and landscapes. The aim of Jurassic Plastic is to take these plastic toys that were on their way to landfill and give them another life as the raw materials for new and imaginative art objects.

There is a message of mass consumerism behind the mountains of plastic toys but basically for the kids it is one gynormous toy land.

My kids (aged 3 and 5) were in play paradise and they were completely engaged for over an hour exploring the huge variety of discarded toys. There were hundreds of old-fashioned McDonalds happy meal trinkets, wind up toys, plastic animals, musical toys, instruments and so much more.

Play Paradise
Kids of all ages love playing with the piles of toys

And this is certainly not only for the kids - I thoroughly enjoyed exploring the recycled toy pit and recognising plastic figurines from my childhood.

I loved watching the older kids create their own sculptures from the toys and others were tinkering with toys of different colours and textures to form intricate patterns.


General entry for the Jurassic plastic exhibition is FREE.
However, there are also two workshops for ages 6 - 12 years that you can pay to book in ($26 plus booking fee). In the Makerspace classes, the kids get hands-on, building their own crazy and creative toy sculptures. There is also the Atelier session where kids get to be artist assistants with Hiroshi Fuji, or a guest artist, to make Sydney's 'Toysaurus' and other works of art. Check out the event page for more information about booking workshops.

So Many Toys
Use the toys to create artwork or just have fun playing

And just for grown-ups there are Up-Late ticketed sessions and workshops for over-18's. These are $10 for general entry and $36 plus booking fee for the adults-only workshop.

This is a brilliant school holidays all-weather activity for kids of all ages.

Top Tip: The number of visitors to the exhibition is carefully monitored so it's best to get there early to avoid long line-ups. The exhibition opens at 9am.

Prehistoric Fun
Amazing dinosaur sculptures made from discarded toys

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Why? An all-weather activity for the whole family to get creative and just have fun.
When: Jan 6-28, 9am - 5pm, Closed on Mondays
Where: Sydney Town Hall
Cost: General Admission is Free but there is a cost for the workshops
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