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Interactive art the kids will love
A recent road trip from Sydney to Canberra had me discovering more than what I had planned and one such thing was this gorgeous art installation called Mini Beasts. I'm glad to report that the beasts have now made their way north to Sydney after their stint in our nation's capital.

Thanks to the 'National Lightshow' campaign, fellow Sydneysiders can view these colourful and interactive sculptures at Castle Towers Shopping Centre in Castle Hill from now until early May.

These beasts are huge in size (up to 4metres), however, the mini in the name refers to the fact they are insects. The movement and touch by visitors standing close to a sensor pad will activate each sculpture to light up in neon-lit colour and produce sounds associated with each insect.

Four different native Australian insects are represented - a Cicada, the Swallowtail Butterfly, a Jumping Spider, and the Neon Cuckoo Bee. They will be stationed at various locations around the shopping centre, providing for some fun exploration.

The kids will love finding them and it's a great school holiday activity that also includes a digital competition. For those who find each sculpture on display and scan a QR code at each one, will find themselves in the draw to win instant prizes or a major prize of a family holiday to Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo (worth $2000). You can download the beasts trail map to make it easier and quicker to find the beasts.

Continuing the fun, Castle Towers are re-introducing their 'Bundle of Fun' campaign which features a pack of entertainment passes. They come at a discounted price and can be used at select venues within the centre. These include the cinema, bowling and a whole lot more for a great family day out.

Be sure to wander through the various eateries too, including the newly refreshed Piazza area. Stop for a bite to eat and use a free Dine voucher from the government as part of the Dine & Discover Program. If you haven't got your vouchers yet, all the info on getting them and where and when you can use them can be found here. Some of the places accepting dining vouchers at Castle Towers are PappaRich with their Malaysian delights, Gami Chicken & Beer, Sushi Bar Zen, Betty's Burgers & Concrete Co, Enigma at the Piazza with real Greek food, Senario Cafe and the deliciously sweet Tella Balls Dessert Bar.

You'll find the shopping centre open from 9am Mon-Sat and from 10am Sun. Plenty of parking is available onsite, so don't miss the opportunity to see and experience the beasts before they fly or jump out.
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Where: 6-14 Castle St, Castle Hill
Cost: Beasts are free to view
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