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Neon Playground

Zoos Victoria

Neon Playground

5:30pm, Fri 12 April, 2019 - 9:30pm, Sat 27 April, 2019

Event Details

Light and art for wildlife conservation

Experience Melbourne Zoo after dark as it's transformed with lights, projections, art installations, interactive performances, food and drink, and more!

Bringing Melbourne's vibrant culture to the lush grounds of the Zoo, Neon Playground is a new event celebrating wildlife conservation with a showcase of some of the best local light and visual artists and designers.

And the most important part, all proceeds contribute to the conservation of the critically endangered Southern Corroboree Frog. Join us in the fight against wildlife extinction!

See Melbourne Zoo like never before

We don't want to give it all away, but here's a little of what to expect at Neon Playground:

  • Journey through Awareness Alley where you will be engulfed by dynamic laser art along Melbourne Zoo's historic Main Drive. On the way, learn about our fighting extinction species from the colourful Neon lights by artist Carla O'Brien.

  • Transport yourself into the world of Graeme Base's Waterhole, where illuminated and animated giant tortoises bring this childhood favourite to life.

  • Explore the giant neon maze. Inspired by the Southern Corroboree Frog's distinctive yellow and black colouring, almost 600 meters of LED neon suspended from the ground creates a labyrinth of light with surprises along the way.

  • Take it all in at Relaxoland where you can grab something from the food trucks and bars to refuel.

These are just some of the amazing experiences - come along to see it all!

Neon Playground and wildlife conservation

Zoos Victoria is a not-for-profit conservation organisation that, with your generous support, is working to secure a future rich in wildlife.

All proceeds from Neon Playground help Zoos Victoria save the critically endangered Southern Corroboree Frog. There are estimated to be less than 100 individuals left in the wild, which is why this colourful species is one of the 21 local threatened species Zoos Victoria is saving from extinction.

On the night, brought to you through light and art, you'll learn more about the Southern Corroboree Frog and how your support is making a big difference.

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The animals

The event has been designed with the welfare of the animals front of mind; most of the activities and installations are down Main Drive as to not impact them. However, as it is the first year of the event, Zoo Keepers and welfare staff will monitor animals for any changes in behaviour throughout the event period. If any welfare challenges are seen, immediate action will be taken to mitigate the impact if required.

Please note, only portions of the zoo will be open for this event so animal viewing on the night is not guaranteed.

Getting to Melbourne Zoo

Getting to Melbourne Zoo by public transport is easy on the 58 tram or Upfield train line. If you wish to drive, there is also ample parking available.

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