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Melbourne Zoo Is Being Transformed Into A Neon Playground In April

By Ben Tyers - 12 Mar 2019

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Personally, I never need another reason to visit Melbourne Zoo. The lure of seeing elephants, lions, meerkats, lemurs, and other exotic animals is usually enough, but this April, Melbourne Zoo is transforming into a neon playground after dark, all in aid of helping save the critically endangered Southern Corroboree Frog—and it’s going to be epic.

From Friday 12 April to Saturday 27 April, Melbourne Zoo will be transformed with lights, projections, art installations, interactive performances, plenty of food and drink, and more.

At Neon Playground there will be locations like Awareness Alley that is set up along the zoo’s Main Drive. Here you’ll be surrounded by laser art, and learn about fighting extinction with lights designed by artist Carla O’Brien.

Legendary children’s author Graeme Base’s book Waterhole will be brought to life via illuminated and animated giant tortoises.

There will also be a massive neon maze inspired by the yellow and black colouring of the Southern Corroboree Frog which features more than 600 metres of LED neon that is suspended from the ground.

To keep you full to the brim there will also be ‘Relaxoland’, a location set up with the best food trucks Melbourne has to offer, and bars to quench your thirst at.

The Details

What: Neon Playground
When: Friday 12 April to Saturday 27 April
Where: Melbourne Zoo, Elliot Avenue, Parkville
For more info head here.

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