Night tours and activities for kids and families

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Sometimes it’s nice to mix it up a bit and head out at night for an evening of fun activities for families. We have found some of the best night tours and events coming to your city.

SYDNEY

Dinosnore 7th July 6pm
The Australian Museum
Join us for an unforgettable ‘Australiana’ experience at the Australian Museum. Enjoy an buffet dinner and get up close to native Australian animals such as crocodiles, pythons and lizards, before coming face-to-face with our resident Muttaburrasaurus, an Australian dinosaur that lived around 100 million years ago! READ MORE>>>>

Spotlight Prowl Families Wed 17th May 4.45pm-5.45pm
Centennial Parklands
Centennial Parklands is home to a variety of nocturnal creatures, from brushtail possums, microbats and tawny frogmouths to one of Sydney’s largest colonies of grey headed flying fox. Join our experienced Rangers for a fascinating and surprising spotlight walk to see how the Park transforms when the sun goes down. READ MORE>>>

Sydney Observatory Family Night Tours Nightly at 6.15pm until 30 September 2017
Sydney Observatory Millers Point
Discover the wonders of the night sky at Sydney’s oldest observatory and enjoy immersive astronomy experiences alongside our expert astronomy guides. Use our telescopes* to see the stars, Moon, a nebula or the planets during this quintessential Sydney experience. READ MORE>>>

Nocturnal Discovery Tours 2nd June, 7th July & 4th August 5:00 – 6:30pm
Australian Botanic Garden Mt Annan
The Nocturnal Discovery is a tour like no other, you will be taken into a world where kangaroos and wallabies stand proud, owls will gaze and frogs form choirs. Many of our animals come out at night and are rarely seen in everyday life. Tom will be your wildlife whisperer, following the sounds and signs of night time creatures. Together you will solve mysteries by torch light and enjoy an unforgettable, uniquely Australian adventure. READ MORE>>>>

Ghostly Garden Tour May 26th, June 16th & 30th, July 12th & 28th, Aug 11th & 25th
Royal Botanic Gardens Woolloomooloo Gate Sydney
Take a twilight adventure through the Royal Botanic Garden in this spine-tingling storytelling event. In a rare opportunity to come within the Garden Gates after hours, you’ll journey along shadowy tree-lined paths, creep past gloomy ponds and tiptoe through the eerie quiet of heritage buildings. You’ll hear spooky and kooky stories of the Garden’s past – tales of people long-since dead, as well as strange and unexplainable events as bats flit above your head and owls stare from the treetops on this unforgettable tour of the ‘ghostly garden’. Recommended 8+ READ MORE>>>>

Ghost Trackers Runs every Friday & Saturday night from 6pm to 8pm Winter (EST) & 7pm to 9pm Summer (EDST)
Quarantine Station Manly
Explore the Quarantine Station’s most haunted buildings. Learn about ghosts, how to feel, see & detect paranormal activity. Take photos in known hotspots. Hear fun spooky stories about our ghosts! Recommended for the whole family – from 8 years up and accompanying adults, Ghost Trackers is an exciting & compelling tour for the whole family. READ MORE>>>

Wild Thing!- Family Torchlight Tour Thurs 13 July, 6pm- 7.30pm
Australian National Maritime Museum
Join your character guide for a dramatic after-dark tour through the museum galleries and our Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. Enjoy creative capers, light refreshments and exclusive after-hours access to the exhibition. Ages: 4-12 and adults READ MORE>>>>

VIVID Festival 26th May-17th June
Various locations
Vivid Light transforms Sydney into a wonderland of ‘light art’ sculptures, innovative light installations and grand-scale projections for all to enjoy – for free. It is a magical celebration of light-design excellence and the world’s largest outdoor ‘art-gallery’: a unique Vivid Sydney experience. READ MORE>>>

MELBOURNE

Roar ‘n’ Snore Overnight Camp Roar ‘n’ Snore runs from September to May on selected nights
Melbourne Zoo
Roar ‘n’ Snore guests wine, dine and sleep where the elephants once walked, in the Historic Elephant Exhibit. Built in the 1940s it’s been re-vitalized to provide a unique camping opportunity. After dinner in the Elephant House, guests explore the mystery of the Zoo after dark. Hear, smell, and see nocturnal creatures and share the passion, knowledge and stories of your camp hosts. After supper, retire to your tent for a well deserved night’s sleep. READ MORE>>>

Winter Solstice Festival Melbourne Sat 17th June
EDENDALE FARM Eltham
The Winter Solstice Festival @ EDENDALE FARM in Eltham is a great event for the whole family to celebrate the longest night of the year! We’ve got something for everyone ~ Live music, delicious food, a wonderful kids’ lantern parade, mulled wine, fire entertainers and an enormous, sculptural bonfire.READ MORE>>>>

Winter Solstice Bonfire and the Farm Sat 17th June
Collingwood Children’s Farm
The Winter Solstice Bonfire at the Collingwood Children’s Farm is the most popular family event on the solstice calendar and is returning 2017. The main attractions of the event are of course the big bonfire, a lantern parade at dusk, fire art and live music. READ MORE>>>

Lantern Lit Evening Tours
Moonlit Sanctuary
At night, Moonlit Sanctuary comes alive with world-famous lantern-lit evening tours. Led by an experienced guide, these tours are available most evenings of the year. Nocturnal birds are active, tiny feathertail gliders dart around, giant yellow-bellied gliders gracefully move overhead; endangered quolls, Tasmanian devils, pademelons and bettongs all forage for food.  See koalas and feed kangaroos in this peaceful bush setting, and cuddle a gentle python.  READ MORE>>>>

BRISBANE

Museum Torchlight Tours 16th June 5pm-9pm
The Workshops Rail Museum
Bring the kids out in the evening to experience the Museum like never before. In conjunction with the Museum Twilight Markets, the Museum Torchlight tours run and are a great experience the whole family will love. READ MORE>>>>

Night Adventures at Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Friday, May 26, 2017, 5:30 – 7pm
Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha
Enjoy a guided night-walk with staff from Brisbane City Council’s Environment Centres and discover the wonders of the Botanic Gardens after dark. Participants will walk 2kms and the activity will continue in light rain. For safety reasons children under 6 years cannot attend. READ MORE>>>>>

A Night at the Museum 26 August & 30 September
Queensland Museum
A special night time adventure for our smallest visitors.
Discover what happens at night when the Museum closes and see the dinosaurs before they go to bed. Explore every nook of the Museum including Measure Island and Sciencentre, dance along with Jurassic JoeExternal , see demonstrations, amazing objects, performances, hands-on activities and more. READ MORE>>>>

Winter Solstice Festival Sat. 17 June 2017 11:30 am – 9:30 pm
Northey Street City Farm
Take time at sunset to come together for the Solstice ceremony and honouring the seasons, before our lantern parade and bonfire, where Spankinhide will beat their drums for us to move our bodies to in celebration.
For those who want to stay and dance the night away, we will have Wild Marmalade gracing our stage for some funky beats to fill your soul and get your feet groovin’. If you have not seen these guys perform, you are in for a blessing, with their unique combo of didge, drums and guitar. READ MORE>>>>

ADELAIDE

Wild Nights at Adelaide Zoo
Adelaide Zoo
Experience the thrill of spending a family night at Adelaide Zoo and join one of our Wild Night sleepovers! Let your dreams run wild as you listen to sounds of our weird and wonderful animals. In the morning we’ll treat you to our exciting Panda and Friends experience. READ MORE>>>

Cleland Night Walks
Cleland Wildlife Park
See who wakes up when the sun goes down, and explore the world of Australia’s nocturnal animals. Join our experienced guides for a night time tour of Cleland. You’ll get up close to potoroos, bettongs and bandicoots as they forage for food. Hear the haunting cry of owls and the Bush Stone Curlew, and see what kangaroos and wallabies get up to when darkness falls. The tour also coincides with feeding times for the Tasmanian Devils – something most visitors never get to experience. Torches provided. READ MORE>>>>

Winter Lantern Festival
Hahndorf Academy
The Hahndorf Academy grounds will be transformed into a colourful and dynamic space, decorated with a large array of lanterns and dotted with local vendor food stalls as well as craft and activities including shadow puppetry, fire …puppetry and mural workshops. The theme for this year is ‘Literary Arts’ and will include the use of poetry, either incorporated with lantern designs, or performed publicly. We will have a reading from local poet Gareth Roi Jones. Just before Sundown a candlelit lantern parade, accompanied by the town band, will make its way down the main street of Hahndorf and make an entrance back at the festival. Following this live bands will play leading up to a fire mural display at 8pm. READ MORE>>>

PERTH

Winter Night Tours
Perth Observatory
Volunteers at the Perth Observatory are offering to brave the cooler weather to show you planets, and the galactic centre passing overhead revealing many deep sky treasures that you can’t see in Summer. Winter Night Tours will run from June through to the middle of September. If there are clouds or even rain on the night you’ll be provided with an amazing guided tour of the Observatory. Either way hot chocolate is given out at the end of the night so why not put on your warmest coat, beanie and boots on and join us on the hilltop for a very different experience. READ MORE>>>

NEWCASTLE

Torchlight Tours The first Sat of every school holidays-Sat 1st July
Newcastle Art Gallery
Torchlight Tours see the entire Gallery buzzing with activity and are held the first Saturday of every school holidays except summer (at that time of year the daylight hours are too long for torchlight!) Arrive at 6pm for a fun-filled evening of art, entertainment, snacks, and tours of the gallery by torchlight. The main lights of the first floor spaces are turned off, and participants take their torches in small groups around the exhibition, hosted by our Gallery Guides. Meanwhile downstairs, children and their families can engage in additional entertainment such as musical or theatrical performers, enjoy a light snack or create a mini work of art. READ MORE>>>



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