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Neon Playground illuminates Melbourne Zoo for its inaugural spectacle of lights and art

Luminous lions, radiant reptiles and some of Australia’s finest artists come together for a cause.

Melbourne's world-renowned arts scene will find a new home at the lush grounds of the Melbourne Zoo for two whole weeks this April as part of the inaugural Neon Playground spectacular. Experience a night safari after sundown as light visuals, art installations and performances get going in the backdrop of twilight.

Punters can immerse themselves in dynamic laser art by internationally acclaimed artist Robin Fox, or learn about Zoos Victoria’s ongoing fight against species extinction through the neon creations of Carla O’Brien. Characters from Graeme Base’s Waterhole will also be brought to life in puppet form.

Neon Playground features a giant neon maze saluting the yellows and blacks of the Southern Corroboree Frog. Coupled with 600 metres of suspended LED lighting, the maze is chock full of twists and turns you’ll only unpack as you embark on your very own night crusade.

Relaxoland in the Zoo’s Carousel Park hosts a vast number of food and drink vendors needed for the adventure, and all proceeds from the event will contribute to conserving the seriously endangered Southern Corroboree Frog. The tiny amphibian only has about 100 of its kind remaining and is one of the 21 locally threatened species Zoos Victoria wants to save from extinction.

Neon Playground runs between Friday April 12 and Saturday April 27. For tickets, head to the Zoos Victoria website.