CoLABS is an outdoor event where art and science collide. It’s held at Bungarribee Park in the Western Sydney Parklands (often referred to as ‘Sydney’s Biggest Backyard’).
CoLABS turns Bungarribee Park into the west’s biggest outdoor art gallery and is timed to coincide with the late September/early October school holidays.
CoLABS was founded as an event to encourage children’s interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. These areas have been identified as national priorities where Australia needs to build skills and capacity for the jobs of the future. STEM activities are experiencing rapid growth in Western Sydney, with the Sydney Science Park currently under development in Luddenham. It will be Australia’s largest science city.
CoLABS features large-scale works of art created by artists and scientists. These exhibits have been designed to be both entertaining and innovative, showing how art and science can work together to inspire creativity. Most exhibits have a fun, interactive element. They are all suitable for kids aged 3 and upwards with appropriate adult supervision. It takes about an hour to fully explore what’s on offer and entry is cheap. You can buy tickets at the gate on the day.
You’ll also find free science workshops and activities for kids on offer at CoLABS, as well as food trucks, coffee and drinks on site.
Bungarribee is a suburb in Blacktown, 40 kilometres west of the Sydney CBD. If you’re travelling by car, take the M2. There’s plenty of public parking available nearby. Alternatively, bus and train services are also available to get you there. Bungarribee Park is just under 4 kilometres from Blacktown train station. Buses leave directly from the station.