Outside the box ideas to celebrate the end of lockdown in Sydney


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As Sydney heads towards a "new normal", it is more important than ever to think outside the box for your next event.

After more than three months in lockdown, Sydneysiders are finally ready to cautiously venture out of their homes and rediscover everything their amazing city has to offer. Teams have who have been working remotely, and in many cases will continue to do so, are able to reconnect, and it is time for many businesses to celebrate their hard-fought successes over the past two years.

But what does celebrating in the “new normal” look like? It is more important than ever to think outside the box for your next event.

Out of the box events are what the team at Merlin Entertainments do best. They offer a wide variety of corporate event packages alongside an exciting schedule of public events, all hosted in some of Sydney’s most unique and iconic venues – SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, Sydney Tower Eye, and Madame Tussauds Sydney.

We’ve rounded up our top picks to start inspiring your post lockdown celebrations.

TEAM BUILDING

With COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns resulting in more people than ever working remotely, it is time to re-engage and bring the team back together. Merlin Events has some truly unique options designed just for this.

SKYWALK at the Sydney Tower Eye

Step out into the open air on Sydney’s tallest building for a breath-taking 60-minute SKYWALK tour. You’ll be walking on air at the highest outdoor viewpoint (268 metres) in the city, with the CBD directly beneath your feet, while the friendly guides point out iconic landmarks and share the best of Sydney stories. You can book a private SKYWALK for five participants so your team can work together to tick off Sydney’s highest outdoor adventure from your bucket list!

Champainting

Champainting is our recently launched VIP paint-and-sip experience offered by Cork and Canvas, and is the perfect offering for your next team event. We take care of everything from food and beverages, paints, materials, aprons and of course the iconic attractions. It’s the perfect way to get your teams creative juices flowing!

Merlin Amazing Race

If you can’t decide which of Merlin’s attractions looks like the most fun, why not visit them all? The Merlin Amazing Race takes teams through the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, and Madame Tussauds Sydney with a series of questions and challenges where your knowledge and creativity will be tested, and the fun is guaranteed!

FAMILY DAYS

Post lockdown, a corporate family day is a great way to reward your staff, as many have undertaken the incredibly tough task of juggling home schooling and working from home. You have most likely already met each other’s kids as they interrupted your Zoom calls!  So what better time to thank all your hard working staff and their families with a fun and exciting family day out.

As operator of some of the world’s leading attraction brands, the Merlin team brings an unrivalled wealth of experience and service to deliver genuinely memorable family experiences that, when combined with entertaining extras, goes beyond expectation. This is a great day out for all ages!

Family Days are offered at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, conveniently located in Darling Harbour. Colleagues get the chance to catch up and enjoy a day together away from the office, while kids will be amazed by the wonders within. You can also add additional entertainment with face painting, roaming animal encounters, colouring in tables, and much more. Family Days start from as few as 30 guests but can be scaled up to accommodate many many more.

Private Group Dining

Group dining is the ultimate VIP experience to celebrate the end of lockdown! From dining in a magical underwater world at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, to being surrounded by Hollywood A-listers and music legends at Madame Tussauds Sydney, to the WILDest dinner venue in Sydney Rocky’s Crocodile Den, this is a dinner experience that is sure to amaze your guests.

The experience includes exclusive after-hours access to the attraction of your choice, along with a three-course dinner and two-hour premium drinks package. This experience is perfect for groups from 10 to 100 guests.

LARGER EVENTS

As we follow the roadmap out of lockdown, and search for a new normal, for the first time we can start to consider hosting large scale events again. Merlin has creatively found ways to welcome larger numbers into its attractions (in a COVID safe way) with a series of unique public events that turn these family attractions into the ultimate after-hours playgrounds for adults! These exciting new concepts are also available for exclusive corporate events.

SEA LIFE GLOW

SEA LIFE GLOW was launched in June 2021 as part of the Sydney Solstice line-up with six sold out dates. The event invited guests to rediscover SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium after dark. With pop-up bars, food stations, and entertainment throughout the venue, guests explored the glowing world of the aquarium after dark, with light dancers, roving performers, and unique insta-worthy photo opportunities. This one of a kind event can be booked exclusively for groups of 300+ with the overall event theme and entertainment tailored specifically for each client.

Celebrity Safari

Why settle for one amazing event venue, when you can have two? Dress in your finest red carpet attire and journey through WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo’s stunning exhibits which are authentically themed to recreate the iconic habitats of Australia. Then continue the journey into Madame Tussauds Sydney where guests will be immersed in Sydney’s most star studded party. Guests can mingle with Australia’s sporting greats, go behind the scenes at Sydney Fashion Week, face off with their favourite Superheroes, or dance the night away in the VIP Party Zone. Celebrity Safari is the perfect mix of WILD fun and exclusive VIP extravagance, remixing these attractions into something unique and entirely unexpected. Celebrity Safari can be booked for groups of 400+ and the best part is that the team at Merlin will handle everything from start to finish.

 

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