From puppet shows to playgrounds: 12 places bring your kids during the June school holidays
The interactive play area Rolling @ TAG at The Artground at Goodman Arts Centre. (Photo: The Artground)
Follow our new CNA LIFESTYLE page on Facebook for more trending stories and videosSINGAPORE: The school holidays are back and this can only mean one thing for parents: For the next few weeks, keeping the young ones busy and occupied is entirely in your hands.
nationalmuseum.sg2. IMMERSE IN ARTJust a short walk from the National Museum, you’ve got Singapore Art Museum’s annual family-friendly contemporary art exhibit Imaginarium. This year’s theme is Into The Space Of Time and there are immersive and interactive artworks created by 10 artists and groups from around the world.
These megaphone installations by Australian artist duo Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey are part of Singapore Art Museum's ongoing Imaginarium exhibition. (Photo: Singapore Art Museum)
Among these are some quirky-looking megaphones created by Australian duo Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey; Singaporean artist Matthew Sia’s hypnotic, motion-activated grassy plain made of fibre optic lights; and Indonesian artist Boedi Widjaja’s peep-holes and old school motion picture devices. Don’t forget to also check out the schedules for art workshops and daily film screenings.The exhibition runs until Aug 26 at SAM at 8Q. singaporeartmuseum.sg3. TAKE YOUR BABY TO A PLAYTheatre company ACT 3 International is currently presenting ACT3i Festival For Children, an entire festival dedicated to babies and toddlers, at the Asian Civilisations Museum.
Leaf by Tam Tam Theatre at ACT3i Festival For Children. (Photo: Tam Tam Theatre)
Remaining shows include Paperbelle from Scotland’s Frozen Charlotte, where the protagonist (who only loves black and white) begins exploring the world of colour; Leaf from England’s Tam Tam Theatre, which follows the story of a very special leaf – and a show where your little ones can also play among the leaves at the end; a puppet show that tells kids it’s okay to be afraid, called Crikecrak by Italy’s La Baracca – Testoni Ragazzi; and Colourful Games by Lithuania’s Dansema Dance Theatre, where the audience can explore the show with help from a dancer.The festival runs until Jun 3 at the Asian Civilisations Museum. act3international.com.sg/act3ifestival4. TAKE ALL OF THEM TO A FESTIVAL If you’re an Eastie and you’re not really up for going to the city, you can always drop by The Artground, a new-ish hidden gem of a place for kids at Goodman Arts Centre in Mountbatten. It’s currently holding its inaugural 100 And 100 More Festival, a biennial art event for young audiences that includes performances, exhibitions and workshops for those ages 0 to 12.
Indonesian group Paper Moon Puppet Theatre will present Puno at The Artground's inaugural 100 And 100 More Festival. (Photo: Paper Moon Puppet Theatre)
Among these are: Especially On Birthdays, a visual-theatre show about the ups and down of being a twin, by Australia’s The PaperBoats and The Artground; Puno (Letters To The Sky) by the always-wonderful Papermoon Puppet Theatre from Indonesia, which is about a little girl coping with the departure of her father; and Snigel & Friends by Scotland’s Caroline Bowditch, which is about an inquisitive snail and his insect friends.Visual art exhibitions include the interactive play area Rolling @ TAG, which has slopes and tunnels for your kid to go wild in, and a cardboard art exhibit by local group SuperHero Me.The festival runs until Jun 3 at Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road. theartground.com.sg/100more5. WANDER INSIDE ENID BLYTON’S WORLDWhat better way to introduce your kid to the wonders of Enid Blyton than by bringing them to a place where the popular children’s book author’s world comes to life?
Gardens By The Bay's children's festival will recreate Enid Blyton's The Magic Faraway Tree. (Photo: Gardens By The Bay)
The Blyton’s classic The Magic Faraway Tree will be recreated at the Supertree Grove as part of Children’s Festival @ Gardens By The Bay. The first large-scale Blyton-themed event in Asia will comprise lands from the series – Land of Enchantments, Land of Tea Parties, Land of Toys, and Land of Nursery Rhymes – where you and your kids can get busy with games, storytelling sessions, magic shows and even an original musical production.Until Jun 10 at Gardens By The Bay. gardensbythebay.com.sg/childrensfestival6. HANG OUT WITH JAKE, FINN AND THE WE BARE BEARS
Cartoon Network's Animate Your Life festival at Gardens By The Bay. (Photo: The Rainmaker Marketing Group)
Just next door, your family can drop by Cartoon Network’s Animate Your Life festival, where aside from carnival games, there are fun zones dedicated to the different shows. Everyone can bounce around at The Powerpuff Girls zone’s four trampolines; explore the inflatable maze at the Adventure Time area (there’s also a giant bubble machine); slide down into a giant ball pit at the We Bare Bears zone; and tackle Ben 10’s obstacle courses.Until Jun 10 at the Bayfront Plaza, Gardens by the Bay. animate.cartoonnetworkasia.com7. WE’LL TELL YOU HOW TO GET SESAME STREETIt’s simple: Drop by Changi Airport, where you’ll bump into Elmo, Cookie Monster, Bert and Ernie, and the rest of the gang, who are back for the second instalment of the Changi Loves Kids campaign.
The gang's back at Changi Airport. (Photo: Changi Airport)
Highlights include: Sesame Street ‘S Is For Sharing’, a live show featuring some of Sesame Street’s beloved characters, meet-and-greet sessions, and the popular inflatable playground. There will also be Cookie Monster and Elmo giant gachapon vending machines, a custom-made bobsleigh adventure track, and a Discover Europe exhibition gallery made entirely of cardboard (which is done in conjunction with Scoot’s upcoming Singapore-to-Berlin flights on Jun 20.Until Jun 24 at Changi Airport Terminal 3 and 4. changiairport.com/discovereurope8. FLIP OUT WITH THE KIDSThe Esplanade’s annual Flipside children’s festival has always pulled out a few quirky surprises through the years.This year, you’ve got quite a few puppets. String Symphony by Australia’s Spare Parts Puppet Theatre is a free outdoor event, where you and 11 other audience members can play puppeteer to a giant illuminated puppet made from rope.
String Symphony by Australia’s Spare Parts Puppet Theatre at Esplanade's Flipside festival. (Photo: Esplanade)
A ticketed show titled Dans l’Atelier & Chantier Frigolite by Belgium’s Tof Theatre also features a puppet that slowly comes to life – and there’s also a workshop where you and the kids can try making a Styrofoam one. And then, there’s Urashima Taro by Rouge28 Theatre from the UK, which is a contemporary take on an ancient Japanese myth using what else but puppets.Elsewhere, check out Sensing The Dark, a sensory experience in the dark using music and other soundscapes, which is directed by homegrown composer Julian Wong.The festival runs until Jun 3 at The Esplanade. esplanade.com/flipside9. GO CAMPING (INSIDE A MUSEUM)If your child is between seven and 12, why not spend a night with him or her at the museum – specifically the Singapore Philatelic Museum? Activities include an adventure race, craft activities and stamp puzzles – plus, when was the last time you’ve slept inside a museum gallery?Don’t forget to bring your own sleeping bag, toiletries, pyjamas and a jacket (it’s air-conditioned). You’ll stay from 6pm to 9am the next morning. If camping isn’t your thing, you can wait for The Little Prince Exhibition, which opens on Jun 8. May 31 at the Singapore Philatelic Museum. Priced at S$100 per person and includes dinner, supper and breakfast. Email [email protected] for more details.10. CREATE SUPERHERO COSTUMES
Inclusive arts group Superhero Me will be holding workshops on creating "superhero costumes" at the ArtScience Museum. (Photo: Superhero Me)
ArtScience Museum’s next exhibition will be all about Marvel’s superheroes. And you can get in on the action during Superhero Me Sundays, a collaboration with local inclusive group Superhero Me.For the different sessions, your children can create their own “superhero armour” and resilience bracelets – plus, your children can interact with others from less privileged backgrounds and special needs communities.And since you’re already at the museum, don’t forget to check out all the other family-friendly exhibitions.June 10, 17 and 24, 2.30pm to 5.30pm, ArtScience Museum. marinabaysands.com/museum.html11. PLAY OLD SCHOOL SINGAPORE GAMESIt’s time to leave the iPad at home. In line with the Singapore Sports Museum’s ongoing temporary exhibition Games Of Yesteryear, it will be holding storytelling sessions. At the same time, there will be other activities where kids can play congkak, capteh and tapak kuda.Jun 2 and 9, 11.30am and 12.30pm, at Singapore Sports Museum, 6 Stadium Walk. 12. DREAM BIG WITH ARTNext week, the National Gallery Singapore is launching its inaugural Children’s Festival: Small Big Dreamers.The big draw are five interactive installations collectively called A Waking Dream: Sun-Boy and Yellow Man, which are inspired by the works of one of Singapore’s top artists Lee Wen. Elsewhere are other interactive installations by artists such as Mark Justiniani of the Philippines and Japan’s teamLab. There will also be various family-friendly programmes, art workshops and film screenings.Jun 9 to Sep 9 at the National Gallery Singapore. nationalgallery.sg