Who says art and culture are adult-only territories for appreciation? Children of any age can begin their learning journey with a trip to the galleries or some quality online learning! Plus, with the vast choices of ongoing and upcoming kid-friendly exhibitions online or offline now available in Singapore, it’s the perfect opportunity to have your little ones experience every bit of what our museums here have to offer. Here are our top picks!
National Gallery Singapore launched its popular biennial children’s festival, Small Big Dreamers, and this time around, it'll be online! For the first time in history, the Gallery will be hosting this festival with a digital twist. With more than 20 art experiences online, kids will be wholly inspired to participate, interact and learn about art online with a series of fun and engaging activities for children aged 6 to 12, featuring interactive games, and easy-to-follow, hands-on activities designed to let them unleash their inner artist while learning about artworks within the National Collection and beyond.
Small Big Dreamers At Home @ National Gallery Singapore's Website, www.nationalgallery.sg/see-do/programme-detail/347658918/smallbigdreamersathome
Kids will enjoy interacting with this immersive “secret garden” exhibit that features elements from the William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings and reacts to your movements! Visitors are encouraged to participate and engage with the exhibit, as well as contribute to the installation by folding origami flowers and attaching them to a flowering board. Drawing inspiration from the National Museum of Singapore’s prized William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings, Story of the Forest brings to life 69 drawings from the collection within the museum’s Glass Rotunda. You can also enhance your visit with our Story of the Forest mobile app, which lets you “capture” and learn more about the various flora and fauna in the Glass Rotunda. Download the free mobile app from the Apple App Store or Google Play.
National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178897, www.nhb.gov.sg/nationalmuseum/our-exhibitions/exhibition-list/story-of-the-forest?sc_lang=en
ArtScience Museum and teamLab invite you to transcend boundaries with all-new artworks in Singapore’s largest digital art exhibition, Future World: Where Art Meets Science. Your adventure begins with an immersive and mesmerizing journey through City in A Garden. You will first encounter nature by walking through the waterfall and flower fields before discovering the hidden but yet familiar urban structures found in the cities. Away from the hustle-bustle of City in a Garden, enter into an idyllic digital wonderland for a moment of tranquility. Sanctuary is the oasis of calm in the center of Future World.
Click HERE to get your tickets. You are encouraged to pre-purchase their tickets online prior to your visit, due to limits in venue capacity and timed entry to exhibitions.
*Do note that in light of safe management measures, two artworks will be temporarily unavailable for public interaction. They are Sliding through the Fruit Field and Inverted Globe, Giant Connecting Block Town.
ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974, +65 6688 8888, www.marinabaysands.com/museum/exhibitions/future-world.html
As part of Singapore’s Bicentennial, the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum reflects upon 200 significant natural history events in the island’s past. These interweaving, and sometimes quirky, threads of animals, plants, events, places, and people have played an important role in shaping the country’s natural heritage. Learn how adaptations within the cultural environment of natural history heritage have moved and changed towards a moral understanding of the natural world. Kids will love the interactive station where they can try their hand at interpreting a description of an animal in the days before photography. Do note that the museum is open only from Thursday to Sunday. Book your tickets and time slot HERE.
Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, Faculty of Science National University of Singapore 2 Conservatory Drive, Singapore 117377, +65 6601 3333, lkcnhm.nus.edu.sg/about/current-exhibition
Get inspired by the craftsmanship found in ACM's new Jewellery Gallery, then make and decorate your own headdress using the template available on their website. Can you guess what material this headdress was originally made from? The shimmering theme continues as there is also dramatic audio storytelling about a magical dragon's pearl. Want more? Also check out other family fun activities here. There's more to do at the galleries so take a trip down to the museum with the kids. More information on safety measures and museum entry here.
Asian Civilisations Museum Online, www.nhb.gov.sg/acm/whats-on/family-fun/2020-saa---july