This is a backdated entry which finally got published. Phew!
While the hype of National Gallery Singapore has somewhat fizzled, nevertheless, this is one awesome place to check out as a family.
The National Gallery Singapore, which has been in the making for 10 years, finally opened its doors to the public on 24 November 2015. To commemorate this milestone, there was a two-week long of free events and activities.
With the festive season and “school” moving on slowly, I decided an impromptu outing to National Gallery Singapore. Getting there (with a stroller) wasn’t a problem. It was just minutes away from City Hall MRT Station.
Once in the 64,000 sqm museum, we felt kind of lost. On hindsight, I should have downloaded the museum’s Gallery Explorer mobile application. It offers visitors a self-guided tour and turn-by-turn directions from one’s location to points of interest within the Gallery.
Wandering quite aimlessly, a friendly security officer approached us (our faces must have said we were lost!) and shared about Keppel Centre for Art Education. It was a facility dedicated for children.
Not feeling so lost now…we proceeded to locate Keppel Centre for Art Education. 🙂
Moms with babies in tow, you’d be glad to know that strollers are permitted in the galleries. However, they are not permitted in the Keppel Centre for Art Education. You’d need to park them outside the facility.
Inside Keppel Centre for Art Education you will find:
- Art Corridor: explore art through tactile play
- Art Playscape: develop imagination through active play
- Project Gallery: learn creative process through art making
- Children’s Museum: learn to put up exhibitions through role play
Parents, be warned: Lots of persuasion and patience is needed to get your little ones moving from one gallery to another. And you may be paying for every kit at each gallery.
Like most children, Hannah was stuck at the Art Corridor for a while ( I really mean a long while). Everyone was busy trying to put colourful discs into the art puzzle.
At the Project Gallery, it was no surprise that Hannah wanted to create her “boat in the sky” as the room was filled with whimsical artwork of flying buses and boats. The activity kits could be purchased at SGD $4.
Finally, at the Children’s Museum, we took a peek into the artist, Milenko Prvacki ‘s art studio, and examine the artistic process: tools he used, techniques he created etc. The children could decorate a postcard and send it to Milenko Prvacki himself!
There was a Pocket Sculpture Starter Kit which could be purchased at SGD $2 (see what I mean?) but we didn’t get that for Hannah.
We didn’t manage to enter Art Playscape as Elijah was getting cranky and hungry. But we managed to snap some photos of its fancy backdrop and layout.
What was Hannah’s highlight of the day?
It must definitely be Who’s in the Woods. An interactive platform that features day-to-night scape of a forest. Children get to choose and design their animals, and watch them come alive on screen. (See first image of Hannah’s tiger.)
You also get to receive a printable of your designed animal via email. Then piece your animal and play them at home. How cool is that?
As I was saying, Elijah was getting hungry. There are several F&B outlets in the museum. But being the frugal mom, we ended up eating sushi at City Link Mall. There are plenty of restaurants and fast food joints around the area. You won’t go hungry. 🙂
For families thinking of visiting the National Gallery Singapore, check out these upcoming programmes.