Happy New Year, everyone!
I want to interrupt my cheongsam posts to introduce the Keppel Centre for Art Education located at the National Gallery Singapore. We were there twice this week, the first time was without Buddy. On the first visit, we took the audio guided tour to learn about the history of the two buildings (namely the former Supreme Court and City Hall) which form the newly opened NGS.
I highly recommend the guided tour which provides a lot of interesting information on both buildings. Like I didn’t realise both are actually less than 100 years old. (I had thought they were between 100-150 years old.) I also found out during the tour that there is a time capsule buried under the foundation stone of the former Supreme Court, which is to be taken out in the year 3000!
But the main subject of this post is the Keppel Centre for Art Education catered for families and children. We checked it out on the first day and decided that we had to take Buddy there. There are 5 sections where children and adults can indulge in art activities, and I dare say it is the biggest art space set up for children in Singapore. It is a place for a magical experience and imagination.
Outside the center are paintings done by children (of course), and they are pretty good.
Hanging from the ceiling are two very interesting installations.
Children are encouraged to make flying boats and buses which they can take home. For a donation of S$4, you get a pack of either boat or bus, which comes in two sizes: big and small. Buddy chose the bus. He still couldn’t put everything together, and we had to help him. He took the big bus and my husband took the small one, and together they took them on a flight.
There are little playgrounds within the Artscape, like this cave at the bottom of a huge tree.
… a little room that belongs to the little people, or perhaps to some magical animals?
Outside the KCAE, there are also two art spaces for kids to enjoy. One is a play with mult-colored discs.
The other is where kids get to create their own animals to roam about in the magical woods.
You choose the animals on the terminal to customize. Buddy chose a mousedeer.
When the animal is done, you can send it up to the woods shown on the screen. You also have the option to email the drawing to yourself to create the animal in 3D.
I strongly recommend parents take their kids here for an enjoyable and magical experience. I can assure you they will develop a love for the museum.