I must admit I don’t expose my kids enough to the arts. The intention is there but it’s hard to find suitable activities which will interest them. So when we were invited for the bloggers’ preview of Masak Masak 2015, I decided there’s no excuse not to take them. There are 10 installations on exhibit by both local and international artists, and here’s a peek at some of them.
|Playgrounds on the Lawn|
Spectrum of Paper
Artist: Mademoiselle Maurice, France
To Maurice, the bird is a symbol of hope and she has created a colourful origami mural. Her works can be found in urban spaces in San Francisco, France, Italy, Vietnam and Hong Kong.
What’s fun: Origami session with Mademoiselle Maurice ($20 for one parent-and-child pair, 4-7 years old, 1.5 hours) Tickets available from Sistic.
|Spectrum of Paper|
Simple Pleasures in Life
Artist: Jeanette Aw, Singapore
Yes, the actress. Besides her love for performing, she also enjoys creating whimsical worlds through her illustrations.
Sometimes, it is the simple things in life that make you smile. It’s time to look around and discover the people who bring colour to your life.
What’s fun: Pick up a crayon and fill this wall mural with your favourite colours!
|Simple Pleasures in Life|
Dancing Solar Flowers
Artist: Alexandre Dang, France
Alexandre Dang was previously an engineer with the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees in Paris and aims to raise awareness for eco-technology by incorporating solar energy into his kinetic works of art.
What’s fun: Be mesmerised by this field of flowers. It allows children to ponder our current use of energy and to think of sustainable energy sources for the future.
|Dancing Solar Flowers|
Artist: Crystal Wagner, USA
What’s fun: Explore this enchanting forest maze made from crepe paper.
Head back up the escalator, and up the stairs all the way to the 3rd floor. Tucked away in a corner room is an interesting installation in semi-darkness created by 2 NUS Division of Industrial Design graduates.
Artist: Lim Kim and Alfred Lim, Singapore
This immersive play-space hopes to light up children’s imagination and get them to think about what happens beneath when vehicles move.
What’s fun: Push these vehicles around in the dark and be surprised by the luminescent trails that appear and disappear beneath your feet.
And before you leave the museum, if you haven’t already taken your kids here, check out this kids arena on the 3rd floor, which is a permanent installation at the museum, where they get to Explore, Create and Perform!
|PLAY @ NMS|
Of course, the kids will not leave without having a go at the jumping castles. These recreated playgrounds pay tribute to the familiar mosaic playgrounds designed by the HDB in the 1980s.
|Having a jumping good time!|
Children’s Season: Masak Masak 2015 is currently on until 10 August 2015, daily from 10am to 6pm.
Sane tip: By the time we got out, the kids were jumping around under the hot sun. Best to play on the jumping castle first then head inside if you’re going in the morning, or vice versa if going in the afternoon. Have fun!
Save tip: Admission is Free.
National Museum of Singapore
93 Stamford Road