Conceived in collaboration with the National Arts Council, The Artground – A Curious Place To Be is a brand new arts centre that offers kids multiple ways to be inspired and to create.
As if Goodman Arts Centre, with its creative residents, aesthetic programmes, and family-friendly food places isn’t enough of a place to to thrill the soul and fulfil every artistic appetite you may nurture within yourself, there’s now another outlet here to inspire, imagine, and investigate. The catch? It’s only for kids from 0 to 12 years of age. The best thing? It’s specially for kids from 0 to 12 years of age.
Yes, The Artground – A Curious Place To Be, an arts centre for children aged 12 and under, officially opens tomorrow! Inspired by the poem The Hundred Languages of Children by Loris Malaguzzi (founder of the Reggio-Emilia philosophy) and developed in collaboration with the National Arts Council, it offers young ones opportunities and experiences to engage in, be inspired by, and create art in all forms. This inclusive and accessible 500 sqm space consists of four venues that encourage play, learning, and discovery.
The Good Garden (ages 2 – 12 years)
A gorgeous, colourful mural overlooks this lush space where gardening workshops will be held. Kids (and parents too) can get their hands dirty as they work with nature.
Image: Courtesy of the National Arts Council
The WhiteBox (ages 0 – 12 years, depending on the programme)
Probably the heart and soul of The Artground, you’ll see this as soon as you enter the space. It is where performances like Baby Space take place, and where children can learn, discover and be curious.
The Baby Stage (ages 0 – toddlers)
Baby hangout! This is a safe and comfortable space for parents and babies to hang out and explore. Currently it hosts Down The Rabbit Hole, a visual arts exhibition by mixed media artist Ya See Poh. Babies will enjoy interacting with the colourful oversized fabric creatures here! The Baby Change room is here too.
The Ground Floor (ages 2 – 12 years)
This main space houses The Artground’s installations, which will be refreshed twice a year. Currently, there are four installations that children can interact with:
• The Cube, where kids can do arts and craft activities
• The Poop Ball (yes you read that right) which inspires kids to create a light catcher
• Under the Sea (and it really seems like you’re there!), where kids can walk through a curtain of blue streamers and listen to the sounds of the ocean, search for eggs in ‘nests’ of pipe cleaners, and shine UV lights on the eggs to see the words written on them
• A crawling, climbing structure with a chalkboard on one side to draw and scribble on
The Artground’s Opening Weekend Activities for Kids
The Artground officially opens this weekend, and there’s an exciting line-up of activities planned so do bring the little ones down for some artsy fun. All programmes last 30 minutes unless specified otherwise. Entry is on a first come first served basis.
Down the Rabbit Hole | Free | 8 July – 29 Oct 2017
An open-plan playground for everyone in the family to enjoy, this visual arts exhibition created by mixed media artist Ya See Poh invites you to hop, skip, climb and crawl to explore the world of animals that live underground. with a variety of activities for families to take part in.
Baby Space at the Whitebox | $18 per baby-carer pair | 8 – 23 July 2017 (Fri, Sat & Sun) | Various times
Specially for pre-walking babies 16 months and under, this is a choreographed installation for babies by Swedish artist Dalija Acin Thelander. Created in collaboration with a composer and dancers from Singapore, this intimate and immersive project fuses dance, music and visual arts, creating a space which encourages babies to interact with the dancers and explore the installation.
Little Green Thumbs by Cultivate Central
Garden inspired activities ranging from artistic explorations, observation, design and DIY projects in an urban garden installation.
Terrific Tales by The Storytelling Centre Ltd
The perfect introduction to the art of storytelling especially for little listeners.
A Little Beat by My Piano Room
A sharing of musical concepts and rhythm through music, movement and games for young children.
Wriggle and Giggle
A movement experience through either yoga or dance.
A craft session inspired by fun and a whole lot of imagination.
Get opening weekend programme details here. Do remember to pre-register to avoid disappointment. Can’t make it this weekend? It’s okay; admission is free the whole opening month of July. And interactive installations at the Ground Floor are free all year round so you and Baby can head down any time!
Where Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road, Block J #01-40, Singapore 439053
Opening hours 9.30am – 5pm (Wednesday to Thursday); 9.30am – 6pm (Friday, Saturday, Sunday & public holidays). Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
Admission Free for the opening month of July
Programmes Purchase tickets for programmes and workshops on-site