Off we went to Gillman Barracks for a playdate at the Children’s Centre for Creativity operated by Playeum Ltd, a not-for-profit organisation that curates and facilitates art experiences designed for children aged 1-12. The exhibition changes with time and the current exhibition, which will last till 30th October 2016, is titled ‘Hideaways – Creating with Nature’.
It was our first visit there and to be honest, I was half-expecting a play space where I could just sit by the side and watch the kids do their own thing, like when we visit an indoor playground. I was, however, dead wrong with my assumption. This is a creative centre where most, if not all installations require hands-on participation directed at experiential learning through art and play. It means that the adults will have to help facilitate and ignite the children’s ideas for the various activities.
One of the few areas for self-directed play. Parental guidance not required. Just pick up the crayons and doodle on the wall.
Welcome to My World
By The People’s Atelier, Dr Adeline Seah & Andy Yang
& Sounds of the Earth: Nature’s Ensemble
By Shogun Creatives
These two installations provided plenty of natural materials such as bamboo sticks, rope ties, egg cartons, leaves etc. for children to construct shelters for insects. Coconut husks, array of beans, sticks, twigs, and more dried leaves were also provided to create musical instruments. These activities were too high-level for 21-month young Olive. It was more sensory play for her where she went around touching the natural materials and moving them from one place to another.Not quite sure what the outdoor space was about but it seemed to me like an extension of the ‘Welcome to My World’ & ‘The Sounds of the Earth’ exhibits. Whatever it was, Olive had so much fun playing with the bamboo sticks, tapping it on the ground and striking the wooden boards dangling from the dome structure.
She got to water the plants and wet the floor outdoors too.
By Madhvi Subrahmanian
An installation that invites children to build imaginary habitats using clay. Both Skye and Olive enjoyed this activity. Playdoh, or its equivalent, never fails to keep children engaged. Plus, they each got a pencil to poke holes on the clay. Who doesn’t like poking at things? Even Facebook has a poking function for the serious pokers out there! Poke poke! Poke poke!
Knock Knock! Who Lives There?
By Isabelle Desjeux & Team
This installation was really fun too! The kids got to use magnifying glasses and torchlights to check out all sorts of creepy crawlies. There was a projector to project the insect specimens on the wall, which totally piqued their interest.
By Bartholomew Ting & Playeum
Olive was pretty drawn to this cave too and it was the most infant and toddler-friendly area.
We probably missed a couple other exhibits but we had a fulfilling morning at the Children’s Centre for Creativity, especially when there was so much to explore and learn through play.
Will definitely bring Olive there again for Playeum’s next exhibition, titled ‘Stories’.
Playeum: Children’s Centre for Creativity
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10am-6pm
Admission fee: $20 for child and free for one accompanying adult; $10 for additional adult. We got 20% off using Safra card.
Check out Playeum’s website for more details and other card/membership promotions.