Learning doesn’t necessarily mean chaining your kids to the desk. Children make sense of the world around them through play – and that’s why we’ve taken a gander at some of the edutainment spaces that recently opened up around town.
Think of this as the Science Centre on steroids. Set to open in Sentosa this month, MOSH! is Singapore’s first 'digital media edutainment facility'. The idea is to encourage children of all ages to develop their creativity in fun ways within a safe and immersive environment.
There's all sorts of technology, from projections to motion to interactive, here – your kids can even call upon their Minecraft skills to create their own virtual reality from scratch.
Playeum has a nifty motto: 'They’ll change the world tomorrow. Let them play today.' Opened late last year, Playeum is part children's museum and part play space. The centre hopes to spark creative thinking among kids aged one to 12, and is divided into four main spaces.
The Main Space, which features movable foam objects and wooden toys, is mostly for toddlers, while the Play Maker Space is home to household and recycled items that older kids can use as materials to build their own toys.
As the new home for South-East Asian art, the National Gallery, too, has its own art-inspired play space for the little ones. Known as the Keppel Centre for Art Education, the concept here is simple: to stimulate children’s curiosity and imagination through – what else? – art. The highlight here, no doubt, is the Art Playscape, which takes you and the kids inside a storybook.
With Sandra Lee’s artworks literally spilling onto the floors and walls, tykes can follow the story of Fynn the Fish-on-Sticks and his forest friends as they go on a journey to save their home from destruction.
Developing your child's motor skills is important, and skiing is one of the best ways to put said skills to the test - but you don’t have to travel to a wintry country to do that. Instead, make a trip down to Urban Ski Singapore, the first indoor ski slopes in town.
The 'slopes' here can be inclined up to 20º and adjusted to different speeds depending on your skill level. They move beneath your feet, and allow you to ski or snowboard down a seemingly endless mountainside – think treadmill, but with skis. And don’t worry if you’ve never tried anything like this before. The 'snow' is made of nylon tufts that are soft and perfectly safe should anyone take a tumble.
Ski and snow boots are provided, so all you need to bring is the family.