They say creativity and imagination are developed at a young age, which probably explains why children scribble on walls with crayons and talk to their stuffed toys. If your child has an artistic streak, help cultivate this with numerous kid-friendly interactive exhibits, spectacular artworks and cool experiments in museums across Singapore. Colourful and light-hearted, they'll spark joy (and creativity) for the whole family. Here, art exhibitions in Singapore to get them cultured.
From the same people behind Future World, this art installation brings to life sixty-nine works from the William Farquhar Collection of National History Drawings within the museum’s Glass Rotunda. Look forward to roving animals, digital flora and seasonal weather in an expansive forest created by Japanese digital art collective teamLab, which seamlessly unfolds into a a virtual and visual landscape, immersing visitors in the story of Singapore's journey from its colonial past to its present-day modernity.
Take the kids out to the lawn of the Malay Heritage Centre, where the second edition of Art Encounters – a travelling artist's studio and gallery – is located. Titled From Gelam to Glam, the new installation is held in conjunction with the special exhibition at the Malay Heritage Centre titled Seekor Singa, Seorang Putera dan Sebingkai Cermin: Reflecting and Refracting Singapura. The exhibition takes over repurposed containers, where you can find a black light drawing installation by multi-disciplinary artist Rizman Putra, created using UV paint.
By day, you'll see the brightly coloured drawings covering all surfaces of the containers. But when night falls, the installation begins to glow, reflecting Kampong Glam's daily transition from a rich cultural precinct to a buzzing nightlife district. Don't miss the chance to step inside the containers and interact with the work from Fridays to Sundays between 10am to 6pm, and until 8pm on the last Saturdays of the month.
If there's one thing Singapore's known for, it's the food culture here. Inspired by local snacks, this all-new digital projection light show at ION Sky takes you on a flavourful adventure like no other, with whimsical characters like Ang Ku Kueh Girl, Roti Prata Boy and Kueh Lapis Girl. Follow them as they fearlessly brave obstacles in defence of their Food Wonderland. Get your tickets for the show via the ION Orchard Mobile app or over the Concierge counters. Simply spend a minimum of $20 per receipt at the mall to redeem an ION Sky ticket.
A dinosaur fossil, a sperm whale skeleton, the only specimen of the largest species of turtle ever recorded, and an Asian Brown Flycatcher specimen collected by the famed British naturalist Alfred Wallace himself – these are just some of the highlights you’ll see at the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum. The gallery is perfect for anyone interested in wildlife – but not the legwork it involves. Sixteen zones display specimens that run the gamut of plants, fungi, mammals, dinosaurs and more. Surrounding the museum are four gardens such as the Phylogenetic garden, which charts the evolution of plants and habitats. The other gardens – themed after mangroves, swamps and dryland forests – feature plants that are unique to these habitats. Bonus: entry to the gardens is free.
If there's one thing to tick off your kids' bucket lists, it's a day trip to renowned waxwork museum Madame Tussauds. Fancy a selfie with Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt or Johnny Depp? Head on to the A-List Party section. You can also take a photo with some of our local heroes and celebs including Jack Neo and Gurmit Singh. Another feature to look out for when you head on over is the indoor boat ride, called Spirit of Singapore, which is unique to its Singapore outpost. It features some of our native plants, models of attractions and glimpses of local cultures, such as a re-enactment of a traditional Chinese opera.
It's not too young to introduce art to the kids. The Artground in Goodman Arts Centre offers many art-centric and art-related programmes that help nurture creativity and curiosity in children. Besides the actual playground aspect of it – think interactive art installations that kids can actually touch and climb – other activities kids can get involved in over the weekends are gardening, performing arts (music, dance/movement & drama) as well as arts & craft activities. Though it's open for everyone age 12 and under, parents can join in on the fun too.
The Trick Eye Museum needs no introduction. The interactive 800-square-metre space at Resorts World Sentosa adorns six zones with different themes like Safari or Circus. Pose with three-dimensional paintings and optical illusion masterpieces for cute photo ops. The whole family will be fully immersed in the captivating pieces that reflect the cosmopolitan nature of Singapore by blending Eastern and Western influences. The cherry on top? These pieces are interactive in nature, so kids and adults alike can look forward to stepping inside or crawling into these exhibits and capturing the ultimate optical illusion.