Arts and culture events to nurture your child’s inner artist
Exposing children to the arts is a fantastic way to aid the development of their young minds while helping to expand their imagination and cultivate creativity.
From the visual and literary arts to music, theatre, and heritage arts, there is no shortage of events to consider. Here’s our pick of programmes that we think children will enjoy – and maybe get inspired by.
PLAYtime! Imagination Station
Board an MRT unlike any other towards Imagination Station – a place where only imaginary friends go. Join Jamie, a shy and quirky child always in his own world, as he tries to find his way home. Along the way, you – and Jamie – will learn to deal with change and bravely take on challenges.
PLAYtime! Imagination Station runs from 29 Apr to 15 May at the Esplanade Theatre Studio. Book your tickets here.
The Goodman Arts Centre is putting on a live theatre performance, designed for children aged 15 months to three years old, using visual and sensory experiences to spark wonder. Each adult and child pair will be given their own little “house” where they can “live” in and view the performance from.
House is on from 28 Apr to 8 May at The Artground. Book your tickets here.
2. Heritage Arts
The world that our children are growing up in today is starkly different from that of the 1950s and 1960s. Through social spaces, anecdotes, and interactive installations, this ongoing gallery at the National Museum of Singapore will offer a glimpse into the childhood experiences and “gotong royong” (the act of cooperation or mutual assistance among members of a community) spirit of decades ago.
Learn more about Growing Up here.
Adventures in Nusantara
Adventures in Nusantara is Malay Heritage Centre’s first dedicated space for children aged three to six years old. Based on the story of three young characters – Hang Nadim, Ali Wallace, and Wah Hakim – the space is designed to tell Singapore’s history through active play and exploration. Activities include making your own wayang kulit (shadow play) and even staging your own play.
Find out more about Adventures in Nusantara here.
Rangoli Making with Vijaya Mohan
Originating from India, the art of Rangoli was brought to Singapore by Indian migrants who settled here. It is a multi-coloured floor decoration that symbolises wealth, joy, prosperity, and thanksgiving to deities. In this workshop hosted by the National Museum of Singapore, you will learn about the history, ingredients, and evolution of Rangoli in Singapore. You’ll even get to make your own Rangoli – and bring it home!
The workshop will run on 21, 22 and 29 May. Find out more here.
Keppel Centre for Art Education
The centre, found inside the National Gallery Singapore, houses immersive spaces that aim to encourage creativity and foster a love for art in children from an early age. The line-up includes an ink studio for children to try making their own abstract ink work, a story corner where they can listen, dance, and sing along to stories inspired by works of art from the Gallery, and studio workshops for families.
Learn more about the Keppel Centre for Art Education here.
Gateway Arts Kids Club
This weekly programme aims to engage and develop a child’s imagination through activities such as storytelling, arts and crafts, and free play. All activities are adapted to a specific theme, which changes every month. Parents are welcome to participate with their children too.
Find out more about Gateway Arts Kids Club here.
4. Visual Arts
Step into a forest where everything is magical – and humongous! In this arts space commissioned by The Artground, families are invited into a world where fallen branches and all kinds of fungi are scaled up to proportions much larger than usual. Children can balance, hang from, and climb the gigantic fungi, and learn about mushrooms through an activity book.
Fungus Humongous runs until 8 May. Find out more here.
Qi Quartet & Kids’ Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra presents
Often, ambition begins with representation. In the Kids’ Philharmonic Orchestra (KPO), Singapore’s first and only orchestra for young musicians aged six to 17, young children will be able to see others just like them perform.
The KPO is holding the premiere of its newest Young Quartet, comprising of Marcus Cua, Tan Mun Hon, Soohyurn Lee, and Chen Youjia, on 1 May at the Esplanade Recital Studio. The concert will also feature the KPO Chamber Orchestra and its Senior Orchestra.
Book your tickets here.
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