From 16 May 2017, children would have a chance to experience spaces at home from a whole new angle with Playeum’s latest exhibition – “Making It Home”. Put together by Creative Director and Pedagogical Adviser Dr Esther Joosa and Playeum’s team of Playmaker, the rooms in the house was reimagined through consultations with children themselves. On the wall outside, there are sketches of children’s ideas and inside the Centre, these ideas are incorporated into the various exhibits. Look out for them!
If you have been to Playeum before, you will experience a refreshing welcome as you step through its door, the original Price and Info Panel has made way for a water feature, photo wall and reading nook for children and parents who wish to have some quiet time.
Moving on the Store-y Room which represents the storeroom is a treat for sight and sound as children can experience painting with light and creating sounds with household stuff.
The laundry room is a quiet space for children to explore various textures through weaving and there is even a self-made kaleidoscope to play with!
Linking up with The Laundry Room is The Kitchen where the sights, sounds and textures are presented in familiar yet creative ways. Immerse in the sounds of frying and eating, playing with “fridge” magnets, and cooking up a storm with sand play.
The Bedroom is a dreamy space where children can let their imagination loose and play pretend with the various props in the bedroom just like how they do in their own bedroom. It is also a cozy corner where they just relax and dream a little dream.
The Future Living Room is a space where children can look to the future of homes and explore with shapes and textures to create their own stories on a multi-screen “television” of the future. There is also an environmental light feature made out of used plastic cups. Look out for a similar one in The Kitchen.
All the rooms are connected through The Central Space where children create connections using PVC pipes, representing the hidden pipes system in every home. There is also a memory game made of drain covers with hidden pictures of the various scenes in the Centre.
The Playmaking Space is always a hit with the children where they can get some tinkering done with the materials provided. A special twist in this exhibition is the pulley system pails where some materials are placed. The concept is to create interaction among the children as they go about their tinkering. True to Playeum’s belief on upcycling, there’s also a recycle bin for the public to drop off paper and plastics that can be reused for making.
Indeed, this exhibition provides a myriad of opportunities for children to express their creativity and engage in conversation with each other, just like how a home nurtures every individual. Dr Esther also shared that the spaces were designed with multiple intelligences in mind, do try and identify which intelligence each space cater for.
Playeum has trained Playmakers facilitating children’s experience in each of the room and accompanying adults can just join in the play.
School groups are very welcome to go experience play the Playeum way, where teachers can enjoy taking a step back to observe their students’ creativity unleashed. For information on school and group booking: http://www.playeum.com/booking-form.
Playeum's Children's Centre for Creativity
Making It Home
Address: Blk 47, Malan Road, Gillman Barracks, #01-23, Singapore 109444
Dates: 16 May - 29 October 2017
Opening Hours: Tues - Sun: 10am - 6pm (Closed on Mondays)
Admission: $22 per child (1-12) | Accompanying adult: Free | Additional accompanying adult: $10
DBS Employees: 20% off child and additional adult admission
Capitaland Employees: 20% off child and additional adult admission
UOB Cardholders: 20% off child admission
eXplorerkid Membership: 15% off child admission
POSB Baby Bonus Nets Card: 1-for-1 child admission deal
Nearest MRT Station (5 to 10 minutes walk): Labrador Park Station (Circle Line)
Nearest Bus Stop (3 minutes walk): Along Alexandra Road, Opposite Alexandra Point (Bus Stop Number 15059) - Available Buses: 51, 57, 61, 83, 97, 97e, 100, 166, 175, 408, 963 or 963E
*Free Parking on Sundays.
On 21 April, some 330 children gathered at Kinderland Serangoon to commemorate Earth Day through a series of activities. This also kickstarted the Resource Sharing initiative facilitated by NEA and various industry partners. We were very glad that Minister for Social and Family Services, Mr Tan Chuan Jin was there to grace the event and participate in the activities.
The children learnt about reusing and recycling through the story Karang Guni Boy and created City in a Garden and artwork using recycled materials. They also made terrariums to share the joy of greenery with those around them. Through the activities, we aimed to create awareness of 3s – Reuse, Reduce and Recycle.
The Resource Sharing initiative also promoted these values as we turn one man’s junk into another’s treasure. About 40 preschools benefitted from this initiative as they collected wooden pallets, cardboards, bottle caps, kitchen towel rolls, etc. These preschools plan to re-purpose these materials and create useful items out of them.
As Minister Tan shared, the essence of Start Small Dream Big is to instil in children that everyone can play a part in doing good for the community. Indeed, no one can do everything but everyone can do something. Together, we can make the earth and our community a better place for all.
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