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Asia’s first Children’s Centre for Creativity launches unique, nature-themed hands-on-exhibition

Playeum, Singapore’s first Children’s Centre for Creativity, will open its second hands-on exhibition for children on 16 April until 30 October 2016 at Gillman Barracks. Titled ‘Hideaways — Creating With Nature’, the exhibition and accompanying programmes are specifically designed for children aged one to 12 visiting with their families or schools.

What’s special for kids?

  • Offering an immersive environment for children to explore, observe, construct, reflect, innovate and engage with nature and natural materials through hands-on exhibits and interactive artists’ installations, the exhibition follows the hugely successful inaugural exhibition ‘The Art of Speed’ which attracted over 17,500 children and adults during its six and a half month-long duration.
  • Led by Creative Director Jeremy Chu, and conceived of by artists and other content creators, ‘Hideaways — Creating with Nature’ features installations which provide an interdisciplinary and engaging experience, serving as an important reminder of the world’s ecosystem.

Six amazing Installations:

  • Knock, Knock! Who lives there? – By Isabelle Desjeux On special surveillance screens, children can view insects and other creatures in their natural habitats and record what they see in a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with creepy crawlies in their natural environment.p8
  • Make-believe Hideaway – By Madhvi Subrahmanian – Informed by the artist’s love of creating secret dens as a child, this installation invites children to experience playing with clay and building imaginary habitats inspired by nature, resulting in a collaborative installation.p9
  • Welcome to my World – By The People’s Atelier (formerly known as ShadowCap Suite) Children can imagine a world where they are as small as an insect in an immersive installation that presents the insect environment on a giant scale. Kids are encouraged to construct shelters, which will grow throughout the exhibition’s duration, while exploring sights and sounds through the eyes and ears of insects.p14
  • Sounds of Earth • Nature’s Ensemble – By Shogun Creatives – An interactive sound installation where children can create and build musical instruments with natura. These will be attached to a skeletal structure that will grow throughout the exhibition’s duration, culminating in an immersive musical extravaganza.p10
  • Creature Cave • Cave structure by Bartholomew Ting – Featuring animal sound pads and a range of textures and lights, infants and toddlers will revel in exploring the multi-sensory cave, using their whole bodies, eyes and ears.p1
  • The Dark Space — Sound Web installation by Richard Kearns – Children can enjoy kinetic artwork and exciting hands-on activities in this changing space throughout the duration of the ‘Hideaways’ exhibition.p3

Have a look at these beautiful pics that show you what kids get to experience at Hideaways – Creating with Nature.

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Credits: Photography by Richard Kearns

Why this is a must-visit exhibition for Kids?

‘The very nature of this process is to enable children to take ownership of the experience, and therefore the team at Playeum is constantly observing children and adapting the programme in response to the children’s experiences. We also involve and consult with, regularly, our Children’s Advisory Network, consisting of up to 15 children aged between three and 12. This ensures that the programmes are child-centred and also ensures their sustainability,” says Playeum’s Executive Director, Anna Salaman.

‘Hideaways — Creating with Nature’ invites children to play with nature, and thereby answers extensive global research on the importance of children interacting with and appreciating the natural world. As well as obvious health benefits, such as preventing child obesity and ensuring a child’s successful physical development, communing with nature and playing outdoors heightens children’s awareness and appreciation of plants and other animals, leading to a greater respect and care for the natural world. The exhibition also invites observation of animals and plants in their natural habitats, allowing children the time and space to learn about and understand the fascinating lives of ants, worms and other creatures.

More about Playeum’s Children’s Centre for Creativity

Award winning non-profit organization Playeum opened Asia’s first Children’s Centre for Creativity on 19 September 2015. The first of its kind, the dedicated creative space for children is located in key regional visual arts hub, Gillman Barracks. Embracing a global shift in increasing marketing demands for creativity, a key part of Playeum’s wider mission is to establish a culture of meaningful and impactful play.

Led by Executive Director Anna Salaman and Co-Founders Sumitra Pasupathy and Jennifer Loh, the Children’s Centre for Creativity most closely aligns with the Reggio Emilia Approach an innovative pedagogy in early childhood education, and aims to lead a revolutionary change in mindset where children are viewed as highly competent and creative.

Location and other Info:

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Tickets are purchased at the Centre. Special rates and times are available for schools and groups. The Centre also hosts birthday parties. Isn’t it a great idea for parents to celebrate birthdays here? RainbowDiaries 100% feel so!

So just visit this weekend and immerse yourself and your kids in this fulfilling creative, engaging experience…

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