Imaginarium: A Voyage of Big Ideas
This week, Deborah hosted the weekly playdate and suggested exploring the Imaginarium. I have never been to the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) until today and I must say how impressed I am with what SAM has to offer! There, you can build and play with Tetris Inspired “Bricks”, make origami, doodle and write a letter to the moon, try weaving or make your own pom-poms, and play at the “dream house” filled with candies and sweet trees.
THE JOURNEY BEGINS
At 4pm, as we started our journey to the Imaginarium.
We buckled three young ladies onto their car seats and brroooommmmzzz… off we drove to the Museum!
BUILD & PLAY WITH TETRIS INSPIRED “BRICKS”
Drawing inspiration from urban planning, Singapore artist Chiang Yu Xiang’s “We Built this Estate!” invites everyone to create & build their own estates and communities with these Tetris inspired blocks in this tastefully illustrated room.
MAKE ORIGAMI, DOODLE AND WRITE A LETTER TO THE MOON
Sonia wasn’t very keen on making origami or writing a letter to the moon but she had fun just doodling, literally everywhere. I had to remind her NOT TO DOODLE ON THE WALL AT HOME. Haha…
LET’S MAKE! STUDIO
Singaporean artist Izziyana Suhaimi’s work LET’S MAKE! STUDIO explores new worlds through embroidery. In a designed workspace at the gallery, visitors are invited to make their own small objects which capture their thoughts about Singapore’s future. Of course, the two-year-old, three-year-old, and five-year-old didn’t understand that but they still had fun twirling yarns, making pom-poms.
BAND OF DOODLES
Imagine-a-doodle by Singapore collective Band of Doodlers. With illustrations sprawled across the walls and winding their way up the four levels of SAM at 8Q, the artwork brings to life a fantastical version of the Singapore story, through adaptation of local folklore and of an imagined future.
The penultimate stop of Imaginariium lies on the fourth floor of the museum – DREAM HOUSE by South Korean artist Jeeyoung Lee. He created a fairytale-like gingerbread house filled with candy which kids can pick and ‘plant’ in a larger-than-life ‘garden’. Dream House is a space for everyone to create a dream world where all our wishes and aspirations, symbolised by the planting of the sweets, can be cultivated and come to life.
And so we ended our journey at the SAM. Even at the restaurant, FOOD FOR THOUGHTS, the kids couldn’t stop doodling!
I missed out Sonia’s dinner. She had fish and chips, and ate only the chips (how unhealthy). So I made her eat rice with soup, carrot and cod fish when we reached home. She sulked but still finished her food.
Imaginarium: A Big Voyage of Ideas beckons the adventurers, the dreamers, and the explorers of today to embark on a journey of discovery, and together, sail towards exciting new horizons. It is worth exploring and is suitable for kids age between 3-6 years old. If you haven’t decided where to go over the weekends, why not bring your kids to SAM at 8Q for some fun?
VENUE: SAM at 8Q, 71 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189555
DATE: 14 March – 19 July 2015 (Monday to Sunday)
TIME: 10am to 7pm (10am to 9pm on Fridays)
TEL: +65 6589 9580