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!

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Here is Tiffany, looking very perplexed. I’m not sure if she knows where we are heading to.

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My first love, Sonia, remains expressionless.

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Heidi, probably the only one who felt excited about the trip to the museum. She couldn’t stop smiling and talking! What a cheerful girl and a joy to have.

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Outside the SAM, you will see many hand-painted stone benches. I can’t help but take some pictures of them. The colours are too irresistible, too eye-catching!

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Sonia and Heidi sitting on some “great man’s” art work.

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And so we have arrived at the museum.

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Outside the museum are some swings; they brought back childhood memories.

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Today, these young ladies will get to wander and wonder as they check out every gallery at the Imaginarium, which spans four levels.

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.

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Children can pretend to be architects and builders of their own housing estate and skyline.

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We spent more time playing in this room than any other galleries. Heidi declared it was her “most favourite activity”! As soon as we entered the ‘compound’, the girls started moving and stacking up the blocks in their own fashion. It was fun just watching them have fun!

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Sonia is checking out who lives in the HDB flats around the estate.

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…

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Nope, she didn’t draw that face but she was attempting to colour his eyes.

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Did Tiffany just picked a yellow colour marker? Yup, that’s her favourite colour.

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So couldn’t stop doodling…

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The ladies at work!

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.

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Pretty creations

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Sonia loved the colours so much, she requested for her camera and started snapping some fifty pictures of the pom-poms.

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Little photographer at work!

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Ready… steady… and snap!

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Time to make some pom-poms

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It was really easy making those pom-poms. If she were older, I would like her to try weaving instead.

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Tiffany decided she wanted a necklace, not a pom-pom.

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Deborah got Tiffany to pose for a picture with her “necklace” on when suddenly two little paparazzi popped out of no where and started taking pictures. There we go, a new ‘star’ is formed.

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BREAK TIME

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Now the kids need a break. They went to the toilet, washed their hands and (heard those tummy rumbling?) started snacking!

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Nom nom nom…

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.

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Remember I previously told Sonia NOT TO DRAW ON THE WALL AT HOME? If she can draw like THIS, then I’ll take back my words. If…

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DREAM HOUSE

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.

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Sonia wants to get into the lollypop box! (Of course, I didn’t allow her to do so.)

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While the colourful candy flooring looked soft and spongy, it wasn’t. Sonia fell on the ground and had gotten a bruise; that’s when I realised the ground was HARD. So parents, tell your kids to be careful.

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Sonia hanging her ‘sweet’ on the trees.

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More sweets…

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Dream-like tree

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DINNER TIME

And so we ended our journey at the SAM. Even at the restaurant, FOOD FOR THOUGHTS, the kids couldn’t stop doodling!

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Heidi’s work.

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Heidi had Berry Pancake.

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Deborah had Pasta.

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I had Grilled Salmon with Basil Almond Pesto.

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.

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After dinner, the girls requested to go to the swing and so we did!

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And before we leave the museum, we had to take a group photo! Everyone says “CHEEZE”!!!

ABOUT IMAGINARIUM

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
FEE: Free

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About me

Hello! I'm Winnie! First, a wife to my hub, Edmund. Then a mum to my gems, Sonia and Arnold. Together we form WESA. Everything written in this blog space is about us - it's a family affair! Here I share snippets of our everyday kind of life and adventures. I love motherhood, family, children, playdates, travel, parties and simple joy.

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