Back in 2012 and 2013 we brought the kids to Art Garden at SAM@8Q. I was looking out for it last year but I didn’t see one. It’s only until this year I realize that they have changed the name. This year the event is called “Imaginarium: A Voyage of Big Dreams”. I’m not sure if there is something else last year, but I’m very glad that I found that they are still holding something similar. And if you haven’t read about how interesting it is, you can find out more here.
We Built this Estate!
This exhibit contains many Tetris block that allow the kids to build their own “estate”. You bet my two preschoolers like it here as they build away. The Tetris blocks are good as they give the kids a taste of irregularities and see if the structures they build are sound. It also give rise to “holes” which acts as entrance and exit to their “home”. At one stage, the boy manage to build a bridge and the girl is happy to hide under it and act as a troll. (She is recapping and relating to her previous experience of watching “The Three Billy Goat Gruff”.) Definitely a good exhibit to train their motor skills, logical thinking and creativity.
Let’s Make! Studio
Over here the kids get to fold paper plane, do Pom Pom or even doodle on the wall! Look at how happy the girl is that she can draw on the wall. For the boy, he is not the crafty type, so he was out of there in a flash.
Greenroom II: Interstellar Overdrive
Active kids will enjoy this exhibit. They require you to cycle so that energy is being generated to power up the players or light. In the pic above, Chubby was cycling so that Zai could play on the “drum”. He had some fun hitting and making noise. However, the exhibit is for older kids. My 5 y.o. boy tried cycling on one of the smallest bike, but he could barely make it. It is through our assistance that he manage to light up the bulbs. But definitely a place to let them dispense their energy and learn some science.
A house made of sweets and sugary stuff? And a garden to plant and grow sweets? You bet that is most kids dream. Which is not hard to understand why this is the girl favorite exhibit. She enjoyed putting on the sweets and decorate the trees. While the boy enjoy taking them off, especially the golden sweets. Well, he just reminded me on top developing their fine motor skills, it’s also good opportunity to teach them colors.
I had wanted to skip this exhibit cause I thought it was a little dark and the girl might be scared. But the boy just rushed in and this surprisingly was his favorite. He likes the creepy crawly that was make out of our everyday things. He finds it amusing when he spot zips on the beetle body. However, the other puzzle exhibit that requires him to choose the pieces from a box and place it on the fish scale proves too difficult for him. Well, even I find it difficult. Cause the pieces are similar only slight difference in size for some. Well, but good cognitive development for the kids.
These drawing are on the walls at the stairway. I find them really nice but a pity I can’t stop to really admire at them cause the boy was always rushing to the next exhibit. However, I did manage to stop them at one and played a few games of “I spy”.
All in all we enjoyed this year exhibition very much. Maybe because the kids are older now and the exhibits are really interactive with the kids in mind. So if you have the time to spare do bring your kids to check it out. It’s free for locals. And maybe because this exhibition has been on going for sometime, I find that it’s actually not so crowded when we went on a Sunday morning.
Ok, details as follows:
14 Mar – 19 July 2015
10am to 7pm (Last Admission at 6:15pm)
SAM@8Q: 8 Queen Street Singapore 188535
(This is not the main SAM building but at the smaller street behind it)
Free Admission for Citizens and PR. Just flash your IC.