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ACT 3 International Presents ‘Jelly, Wobble!’

It’s the June holidays! One very fun activity that kids can check out from now until 9 June is ‘Jelly, Wobble!’, an arts-filled programme by ACT 3 International. It’s a 2-hour drop-off programme for kids aged 4 to 8 and includes four key elements: interactive art exhibitions, show, drama workshop, and art-making activities.

Inspired by ‘The Jelly that wouldn’t Wobble’ by Angela Mitchell, each session is for a maximum of 45 children divided into 3 groups. The children take part in a drama workshop and make two different types of crafts before celebrating Princess Lolly’s 89th birthday and performing for her! We dropped Anya off for the 10.30am session and she was all smiles when we came back and so eager to perform her little dance and to show us what she had made.

Jelly, Wobble!

Jelly, Wobble!

celebrating Princess Lolly's birthday

celebrating Princess Lolly’s birthday

showing off the crafts that she made

showing off the crafts that she made

Princess Lolly is here!

Princess Lolly is here!

birthday dance for Princess Lolly

birthday dance for Princess Lolly

Princess Lolly wants her cake

Princess Lolly wants her cake

what a splendid cake!

what a splendid cake!

a jelly surprise for Princess Lolly... but it wouldn't wobble!

a jelly surprise for Princess Lolly… but it wouldn’t wobble!

we managed to get the jelly to wobble!

we managed to get the jelly to wobble!

drawing Princess Lolly's portrait

drawing Princess Lolly’s portrait

a picture with the jelly

a picture with the jelly

Activity: ACT 3 International presents ‘Jelly, Wobble!’
Date: 30 May to 9 June
Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm or 3.30pm – 5.30pm
Venue: ION Art Gallery, Level 4, ION Orchard
Price: $35

Additionally, you may also want to check out ACT 3 International’s inaugural ‘Children-for-Children’ project. Watch young thespians presenting dramatic works inspired by Asian stories and local authors. Kicking off the series are six short works based on stories written by Singaporean authors that have been adapted by ACT 3 International to incorporate various theatrical styles such as Chinese opera, dramatic readings as well as choral and dance movement. This will be held during the Asian Festival of Children’s Content 2015.

Date: 3 to 5 June 2015, Various Times
Where: National Library Building, 100 Victoria Street

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Naked Museum Tour at National Gallery Singapore

There’s so much going on in this SG50 year! Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum just opened its doors last month and National Gallery Singapore will be opening in October. We managed to win passes to their Naked Museum tour and got a sneak peek of the place.

I think it’s truly amazing how they have managed to bring the Supreme Court and City Hall buildings together in a cohesive way. It’s a beautiful place and I can’t wait to see it when the artwork goes up on the walls.

on the Naked Museum tour

on the Naked Museum tour

The Singapore Courtyard was created from the space that used to be the carpark of City Hall

The Singapore Courtyard was created from the space that used to be the carpark of City Hall

City Hall Chamber hosted many important events in Singapore's history: the formal surrender of the Japanese in 1945, the inauguration of Yusof Ishak as the first Head of State, and the swearing-in of Lee Kuan Yew as the first Prime Minister

City Hall Chamber hosted many important events in Singapore’s history

The rooftop of City Hall will be an F&B area and public viewing deck

the rooftop of City Hall will be an F&B area and public viewing deck

view of the outside

view of the outside

Corinthian pillar

Corinthian pillar

branches

branches at the linkway between City Hall and Supreme Court

Visitors can walk around the Rotunda Dome at the Supreme Court Terrace

visitors can walk around the Rotunda Dome at the Supreme Court Terrace

the rotunda dome

the rotunda dome

Part of the historical lobby of the Supreme Court. The husband has fond memories of this place.

Part of the historical lobby of the Supreme Court. The husband has fond memories of this place.

thinking about the last time he sat on this seat

thinking about the last time he sat on this seat

chocolate?

chocolate?

the base of the pillars

out on the balcony

Looking up at the Corinthian columns from the Supreme Court balcony

Looking up at the Corinthian columns from the Supreme Court balcony

one of the former court rooms

one of the former court rooms

outside the court rooms

outside the court rooms

the library

the library

steps down to the foundation stone

steps down to the foundation stone

there's a time capsule below that's supposed to be opened in the year 3000

there’s a time capsule below that’s supposed to be opened in the year 3000

they preserved two holding cells in the Supreme Court wing

they preserved two holding cells in the Supreme Court wing

save me!

save me!

he definitely looks guilty

he definitely looks guilty

Imaginarium at SAM at 8Q

We always look forward to the annual contemporary arts exhibition for children at Singapore Art Museum and this year’s offering, Imaginarium: A Voyage of Big Ideas, will run until 19 July. We popped by on Saturday to check out the Children’s Craft Fair and decided to hang around to explore the exhibits.

Imaginarium: A Voyage of Big Ideas

Imaginarium: A Voyage of Big Ideas

SAM at 8Q

SAM at 8Q

swinging around

swinging around

First stop: We Built this Estate! by Chiang Yu Xiang. Squishy blocks shaped like Tetris pieces allow the kids to build whatever they want, and then run all over what they have built. This room is the most baby-friendly and Baby D had fun running around catching balloons and tearing velcro-ed motorists from the walls.

We Built this Estate!

We Built this Estate!

man down!

man down!

Don't worry, I'll help you!

Don’t worry, I’ll help you!

parking lot

parking lot

We took a long time to walk up the stairs to the next level because the kids were busy looking for their favourite doodle out of the impressive Imagin-a-doodle illustrations by the Band of Doodlers on the walls. Look for the Merlion!

impressive work by Band of Doodlers

impressive work by Band of Doodlers

choosing their favourite

choosing their favourite

folding origami and writing letters in the moonroom

folding origami and writing letters in the moonroom

For the crafty kids, the Let’s Make! Studio by Izziyana Suhaimi is a dream come true. Kids can make pom poms, weave yarn, or try some embroidery. Anya and Adam made some pom poms (with some help from the husband, of course) and have been carrying them around like little pets.

Let's Make! Studio

Let’s Make! Studio

pom poms

pom poms

instructions for weaving, embroidery and making pom poms

instructions for weaving, embroidery and making pom poms

Our favourite room is Greenroom II: Interstellar Overdrive by Vincent Twardzik Ching. Lights and sound are generated when you cycle so you get some exercise when admiring art. Not bad at all! They should totally have this system at the gym so you don’t get to watch TV or listen to music unless you work for it. I love that the bikes had baby seats so Adam and David could be part of the experience even though they are too small/ too short to reach the bike pedals.

where are we going?

where are we going?

Greenroom II: Interstellar Overdrive

Greenroom II: Interstellar Overdrive

words activated by Anya, circular lights by Adrian

words activated by Anya, circular lights by Adrian

Our last exhibit for the day was Dream House by Lee Jeeyoung. When the kids saw the sweet set-up, their faces lit up and they had a fun time hanging up sweets in the garden. It’s a good thing that they couldn’t actually eat the sweets.

Dream House

Dream House

picking up sweets

picking up sweets

hanging sweets on trees

hanging sweets on trees

To be honest, Kiko’s Secrets by Kumkum Fernando made me feel a bit uncomfortable with the UV light, the strange music, the psychedelic colours, the insects, the eggs made with tiny objects, etc. and there’s a notice outside that children below 1 year old should not enter. The kids thought it was a bit creepy but liked the bit where they got to fit plastic shapes into fish scales.

Kiko's Secrets

Kiko’s Secrets

looking through a kaleidoscope

looking through a kaleidoscope

eggs

eggs

insects

insects

filling in shapes

filling in shapes

You can buy a limited-edition Passport to the Moon! at the front desk and take selfies at The Original Selfie Machine in the lobby. Make sure the kids are tall enough or standing on the seat when you take your pictures. Check out the details about programmes, workshops and film screenings here.

SAM at 8Q
8 Queen St
Singapore 188535
6589 9580 / 6589 9564
enquiries@singaporeartmuseum.sg
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun: 10am to 7pm; Fri: 10am to 9pm

Admission:
Citizens/ PRs and children under 6 – Free
Foreigners: $10 for adults and $5 for students & senior citizens

Happy Family Paper Cutting

I finally got a Chinese paper cutting (剪纸) of the family! I’d been wanting to get one since I spotted it in Chinatown 2 years ago before Chinese New Year but it was too crowded then. Last CNY, I was stuck at home (since it was my confinement period after delivering the baby) and couldn’t make the trip down to Chinatown. There’s less than a month to go before CNY but it’s not too crowded in Chinatown at the moment so it’s a good time to get the paper cutting done.

The stall I went to is near Pagoda St. After coming out from Exit A of Chinatown MRT, I walked straight then turned right into the first small lane. You choose the characters you like from the samples and give the man the names you want him to cut into the picture. You can have the name in English if you prefer. It’s $10 per family member and another $10 for the plain black frame. I didn’t have to wait very long, just about 15 minutes. I love the finished product!

choose the characters from the samples

choose the characters from the samples

cutting the names

cutting the names

a simple message about family

‘a harmonious family will prosper’

final product!

final product!

Snap Happy at Trick Eye Museum

Another rainy-day activity to keep the little ones entertained when the weather outside is frightful. We were at Sentosa the other day with some friends and had originally intended to take the kids to the wet playground. It was a good thing we changed our mind because it started to pour! Fortunately, we were happily taking photos at Trick Eye Museum.

Trick Eye Museum is located at Resorts World Sentosa and a perfect place to retreat to when it’s too hot/ too rainy for the beach or Universal Studios. Two-dimensional images come to life at Trick Eye Museum, no 3D glasses needed! We had so much fun hamming it up for the camera and the kids enjoyed themselves too. Here are some of the many photos we took there.

children in a cage

children in a cage

I fit perfectly into the female cut-out!

I fit perfectly into the female cut-out!

Anya's head on a plate

Anya’s head on a plate

floating in mid-air??

floating in mid-air??

we are gigantic!

we are gigantic!

kidnapped by a dinosaur

kidnapped by a dinosaur

dangling upside-down

dangling upside-down

climbing with the panda

climbing with the panda

tightrope walking

tightrope walking

great balance!

great balance!

Levitation 101

Levitation 101

the floor is lava!

the floor is lava!

Anya the mermaid

Anya the mermaid

children in a snow globe

children in a snow globe

flying on a broomstick

flying on a broomstick

angel on a bike

angel on a bike

Some tips for Trick Eye Museum:

  • No short skirts or low-riding pants. You will need to sit on things or even lie down to create some of the optical illusions and you really don’t want to be flashing complete strangers in the process.
  • Check that your camera is fully charged. I brought along an extra battery for my camera but realised that it was flat. Good thing I had taken almost all the photos I wanted to take by then and switched to my phone camera for the rest.
  • Be considerate of the people around you. Do a quick scan before you walk past any of the paintings to avoid accidentally photobombing someone else’s photo.
  • Stand at the suggested photo point to take your photo but also ensure that you get the correct angle so you can achieve a convincing optical illusion. For example, in the photo where I’m ‘walking’ on the tightrope, you need to make sure you get the line of the tightrope straight.

Trick Eye Museum is fun for the whole family and very children-friendly because they are allowed to touch everything! You don’t have to worry about forcing them to pose for pictures because they will be more than happy to see pictures of themselves in all sorts of wacky situations.

Trick Eye Museum
Resorts World Sentosa
26 Sentosa Gateway #01-43/44
Singapore 098138
Tel : +65 6795 2370 / 2371
enquiries@trickeye.com
Open daily: 10am – 9pm

Ticket prices:
Kids below 4 go in free.
Kids (4-12 years): $20
Adults (13-59 years): $25
Seniors (60 and above): $20
You can buy your tickets online to save 10%.

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Frozen Sing-A-Long Screening

Frozen Sing-A-Long

Can’t let it go? From 11–17 December 2014, selected GV locations will be screening the Sing-A-Long version of ‘Frozen’ at $8 per ticket. GV Movie Club members who purchase 2 tickets to Frozen Sing-A-Long will stand to win 1 of 5 Disney’s ‘Frozen’ hampers (worth $190 each).

We were at GV Grand for a media preview today and there were lots of fun activities for the kids. Just to be clear, the screenings from 11-17 December will not have any special activities, but I’m sure the kids (and some adults!) will have a great time singing along to all the songs in the movie anyway. Anya and Adam certainly had a blast singing away in the theatre!

making Olaf from modelling clay

making Olaf from modelling clay

decorating a snowflake bookmark

decorating a snowflake bookmark

frozen treat before Frozen Sing-A-Long

frozen treat before Frozen Sing-A-Long

colouring Elsa

colouring Elsa

Pottery Painting at Impressions Art Studio

We took the kids to Impressions Art Studio at Loewen Rd for a bit of pottery painting the other day and it was a fruitful session for them. If the name of the art studio sounds familiar to you, it’s probably because they were previously at Cluny Court near Elly.

There are so many different pottery pieces to choose from. I liked a plate in the shape of a gingerbread man and I thought the Christmas ornaments were really cute. Adam chose a toy airplane to paint and Anya picked a heart-shaped box. I was trying to persuade her to choose a super cute ice-cream cone container but she had her heart (geddit??) set on that box. The kids then selected a few colours they liked before they starting painting.

The activity was perfect for Anya and she was very conscientious about using different colours on each section of the box and even added patterns to the cover and inside of the box. Adam needed a bit more help but still managed to make something cute. We will have to go back and collect their pieces after they have been fired and I can’t wait to see the final product!

painting an aeroplane

painting an aeroplane

she chose a heart-shaped box

she chose a heart-shaped box

Adam's plane and a few other completed pieces

Adam’s plane and a few other completed pieces

Besides pottery painting, Impressions Arts Studio also offers other DIY activities like acrylic painting and batik painting. This weekend, 6 and 7 December, Impressions Art Studio is celebrating their move to Loewen Rd and will be offering free art activities from 2-5pm so do pop by and find out more about what they do.

Follow the directions closely because it’s quite hard to find. The entire area is under renovation and it’s hard to spot Impressions Art Studio in the corner.

Impressions Art Studio
73 Loewen Road #01-16
Singapore 248843
Tel: 6465 8908
Monday – Sunday
10 am – 5 pm

*Drive in through Minden Road, turn right and take Harding Road. Go all the way down until you reach a junction. On your left should be MoCA (Museum of Contemporary Arts). Turn left, take the second turning and go through the construction site until you see a clearing. We are at the left corner in a smaller building.