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Masak Masak at National Museum of Singapore

We look forward to the Children’s Season programme at National Museum of Singapore every year and the kids always have fun even though there are usually some hits and misses. We love how Playgrounds on the Lawn looks but have never actually played on them. It’s only available for play on weekends from 10 am to 12 pm and 4 to 6 pm. Every year I give the same feedback about how the programmes and activities that are only available on weekends should be made available at least on one weekday since it’s the school holidays after all!

Masak Masak

Masak Masak

dragon playground

dragon playground

watermelon playground

watermelon playground

elephant playground

elephant playground

climbing

climbing

Spectrum of Paper

Spectrum of Paper

In the basement, you can find Memory Stations where kids can learn about the art of woodblock printing and also stamp different shapes on paper. They had fun stamping but didn’t really bother with the exhibition. I wonder if there’s a better way to connect the activity with the exhibition because I found the woodblock prints very interesting but the activity was not that similar to woodblock printing.

Memory Stations

Memory Stations

stamping

stamping

Also in the basement is Wanderlust. The enchanted forest is visually very attractive to children but there’s nothing much to do there. Before entering, the kids were told not to run and not to touch anything. I feel that art for children should be as interactive as possible and I didn’t like having to follow the kids every step of the way telling them not to touch anything.

Wanderlust

Wanderlust

they forgot they weren't suppose to run

they forgot they weren’t suppose to run

Back on Level 1, the kids spent a lot of time playing Garden Games. This was probably their favourite section. I liked how the eraser game and the retro pasar malam ring toss game were converted into giant versions in Flag Attack! and Can or Not? but I felt that the Hello, Hello? cups and string set-up could be a wee bit unhygienic. Somewhere in between were the see-no-touch Dancing Solar Flowers.

giant erasers

giant erasers

can you hear me??

can you hear me??

giant ring toss game

giant ring toss game

getting a ball through a maze

getting a ball through a maze

watching the dancing solar flowers

watching the dancing solar flowers

Anya said her favourite part was Luma-City on the 3rd floor. We had trouble finding it because it’s tucked away in a little corner, but we had it all to ourselves so the kids went quite mad pushing the vehicles around and leaving light trails in their wake.

who needs organised exercise?

who needs organised exercise?

whee!

whee!

Finally, we visited the Salon on Level 1 twice. Once on a weekend for the Queen of the Forest puppet performance, and once on a weekday to avoid the crowds. Anya is doing a school project on puppets so we spent some time there making a puppet. Before leaving for lunch, the kids did some coloring at Simple Pleasures in Life and etching at Life’s Best Journey is With the One You Love. Simple activities but the kids liked it and I did a bit of colouring too.

Spectrum of Paper

Spectrum of Paper

puppet show

puppet show

behind the scenes

behind the scenes

colouring their puppets

colouring their puppets

more colouring

more colouring

and some scraping

and some etching

Masak Masak is on at National Museum of Singapore until 10 August 2015. On the weekday that we visited, we spent about 3 hours there. Click here for more information about special programmes, workshops and activities.

Children’s Season 2014 – Masak Masak at NMS (Part 2)

We headed upstairs to the second floor for more fun. I love the whimsical ‘Rouleaux’ by Anastassia Elias. Inspired by the theme of ‘What I Want to be When I Grow Up’, the artist created miniature dioramas in toilet rolls using just manicure scissors and tweezers. Really amazing!

Kids can attempt to make one on their own by colouring, cutting and sticking a template. It’s a great activity but I had to ask the facilitators to sharpen the colour pencils because they were all blunt or the lead had broken off. I also think it would be good to have stepping stools for kids to look at the ones that are higher up. I took photos of the ones out of Anya’s reach and showed them to her on my camera.

Rouleaux by Anastassia Elias

Rouleaux by Anastassia Elias

what's inside?

what’s inside?

amazing little dioramas in toilet rolls

amazing little dioramas in toilet rolls

making her own

making her own

‘Word Out’ by NUS Division of Industrial Design is a fun game where you literally have to spell out a word with body language. I wish I had something like this at home so I can get the kids to learn spelling AND exercise at the same time!

Word Out

Word Out

spelling out a word

spelling out a word

Our favourite section was ‘Sculpture Scribble’ by Spanish group Guixot de 8. Using materials from a recycling and composting site, they recreate works by famous 20th century artists into interactive installations that encourage play. We spent quite a bit of time here trying to achieve the objective of each sculpture. Maybe I would have been better at Physics in school if we had these sculptures to bring the various laws of Physics to life.

making the wooden cylinder roll around

making the wooden cylinder roll around

trying to open the lid by kicking the ball in

trying to open the lid by kicking the ball in

hitting the ball with the foot pedal

hitting the ball with the foot pedal

supposed to join the two pieces together without touching!

supposed to join the two pieces together without touching!

rolling the ball down

rolling the ball down

joining the pieces without looking directly at them

joining the pieces without looking directly at them

she did it!

she did it!

rolling the ball from one side to the other

rolling the ball from one side to the other

putting marbles into pots

putting marbles into pots

trying to put the finger into the nose

trying to put the finger into the nose

rolling the ball into the basket

rolling the ball into the basket

manipulating the ball onto the other end

manipulating the ball onto the other end

catching the egg

catching the egg

You can also check out this post by Olimomok!