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Future World at ArtScience Museum

We visited Future World: Where Art Meets Science at ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands on Good Friday and it blew our minds!

Our visit didn’t start off so well. The queue to get tickets was horrendously long and after queuing for some time to get the tickets, we were told that we had to proceed downstairs and queue again to enter the exhibition! Good thing the kids were able to entertain themselves by chasing each other around the premises. After we managed to get in however, any irritation that had accumulated from the wait outside dissipated quickly.

Future World is the new permanent exhibition at ArtScience Museum with 15 spectacular art installations that evolve in real-time through visitor presence and participation. Future World is a collaboration with teamLab, an award-winning Tokyo-based art collective of “ultra-technologists” that includes artists, programmers, engineers, CG animators, mathematicians, architects and designers.


An interactive world of flora and fauna that invites you to reflect on our intricate relationship with the environment. In Flowers and People, Cannot be Controlled but Live Together – A Whole Year per Year | Ever Blossoming Life II – A Whole Year per Year; Dark | Flutter of Butterflies Beyond Borders, a combination of three different artworks, we walked through a field of luminous flowers where the flowers either blossom or fade away. The installation is supposed to evolve throughout the year with the four different seasons, so no two visits will ever be the same.

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can you see Adrian and David?

Next, we got a glimpse into the future wrought by climate change in 100 Years Sea Animation Diorama, which is based on scientific data from WWF, and we were reminded to reflect on the long-term environmental effects of the world’s rising sea levels due to climate change

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100 Years Sea Animation Diorama

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Connecting! Train Block gave the kids (and Adrian) a chance to design their own transportation network by using physical wooden blocks to design and connect an evolving system of roads, rivers and railways to keep the ever-increasing traffic flowing smoothly.

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Connecting! Train Block

Our favourite installation was definitely Sketch Town! The kids created their own town landmarks by colouring in paper drawings of buildings and vehicles and then scanning them so that they appeared on the wall as 3D animated objects. You can even interact with the objects by touching them and making them move. Adam was so unbelievably excited when the truck he had coloured appeared on the wall and started making its way around the town. Sketch Town Paper Craft then turns the 3D digital drawings into physical paper craft models.

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Sketch Town

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Adam posing with his truck

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making her building jump into the air

We created playful and vibrant structures from stacking blocks that glow and change colour when connected together in Media Block Chair. The high-tech blocks communicate information to each other when they are connected, changing colour with every addition or subtraction.

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Media Block Chair


Park was all about PLAY! In Create! Hopscotch for Geniuses the kids got to design their own customised hopscotch game by arranging circles, triangles and squares on an electronic tablet, which are then projected onto the floor. When you land on the same shapes in succession, beautiful colours and sounds are triggered.

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Create! Hopscotch for Geniuses

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they did this over and over!

Light Ball Orchestra consists of beachball-sized globes of multicoloured light and sound. Touch any ball to change the colour and sound of the balls around it. The kids were screaming so happily as they rolled the balls all over the place that I couldn’t hear any particular sounds coming from the balls! There’s a little section with smaller balls that is set apart for younger children who may get bowled over by the bigger kids in the main orchestra pit!

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Light Ball Orchestra

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so much fun

Sketch Aquarium follows the same concept as Sketch Town. The installation allows you to create drawings of sea creatures and watch them come to life in a virtual ocean after you scan them. The busy sea creatures swim around and interact with each other and you can even feed them by touching fish food bags on the screen!

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Sketch Aquarium

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looking for his fish

I liked Story of the Time When Gods Were Everywhere but didn’t get to spend much time there. You can create your own environment by touching hieroglyphic characters and watch them transform into natural elements such as wind, rain, trees and mountains. The enthralling story of creation begins when you touch the characters, and the movement of your body further changes and evolves the world around you.

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Story of the Time When Gods Were Everywhere


We could not take our eyes off the more than 170,000 LED lights in Crystal Universe. This stunning artwork gives the illusion of stars moving in space. The light and body of the installation responds to your mass and motion. You can change the fabric of the universe itself by ‘swiping’ planets and stars from smart devices within the installation, and watch them become part of the dazzling environment around you. Simply breathtaking.

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Crystal Universe

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David lost in the lights


Please note that timed-entry has been introduced since 1 April. Admission times are: 10 am, 11.30 am, 1 pm, 2.30 pm, 4 pm and 5.30 pm. I recommend getting your tickets online before heading down so that you can save some time to your visit. Apart from ArtScience Museum’s Box Office, tickets are also available at the MasterCard Theatres Box Office (B1, Marina Bay Sands).

FUTURE WORLD: Where Art Meets Science
Adult : S$16
Senior Citizen (65 years & above) : S$13
Child (2-12 years) : S$9
Student (with valid student pass) : S$13


Children go free! Every Friday, up to four children under 12 years old enter for free with every adult ticket purchased.

Floral Watercolour Workshop

It’s been incredibly hard to keep up with blogging this year because things at work and at home have gotten so crazy I can barely breathe. But I have an obsession with learning new things and so I managed to make some time (with help from the husband and one of my aunts) and signed up for a floral watercolour workshop. I dragged the sister along with me for company and it turned out to be a really enjoyable session.

I think technology has taken over our lives so much that there is an increasing desire to DIY and get your hands dirty. There are so many crafty workshops available these days but I decided on Natalie Studio for the watercolour class because the location was very convenient for me.

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Natalie’s samples

We paid $95 (the price has since gone up to $120) for a 3-hour class and there were 7 students in our class (but I think it’s supposed to be 8 cos there was one extra setting). There were a few sheets of floral samples on the table and Natalie our instructor demonstrated each type of flower with helpful tips on what to look out for and common errors.

After each demonstration we attempted the flower on our own while she went around and guided us and pointed out what we were doing wrong (too little water, too much force, etc.) When we were done with the different flowers, she showed us samples of floral wreaths, taught us how to plan the shape and layout, then we painted the wreath with her guidance.

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my attempts at flowers and a floral wreath

I’m glad my first learn-something-new class for 2016 went so well. I would like to try brush calligraphy, some kind of sewing workshop, and maybe work with leather or metal as well!

Tasmania Day 7 & 8: Salamanca Market & Farm Gate Market

We left Bruny Island very early to make our way back to the airport so that we could return our camper van and get a rental car. I wanted to get to Salamanca Market as early as possible. Salamanca Market is a street market in Hobart and is held on Saturdays between 8.30 am and 3 pm. There’s so much to see, eat and buy!

I love how almost everything in Salamanca Market is grown or made in Tasmania. We bought some honey, magnets, baby bibs, and books. The author was there to autograph the books we bought! And I know I’ve said this in many of the Tasmania posts, but Salamanca Market is definitely a must-do when in Tasmania.

Another market we visited was Farm Gate Market. Farm Gate Market operates every Sunday on Bathurst St, from 8.30 am – 1 pm. I was delighted to see Get Shucked oysters from Bruny Island at the market and had half a dozen for a second breakfast.

If we are lucky enough to go to Tasmania again, we will make sure we visit Farm Gate Market to stock up before we embark on our camper van journey so that we can have lots of local vegetables, meat and bread for our trip.

Keppel Centre for Art Education at National Gallery Singapore

A few months back, Adrian and I visited National Gallery Singapore for their Naked Museum Tour and I’ve been longing to go back since. Last Friday, Anya and I attended the media preview of Keppel Centre for Art Education, a new immersive learning facility that will encourage young visitors to cultivate their interest in art with programmes designed to make learning art enjoyable and accessible.

The Keppel Centre for Art Education will be the first of its kind in the region to provide children the opportunity to access original artwork, handle art tools, select artworks, write labels and conduct exhibition tours for their peers through experiential learning and role-play. Through this and other programmes, the Gallery hopes to enrich art education in Singapore and enable more visitors from all walks of life to appreciate art.

At the Art Corridor, young children will be invited to touch, explore and change the look of artworks through interacting with moveable elements. The Art Corridor provides a highly tactile and visually impactful interactive art experience that may be enjoyed by visitors of all ages.

Inspired by the topographical maps of waterways in Singapore, Voyage by Twardzik Ching Chor Leng is a large-scale puzzle artwork found along the Art Corridor. It was interesting to see how children of different ages interacted differently with the artwork. The older children were trying hard to move a chip through the maze without the chip falling into one of the holes but the younger ones were doing their best to push as many chips into the holes as possible!

Voyage by Twardzik Ching Chor Leng

Voyage by Twardzik Ching Chor Leng

Look, Mummy! 3D glasses!

Look, Mummy! 3D glasses!

with Twardzik Ching Chor Leng

with Twardzik Ching Chor Leng

Anya’s favourite space is the Art Playscape featuring The Enchanted Tree House by Sandra Lee. Children can enter the space through a special tunnel, look through periscopes, communicate using talk tubes and hide in the split-level Tree House. It feels like you have walked into a beautifully illustrated pop-up book!

Inspired by the idea of ‘entering a painting’, Art Playscape develops curiosity and imagination through active play, movement and discovery for young visitors. Through 5 different self-guided adventure trails, visitors uncover hidden stories. Mysteries, unexpected surprises and fantastical creatures await.


Climbing onto an elevated lily pad


spying through a periscope


checking out the books in the tree house


playing snakes and ladders

At the Project Gallery, kids can design and create their own fantastical mobile homes in Home-a-Sapiens by Tan Wee Lit. Designed as an immersive and contemplative environment, the Project Gallery invites visitors to use art to imagine creative solutions to real world issues. Visitors can also display their art pieces in the Project Gallery as part of the collaborative learning process that connects their creative ideas with the artist’s artworks.


It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s…a flying bus-home!?


home is where the Ark is


plumb the plump tree


making her flying bus-home


with artist Tan Wee Lit

Visitors to the Children’s Museum will gain insight into the creative process of different artists in an environment inspired by their respective studios. In Home, Language and Letters by Milenko Prvacki, children can use a variety of photographs and collage materials to create a visual letter to be sent to the artist.


different materials for the artist to work with


the artist’s tools


hands-on session


making a swing from some materials

with artist Milenko Pravacki

with artist Milenko Pravacki

The kids were fascinated and inspired by the detail of the Woodlands cityscape made out of clay, plasticine and sticky foam by 13-year-old artist Xandyr Quek, which is part of the Centre’s special display programme based on the 2015-2016 theme of ‘Homes’.


admiring the clay and plasticine cityscape by 13-year-old artist, Xandyr Quek.


a closer look at the clay and plasticine cityscape of Woodlands

by world-renowned British artist and autistic savant Stephen Wiltshire

by world-renowned British artist and autistic savant Stephen Wiltshire


we had a great time!

The Keppel Centre for Art Education will present an annual change of installations and feature a series of adult- and family-friendly programmes, such as daily tours, workshops, lectures, forums, family weekends and community days. It is slated to open together with the Gallery on 24 November this year. Located on the ground floor of the City Hall Wing, the Centre is easily accessible to schools and families with young children. Admission to the Centre is free.

N.B. This article on Keppel Centre for Art Education by The Straits Times features a familiar face!

Playeum Children’s Centre for Creativity

I’m getting pretty sick of the haze but since we can’t do much about it, here’s another indoor activity for the public holiday and weekend. We checked out The Art of Speed at the brand new Children’s Centre for Creativity by Playeum at Gillman Barracks and the kids had a blast! Details on location, opening hours and admission charges are right at the end of the post.

look for the pink elephant

look for the pink elephant

Near the entrance is Vroom!, a section suitable for toddlers. I tried to get David to hang around within that space so I could chill a little and he spent some time there but was eventually more interested in the rest of the activities. It’s a small but interesting area for the younger kids with blocks, wooden vehicles, cushioned ramps, and a peg board of objects of different shapes, sizes, and textures to explore.

toddler area


lots of different sounds and textures to explore

lots of different sounds and textures to see, touch and hear

Anya and Adam headed for The Dark Space for some Shadow Play. They experimented with how the shadows of the shapes shifted and changed as they pulled on a rope with a light source attached to it. They then put on headlamps and walked around the space to create their own moving shadows.

exploring shadows

exploring light and shadow

shadow play

shadow play at The Dark Space

The main attraction for all three kids was Create for Speed. Several race tracks were laid out in a row and the children manipulated the tracks around cardboard tubes and over ramps and wooden stools to create a race track with unique curves and loops before testing the track with little toy cars. But the kids really just wanted to build their own LEGO cars and fling them down the communal ramp to see which car would make it down the ramp and over the gap in one piece!

create for speed

Create for Speed

having a go

having a go

building LEGO cars

building LEGO cars

trying to get cars over the gap in the ramp

trying to get cars over the gap in the ramp

Finally, the Play Maker Space allows kids (and adults) to use their imagination to make their own vehicle out of an assortment of recycled materials. We’re not talking about the boring stuff we hoard at home in the form of toilet rolls and random plastic containers! There are also cardboard tubes of varying thickness and length, wooden sticks, plastic washers, different types of wires and tapes, etc.

The older ones worked on building a ramp for marbles on the peg board wall while David and I tested vehicles on a ramp made from a plastic sheet. We found one made from Yakult bottles and plastic washers that worked very well and he played happily with that for some time.

play maker space

play maker space

trying out a toy he found lying around

trying out a toy he found lying around

the older ones building a track for marbles

the older ones building a track for marbles

The Children’s Centre for Creativity encourages children to play and to create based on their imagination and provides them with some of the tools to do so. To be perfectly honest, it’s not an indoor playground where you can dump your kids while you hide in a corner and fiddle with your phone. Your kids will want you to play with them and to look at their clever creations or even build something big and amazing together and you’ll enjoy being engaged in their play. In fact, you may even get a bit competitive when it comes to building the best LEGO car that will make it down the ramp and across the gap without breaking apart.

Children’s Centre for Creativity
Blk 47, Malan Road
Gillman Barracks #01-23
Singapore 109444
6262 0750

Opening hours:
Tue to Sun, 10 am – 6 pm

Admission charges:
Child (aged 1–12): $20
Accompanying adult: Free
Additional accompanying adult: $10

Open House 2015 – Adam’s Faces

Adam’s class did their project work on faces! They made many different kinds of faces such as balloon faces stuffed with flour, animal faces made of clay, paper thaumatrope faces, silhouette printing, papier mache faces, and so many more! The whole class worked together to make a giant face and they also put up a performance and they sang two action songs

Part of the Open House involved raising money for charity. In Adam’s class, there were some paintings on display that were painted by the students and these paintings were up for auction. We were admiring them and remarking that some of the kids could paint so well. Then we discovered that one of the pictures (of a yellow cat in a blue shirt) was done by Adam! We were pleasantly surprised because we weren’t aware that he had any artistic inclination. I’m sure he had a lot of help from his teachers but we were very proud of his work (and of course we bid for his painting).

giant face made by the entire class

giant face made by the entire class

thaumatrope faces

thaumatrope faces (facial features are on different sides and you are supposed to spin it to see the whole face)


Chinese opera masks

robot faces

robot faces


facial expressions

Adam's art piece

Adam’s art piece

Open House 2015 – Anya’s Puppets

Every year, the kids in nursery and up are given a theme for Project Work and they spend most of the year learning about and doing activities based on the theme. Each class is given a different theme and Anya’s class had Puppets.

Coincidentally, the National Museum had shadow puppet shows and puppet-making workshops as part of their programme for Masak Masak so we managed to learn a lot about puppets there and her project was based on what she did at the museum.

We were most impressed by the amount of effort put in by the students and teachers. There were so many different types of puppets on display. They even put up two performances: one in Chinese, and one in English. The puppets for the performance were all made by the students.

My favourite bit was a little book with a story written (in Chinese!) and illustrated by Anya. The story was about her baby brother running off to climb a mountain on his own and how every one had to run around looking frantically for him. She made a glove puppet to represent each member of the family in the story. Definitely a precious piece of work that I will be putting into her memory box!

Anya's project

Anya’s project

imagining a peacock puppt

imagining a peacock puppt

she made a blue puppet

she made a blue puppet

glove puppet

glove puppet