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Imaginarium: A Voyage of Big Ideas

Noah and his playgroup friends visited Imaginarium: A Voyage of Big Ideas last week, and they had a good time exploring the different exhibits together.

The mums were attracted to the old-school swings situated outside the museum, and let the children play there for a while as we caught up on the latest news with each other, but we brought the children into the museum shortly after, so that we could spend more time inside.

On the swing with his favourite meimei





“Please stop being such a huge lightbulb, auntie!”


The children couldn’t wait to start playing at the first installation they saw, ‘We Built this Estate!’ by Chiang Yu Xiang, located on the first level. The large blocks were designed like Tetris pieces, allowing the children to push them together into different configurations, and after a while, they started building obstacle courses for themselves. The three female staff members stationed there were really friendly, and helped the children to build structures as well. Noah loved the roads there, and asked for his cars, so that he could drive them on the floor, but unfortunately, I didn’t bring any cars for him. I liked the “people” cushions that were stuck on the walls with velcro, but Noah wasn’t impressed by them at all.

We Built this Estate!




Busy playing





As we walked up to the second floor, we admired the beautiful doodles on the walls, which were part of the ‘Imagin-a-doodle’ onsite illustration, sprawling across the walls, and winding up the four levels of the building. The children also got to colour the doodles on the walls of the room in which there were five origami stations. Noah still hasn’t gotten the hang of folding paper yet, so he basically waited around for me to fold paper aeroplanes and rockets for him.



I liked this doodle a lot!


Colouring on the wall


Getting paper for me so that I could fold paper aeroplanes for him


Origami instructions





Next, we went to the third floor, where the kids tried making their own pom-poms at the ‘Let’s Make! Studio’ by Izziyana Suhaimi. There were options to weave, sew, and embroider as well, but those were obviously too complex for them. Noah wasn’t even able to make the pom-pom on his own, and I did almost everything for him in the end.

Let’s Make! Studio




Refusing to pose properly


The kids with their pom-poms


The final installation we visited was on the fourth level, called ‘Dream House’ by Lee Jeeyoung. It was probably one of the children’s favourites, as they could hang up the large ‘sweets’ on the white trees in the garden. The large gingerbread house also had huge lollipops, and chairs which looked like they were made of stick biscuits. The children went a little wild here, and started running around quite a bit, so the staff asked them to stop running, in case they fell down and hurt themselves. Noah did crash into one of his friends, and caused him to cry, but he didn’t seem very apologetic, so we left shortly after that. I know that he loves running around a lot, but I need to find a way to help him learn when it is appropriate to run around, and when to stop.

Dream House





Trying to chat Faith up again


“Ooooh, sweets!”


Hanging the sweets up





After we got home, I checked out the pamphlet we picked up, and realised that we missed a few exhibits, though I think those that we missed weren’t very suitable for Noah’s age group. Honestly, I wouldn’t mind bringing him back there again before the exhibition ends, since he seemed to have enjoyed himself quite a bit. Definitely worth a visit, but I’m guessing it’s probably best to visit on a weekday, when it’s less crowded.

Imaginarium: A Voyage of Big Ideas SAM at 8Q 8 Queen Street, Singapore 188535 Tel: 65899580 / 65899564 14 March – 19 July 2015 Mondays to Sundays: 10am to 7pm (Last admission at 615pm) Fridays: 10am to 9pm Free admission for Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents

Come celebrate Singapore’s 50th birthday with us at SAM as we launch Imaginarium: A Voyage of Big Ideas, an exhibition for everyone and anyone with a head for ideas and a heart for adventure!

Imaginarium is the new edition of SAM’s much-loved annual contemporary art exhibition for children, begun in 2010 and now in its fifth year. In the spirit of SG50, this year’s exhibition is inspired by the crescent moon on the Singapore flag, a symbol of a young nation on the rise with the capacity to dream big and think large. What might we be able to envision and aspire to? What worlds could we imagine for ourselves and create for others? With interactive and immersive artworks and hands-on activities at every turn, Imaginarium offers creative space where inspiration can bloom freely, and joyfully!

Featuring artists from Singapore and the region, Imaginarium beckons the adventurers, the dreamers, and the explorers of today to embark on a journey of discovery, and together, sail towards exciting new horizons…

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