May 12, 2017

It's a World of Creativity & Imagination at Playeum's New 'Making It Home' Exhibition

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During the past 1.5 years, Playeum had introduced the world of imaginative play to kids - we had an installation where kids got to experiment with speed, another one where kids engaged with nature and also one where the little ones got to create their own stories.

Now, Playeum has come up with yet another hands-on exhibition and judging from all the fun that the monkies had during an exclusive sneak preview, I dare say this may be its best one yet.

Located at Gillman Barracks, Playeum is a museum without walls which hopes to inspire children through self-directed exploration and learning and in the process, establish a culture of meaningful and impactful play.

Which is exactly what 'Making It Home' wants to achieve.

The new exhibition opens its doors from 16 May to 29 October 2017 and it is all about dreaming rooms, making spaces and creating places. Kids (and parents) will be able to experience the home as a place where many ordinary materials can have multiple purposes and support imagination, innovation and sustainability.

Interestingly, the spaces within the indoor playground - if you can call Playeum that - have been transformed into different ‘rooms’, each with a different purpose with different opportunities for the kids to explore, experiment and redefine. Whether it is imagining colours, materials and designs for floors walls and ceilings, to conjuring up art works with sand or recyclable materials, kids can stretch their creativity and imagination to the limit!

In all, 'Making It Home' has been divided into different sections, which resemble the different parts of a home:

The Central Space

Here, it is all about creating connections - thanks to a buffet of PVC pipes, tubes and connectors. This creative installation offers kids the chance to encounter the versatility of drain pipes and bring their personal ideas to make installations that can create connections.

And from some of the creations the monkies came up with, I can safely say they had loads of fun!

One extremely innovative installation is this memory game which makes use of sewage covers. Kids will have to flip open the covers to find the corresponding matches for the images.

Forget the matching, flipping the covers open and closing them is more fun I say!

The Bedroom

The bedroom has for a long time been a space and hideaway in which dreams and emotions are acted out. Inspired by dreams of their own, children will get to use textiles and more to transform themselves and engage in make-believe play.

The Kitchen

The kitchen is a space for touch, smell and experimentation! Children will use a variety of materials such has magnets, sand and kitchen instruments to engage and focus on sensory play.

Similar to how a kitchen is place where ideas for dishes are envisioned, this area challenges kids to come up with their own play ideas through a series of installations.

A steel table with strip and round magnets encourages the kids to come out with their own innovative games...

... while a wooden tub filled with sand allows kids to construct a network of pipes in order to create a seamless network to allow the sand to flow through.

And because kids simply love playing with sand, I reckon they will find it hard to resist trying their hands at dabbling in some sand art drawing.

Ayd spent the longest time at this installation!

The Laundry Room

The unique thing about this 'Making It Home' exhibition is a group of kids actually acted as consultants for the exhibition! Their views and ideas were sought on what elements they thought made up a home and in fact, the drawing below was initially sketched by one of the kids and replicated in the exhibition.

At our homes, the laundry room is a place where different types of textiles are gathered. In this space, kids can explore the world of laundry and cloth through weaving, printing and peg-play. They can watch their textile creations flow as they are hung from a laundry pole.

Large PVC pipes are also present and they represent the washing machines that we have at home. Here, kids will be able to load the 'washing machines' with fabric.

The Future Living Room

Known as a communal space where multiple generations come together at home, talking and relaxing, the ‘Future Living Room’ invites children to think and play with movable cubes, explore upholstery with textiles, and build with different blocks to show their own ideas of how a ‘chair of the future’ could look. They can even create their own images on a futuristic television!

The Storey Room

Otherwise known as the store room, this is no bomb shelter. Unlike the usual store room which tends to be dim and filled with items, this room is known as the 'story room' instead where kids will be able to create a din with everyday utensils and create their own stories using shadows and coloured lighting.

The Garden

What's a home without some greenery? Playeum’s geodesic dome has been transformed into a multi-layered garden that provides shade and food. The garden will grow local and western herbs, and solar powered lights will even light up the dome at night!

The Playmaking Space

For the past 3 exhibitions, this has all along been the monkies favourite space in Playeum especially Ash's. The reason? The shelves are well-stocked with a mind-boggling selection of upcycled materials like plastic bottles, paper rolls, wires, and strings.

This time around, quirky pulleys with buckets have been added to the space. The buckets are filled with art materials so trust me when I say the kids will thoroughly enjoy pulling down the buckets to obtain their art resources. A bit like the good old Milo tin that the provision stores used to have, no? 

Through the materials, kids can explore and express their thoughts through tinkering and come up with creations that can be placed in their own home.

The amazing thing about Playeum is it unreservedly invites kids of all ages to enjoy and play with ideas within the freedom of the space. Not only does 'Making It Home' feed their imaginations with everyday household items that can be found at our own homes, the exhibition also inspires and encourages them to create their own spaces.

Here are a few things to note if you planning a trip down:

1. Entry to Children's Centre for Creativity is $22 per child (1-12 years old). One accompanying adult enters free while additional accompanying adults play $10 each.

2. Although entry is for unlimited play for the day, there is a possibility that visits may be kept to 2-hours during busy periods.

3. Annual Memberships available at $160 per child, which offers one year's worth of unlimited entry for one child and one adult. This also includes a 10% discount on workshops and 20% discount for additional adult price.

4. There are no toilets and nursing rooms within centre. Toilets are however, located just beside once you exit the Playeum building.

5. No snacks and drinks are sold on premises. There is a cold drinks vending machine beside the washrooms.

6. If your kids (or you) are feeling really famished, head to Red Baron cafe opposite Playeum. It sells sandwiches, cakes and other pastries.


Ahead of its official opening on 16 May 2017, Playeum is offering a Soft Launch PREVIEW for kids! Enjoy a whopping 50% off admission fees - that's $11 for a pair of child & adult instead of the usual $22!

IMPORTANT: The discounted admission fees are only valid for THIS WEEKEND (13 & 14 May 2017) and you have to PRE-REGISTER HERE before heading down.

Useful Information

Playeum's Children's Centre for Creativity
Making It Home
Address: Blk 47, Malan Road, Gillman Barracks, #01-23, Singapore 109444
Dates: 16 May - 29 October 2017
Opening Hours: Tues - Sun: 10am - 6pm (Closed on Mondays)
Admission: $22 per child (1-12) | Accompanying adult: Free | Additional accompanying adult: $10
DBS Employees: 20% off child and additional adult admission
Capitaland Employees: 20% off child and additional adult admission
UOB Cardholders: 20% off child admission
eXplorerkid Membership: 15% off child admission
POSB Baby Bonus Nets Card: 1-for-1 child admission deal
Getting there:
Nearest MRT Station (5 to 10 minutes walk): Labrador Park Station (Circle Line)
Nearest Bus Stop (3 minutes walk): Along Alexandra Road, Opposite Alexandra Point (Bus Stop Number 15059) - Available Buses: 51, 57, 61, 83, 97, 97e, 100, 166, 175, 408, 963 or 963E
*Free Parking on Sundays.

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