Apr 20, 2018

The More We Get Together Exhibition opens at National Museum Singapore & it has these Free Bouncy Inflatables for Kids!

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Chances are you would have spent a sizable part of your childhood at the playgrounds during your growing up years. And because playing is always fun, playgrounds inevitably form a part of our memories - whether it is on a see-saw, swing, sandbox, the Dragon playground or even the newer playgrounds like the Wallhola (aka Vertical Playground).

Or in the eyes of the kids these days - bouncy inflatables!

From now until September 2018, the National Museum of Singapore is inviting everyone to relive those memories and think about future playgrounds at The More We Get Together: Singapore’s Playgrounds 1930 – 2030.

Admission is free and through the exhibition, you get to explore different playground surfaces, examine the original blueprints of the iconic mosaic playgrounds, and discover how the definition of our playgrounds have changed over the years, not only in terms of physical boundaries and equipment but also in terms of their place and meaning in society.

For the kids though, I reckon these will be THE highlight of the exhibition!

Located just outside the main entrance of National Museum Singapore, these are playgrounds of yesteryears re-imagined as Bouncy Inflatables! How many can you identify with?

There are the Dove and Pelican ones.

And the Pineapple one that used to be at Tampines.

Even the Clock playground makes an appearance!

Besides the inflatables, there are also other 'springy' animal rides for younger kids just outside National Museum Singapore.

BUT DO NOTE that these inflatables will only be available THIS WEEKEND (20-22 April 2018). Opening hours are from 10am to 5.30pm. Thereafter, they will make a comeback during Children's Season from 26 May to 24 June 2018.

However, the exhibition within National Museum Singapore will ongoing from now until 30 September 2018 - it's ideal if you want to escape from the heat or rain - and you will not be able to miss this installation once you step inside.

Titled 'The Dynamic Lines of Our Nest', this installation is a toddler play space that is unique to the Museum. Families can take turns to twist the central pole, transforming the installation into a colourful mobile for toddlers playing in the central playpen below.

Step into the exhibition proper and get ready to go back in time when play does not equate to digital.

Consisting of 4 main areas, the first area denotes Singapore's Early Playgrounds from the 1920s to 1960s.

Back then, designated playgrounds were few and far between and kids usually make do with an open grass field and these childhood toys.

Life was so much simpler back then.

Then came the 1970s  to 1990s when the retro playgrounds started to take shape - that was where the Dragon, Dove, Pelican, Elephant and Watermelon playgrounds came into existence.

One important aspect of these playgrounds was all of them came with a sandbox for imaginative sand play!

Just like the good old times, kids will be able to indulge in sand play as well.

The third area of the exhibition depicts where we are right now - differing play structures with an emphasis on more adventurous designs without comprising on safety.

Kids can enjoy climbing on a rope play structure that is adapted from the rope pyramid in West Coast Park, one of the tallest climbing structures at the time when it was built in 2000.

Finally, the last area imagines our playgrounds of the future - by letting the kids design their fave playground!

It is not solely for fun because all the ideas contributed will help the National Museum Singapore build its very first playground after the exhibition!

If you are there, do remember to pick up your free copy of "The More We Play Together' Playbook for the kids. Recommended for kids aged 5 to 12, the book will let the littles ones embark on a journey through the exhibition and discover little-known facts about Singapore's playgrounds with hands-on activities.

Head down to The More We Get Together: Singapore’s Playgrounds 1930 – 2030 exhibition this weekend (21 & 22 April 2018) and enjoy lots of fun activities for the families, held in conjunction with the Singapore Heritage Festival 2018! For more details, visit HERE.

Useful Information

The More We Get Together: Singapore’s Playgrounds 1930 – 2030
20 April - 30 September 2018
10am - 7pm daily
Stamford Gallery, Level 1, National Museum Singapore
FREE Admission

Bouncy Adventures (Inflatables)
20 – 22 April 2018 & 26 May - 24 June 2018
10am – 5.30pm
The Front Lawn
FREE Admission
Recommended for kids aged 2 and up

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