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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Art Garden 2013 - Singapore Art Museum

With the Vesak Day long weekend, we shortlisted the Art Garden at Singapore Art Museum as one of the must visit places to bring Aiden and spent half a day exploring the installations put together by both local and international artists. We highly recommend this to families with young kids as it allows both parents and kids to discover, explore and learn together. This runs through to 1 Sep, so remember to mark this down on your calendar. Singaporeans and PRs enter for free, so just flash your identity card to gain entry.

There were four levels to explore, and we stepped right into the enchanted garden city adorned with illustrations of fairytales with an Asian twist. I didn't have time to look at every wall as I was busy chasing after the active boy who was climbing up and down the rainbow bridge and running about in the colorful, whimsical room. 
We stepped into Vicente Delgado's Around the Day in Eighty Worlds, where there were many interactive exhibits perfect for the little ones to lay their hands on. It is great that the exhibits were more interactive and not all labelled 'No touching', otherwise it would be boring for the kids.

On the same level was Stellar Cave II by Julien Saluad, which was really breathtaking. Made with threads and screws and illuminated by lights, there was a room where visitors can try their hands on how the installation was done - look at Aiden and Daddy in action.

Aiden is wearing the Rocker Star Print Pink T-Shirt from our store PriviKids.

We spent some time on Level 3 to catch a series of short films by local schools at The Moving Image Gallery - think there were more than 10 short films altogether so you can spend close to an hour here. As we were leaving, we popped by the installation, Landscape in the Box situated at the entrance to look at over 100 individual boxes housing different perspectives of Singapore by individuals.

Overall, this year's Art Garden is definitely still worth a visit though we preferred the previous year's. Some useful tips for parents: Parking is very limited so you can park at the NTUC Income Centre or SMU building. Entrance is not at the main SAM building but across the street at a separate building - SAM at 8Q. Feel free to bring your stroller that can be left at Level 1 while you explore the exhibits.

Here's a flashback to Jun 2012 when we visited the Singapore Art Museum with 16 month old Aiden:
Father's Day weekend outing
Whee! Catch me if you can!
Coloring with Daddy
Beautiful wall of art pieces
Too tired and too conducive for a cat nap


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