There are several free places in Singapore that are great as family outings with young children. If you are looking for somewhere to go over the weekend or during the upcoming National Day holiday, do check out the National Gallery! There are permanent exhibits that are very suitable for even toddlers, but from now until 9 September 2018, there are even more fun activities going on as part of the Children's Festival, so don't miss it!
The Rainbow Passageway, created by many colorful ribbons along the staircase, making an otherwise dull walk up the stairs, so much more fun and photo-worthy!
The Dreamer's Haven where you can get color up pieces of wing-shaped paper and write down your fears or dreams, and sending them flying away or high up in the sky where no dream is too big to be fulfilled!
The Anatomy of Dreamers is probably the kid's favorite exhibit. There are structures that act as obstacle course which allow them to expend their boundless energy!
The Rainbow Concert Hall is an exhibit with all your familiar household items like pots, pans, brushes, and oven pans, which serve as musical instruments for the budding musician to display their creativity and musical talents! But when you put in an entire bunch of kiddos in this area, beware of how loud, and possibly even unbearable, this music may become. Who knew even the badminton racket can be used as a musical instrument?
Passages and Bridges is a brilliant exhibit that makes use of optical illusion with mirrors. As you walk atop the exhibit, you wonder how far down the exhibits go, and if you look long enough, it sure makes you feel like you might fall down a very deep pit!
The Hands On exhibit, as the name suggests, allows gallery patrons to get their hands busy creating various shapes and structures with pool noodles and velcro structures. I think the usage of these materials are absolutely ingenious because they are not only bright and colorful, they are very durable and can be used and re-used in the hands of countless children without manage over hours and hours of fun!
Don't forget to walk through the immersive digital installations titled Flowers and People and Walk, Walk, Walk. Be dazzled by the colourful digital images on the wall and amused by a marching band of people, rabbits and frogs.
Children's Festival at National Gallery is on now until 9 September 2018
National Gallery Opening Hours (including public holidays):
• Sat–Thu: 10am–7pm
• Fri: 10am–9pm
For more information on National Gallery, read on here.
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