Saturday, April 23, 2016

Playeum Children's Centre for Creativity - Hideaways

[Media Invite]

Igniting children to explore, create and learn through play is the key mission of Children's Centre for Creativity. This exactly aligns with my parenting belief. Located at Gillman Barracks, Children's Centre for Creativity is set up by an award-winning non-profit organisation Playeum.

We visited their second hands-on exhibition "Hideaway - Creating with Nature", which features installations that provide an interdisciplinary and engaging experience, serving as an important reminder of the world's ecosystem.

So what are the installations that you and your children can expect at "Hideaway - Creating with Nature"?

Creative Cave
Suitable for infants and toddlers as it provides multi-sensory experience through touch, sight and hearing. It serves as a warm-up installation for the younger children before they explore other exciting installations.

Knock, Knock! Who lives there?
This is the Bug Hotel that is placed in the natural habitat of the insects!

Of course, for safety reason, the children cannot go out, but they can view the hotel through a window. To get up-close to the hotel's "residents", there is a live stream video for the children to see what they are doing. And there is a magnifying glass for the children to look at the permanent resident at the window - a giant spider!

To allow the children to feel the texture of the materials that make the Bug Hotel, there is Sensory Bug Hotel indoor.

On the Identification Table, the children can match the insect specimen to the pictures, they can also draw the insects and even write letter to them!

Other than the magnifying glasses, there is a camera that is connected to a projector, so that the children can view the "up-sized" version of the insects!

The Dark Space
As the name implies, it is really dark inside! But no worries, you can still see your children under UV light! Using the fabric, the children build a giant spider web!

Welcome to My World
The children can imagine themselves as the tiny insects, and build their own shelters.

The children get to build bee's nest and moth cocoon too!

Make-believe Hideaway
Clay time is conducted frequently for the children to create a make-believe hideaway through collective effort.

Sounds of Earth - Nature's Ensemble
Let imagination run wild by creating musical instruments with natural materials! What can you make with toilet paper rolls, egg trays, bamboo poles and green beans?

There is also an outdoor installation - The Tunnel of Sound - for the children to make noise sound!

We enjoyed our afternoon at Children's Centre for Creativity! The children unleashed their creativity and made many interesting structures! Usually they are quite scared of those insects, but they stepped out their comfort zone to take a closer look at the insects and learnt more about them!

Children's Centre for Creativity
Address: Blk 47 Malan Road, Gillman Barracks #01-23, Singapore 109444
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Admission: SGD20 per child / parent pair, additional adults SGD10 each. Tickets are purchased at the centre.
How to get there:
MRT - Labrador Park Station (Circle Line) 5 to 10 minutes walk
Bus - Along Alexandra Road, Opposite NOL Building (Bus Stop Number 15049) Bus no. 51, 57, 61, 83, 97, 97e, 100, 166, 175, 408, 963 or 963E
Parking - limited parking lots outside the centre, check carpark charges here

Disclaimer: We were invited to Playeum Children's Centre for Creativity. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions and photos are mine.

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