After six years of squatting in museums, community centres and void decks, Playeum finally has a home to call its own. The Children’s Centre for Creativity opens its doors tomorrow at 10am, and we’ve got a first look review for you. Described as a dedicated creative space for children and families, it houses a series of creative and open-ended artistic experiences revolving around a central theme or concept, which is refreshed three times each year. For its debut, the centre created The Art of Speed. Here’s what you’ll find inside.
The Main Space features interactive, open-ended installations for hands-on explorations and free play. For The Art of Speed, the team set up the Create for Speed play area. Buckets of Lego parts are set out for kids to create their own cars, which they can then test out on special ramps.
The Play Maker Space is a large do-it-yourself workshop, where kids have free access to buckets and containers of recycled materials, which they can use to build their own objects related to the larger theme. Children are also encouraged to work together collaboratively. Staff members work as facilitators rather than teachers, hanging back and allowing kids to create on their own instead of telling them what to do. Kids are also encouraged to leave their creations on display on the shelves as inspiration for others.
The Dark Space acts as an area for creative interaction with various audio and visual media. For The Art of Speed, Playeum’s Creative Director Isabelle Desjeux created the Shadow Play installation. With one light on a pulley system along the floor and objects of various shapes, sizes and opacity scattered across the ground, it lets visitors explore how light and shadows work.
Just behind the registration desk, you’ll also find a dedicated toddler space with padded play mats. Converted into Vroom! for The Art of Speed, it has a fun car created from a hodge-podge of home items. It gives toddlers a variety of textures to play with, while also showing parents that they don’t need expensive or specialised items to get creative with their kids at home.
There is also a Workshop space which, unlike the other areas, is sectioned off by walls to allow for more private and structured activities. The centre also offers various programmes, including artist-led workshops, tinkering Sundays, art jam sessions, holiday camps, and birthday parties.
Find the fun at #01-23 Gillman Barracks, Blk 47, Malan Road. They’re open on Tuesdays through Sundays, 10am to 6pm; closed on Mondays and Dec 25. Child admission is $20 and the first accompanying adult enjoys free admission. An additional adult ticket costs $10. Visit www.playeum.com for more information.
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