7 reasons to visit The Artground children’s art centre

By Kim Chan   — July 11, 2017
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    Who says babies are too young to experience the arts? From soothing and engaging performances for tiny tots to open spaces for preschoolers to run around and explore, a spanking new children’s arts centre offers an array of multisensory experiences for kids aged 12 and below.

    Located at Goodman Arts Centre in Tanjong Katong, The Artground: A Curious Place To Be has four interactive arts play spaces and a roster of programmes year-round.

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    The 500 sqm space – a bit larger than 5 four-room HDB flats – is developed by The Ground Co in collaboration with the National Arts Council. It’s mission: to give the young ones the chance to explore, question, appreciate and discover everything around them through art.

    Young Parents visited The Artground and here’s what we recommend you do there:

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  • The Ground Floor
    3 / 8 The Ground Floor

    Once you reach the doors of The Artground, it’s time to take off your shoes. You must also sanitise your hands before entering the main art space and it’s reassuring to know that safety and sanitation are a priority.

    This space is free to the public and will feature installations that are refreshed thrice a year. The large area encourages kids aged two to 12 to run free and explore all the elements of the various interactive art installations around them.

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  • The Baby Stage
    4 / 8 The Baby Stage

    This raised platform is fitted with walkways and slopes with a slight incline, and higher points of the slopes are surrounded by bean bags. The stage is not only a safe space for crawlers, it also encourages them to toddle.

    This area is sure to captivate your little one with its mesmerising art installations dangling all around and colourful interactive art pieces on the walls. Tots will love that they get to explore and you won’t have to worry about him touching everything he sees.

    There are multiple staff members watching each space, so if you lose sight of your little one, there’s always someone to help you.

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  • The WhiteBox
    5 / 8 The WhiteBox

    Billed as the heart and soul of The Artground this cosy theatre will host various child-friendly performances.

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  • The Good Garden
    6 / 8 The Good Garden

    Besides indoor fun, kids can explore nature in this whimsical outdoor garden space where they can take part in gardening workshops all year round. Conducted by Cultivate Central, the workshops aim to teach the young ones about the source of their food, creating a deep connection with it at the same time. It may be the trick to getting them to them eat their veggies!

    Admission is free in July, 2017. Fees apply from August.

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  • Always something new to do
    7 / 8 Always something new to do

    Expect fun and enriching programmes throughout the year.

    For the month of July, head to the WhiteBox to check out the Baby Space, a multi-sensory installation designed for babies aged 16 months and below. Combining contemporary dance, music, visual arts and poetry, this space allows for the little ones to interact with the performers and explore the installation on their own. As spaces are limited and in high demand, make sure you register. Tickets cost $18 per baby-carer pair.

    Other current exhibitions include Down The Rabbit Hole, an interactive visual art exhibition by mixed media artist Poh Ya See. Encouraging its young visitors aged 12 and under, to crawl under or climb over its various elements to explore the hidden world of underground animals, it will run till Oct 29, 2017. This part of the exhibition is free.

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  • Useful details you must know
    8 / 8 Useful details you must know

    During the opening month of July 2017, all programmes are free. The exception is the Baby Space, which costs $18 per baby-carer pair.

    From August, ticketed programmes and workshops which take place every weekend have varied admission prices and tickets can be bought on-site. Do take note that some activities may require pre-registration.

    The interactive installations at the Ground Floor are free.

    The Artground also includes thoughtful facilities such as a baby care room, stroller parking space, and a prayer room. It can accommodate visitors on wheelchairs and those with special needs.

    Where: Block J #01-40, 90 Goodman Road
    Time: Wed – Thurs: 9.30am – 5.00pm; Fri – Sun & PH: 9.30am – 6.00pm (Closed on Mon & Tues)
    Visit: www.theartground.com.sg for more individual programme listings.

    (Photos: The National Art Council)

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