In case you hadn’t noticed, raising a kid in Singapore is expensive. School fees are wild, diapers are costly, and trips to various indoor playgrounds add up. So, give your credit card the day off and check out the fun and free Gallery Children’s Biennale 2023.
Happening at National Gallery Singapore from now till 31st March 2024, the exhibition features 11 interactive artworks that teach children how to make the world a better place. Plus, sign them up for dozens of craft and music workshops.
The theme “Let’s Make A Better Place” is at the front and centre of this series of 11 interactive artworks. Split into 4 main zones themed Care, Collaborate, Imagine, and Respect, this year’s Gallery Children’s Biennale is designed to inspire kids to make positive changes in the world.
At Care, you’ll be able to turn trash into treasured pieces of art, record the sound of your heart beating, and admire the soft sculpture that’s translated into I love you in an ancient Malay language.
As soon as you reach Respect, you’ll be met with a forest made of paintings and drawings, an ocean full of wildlife, and ripples of waves on which you can “float”. At Imagine, the abstract blocks, shapes, and structures will let your imagination run wild as you build vehicles, ride a pretend MRT, and explore the artwork.
As for Collaborate, immerse yourself in the landscape of a digital forest before settling into a drawing session with the fam.
If you’re able to tear yourself and your children away from the artwork, check out the craft and music workshops.
The lineup includes a sewing workshop where you can learn how to patch holes in clothing, a music session that lets you belt out tracks and play instruments, and a series of quests to help a pink creature find his way home. Workshop passes start from $10/ticket and admits 1 adult and 1 child.
You could hit up one of the city’s many indoor playgrounds in Singapore to hopefully snatch a spot in the crowded ball pit. Or you can visit Gallery Children’s Biennale that’s both educational, inspirational, and free.
Just make sure you pick up a My Biennale Buddy booklet on the way in. This guide details the themes of the installations, their artists, and other activities on site. There’s also the Art Pack ($5) that contains a set of activity cards based on the 11 artworks for you to keep the kids occupied at home.
Gallery Children’s Biennale will wrap up on 31st March 2024 which gives you plenty of time to make multiple trips down from now till then.
Address: 1 St. Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957
Opening hours: 10am-7pm, Daily
Contact: 6271 7000
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Cover image adapted from: National Gallery of Singapore
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