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Children already have a natural curiosity that can bloom into something great — when nurtured, of course. The Artground aims to do just that through art.
It is a multi-disciplinary arts centre offering interactive visual art spaces that taps into a child’s potential. The Artground doesn’t just develop their curiosity and creativity, but their motor skills as well.
The Artground: An Overview
In July 2017, The Artground was developed in collaboration with the National Arts Council to create a unique approach to learning for children up to 12 years old. Moreover, it is also managed by The Ground Co Limited which is a registered arts charity.
Inspired by the poem The Hundred Languages of Children by Loris Malaguzzi, The Artground incorporates the elements of a typical playground and interactive art installation with the aim of encouraging children to imagine and explore. The centre also allows parents to participate and join their children in various events and workshops.
The Artground is able to achieve their vision — to let art do, what art does — by allowing children to exercise initiative and learn with freedom. As Malaguzzi’s poem says, the child has a hundred ways of thinking and playing, and a hundred worlds to discover.
The Artground provides a variety of programmes parents and children can choose from:
- Little Green Thumbs by Cultivate Central is a series of sessions for gardening, playtime, and art that takes place at The Good Graden.
- Terrific Tales by Storytelling Centre Limited (suitable for ages 3-7 years) teaches children the art of storytelling through interactive activities that end with a simple craft activity that you can take home.
- Baby Beat by Kulcha Pop (suitable for ages 8-36 months) features performances of classical music favorites by keyboardists who are accompanied by different soloists of varying instruments such as the erhu, violin, or flute.
- Bitesize Lil’ Creatures by Little Creatures (suitable for ages 5-30 months) is a fun experience featuring live musicians that help explore meaningful sounds with babies.
- Thumpety Thump by Bound and The Band (suitable for ages 5 years and up) is where children get to try and play instruments with the band.
- A Tiny Beat by My Piano Room (suitable for ages 3-5 years): is composed of games and movements coupled with music as a means of sharing musical concepts and rhythm.
- Rolypoly Family Dance Party by Rolypoly Family (suitable for ages 2 years and up): is a dance party for children and adults alike.
- Dance Playground by Rolypoly Family (suitable for ages 2 years and up): transforms dance and movement into visual forms through games.
- Bollywood Jingles (suitable for ages 4-8 years): is composed of sessions where children can learn basic Bollywood music and dance.
- Here, There, Where? by The Kueh Tutus (suitable for ages 4 years and up) is an interactive performance wherein children’s actions dictate where the dancers go.
- Slinky Stretchy Toys by The Kueh Tutus (suitable for ages 4 years and up): is where children can discover new movements with dancers.
- Cardboard City by Artist-in-Residence, Stan (suitable for Pre-walking babies): An exploration for pre-walking babies to inhabit and extend their spatial awareness amongst the everyday materials in this City designed just for them.
- Invisible Invincible by MySuperFuture (suitable for ages 2-6 years) lets children explore imagination through the medium of invisibility.
- Let’s Bag it! by Harng (suitable for 3 years and up) is a collage-making session where the children’s outputs can be used as personalised bags.
- Craft sessions with art@homesg (suitable for 3 years and up) are composed of sessions with art@homesg that provides an array of craft workshops
90 Goodman Road Block J #01-40 Singapore 439053
+65 6925 0621
- Wednesday to Thursday: 9.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
- Friday – Sunday & selected Public Holidays: 9.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
- Closed every Monday and Tuesday
Admission is FREE.
Drop-in programmes and workshops are ticketed. Payments can be made on-site via cash and NETS.
The weekend schedule varies week to week.
Visit The Artground website for updates.30-minute drop-in costs $10 per parent-child and is offered on a first-come-first-served basis.
The Artground’s Best Feature
The Artground offers many programmes and services but we picked 100 and 100 More: A Festival for Young Audiences, The Artground’s inaugural festival, as its best feature.
Every family is able to enjoy almost 70 free and ticketed programmes offered at the festival. Even better, these programmes are all held at the same venue, The Artground in Goodman Arts Centre, which makes it convenient and easier for families to access everything.
Moreover, the festival is also a platform for theatrical performances by local and regional artists. Not only will children and their parents enjoy these programmes, but many artists are also given opportunities to showcase their work for a good cause.
Why We Like It
The Artground has services that appropriately cater to the needs of every family such as administering First Aid, a Baby Care Room complete of baby necessities, Stroller Parking, and Prayer Rooms for Muslim guests.
The venues in The Artground are well developed and planned to provide the safest and most conducive spaces for children:
- Whitebox is a black box with a lighter brighter feel for children to be curious.
- Baby Stage is a space for parents and babies to bond and explore.
- The Good Garden is where children can participate in programmes that relate to growing.
- The Ground Floor is the main space where interactive visual art spaces are held.
Explore your child’s curiosity and imagination through interactive art spaces like The Artground. Visit their website to discover more about their programmes and who they are. Alternative you can try Paragon Indoor Playground !
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