Young Parents (Singapore) - - THE PLAY ISSUE -

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, this 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.

The 5,382 sq ft space – a bit larger than ve four-room HDB ats – was de­vel­oped by The Ground Co in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Na­tional Arts Coun­cil. Here’s what you can do there:

THE GROUND FLOOR Once you reach the doors of The Artground, take off your shoes and sani­tise your hands. 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.

THE BABY STAGE This raised plat­form is tted with walk­ways and slopes with a slight in­cline, and higher points of the slopes are sur­rounded by bean bags.

The stage is a safe space for crawlers and en­cour­ages them to tod­dle, as well. This area is sure to cap­ti­vate your lit­tle one with its dan­gling art in­stal­la­tions and colour­ful in­ter­ac­tive art on the walls – it’s one place where your tot can touch ev­ery­thing.

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

THE GOOD GAR­DEN Be­sides in­door fun, kids can ex­plore na­ture in this whim­si­cal out­door space, where they can take part in gar­den­ing work­shops.

Cur­rent ex­hi­bi­tions in­clude Down The Rab­bit Hole, an in­ter­ac­tive vis­ual art show 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. This part of the ex­hi­bi­tion is 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.

HOW MUCH Ad­mis­sion is free. Other drop-in pro­grammes cost $10 per par­ent-child pair.

VISIT www.theart­ for more in­di­vid­ual pro­gramme list­ings.

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