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.theartground.com.sg for more individual programme listings.