Child's play at the museum

Child's play at the museum
The newly launched PLAY @ National Museum has a blackboard wall where visitors can doodle anything they want.

The usually quiet and calm National Museum hallways were filled with kids running, shouting and even drawing on walls.

PLAY @ National Museum of Singapore and Masak Masak were officially launched yesterday to kick off the school holidays.

PLAY is the first dedicated area for young kids to be museum-goers. The entire third floor of the museum, which used to be offices, has been permanently transformed into a fun-filled area with interactive artworks for kids aged three to seven.

Masak Masak, on the other hand, is a special exhibition that runs from May 24 to Aug 3. The highly interactive artworks, which are located all around the museum, toy with the idea of familiar playgrounds and larger-than-life games of yesteryear.

Not only do kids get to view and admire the artworks, but they also get to create their own.

Take local artist Justin Lee's Come and Play. The cardboard artworks encourage visitors to construct their ideal homes. Alongside the cardboard homes by the artist are tables filled with cardboard and art materials.

Five-year-old Kavin Prasanna exclaimed: "I'm taking my home home!" while showing off his handmade masterpiece.

Kids have the option of taking their artworks home or leaving them behind to add to Lee's exhibition.

Another popular stop using recycled materials is Rouleaux by French artist Anastassia Elias. Visitors peek into holes in the wall to catch a glimpse of miniature dioramas made out of toilet rolls. The mini artworks showcase intricate shapes and figures of scenes of everyday life.

This article was first published on May 25, 2014.
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