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Travelling with Kids: Let’s Get Creative

Children are naturally inquisitive and imaginative, so what better way to nurture that than with activities that let their imagination take flight. They can explore the world and be creative. Plus, this is a great way to bond and have fun with them. Here are some delightful places to inspire creativity on your next vacation!

ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands

At the Future World permanent exhibit in ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands, your children will get to build up their creativity with the range of interactive displays offered.

For instance, the Media Block Chairs exhibit features giant blocks of fiberglass light cubes with indented and protruding sides which can be used to construct all types of structures ranging from benches to walls. These types of activities that encourage movement will also support physical development. Having to move around and put together the blocks will contribute to their attention skills and cognitive learning, both undoubtedly important abilities for your little ones.

Why not join in and perhaps build anything from an amazing castle to a spaceship ready to fly off to a distant planet? Involving yourself in these kinds of activities may just help improve communication with your kids by a surprising amount. Building up a story will bring you closer together with them whilst helping language and literacy development as the kids learn about what’s being created and why.

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Photo by teamLab, taken at Future World permanent exhibit, ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands

The blocks are also able to “communicate information to each other” when they are connected, changing colour in the process. This means if a red block were to be placed on a blue block, the red would turn purple. This kind of puzzle helps your children to contextualize newfound knowledge as they try to find out how to get their desired colour.

The Sketch Town Installation is a wonderful way of bringing your kids’ imagination to life. Depicting a fictitious town based on Singapore, including recognisable landmarks such as Marina Bay Sands, ArtScience Museum, the Merlion, and the Singapore Flyer; your kids can colour in and draw objects such as cars, airplanes, buildings, and spaceships. Once they’re done, they can scan them and see their inventions animate on a large projected screen! The ability to see their creations come to life will further spur their creativity.

Sketch Town Installation, Keppel Centre for Art Education, National Gallery Singapore

The Sketch Town Paper Craft also enables kids to print their drawings into paper craft patterns, which can then be brought home to be assembled into 3D models! It’s times like this when their creativity can really flourish so it’s a good idea to keep in mind not to stifle their imagination.

Keppel Centre for Art Education, National Gallery Singapore

At the Keppel Centre for Art Education, located in the National Gallery Singapore, your kids’ are in for a creative treat.

Art Corridor contains a large scale, colourful puzzle artwork titled Voyage that develops curiosity, imagination and tactile sensibilities in younger visitors. As colourful chips are moved along different paths, visitors actively learn about colour theory by observing the interplay of colours, patterns, and rhythms. You and your little ones can also discover the longest and shortest routes to complete the puzzle as you navigate to avoid hidden “traps” within the colourful maze.

This promotes communication and logic building as well as a whole lot of fun! With continuous exposure to activities such as these, your children can build up characteristics and abilities like a sense of achievement, confidence in what they do, and the development of interest in new things.

Art Playscape, Keppel Centre for Art Education, National Gallery Singapore

Let your kids be surrounded by things that inspire them. Children can develop curiosity through imaginative play at Art Playscape, a fantastical play area inspired by the idea of “entering a painting”. The Enchanted Tree House at the space invites young visitors to explore a magical forest, roam through a labyrinth and survive a dangerous river.

Photo taken at Slappy Cakes, Resorts World Sentosa

Settings like these help to put their imagination into overdrive and encourages them to dream bigger. When experienced together as a family, your children can also learn to share ideas and thoughts with others, which in turn encourages their emotional maturity.

Slappy Cakes

At Slappy Cakes, you can order from 5 different pancakes batter flavours – buttermilk, whole grain, peanut butter, chocolate, zucchini for $8 each! This is where everyone in the family gets to create, design and just have loads of fun with their very own DIY pancakes.

This is a wonderfully tasty activity to do with your kids. Don’t forget to show your own interest in the activity (let’s face it, we all want to play with our food) and to focus on the fun of the activity. There is no need to focus too much on the end result; your kids will adore you when you actively take part in what they are creating.

In a nutshell, bringing your children to interactive and creativity-stimulating places such as the ones above can greatly help them to develop a variety of important skills and abilities. Joining in with them also encourages communication and can help you get closer to your little ones.


Spark your children’s creativity at these places

ArtScience Museum

ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands (Map)

6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974

Bring your kids to a giant playground of learning where their creativity is allowed to flourish freely at ArtScience Museum. Go on and join in on the interactive activities for some family fun!


Keppel Centre for Art Education, National Gallery Singapore (Map)

1 St Andrew’s Rd, Singapore 178957

Inspiring adventures await at the Keppel Centre for Art Education with play areas that bring your imagination to life and interesting puzzles that put your logic skills to the test.


Slappy Cakes, Resorts World Sentosa (Map)

26 Sentosa Gateway, 01-29 Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore 098269

Food and play aren’t usually allowed to mix but at Slappy Cakes both come together in a yummy combination. Why not see who can make the most creative pancake?


Watch how kids can be creative and learn more in our #SingaporeJunior web series here!




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