5 great reasons to check out The Artground [Photo Gallery]

This brand-new stomping ground is so much fun, it really entices curious little ones to explore the space.

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It’s a really great time to be a kid in Singapore, thanks to the endless fun possibilities within easy reach. Junior can cool down at free outdoor water parks; burn energy in an indoor playground or two, as well as dine at family-centric restaurants at kid-friendly malls. They also have access to a plethora of pro-children arts activities.  

The Artground, a new multi-disciplinary arts centre-cum-playscape, has just been added to this already impressive list. Developed by The Ground Co and the National Arts Council and tagged “A curious place to be”, the 500sq m space opened its doors on 7 July at the Goodman Arts Centre.

Catering to kids aged 12 and under, it’s divided into four areas to encourage little hands and minds to play, discover, learn and create art in a fun environment. Besides the free-play area, it also organises indoor and outdoor programmes, in addition to regular workshops.

Junior can attend storytelling sessions, music and movement-based interactive play sessions and getting busy with arts and crafts. They can also explore installations, as well as enjoy dance, yoga and gardening classes. The centre, which welcomes everyone, regardless of their sensory needs, also accommodates visitors on wheelchairs.

Programmes and exhibits will change regularly, but here’s what your little ones can look forward to in July. Scroll through the photo gallery for more information and check it out today ― all activities are free this month!

Photo: The Artground

#1. Ground Floor

Here, kids aged 2 and up can look forward to playing among interactive installations that will be refreshed thrice a year. Mixed media artist Poh Ya See’s highly interactive and tactile installation “Down the Rabbit Hole” has just debuted here. Junior will have a blast running in and out of a standing dungball sculpture; climbing massive cardboard structures; twirling through curtains of ribbons; yanking at foam noodles and scribbling on a chalkboard. Entry is free. (Photo: National Arts Council & Jassmin Peter-Berntzen)

#2. Baby Stage

Besides offering gentle steps and slopes for babies to crawl on, The Baby Stage features sensory walls they can explore and colourful patchwork pillows to cuddle. Did we mention there’s also lots and lots of free space to poke around in? Entry is free. (Photo: National Arts Council)

#3. Whitebox

You can catch child-friendly performances in this bright and cosy theatre space. Right now, it’s home to Baby Space, a multi-sensory installation designed for babies 16 months and below. Created by Swedish choreographer and theatre maker Dalija Acin Thelander, the 35-minute performance is a medley of contemporary dance, music, poetry and visual art. Babies are encouraged to explore and interact with the dancers, and even inspect the installation elements, such as the ribbons. At the moment, Baby Space is the only ticketed event ― it’s priced at $18 per parent-baby pair. Click here for showtimes and to book your spot. Hurry, because each show only accommodate 12 parent-baby pairs. (Photo: Jassmin Peter-Berntzen)

#4. The Good Garden

Venture out to this inviting and whimsical outdoor space and you’ll feel compelled to interact with the greenery around you. Here, your eco-warrier in-waiting will learn all about urban gardening and how to grow flowers and vegetables using recycled food. (Photo: National Arts Council)

#5. Fun on-going activities

Workshops and activities will be held throughout the week, especially on weekends. Every programme, which is organised by age group, lasts 30 to 60 minutes. While these will be changed regularly, here’s what your kids can enjoy in July ― don’t forget all sessions are free this month! Click here to get the full schedule.

  • Terrific Tales by The Storytelling Centre Ltd The perfect way to introduce the art of storytelling to little listeners.

  • A Tiny Beat by My Piano Room Musical concepts and rhythm are shared with young children through music, movement and games

  • Wriggle and Giggle Little ones will learn more about movement through yoga or dance. 

  • Arty Crafty Recycle|Upcycle A craft-making session using recycled material, that’s inspired by fun and uses a whole lot of imagination.