Arts-based playground reopens

Closed for 10 months due to pandemic measures, The Artground has reopened and is hosting a new exhibition

The Artground's new exhibition, Deep Sea by @wu.yanrong (above), is an immersive experience into imaginary deep waters.
The Artground's new exhibition, Deep Sea by @wu.yanrong (above), is an immersive experience into imaginary deep waters.PHOTO: THE ARTGROUND - A CURIOUS PLACE TO BE
The playground is planning to put on In Search Of You (above) by The Kueh Tutus, a multi-sensory experience for babies and toddlers from six months to three years, and their carers.
The playground is planning to put on In Search Of You (above) by The Kueh Tutus, a multi-sensory experience for babies and toddlers from six months to three years, and their carers.PHOTO: THE ARTGROUND - A CURIOUS PLACE TO BE

The Artground - A Curious Place To Be reopened last Wednesday after being closed for 10 months.

The popular arts-based playground at Goodman Arts Centre in Mountbatten, which had closed temporarily for an exhibition changeover on March 23 last year, found itself shuttered for an extended period because of pandemic measures.

Run by The Ground Co, a registered arts charity, since 2017, The Artground caters to children from newborns up to age nine.

During its closure, several other popular play spaces for children shut down, most notably Kidzania Singapore in June last year.

Arts charity Playeum folded its Children's Centre for Creativity in Gillman Barracks in August and went fully digital, while mega indoor playground SuperPark Singapore exited in October.

The Artground's new exhibition is titled Deep Sea by @wu.yanrong, an immersive experience into imaginary deep waters.

Because of safe distancing measures, the venue now limits admission to six tickets for each session, with one ticket admitting two to five individuals, including babies. This is about a third of its previous capacity.

It has two sessions from Wednesdays to Fridays and three on weekends. It is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Admission is free, but families must book in advance on the Peatix platform with a $15 refundable deposit to secure their slot. It does not accept walk-ins, and no-shows forfeit their deposits.

Visitors must wear non-slip grip socks or buy them there.

Parents have been snapping up tickets as soon as The Artground announces them on social media, with weekend tickets selling out within an hour typically, it reports.

Next month, it will launch a series of ticketed programmes in its WhiteBox space, from storytelling to arts and craft sessions to performances.

First up is When Sadness Comes To Call, a performance that helps children aged four and above learn to cope with the emotion creatively.

It will also offer In Search Of You by The Kueh Tutus, a multi-sensory experience for babies and toddlers from six months to three years, and their carers.

Ms Luanne Poh, director of The Artground, is heartened by the positive response to its reopening.

She says her team hopes to come up with new experiences for visitors through "novel and age-appropriate content in the current times".

"With the smaller capacity, we hope it would translate into a better user experience for each family as well as encourage families to deepen their arts engagement by attending the various Programmes in the WhiteBox while they are here."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 25, 2021, with the headline 'Arts-based playground reopens'. Subscribe