It's the school holidays and I would expect that most places are jam-packed with kids but here is a quiet place that is tons of fun for older kids, and perhaps, even adults.
You might not know this but I am a big fan of technology and art. So as I was planning for the kids' June holiday break, I chanced upon the Interplay exhibition which had the tagline - where science meets art. I immediately made a mental note of it and boy, am I glad we did cos the exhibits reminded me of the time we had at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. These installations were edgy, innovative and lots of fun. We spent a good 4 hours there until I finally managed to drag my kids away.
Now since we had sooo much fun, I decided it was too good not to share. So here I am, breaking my blog silence and blogging again. Just for the record, I receive nothing in return for blogging but I hope many more will experience Interplay before it disappears in August.
Here are a few of the displays that I snapped pictures of ...
1. Sandbox Ocean
Which kid doesn't enjoy mucking about with a bit of sand? But the sand here isn't just about the sensory experience. Dig deep into the sand and blue light shines to give the illusion of water. Wish you could add living creatures to the landscape? Just wave your hands and tiny fish, hermit crabs and starfish will magically surface.
After playing for a bit, we also spent some time chatting about how the exhibit worked. My older son noticed the xbox kinect sensor and a light projector and figured out that the sensor could sense the depth and was connected to the light projector which then processed the commands. I'm glad the kids are old enough to have discussions about how things work.
Over at AR-muse, tablets are loaded with an app that provide an additional dimension to 2D artwork on walls. I won't give away too much but this display made me wonder if this might provide a glimpse into art museums of the future.
3. Recollection Six
We danced infront of this huge multi-coloured screen where our silhouettes created pretty patterns. This was similar to an exhibit that we had experienced at SAM so we didn't stay too long here.
4. Digital Puppetry
Don virtual disguises through the use of pink post-it notes through the use of colour-sensitive commands. With images such as men's underwear, bunny ears and a six pack chest, this station elicited the most laughs from us.
5. Ideogenetic Machine
Step into the pages of a comic book and conjure up your own storyline. Very COOL! You can even email the comic books to yourself for safe-keeping.
In addition to these stations, my favourite has to be Shadowgram where you can you can create any silhouette you like and have them cut out on black vinyl.
My boys loved Game Border which was essentially a computer game with 12 screens where the computer character would jump seamlessly from screen to screen. We hung around that station for a while as they tried to complete the game which they finally managed to do after a few tries.
Tips for total enjoyment at Interplay
1. Try not to wear red or pink as the colours will interfere with the Digital Puppetry station.
2. Go on a weekday morning when it is quieter so you can enjoy each station to your heart's content.
3. If you are unsure how a station works, don't hesitate to call on the staff. We found them to be very helpful!
Interplay is at the Singapore Science Center from 30 May - 16 Aug 2015. Tickets are $9 for kids and $16 for adults. The suggested time to allocate for this exhibition is 1-1.5 hours but we happily spent 4 hours there. Definitely worth the $34 that I spent there.