5 kid-friendly exhibits to check out at SAM at Tanjong Pagar Distripark

Have you visited the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) in its new excavations at Tanjong Pagar Distripark? Here are 5 exhibitions and programs suitable for children not to be missed!

We love museums in Singapore and were so sad to hear that Singapore Art Museum would be being refurbished when it closed in 2017! But the opening of SAM at Tanjong Pagar Distripark means we won’t have to miss out on great child-friendly exhibits and facilities during the June and summer school holidays! Admission to this museum is free* and there are plenty of fun activities for children of all ages. Here are five highlights:

Kid-friendly exhibits at SAM

1. Unnecessary things: paper

land of fairy tales by Li Hongbo, as part of SAM’s Superfluous Things: Paper exhibition

Unnecessary things: paper explores the relevance of paper in an increasingly digital world. We love how each of the five exquisite paper artworks invites visitors to see paper in a new light, with displays providing a visual (not to mention Instagram!) feast for the eyes! Young and old will be seduced by land of fairy tales by Li Hongbo (photo above) and Just a little at a time by Cheryl Teo, which features over 80 miniature paper sculptures, each the size of a matchbox! Don’t forget to bring home free activity sheets next to The Engine Room as an extension of Unnecessary things: paper!
When: until August 14, 2022
Where: Gallery 2 and Engine Room, SAM at Tanjong Pagar Distripark


2. Solitary Vectors

Inspired by the historic port in which SAM is now located, Lonely Vectors examines the different ways we connect to the world and vice versa through an examination of the global economy and its circulation of goods and commodities, as well as other earthly flows like bodies and stories. There’s a lot to learn through the immersive exhibits, including examining the role of workers as an often overlooked force despite their facilitation of the global flow of goods and capital, and reading micro-stories to better understand the spaces and the world. around us.

You can expect eight site-specific installations from 10 local and international artists. H for Humidity in particular is the one you need to check out, drawing inspiration from topics like the region’s high rainfall and humidity intensities (so relevant to the recent heatwave and thunderstorms we’ve had!) as well as our damp fight in the age of climate change. The exhibition includes a video installation and a VR component where the public is led to embody different states of water.
When: Until September 4, 2022
Where: Gallery 1, SAM at Tanjong Pagar Distripark


In addition to exploring the exhibits, you can also participate in complimentary programs such as art workshops, performances, lectures, and tours. Here are some other SAM family programs to check out:

3. SAM Late Nights & SAMily Funday

Engage your children in a meaningful way with a fun weekend of family-friendly art experiences. Whether exploring SAM after hours with an entertaining lineup of artwork, performances, talks and tours, or spending an afternoon surrounded by art and activities, there is something for everyone during the next National Day weekend!

Highlights include:

  • Participate in a competition on the theme of the national holiday by illustrating what our Little Red Dot means to you
  • Design your own carnival theme park universe or psychedelic dreamscapes, drawing inspiration from the quirky town of PHUNK and Keiichi Tanaami in Unnecessary things: paper
  • Discover the creative spirit of the artists in Lonely Vectors and Unnecessary things: paper through free guided tours. Finally, watch out for SAM’s traveling photographers and bring home some free Polaroids of your art-filled day!

When: Friday August 5, 7-10 p.m. & Saturday August 6, 1-5 p.m.
Where: SAM at Tanjong Pagar Distripark


4. Loading/unloading: one live activation by P7:1SMA

Growing up in Singapore, we are surrounded by so many modern buildings and infrastructure that they have become “invisible” to us, including the workers who support these systems. Dance performance company P7:1SMA, as part of its work in Lonely Vectors, will present a series of performances at different SAM locations at Tanjong Pagar Distripark that urges audiences to acknowledge and recognize this often invisible work that fuels our economical activities. Against the backdrop of Tanjong Pagar Distripark as a historic port, this series of performances invites us to pay attention to social issues that arise from various global economic activities, where the flow of goods and people can impact our world.
When: Every Saturday, until September 3, 2022 (except August 20 & 27), 3-4 p.m.
Where: Location varies, full details here


5. Coffee and children’s books at Epigram Coffee Bookshop at SAM

SAM in Tanjong Pagar Distripark is also home to the new Epigram Coffee Bookshop, which is operated by Epigram Bookshop and Balestier Market Collective, offering an entirely local menu. As well as serving locally sourced coffee and food (you can get your favorite kopi and toast here!), browse over 450 book titles at Epigram Coffee Bookshop covering a wide range of genres, including children’s books written and illustrated by local authors and illustrators.

SAM at Tanjong Pagar Distripark is also close to Seah Im Food Centre, VivoCity and HarbourFront Center if you are looking for other dining options nearby.

Ready to plan a fun cultural day with the SAM kids for explore the works while learning about contemporary issues?

*Admission is free for Singaporeans and permanent residents as well as children aged 6 and under, local/local students (from eligible institutions), people with disabilities and their carers. For other adults, admission is $10, while tickets are $5 for senior/international students. For more information, please visit www.singaporeartmuseum.sg/visit#admission

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As long as the redemptions last.

SAM at Tanjong Pagar Distripark39 Keppel Road, #01-02 Tanjong Pagar Distripark, Singapore 089065, www.singaporeartmuseum.sg/sam-at-tpd

Julia P. Cluff