matali, CS2018
matali, CS2018
26 May 2018 - 13 Sep 2018
Various Venues
Various Timings
Varies with Programmes
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition The More We Get Together: Singapore's Playgrounds 1930 - 2030, this year's Children's Season at the National Museum invites young visitors to explore different types of play experience at the museum. Families can look forward to a fun line-up of interactive exhibits, hands-on activities, storytelling sessions, family workshops, engaging performances, and more!



The Dynamic Lines of Our Nest by Matali Crasset (FR)
20 Apr to 30 Sep | 10am – 6pm | Rotunda, Level 1

This art installation by French artist Matali Crasset pays tribute to the awakening of our curiosity. By twisting the central pole, the installation is transformed into a colourful mobile for toddlers in a central playpen below. Families are invited to “nest” and recline in a shared space around the playpen. Inspired by natural greenery, the installation posits a future play space where the natural and manmade meet.

To learn more about Singapore’s playgrounds and their relationship to ideas about nature as well as to our past and future, visit the exhibition The More We Get Together: Singapore’s Playgrounds 1930 – 2030.

Parental supervision is required at all times. All footwear (except socks) is to be removed before entering the installation.

About the Artist
Matali Crasset is a French artist with a background in industrial design. Her work begins with observations of everyday practices, which she eventually tweaks, challenges and improves through the spaces and objects she creates.

Past Programmes 

World Kids Colouring Day Competition – Friends from the Forest
Sat, 2 Jun | 1pm – 2.30pm | Glass Atrium, Level 2

STAEDTLER, a global and established leader in manufacturing writing instruments, initiated World Kids Colouring Day in 2008. Children all over the world are invited to colour for a good cause. With their little works of art, they support less-fortunate children and also stand a chance to win prizes. In Singapore, this year’s theme is “Release your creativity – Friends from the Forest”. STAEDTLER will make a donation towards the National Heritage Fund for each entry in the contest. The donation will go towards supporting children’s programmes at the National Museum of Singapore.

Bouncy Adventures
26 May to 24 Jun  | 10am – 5.30pm | Front Lawn

Embark on a bouncy adventure at the National Museum with interactive inflatable playgrounds inspired by iconic mosaic playgrounds of yesteryears! You can also go on an “animal hunt” with our animal springers for more bouncy fun.

Parental supervision is required at all times. All footwear (except socks) is to be removed before entering the inflatables. Please note that play under wet or hot weather conditions is not advised.

Young Cinema by Robot Playground Media (SG)
Saturdays and Sundays, 26 May to 24 Jun | 10am & 2.30pm (2 hours per session) | The Salon, Level 1

The National Museum’s Young Cinema programme returns with TimeScapes – A Singapore Anthology, a collection of animated short films about life, love and the landscapes of Singapore past and present.

This programme is brought to you in collaboration with Robot Playground Media.

Creating Art with Nature – A series of art therapy workshops for parent and child by Kelly Reedy from ArtWorks [FULLY BOOKED!]
Various dates | 2pm (1.5 hours per session) | Activity Space, Level 3

Professional art therapist Kelly Reedy has designed three hands-on therapeutic art workshops using nature as a tool to cultivate well-being, as well as to promote bonding and harmony between parents and children. Objects from nature, such as flowers, leaves, shells and spices, will be used in combination with STAEDTLER art materials. Through mixed media and printmaking techniques, parents and children will discover new ways to communicate with each other and have fun together!

Recommended for children aged 6 to 12 years old. To register, click the "Register Here" button at the top of this page.

Session 1: Helping Our Forest Friends! Wed, 30 May - This session is designed for parents/caregivers and children with additional needs.

Session 2: Creating Harmony Together! Sat, 2 Jun

Session 3: Getting in Touch through Nature and Art! Sat, 23 Jun

Limited to 10 pairs of parent and child.


STAEDTLER: How to Make a World-famous Pencil
Sat, 2 Jun | 12pm – 4pm | Glass Atrium, Level 2

The pencil has been a trusted companion in everyday lives for many centuries. As part of Children’s Season 2018, join us for a display of how the traditional STAEDTLER pencil is assembled in this eye-opening programme.

The World Kids Colouring Day Competition and How to Make a World-famous Pencil are brought to you in collaboration with STAEDTLER.

Sensory Saturdays by What A Mess! 
Saturdays, 26 May, 2,9 & 23 Jun | 10.30am (1.5 hours per session) | Under the Banyan Tree

Join us for a fun parent-child bonding session through free play in the great green outdoors! Stimulate your child's senses at four sensory play stations featuring water, sand, water-beads and paint.

This programme is brought to you in collaboration with What A Mess!. Limited to 20 children at $8 per child. Visit for registration.

Tots’ Thursdays – Babes in the Forest by The Kueh Tutus [FULLY BOOKED!]
Thursdays, 31 May, 7, 14 & 21 Jun | 10.30am (45 min per session) | Glass Rotunda, Level 2

Tots' Thursdays invites toddlers and their parents to an immersive experience at the Story of the Forest multimedia installation. Watch as talented dancers make the plants come alive in a cycle of growth and decay that keeps the forest going! Your little tots are encouraged to interact with the dancers and explore the museum space in their own unique ways even after the performance is over.

The 31 May and 7 June sessions cater to walkers (12 months to 2 years old) while the 14 and 21 June sessions cater to crawlers (7 to 12 months old). Limited to 12 pairs of parent and child at $8 per pair. To register, click the "Register Here" button at the top of this page.