Thursday, 22 June 2017

Playeum: Making It Home

This was our third visit to Playeum and each visit had left me impressed with the creativity of the set designers. The children were suitably engaged and J was reluctant to leave when it was time to.

As its name suggests, the whole play area is designed to be a home with different rooms. J's favourite area was the kitchen, where he spent much time fiddling with the pipes, funnels and sand. This aptly represented the kitchen's washing area.

A table top lined with sand probably represented the dining table. It invited us to add our artistic creations to what others had contributed before and Little An was too glad to participate.

J also enjoyed the central space, which was laden with pipes and connectors and beckoned children to construct whatever they liked.

Little An liked the living room. There were coffee tables with magnetic surfaces and she enjoyed creating pictures with the magnetic buttons and strips provided.

There was also a magnetic board representing the TV. During our visit, we did not see many children at this board, but I thought the 'TV' was an ingenuous idea that was actually conceived by children.

Also in the living room was a memory game, creatively designed using floor drain covers. Little An found thrill in opening all the covers and she actually completed the whole memory game with me. Yay.

While we were at the Playeum, there were people comfortably lounging in the bedroom, which was filled with fabrics. The fabrics encouraged visitors to enact their dreams. Little An promptly went for the blue cloth and draped it over her shoulders to play act her favourite princess.

Besides what I have described, we hung our own 'laundry' at the laundry yard......

and attempted to construct a playground at the Playmaking Space

An hour and a half flew by quickly and I only hurried the children out when the staff began to pack up. 

I would like to thank Playeum for the interesting visit. The Playeum is located at Gillman Barracks and is opened from Tuesdays to Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The entrance fee for each child (1 to 12 years) is $22 and is free for the first accompanying adult. For more information, please visit their website

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