Last Sunday, we trooped to the National Day Istana Open House. It was the kids’ and my first visit to the Istana!
The 12th annual Istana Art Event, organized by the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) and National Heritage Board (NHB), was also held alongside the Open House to commemorate the nation’s independence through arts and heritage.
The first sight that greeted us as we walked through the Istana gate was the many families sprawled on the grass drawing and painting for the On-the-Spot Art Competition. They came well-prepared with picnic baskets, mats, portable tables and chairs and lots of art materials for the children to draw/paint with. How fun!
I felt a bit bad coz Sean kept bugging me to let him colour/paint but we didn’t bring anything. We will be more prepared next year!
We had fun checking out the bustling Arts and Heritage Village. There were many little stalls and activity stations by the various institutions. It was super packed – we met quite a few friends there too!
Quite a few of the art activities for the children were repeats from the recently-concluded Children’s Season.
Sean tried out his hand at stencil painting (by the Peranakan Museum) and making a shrinky-dink tag (by the Marina Bay Sands Art Science Museum). We also took pictures with a sweet flabella (pony) from the Singapore Zoo.
It was a warm day and our kids were melting in the midday sun. In the end, the kids were happiest running (or just sitting for Ryan) on the sprawling grounds of the Istana.
I thought the gardens were beautiful. Surely, it is a bit much for one person to enjoy all year round? 😉
Later, we sauntered over to another part of the Istana grounds for some icecream and playground play.
We plonked the kids on a mat and fed them lunch while enjoying a school band performance from afar. We also waved to The President and First Lady as they made their rounds on a golf cart!
Rounded up our sweaty little excursion with some pictures in front of the stately Istana.
Sean called it a ‘castle’. When I asked him who he thought lived in the castle, he said ‘a dinosaur and a dwagon and Ming-ming and Didi and Mama!’ 🙂
We had a great time at the Istana and will definitely return again!
The next Istana Open House will be on Hari Raya Puasa 19 August 2012, 830am to 6pm. Free entry for all Singaporeans and Singapore PRs.
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