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Wan Qing CultureFest X Children’s Season 2021 | Storytelling, Craft Activities, Workshops, A Guided Tour & More!



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Visitors can expect an array of fun onsite programmes including dramatised storytelling, child-friendly craft activities, engaging workshops, an interactive heritage hunt and more!

Photo Credit: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

Date: 20 Nov to 31 Dec 2021

This year-end holiday season, the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall (SYSNMH) presents the Wan Qing CultureFest x Children’s Season 2021. Wan Qing Culturefest is SYSNMH’s last signature event for the year and it celebrates Chinese arts, culture and heritage.

The festival will also be held in conjunction with Children’s Season this year. Jointly presented by the National Heritage Board and the Museum Roundtable, the annual Children’s Season aims to provide cultural and educational experiences that will inspire and engage the young, on Singapore’s collective heritage.

Here's a closer look at the various programmes:

Installation

Flutters of Hope 

Date: 20 Nov to 31 Dec 2021 (Closed on Mon)
Time: 10am to 5pm
Fee: Free, no registration required

Butterflies (Order Lepidoptera family) are insects with brightly coloured wings and a fluttering flight, and there are over 320 species in Singapore. They have a four-stage life cycle, and are commonly found in parks, gardens and forests. In Chinese culture, the butterfly symbolises happiness as it sounds like fudie (福叠) which means “accumulated blessings” while a pair of butterflies symbolises eternal love. The Mandarin term for butterfly is also a homophone of “seventy to eighty years of age” (die, 耋) and hence, it is a symbol of longevity.

A collaboration with NParks and Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, Flutters of Hope features five species of butterflies that are commonly found in Singapore mounted on the front façade of the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall. It depicts the delicate moment in a butterfly’s life cycle when it has just emerged from its pupa and before it takes off into the sky. The installation symbolises the memorial hall’s hope that Singapore will emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic transformed for the better and reminds visitors to keep faith even as we undergo changes in our daily lives.

Drop-In Craft Stations

Butterfly Brooch Making

Venue: Onsite
Date: 20 & 21 Nov 2021
Time: 11am to 4pm
Free: Free, no registration required

Try your hand at making a butterfly brooch with different materials at this drop-in station. Get inspired by our butterfly installations at our veranda to create your very own butterfly brooch!

Make Yourself A Beaded Bracelet

Venue: Onsite
Date: 20 & 21 Nov 2021
Time: 11am to 4pm 
Fee: Free, no registration required

Always wanted to design your very own beaded bracelet? Bring your creative ideas to life at our drop-in station! Choose from a range of different sizes of coloured beads and ornaments to create your masterpiece.

Fold A Flower Origami

Venue: Onsite
Date: 20-28 November 2021 (Closed on Mon)
Time: 11am to 4pm
Fee: Free, no registration required

Origami is the Japanese art of paper folding dating back thousands of years. Did you know that the word Origami is derived from two Japanese words: Ori (folded) and Kami (paper)? Learn how to make a flower origami with our easy step-by-step instructions.

Flower Key Chain

Venue: Onsite
Date: 27 & 28 Nov 2021
Time: 11am to 4pm
Fee: Free, no registration required

Did you know that the flower motifs on our special exhibition’s artefacts have different symbolism and meaning? Get some inspiration before creating your keychain by visiting our “Modern Women of the Republic: Fashion and Changes in China and Singapore” exhibition! Found a motif you like? Challenge yourself to recreate it in the form of a keychain!

Rainbow Wool Pendant

Venue: Onsite
Date: 27 & 28 Nov 2021
Time: 11am to 4pm
Fee: Free, no registration required

Get creative at this fun drop-in activity where you will get to make a rainbow wool pendant with different coloured wool. Hang your masterpiece on your bag as an accessory or use it as a decorative piece for your home!

Get Crafty With Xiao Qing: Traditional Costume

Venue: Onsite & Online
Date: 20 Nov to 31 Dec 2021 (Closed on Mon) 
Fee: Free

Get crafty with Xiao Qing and learn more about Chinese traditional costumes through this DIY paper cube activity.

This is available at the memorial hall or you can download online and DIY at home!

Note: Suitable for children 5 years old and above.

Workshops

Stitch Your Own Pouch

Date: 24 Nov 2021
Time: 10.30am to 12pm & 2pm to 3.30pm
Fee: $10 per pair | Purchase tickets here

Supported by: Mdm Ng Bee Hong

It's time for some family bonding! Express your creativity and stitch your own pouch with basic sewing techniques. Gain insights into the auspicious meanings of motifs commonly found on Chinese traditional costumes worn by women in the past.

Note:

  • Suitable for children aged 7 years and above.
  • Sharp objects including scissors will be used. Adult supervision is required.

Create Your Own Scented Wax Sachet

Date: 26 Nov 2021
Time: 10.30am to 11.30am & 2pm to 3pm
Fee: $10 per pair | Purchase tickets here 

Did you know Two Girls Florida Water is one of the earliest cosmetics used by women in the past and this brand can still be found in medicinal halls today? It contains lavender, which is known for stress-relieving. Create fuss-free organic lavender wax sachets in this hands-on aromatherapy workshop and enjoy some bonding time with your little one.

Note: 

  • Suitable for children aged 7 years and above.
  • Warm liquid wax will be used. Adult supervision is required.

Tips & Secrets For Videography And Vlogging

Date: 27 Nov 2021
Time: 2pm to 4pm
Fee: $10 per pax | Purchase tickets here 

Supported by: JEI Creative

In this hands-on workshop, participants will get to learn the basic techniques of photography and video production through a lecture, demonstrations and interactive sessions. Challenge yourself and create a video documenting your experiences with your own equipment at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall. Don't miss this exclusive opportunity to learn how to vlog from the award-winning photographer, videographer and short film director Yu Jiang.

Chinese Fan Painting

Date: 28 November 2021
Time: 2pm to 3pm
Fee: $10 per pair | Purchase tickets here

Supported by: Event Arts

Get ready for a fun afternoon of arts and crafts in this hands-on workshop! Learn more about the symbolism and meaning of different motifs such as peonies as you paint them onto traditional Chinese fans.

Note: 

  • Suitable for children aged 7 to 12 years. Adult supervision is recommended.
  • Parents will be required to purchase a ticket if they wish to accompany their child.

Hand Print Your Own Scented Card

Date: 1 Dec 2021
Time: 10.30am to 12pm & 2pm to 3.30pm
Fee: $10 per pair | Purchase tickets here 

Supported by: STPI - Creative Workshop & Gallery

Did you know many flowers like Chrysanthemum and Osmanthus carry auspicious meanings in Chinese culture? These flower motifs were commonly found on women’s clothing in the past. What's more, some of these flowers have medicinal benefits. Pick up cool printing techniques in this printmaking workshop and create your very own collection of scented prints with different types of flowers and herbs!

Note: 

  • Suitable for children aged 7 years and above. Adult supervision is recommended.
  • Parents will be required to purchase a ticket if they wish to accompany their child.

Guided Tour

Behind The Scenes “Conserva-Tour”: Perspectives From The Curator And Conservator

Date: 20 Nov 2021
Time: 10.30am to 12pm 
Fee: Free | Register via Peatix

The “conserva-tour” provides an opportunity for participants to explore behind-thescenes stories of the garments on display through a tour led by Tan Yan Ni, curatorin-charge of the special exhibition and Geraldine Sim, textile conservator. In this guided tour (in English), you will be guided through the exhibits, learn about their historical significance, the material used, the decorative elements, the challenges of conservation and more. You will also be given tips on how to care for heirloom garments and textiles that you can apply at home!

Storytelling

Cheongsam Storyline (Supported By Wordforward)

Date: 20, 21, 23 & 25 Nov 2021
Time: 2.00pm - 3.00pm
Fee: $10 per pair | Purchase tickets here 

Come join little Darla, a fashionista in the making on this entertaining and educational journey through time! With the help of her mother, Darla will be sharing on the evolution of modern Chinese women’s fashion through different notable female figures! Look forward to an engaging storytelling session full of fun audience interaction, handson art activities, and even a mini fashion show!

Note:

  • Recommended for children aged 5 years and above.
  • Parents will be required to purchase a ticket if they wish to accompany their child.

Self-Guided Activities

    Venue: Onsite
    Date: 20 Nov to 12 Dec 2021 (Closed on Mon)
    Time: 10am to 5pm
    Admission: Free

    Collect your activity booklet and let the young ones explore the evolution of modern women’s fashion with Wan Qing Yuan’s young virtual mascot, Xiao Qing.

    Note:

    • Suitable for children 5 years old and above.
    • Activity booklet is available in English and Chinese.

    “Be A Little Fashionista” Heritage Hunt Upsized

    Venue: Onsite
    Date:
    20 Nov to 12 Dec 2021 (Closed on Mon)
    Time: 10am to 11am; 11.30am to 12.30pm; 1.30pm to 2.30pm & 3pm to 4pm
    Fee: Free

    Register here:
    For the week of 20 to 28 Nov, register here 
    For the week of 30 Nov to 5 Dec, register here 
    For the week of 7 to 12 Dec, register here 

    The “Be a Little Fashionista” heritage hunt is back and better than ever with a fun-filled kit to keep the little ones busy! Grab the kit and go on a hunt with Xiao Qing to discover Chinese fashion, culture and history through a series of interactive activities. The activity is co-designed with students of River Valley High School.

    Note:

    • Suitable for children 5 years old and above, highly encouraged with adult participation for family bonding.
    • Limited kits available.
    • Visitors can redeem 1 kit per ticket for 2 participants.
    • Walk-ins are welcomed.

    Children’s Season 2021: Fantastic Critters & Where To Find Them

    Photo Credit: National Heritage Board

    Venue: Onsite
    Date: 20 Nov to 12 Dec 2021 (Closed on Mon)
    Time: 10am to 5pm
    Fee: Free


    Go on a hunt for Fantastic Critters at the museums during the December school holidays! Starting from 20 November 2021, collect your copy of the Fantastic Critters Activity Booklet at any of the participating museums, and complete the activities listed in the booklet to collect specially designed critter stickers. Collect all 15 critter stickers to redeem limited edition prizes from the Museum Roundtable. The Fantastic Critters Activity Booklet also includes a listing of holiday programmes at the museums for you and your family to enjoy, so get ready to grab your copy in November! #ChildrensSeason2021 #CS2021 #ilovemuseums #MuseumRoundtable #puffingmuffin

    Note: Suitable for children 5 years old and above.

    Activity Kit

    Fun With Chinese Activity Kit - Xiao Qing And Traditional Costumes

    Photo Credit: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

    Date: 20 Nov to 31 Dec 2021 (Closed on Mon)
    Time: 10am to 5pm
    Fee:
    Standard Price
    $9.90 per kit
    Discounted Price
    $7.90 per kit (if you complete “Get Crafty with Xiao Qing: Traditional Costume” and show it to our visitor services staff at the reception counter.)

    Looking for ways to engage the little ones to learn Chinese in the comfort of your home? Have fun learning Chinese with Xiao Qing as you unravel the world of traditional Chinese costumes through a century-old wooden chest filled with her grandmother’s clothes collection of the past.

    Note: 

    • Suitable for children 5 years old and above.
    • Bilingual kit in English and Chinese.
    • Available at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall.

    You may also check out SYSNMH's websiteFacebook and/or Instagram pages for more information and interesting online content.


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    This article is prepared by

    Leona Quek
    Blessed with 3 handsome and loving boys in her life. Two of them call her Mommy, the other calls her Wifey. Every night, she wishes for an early bedtime, but misses her babies as soon as they sleep.

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