Singapore Design Week 2022 is back with a bang with a whole host of fun activities in store for the kids.
Singapore is a nation by design – and the evolution of the tiny republic into the economic giant it is today stands testament to that statement. To truly discover the city built on design and what constitutes its building blocks, Singapore Design Week is back and has put together the biggest design showcase after a two-year-long hiatus from 16 to 25 September 2022. This year it is packed with activities to engage homegrown and international designers, businesses and the design community through exhibitions and the like. The best part? It is open to visitors of all age groups! That’s right, the ten-day festival has a whole host of activities for the kids – yay! We feel there is no better place to expand your child’s creativity than at the mecca for Singapore design. So kit out the fam and hit the festival’s key locations to unravel everything that is uniquely Singapore!
Kid-friendly events at Singapore Design Week 2022
1. Design Thinking: Reimagined for Kids
Are you looking to introduce your kids to the exciting world of design? This workshop is a great stepping stone to head in that direction. Design-thinking is the foundation tool to have for innovation, and it comes in handy to create user-friendly and innovative products. The Design Thinking Reimagined for Kids workshop is organised by leading digital transformation services and product engineering company EPAM, as part of the EPAM’s eKids initiative vision to provide creative learning opportunities for kids. The workshop will impart design thinking knowledge to next-generation creatives by empowering them with creative confidence and problem-solving skills. This workshop is recommended for kids between the ages of 7 to 12 years.
Design Thinking: Reimagined for Kids, Free with Registration, 17 September, 9.30am to 2pm; EPAM Systems, 75 High Street, Level 3, Singapore 179435
2. Flight and Fight: Biomimicry for Tweens
This community event organised by bioSEA – an ecological and biomimicry design firm, is bound to have all our tweenies super excited! That’s because the event will give them insight into nature’s geometry, forms and adaptations that enable flight in different animals. For instance, tweens can put their creativity to the test and will get to create a nature-inspired device of their own with materials provided at the event. Last but not least, the kids can put on their competitive hats and put their flight creations to the test with an ultimate flight challenge. The workshop is recommended for kids between the ages of 10 to 16 years.
Flight and Fight: Biomimicry for Tweens, Free with Registration, 24 September, 9.30 am to 11.30 am; Bugis+, Open Plaza, Level 1, Facing Victoria Street, 201 Victoria St, Singapore 188067
3. Create innovative works at STEMIEAdvantages Ltd Workshops
Design is all about finding the best solutions to problems and we know just the activities that will spark your kid’s problem-solving skills. STEMIEAdvantages Ltd, a non-profit organization, has put together an array of fun and engaging workshops for kids, including –
This workshop is a great bonding activity for the fam! Here you will learn the SCAMPER creative thinking technique to recreate holiday decorations with recyclable materials. The workshop is recommended for kids between the ages of 5 to 8 years.
17 to 25 September 2022
100 ideas in one hour? This one-hour workshop is perfect to get those grey cells buzzing. During the workshop, kids will learn to practice the SCAMPER technique to break free from creative blocks and think up multiple ideas in minutes. Reusable prototyping kits will be made available.
17 and 25 September 2022
The Simple SCAMPER Hack
In this one-hour workshop, kids will learn to ideate like professional creatives and get to try out reusable prototyping kits.
18 and 24 September 2022
Put on your innovative caps cause this workshop is all about reconfiguring and redesigning items that people use alongside technology. Your kiddos will learn how simple tweaks can amp up user experience and the user-friendly aspects of technology.
18, 24, 25 September 2022
STEMIEAdvantages Ltd Workshop for Kids, All workshops are free- registration is required, SCAMPER Time!, SCAMPER-venture, The Simple SCAMPER Hack and Design A-Tech; STEMIE Advantages, 231 Mountbatten Road #03-03 Block B Mountbatten Centre Singapore 397999
4. Good Design Research Pop-up: A Day in the Life (Exhibition & Video Presentations)
Design is all around us – But where? At the Good Design Research pop-up at Bugis+, the fam will learn the ins and outs of design and how it influences our lives. The kiddos will also get invaluable insight into what good design can achieve and why it is necessary for human environments.
Through the ‘A Day in the Life’ exhibition, the works of 23 designers and design enterprises supported by the GDR initiative, will be showcased. It will highlight the impact and relevance of design at three pivotal moments in the day- morning, noon and night.
We also love that the fam will also get to engage with free interactive activities and design thinking workshops to understand the full potential of design.
Want to get the complete low-down on how design can have a positive impact? This is worth showing the clan! Head over to Funan Underground Pedestrian Link to catch short video presentations featuring GDR recipients. The video showcases how the works of GDR designers have left a positive impact on their lives.
Good Design Research Pop-up: A Day in the Life (Exhibition), Free Admission, 10 to 25 September 2022, Bugis+, Open Plaza (Facing Victoria Street), Level 1, 201 Victoria St, Singapore 188067
Good Design Research Pop-up: A Day in the Life (Video Presentations), Free Admission, 5 to 30 September 2022, 10am to 10pm, Funan Underground Pedestrian Link, (Basement 2), 107 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 179105
5. N*thing is Possible by Potato Head, OMA & Friends
We are all familiar with the 3 Rs of waste management– reduce, re-use and re-cycle, especially since we are getting an overhaul of recycle-themed projects to churn out every school term. The N*thing is Possible regenerative design exhibition takes the same concept to a whole different level, and it will be a hit with the kids. The exhibit narrates the journey of hospitality brand Potato Head and how they made a creative and sustainable shift into a zero-waste lifestyle in collaboration with the award-winning firm Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA). Don’t miss out on some exciting and artful objects created with waste materials using their 4 Rs concept – re-use, re-cycle, re-craft and re-live. We reckon school projects will be a breeze after the kiddos visit this exhibition.
N*thing is Possible, Free Admission, 16 September 2022 to 25 December 2022, 9am to 9pm; National Design Centre, Various spaces (Level 1-5), 111 Middle Road, Singapore 188969
Kid-friendly tours at Singapore Design Week 2022
6. Experience Singapore’s top designs through the President*s Design Award (P*DA) Tours
If you have a kiddo who is creative by nature, a little inspiration into the world of design might be a great stepping stone. Singapore Design Week will showcase works by some of the best designers across the island. Discover these works through immersive tours and self-guided journeys that will keep the fam well entertained.
Don’t miss out on these two P*DA Tours –
‘Design that Cares’ by Monster Day Tours
Go behind the scenes at Enabling Village, The [email protected] and home-grown brand Bynd Artisan, to uncover the value of inclusive design.
President*s Design Award Tours, ‘Design that Cares’, S$121 per pax, 17 September 2022 and 24 September 2022, Tour – 9am to 1pm, Venue: Enabling Village
‘The Hunt for the Green Treasure’ by Tribe Tours
This tour will be a fave with the fam cause you get to learn while completing a mission. You will get invaluable insights into award-winning green sustainable architecture in Singapore like – [email protected], Oasia Hotel Downtown and Gardens by the Bay.
President*s Design Award Tours, ‘The Hunt for the Green Treasure’, S$150 per pax, 17 September 2022 and 24 September 2022, Tour- 9:30am to 1.30pm, Venue: Queenstown MRT Exit B
7. Re-route by Plus Collaboratives: Discover Little India
How about a history excursion with the fam? Re-Route is a placemaking fest all about rediscovering Little India through an alternate storytelling of the district. But where does the element of design come into the picture? The storytelling will demonstrate how design can be used as a tool to put a spotlight on Little India’s lesser-known history. To better understand this concept, Re-Route will take design enthusiasts across locations like Race Course, New World Amusement Park and Serangoon Road. Each pit stop will offer a window into Little India’s past through themed experiences, installations, design fixtures, activities, and performances!
Re-route by Plus Collaboratives, Free Admission, 16 September 2022 to 9 October 2022, Little India
And there you have it! A complete low-down on fun things to do with the kids at Singapore Design Week. There are lots in store for other age groups as well. Click here to find out!