Thought it was an excellent opportunity to introduce a world of fanciful stones to the kids with one of the big names in luxury jewellery – Van Cleef & Arpels, through their exhibition – Van Cleef & Arpels: The Art and Science of Gems at Marina Bay Sands. After all, how often do you get a luxury jewellery exhibition that includes workshops and activities for kids?
I had the impression that the event would be a kids-friendly one since they were prepared to allow kids into their exhibition with workshops and activity stations for children. But to have security people telling my kids every time they put their hands on the glass display cases to take a closer look sends a very simple message – this exhibition is NOT for children. Maybe I can’t give a true representation of how all children behave generally but based on what I observed from the kids I know, it’s impossible that kids can keep their hands to themselves when they are being their curious selves and checking out new things.
Frankly, I was getting a little annoyed with the hounding by the time we got to the second section, and told the kids to just put their hands in their pockets as we quickly made our way out of the exhibition. Their interest was lost, just as mine was, and were asking to go to Future World instead.
I’m sorry I can’t share how stunning the jewellery were or how much we learned about the formation of precious stones, cos I was busy reminding my kids not to touch the glass display cases as we walked through the exhibition. This is probably for the much much older kids.
And if you do have to bring along your kids (preschoolers like mine), reward them with a visit to the Future World at basement level.
VAN CLEEF & ARPELS: THE ART AND SCIENCE OF GEMS
ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands
23 April to 14 August 2016
Mon-Sun 10am to 7pm (last entry at 6pm)
Get tickets here.