A giant piano can be found at
"Alice in Wonderland" in the
Taichung English & Arts Museum.
The interior of the Picture
Books area is decorated with
softer, relaxing colors.
There are many toys for
parents to enjoy with their
kids in the Art & Play area.
The Taichung English & Arts
Museum features a distinctive,
Carton King gives paper some
all-new, very creative uses.
Carton King's miniature
landmarks are a consistent
Preparing children for a new semester with arts and culture tours
A tour of National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung English & Arts Museum, and Carton King
Words by Wu Xiu-yun
Photography by Liu Wei-zhen
Translated by Angel Pu
With the lunar new year holidays just over, children really need to begin preparing for the upcoming semester. There's no better way to do this and get kids excited about learning than a tour of the city's National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung English & Arts Museum, and Carton King.
Fine Arts Museum makes art a part of our lives
The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, which has been open for over 20 years, is not only the most important art venue in central Taiwan, but also one of the best places for people to hang out in during weekends. With the exception of some visiting exhibitions, admission to the museum is free, helping people to learn more about the arts and make them a part of their everyday lives.
In 2004, the museum set up a "picture book area" for children that includes a collection of over 14,000 illustrated books from different countries. This area is decorated beautifully with clouds, a cookie factory and galaxy, allowing kids to enjoy themselves in a fantasy world of illustrated books. There is also a daily story-telling time at 10 a.m. and featured movies are shown regularly. Kids are welcome to hang out here all day.
The "art & play area" is another popular space for parents and children, who can experience the meaning of esthetics via role-playing, story-telling, puzzles and interactive computer games, or show their creativity through handicraft activities like cutting out pictures. In such ways, kids can discover a whole new world of creativity while fostering their own unique artistic talents.
Taichung English & Arts Museum: A kids' fantasy world
Situated in Dali district's Sports Park, the Taichung English & Arts Museum looks just like a castle with windmills. Inside are various carefully-designed facilities that can accomodate games and classes where children can act, paint, read comic books, listen to music, dance and become more creative.
"Alice in Wonderland" on the first floor is a make-believe setting where kids can experience a magical adventure upon entering. In another location next to "Alice in Wonderland", they can also dress up as their favorite princesses, superheroes and other characters. The second-floor Magical Studio is another place for children to be creative, while Diagon Alley is where little girls go to play house.
he Study Room on the third floor is surprisingly decorated to resemble the room of Vincent van Gogh, while the Music World area has all kinds of instruments, such as an electronic drum set, electric piano and guitars, for children to fully display their musical talents.
Endless paper possibilities at Carton King
Besides the museums, tourist spots such as Carton King in Taichung's Dakeng also offer surprises for visitors. On display here are many miniature versions of renowned world landmarks like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Dutch windmills and the Eiffel Tower. You may be quite surprised to discover that these are all made of paper. As you walk into the restaurants here, you will be even more surprised to find that everything--from the tables and chairs to the tableware--is all made from specially-treated and strengthened paper. The paper products sold here such as cards, hats and lighting fixtures are also very creative and full of surprises.
The paper company which opened Carton King produced products such as packaging, cartons and paper bags before deciding to enter the leisure market over two years ago and develop various paper items like chairs and tables and miniature world landmarks. Such creativity has made this one of Taichung's most popular visitor hot spots.
● National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts
2, WuQuan W. Rd., Sec. 1, West Dist., Taichung City
●Taichung English & Arts Museum
1, ShengLi 2nd Rd., Dali Dist. Taichung City
● Carton King
2, Lane 2, DongShan Rd., Sec. 2, Beitun Dist., Taichung City