It might not be the first thing your kids suggest when you ask them what they want to do this weekend but after a trip to one of these magnificent museums for munchkins, it might be! These museums prove they don’t have to be boring, stuffy places where only whispers are heard and hands are for folding. Take the kids here and watch them laugh, play and explore without realizing how much they’re learning and discovering! (Oh, and you’ll have fun and probably will learn something new too!)
This Suntec City museum literally makes art come alive with 3D painting, shading and drawing techniques that create visual illusions. This massive museum will keep kids entertained and engaged by allowing them to interact with the exhibits – watching, touching and becoming part of the fun!
Location: Suntec City Mall #03-372 (Between Towers 3 and 4), Tel: 6734 8298
Ticket Prices: $25 (Adults), $20 (Children 3-12 yrs)
Hours: Opens daily from 10am to 10pm (last admission at 9pm).
This Marina Bay Sands museum is another interactive one for the kids. Exhibits rotate but they are currently running “The Deep” about the life in deep sea. They regularly have programs and activities for kids scheduled such as “Upcycle Art” where kids can create their own sea creatures out of recycled goods or “Fun with Photograms” where kids can place silhouettes on photographic paper in a darkroom environment to create their own artwork.
Bonus: Family Fridays! Up to four children (under 12) enter for free with every adult ticket purchased.
Location: Ground level, Marina Bay Sands (the Lotus Flower building), Tel: 6688 8888
Ticket Prices depend on the exhibit/activity
Hours: Daily 10:00am – 7:00pm Including public holidays
In addition to more traditional (read: adult) exhibits, the Asian Civilizations Museum regularly has exhibits and programs designed for kids and families. Currently (until 16 August) they are running, “Once Upon a Time in Asia: The Animal Race” which is designed for kids (ages 4-9) to explore with all five senses (read: keeping them active and engaged) the visions of animals in art across cultures.
For the Kids Exhibit: (See website for other exhibits, hours and ticket pricing.)
Location: 1 Empress Place, Tel: 6332 7798
Dates: 30 May 2015 – 16 Aug 2015
Hours: 10am – 5pm
Ticket Prices: Free admission
With regular and special, temporary exhibits and activities, there is always something new to discover at the science center and always designed with young, active, curious minds (and bodies) in mind. From “Brain and Body” to “Fire” to “Climate Change and Climate Challenge,” the exhibition topics are varied enough to please all the kids (and adults too).
Location: 15 Science Centre Rd, Tel: 6425 2500
Hours: Daily 10am – 6pm
Ticket Prices: Free admission for Singaporeans and PRs, Adult $12, Child $8
This museum is perfect for the expat family looking to learn more about Singapore. With exhibits designed to simulate real world experiences, the Singapore Discovery Center will have you building, designing, dancing, shooting, and responding to crises in their vast array of hands-on exhibits all centered around the history, growth and future of Singapore.
Location: 510 Upper Jurong Rd, Tel (65) 6792 6188
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 9am – 6pm, closed Mondays (except Public Holidays and School Term Holidays)
Ticket Prices: Free admission for Singaporeans and PRs, Adult $10, Child $6
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By Kathleen Siddell, June 2015