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Top cultural outings kids will love and learn from

There are plenty of top cultural spots in Singapore where children can find fun and entertainment, with a healthy dose of education thrown in. Here are some of the best.

ArtScience Museum


The fun begins before you even set foot into Singapore’s newest and highly celebrated museum. As you approach, ask your little one if they can guess what inspired the shape of the building – it’s a giant lotus flower (but bananas are a good guess, too!). Exhibitions change regularly, each with special projects dedicated to children. Creative workshops and family performances are held regularly; check the website for specific dates. 

Where: 10 Bayfront Avenue, outside Marina Bay Shoppes

How much? All access pass: Adults $24, kids 2 to 12 years old $14                       

Go to: www.marinabaysands.com

Asian Civilisations Museum

This museum occupies over 14,000 square metres and has over 1,300 Asian artefacts, which in kid-talk means it’s huge and holds a lot of stuff! But no worries – the museum has a number of gallery workshops and storytelling sessions to break all the information down for young minds to absorb. There are Fun Trials for the older kids and interactive Fun Tours for the smaller ones. Workshops on Asian performing arts, such as Chinese Opera and Indian dance, are also available.

Where: 1 Empress Place

How much? Adults $8, full-time students $4

Go to: www.acm.org.sg

Images of Singapore


This award-winning historical museum on Sentosa offers a fun and entertaining glimpse into the chronological history of Singapore through Malaysian rule, British colonialism, Japanese occupation and the post-colonialist era under Singapore’s first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. Winner of THEA award for Outstanding Achievement in “Reinvention of a Cultural Heritage Center”.

Where: Imbiah Lookout, Sentosa

How much? Adults $10, kids 3 to 12 years old $7

Go to: www.sentosa.com.sg

Mint Museum of Toys


Showcasing a world-class collection of toys from 25 countries, this museum mixes history, education and playtime from over 100 years ago. Step into a time machine at Mr Punch Restaurant and sample 1920s-inspired cuisine from all over the world. Don’t know where your meal is from? Just look at the flag on the menu to find out.

Where: 26 Seah Street

How much? Adults $15, kids 2 to 12 years old $7.50

Go to: www.emint.com

Singapore Art Museum


SAM hosts the national art collection of Singapore, boasting the largest collection of 20th century Southeast-Asian art. Only 200 of 8,000 works can be exhibited at one time due to space limitations, which ensures you’ll get to see something different each time you visit.

Where: 71 Bras Basah Road

How much? Adult $10, Students $5 (6 years and under are free)

Go to: www.singaporeartmuseum.sg

Singapore Discovery Centre

A collection of interactive exhibits and attractions that examine Singapore’s past, present and future. Test your knowledge of Singapore food, culture and customs in the game-show style Harmony Circle and learn traditional dance moves in the Digital Dance Studio.

Where: 510 Upper Jurong Road

How much? Adults $10, kids 3 to 12 years old $6

Go to: www.sdc.com.sg

National Museum of Singapore


Dating back to 1887, this is Singapore’s oldest museum. A series of permanent exhibitions, featuring the exceptional audio-guided Singapore History Gallery, support special exhibitions and interactive tours for kids. Grab lunch at the onsite restaurant, Novus, or head to the adjacent Fort Canning Park to make a day of it.

Where: 93 Stamford Road 

How much? Adults $10, kids under 18 years old $5

Go to: www.nationalmuseum.sg

Singapore Science Centre


Inside fourteen galleries – and an amazing 20,000 metres of space – kids can touch, discover and create to their heart’s content. Topics such as climate change, the solar system and inventions are explored, plus much more – in fact, you can’t do it all in one day.

Where: 15 Science Centre Road

How much? Science Centre, IMAX and Dinosaurs – Live! Exhibition priced separately; from $5

Go to: www.science.edu.sg