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. Until April 2012, the kids can be “king of the world” at the Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition. 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 two to twelve 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. Don’t miss the Dinosaurs – Live! Exhibition that ends on 26 February 2012.
Where: 15 Science Centre Road
How much? Science Centre, IMAX and Dinosaurs – Live! Exhibition priced separately; from $5
Go to: www.science.edu.sg
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