If there is only one kid-centric festival that you should bring your kids to in 2015, Children's Season is it.
Presented by the National Heritage Board, Children’s Season is an action-packed festival during the June school holidays and is held across various museums and institutions island-wide. How many? A total of TWENTY, with over 50 fun-filled yet educational programmes and activities geared towards kids. Yes, FIFTY. Any wonder that Children's Season is my fave festival of the lot?
And even though Children's Season lasts for a full month between 30 May and 28 June 2015, there is absolutely no way that my monkies can finish visiting all of them. So it pays to get started early and visit the museums! To help you along, I have picked out some of the most notable programmes to bring your kids to.
Masak Masak 2015
30 May - 10 August 2015 | 10am - 6pm daily
National Museum of Singapore
A key event of the annual Children’s Season, Masak Masak 2015 returns for its second edition with a variety of interactive and engaging activities for parents to bring their kids to the National Museum of Singapore. There are lots to do, from bouncy playgrounds reminiscent of our familiar neighbourhood mosaic playground, crafts such as traditional woodblock prints, to a massive maze and up-close giant illustrations!
Here are some of the interesting installations to look out for:
Luma-City | Perform @PLAY (Level 3)
Light up the kids' imagination at Luma-City, an immersive play-space filled with toy vehicles that
leave glowing trails as they are pushed around. Kids will be surprised by the luminescent trails that appear and gradually fade beneath their feet.
Spectrum of Paper | Rotunda (Level 1)
In this colourful rainbow origami suspension, immerse yourselves in a kaleidoscope of colourful, suspended origami boats and planes! Composed of thousands of strings, look up and spot your favourite origami animal or toy.
Sol’s Journey | The Salon (Level 1)
Sol’s Journey is inspired by Jeanette Aw’s latest illustrated book, Sol’s World: Somebody to Love, and is a collaborative effort between various artists.
Sol is a curious young girl on a quest to find the answers to her endless questions. Embark on a colourful and fantastical journey of self-discovery with Sol as she finds out what truly matters to her.
Spectrum of Paper
Spectrum of Paper continues in Sol’s Journey with a colourful origami mural to complement Jeanette Aw’s illustration of Sol holding onto a string tied to a bird in flight.
Queen of the Forest
Presented via an installation of specially created puppets, the story features a young princess who wanders away from her palace, only to be tricked by spirits of a nearby forest.
Puppetry Performance Schedule: Sat & Sun, 30 & 31 May, 13 & 14, 20 & 21 June, 8 & 9 August | 2.30pm (20 min session each)
Simple Pleasures in Life
Sometimes, it is the simple things in life that make you smile. It’s time to look around and discover the people who bring colour to your life. Pick up a crayon and fill this wall mural with your favourite colours!
Garden Games | Concourse (Level 1)
In this second edition of larger-than-life games, students from the School of The Arts (SOTA)
reimagine nostalgic games with a modern, outdoor twist. Share your favourite childhood games like flag erasers, ring-in-bottle and pinball with your children, but with a different take. The games are transformed into a life-sized scale, with the rules tweaked slightly for the while family to play together. Definitely something the kids will enjoy!
Flag Attack! is a larger-than-life version of the old-school flag eraser game. The aim of the game is to flip one’s “eraser” to land on top of their opponent’s. Visitors can also gain extra points by matching a famous icon to its corresponding country flag!
Inspired by the tin can telephone, this giant flower challenges visitors to figure out which cans are connected amid a tangle of coloured strings.
In the original version of Ring-a-Bottle commonly found in amusement parks, participants attempt to toss a ring around coloured bottles to win a prize. This adaptation, Can or Not?, requires players to communicate and coordinate with one another to win.
Pinball machines and ball-in-maze puzzles are combined in this new vertical game, where players have to navigate a ball out of the maze by spinning the entire maze.
Dancing Solar Flowers | Concourse (Level 1)
Blending renewable energy with art, breathing life into a field of flowers and transforming it into a beautiful, hypnotic piece of work, this poetic and playful installation inspires children to question our current use of energy and to think about sustainable energy sources for the future.
Wanderlust | Canyon (Basement)
Adventures await in this enchanting forest that recreates earth’s many glorious landscapes. Immerse yourself in this fantastical world created from simple materials such as crepe paper, explore low terrain, burrows, narrow thicket passageways and crawl under overhanging branches – all within the Museum!
If your kids love scurrying about, this is one installation that you should not miss.
Playgrounds on the Lawn | Front Lawn
Open for play every Sat & Sun, 10am – 12pm & 4pm – 6pm
And so, we come to undoubtedly the fave installation among all kids (and maybe some adults) of the lot.
Yes, the ever-popular bouncy playgrounds are back at Masak Masak 2015! These recreated playgrounds pay tribute to the familiar mosaic playgrounds designed by the Housing and Development Board for Singapore’s public housing estates in the 1980s.
The bouncy castles are modeled after the old Singapore Playgrounds so that they can offer a connection between parent and child - the child will obviously love bouncing and sliding on the bouncy structures but the parent will be able to share with his/her child the kind of playgrounds that they grew up playing as well.
And this year, a new bouncy castle joins the family - the Watermelon playground!
Oh, and if you head down to the National Museum of Singapore, remember to pick up your free copy of Baby Block's Day Out!
This storybook is a guide to Masak Masak 2015, describing bonding moments which you can share with your kids at each installation. You can download the guide HERE as well.
Once Upon a Time in Asia: The Animal Race
30 May -16 August 2015 | 10am to 5pm daily
Asian Civilisations Museum
Once Upon a Time in Asia: The Animal Race introduces the cultural tradition of the Chinese zodiac animals. Through original interactive ensembles, inspired by objects in ACM’s collection, as well as specimens and replicas from the Singapore Science Centre, and storytelling sessions, ACM’s specially curated exhibition engages young visitors to discover interesting animal facts using the five senses – from learning about animal poop (!) to exploring the symbolism of animals in other Asian traditions.
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On top of that, there are plenty of Play Zones to keep the little ones occupied:
Inspired by traditional paper cut-outs and soft toys, Mighty Creatures provokes thoughts about our
relationships with animals. Cut-outs are one of the oldest and the most popular folk arts in Chinese
culture, often used in celebrations.
Plant-eating animals are called herbivores. Meat-eating animals are carnivores. Animals that eat
both plants and meat are omnivores. Tasty Treats explores the different foods that attract animals.
Find out what different herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores like to eat and why.
Different kinds of animals have different body coverings. Discover how these body coverings provide protection and insulation, as well as additional functions specific to individual animal groups.
Get the scoop on animal poop and learn some turd trivia. You might be surprised by how poop is
used and what you can learn from it. Discover the many different names for poop. This is serious
business, but bring along your sense of humour, too.
All cultures share the use of animals as metaphors and symbols. Discover wonderful stories about
the animal, art and recycling.
How about other museums? Here are some of my recommendations:
Cadets, Fall In! 2015
Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 30 May - 28 June 2015 (except 6, 26 and 27 June)
Free admission for Singapore Citizens & PRs
Army Museum of Singapore
Listen up, boys and girls! Back by popular demand, the Army Museum of Singapore proudly presents to you the “Cadets, Fall In” programme – a one-hour “Basic Military Training” experience, which features activities such as the “stand-by-bed” challenge, mini-standard obstacle course, as well as a laser tag game mission.
Don’t forget to check out the special exhibition titled “Our Time”, which centres around three generations of Singapore's Army. Through the different eras, the soldiers are connected by their common purpose in defending Singapore. Have fun trying out army uniforms from various eras at the Virtual Changing Room and snapping mind-bending photographs at our three-dimensional art installations!
*Pre-registration is required. For activity timings and more details, please visit www.facebook.com/ArmyMuseumofSingapore or www.armymuseum.gov.sg.
Imaginarium: A Voyage of Big Ideas
30 May - 19 July 2015
Mon - Sun 10am - 7pm | Fri 10am - 9pm
Free Admission for Singaporeans & PRs
SAM at 8Q
Imaginarium: A Voyage of Big Ideas, an exhibition for everyone and anyone with a head for ideas and a heart for adventure, is the new edition of SAM’s much-loved annual contemporary art exhibition for children, begun in 2010 and now in its fifth year. In the spirit of SG50, this year's exhibition is inspired by the crescent moon on the Singapore flag, a symbol of a young nation on the rise and with it, the capacity to dream big and think large. What might we be able to envision and aspire to? What worlds could we imagine for ourselves and create for others? Particularly targeted at children, Imaginarium is both immersive and interactive with hands-on activities at every turn.
I want to be a Policeman!
30 May, 4 & 5 June, 12 & 13 June, 18 & 19 June, 26 & 27 June 2015
Weekdays - 10am, 11am, 2.30pm & 4pm | Weekends - 10am & 11.30am
Police Heritage Centre
Children visiting the Police Heritage Centre (PHC) will be treated to an immersive experience as they don the various kids-sized police uniforms. Another unique feature of the PHC tour is the photo-taking session with police officers and a retro-fitted police radio car which was deployed to the scene of crime in the 1970s!
*Tours are by appointment only. To register, please contact the Visit Management Officer at 64782123 or email email@example.com
30 May - 13 June 2015 | 10am - 6pm
Malay Heritage Centre
Get ready for a month of great fun for the family at the Malay Heritage Centre! Returning for the fifth year, ter-ba-BOM! takes you on a Heritage Hunt around Kampong Gelam and features an interactive storytelling session of Badang as well as the myths, legends and history of Singapore’s ancient past. For the first time ever, MHC’s courtyard will be transformed into a retro playground complete with swings, merry-go-round and slides!
Children's Season @ Science Centre Singapore
30 May - 28 June 2015
Visit HERE for more details
Visit HERE for more details
MARITIME SINGAPORE – Discovery Journey
30 May - 28 June 2015 | 9am - 5.30pm (Closed on Mon, except on PH)
Singapore Maritime Gallery
Embark on a discovery journey at the Singapore Maritime Gallery to learn more about all things maritime and its importance to our daily lives. Learn how Singapore transformed from a trading post into a major global hub port and the vibrancy and dynamics of the maritime industry.
Colour a Story
Participate in a ‘free n easy” colouring activity daily as you visit the Gallery. The colouring booklet comes with a simple maritime-themed story to engage the children’s interest on all things maritime as they colour.
Complete the SMG Passport trail to learn many interesting things about Maritime Singapore and kids can redeem a gift for themselves.
Straits Family Sunday – Supersized!
14 June 2015 | 1pm – 5pm
Free Admission (1pm - 5pm)
Move to the beat of the yesteryear and dance to songs enjoyed by young Peranakans of the past. Create your own container inspired by old gramophone and vinyl records. Dress up in baba and nyonya costumes or relax with a good book in the reading corner. Enjoy a fun-filled experience with the whole family.
Children’s Season: The Gift of Friendship
30 May - 26 June 2015 | 10am - 5pm
Singapore Discovery Centre
Symbols of friendship have long existed since ancient times and are often significant reminders of the
bond shared between two persons. As a small nation-state, Singapore has benefitted from having
many friends from all around the world. In the spirit of celebrating international friendships, we invite you to create your own uniquely designed friendship craft, one that you could exchange with a special friend this holiday.
International Friendship Day 2015 Special Weekend
30 & 31 May 2015, 11am to 5pm (Craft and Booth activities), 12.30pm (Performances)
Come with your friends and families to celebrate the spirit of international friendship! Enjoy the sounds and rhythms of the world at our lobby on this special weekend and learn more about the cultures of different countries from our Embassy Showcase as you interact with friends from all around the world. You may even be treated to samples of traditional food or delights from these countries.
Children's Season 2015
30 May - 28 June 2015
Various Museums and Heritage Institutions
For a complete listing of ALL programmes, visit www.museums.com.sg/cs15