If your kids (or you) love Pokémon, mark down the date of 22 October 2016 (Saturday). Because that is when the FIRST Pokémon Research Exhibition to be hosted outside of Japan opens at the Resorts World Sentosa's S.E.A. Aquarium!
Aspiring Pokémon trainers in Singapore will be able to take on the role as scientific researchers and carry out the processes of observation, investigation and data collection, while learning more about species classification with Pokémon as the subjects.
Following clues gathered at various interactive stations across eight areas, the researchers' sole objective is to accomplish one mission: to deduce the identity of the Pokémon contained within your PokéBall from clues gathered at stations.
Think of it as an elaborate and interactive version of the good ol' 'Who's that Pokemon?' game.
To get started, choose your very own life-sized Pokéball at the entrance - a Pokeball (easy difficulty), a Great Ball (medium difficulty) or an Ultra Ball (hard difficulty).
Each Pokéball contains a critter which researchers have to deduce which Pokemon is contained within.
Out of the eight stations, you will then have to choose four observation machines and place your PokéBall into these machines that will generate clues regarding the Pokémon’s distinctive characteristics and silhouettes. Using the collected evidence, you can then attempt to guess which Pokémon is contained within your PokéBall!
Station 1: Footprint Collector
Depending on your accuracy of pressing the red and yellow buttons together, a footprint of your mysterious Pokémon will be generated on the screen.
Station 2: Silhouette Shooter
You will have to turn a knob and try to focus a sharp silhouette of your Pokémon.
Station 3: Outline Shooter
I think this has to be the most fun of the lot, as it requires you to jog repeatedly on the spot so as to generate an outline of your Pokémon. The faster you step, the clearer the outline will be.
Station 4: Facial Enlarger
Using your finger, swipe the screen to see an enlarged image of your Pokémon's face.
Station 5: Height Gauge
I guess this station is pretty self-explanatory.
Station 6: Weight Gauge
Ditto for this station. Heh.
Station 7: Appearance Analyzer
After placing your Pokéball into the machine, you will able to choose 2 appearance features which will offer clues to your Pokémon's identity.
Station 8: Cry Gauge
Interesting station where you will get to hear how your Pokémon sounds like. But if you are a Pokémon novice like me, chances are the cries will sound foreign to you.
And after you are done filling in the clues into the worksheet, you can attempt to guess which Pokémon is in your Pokéball. Head to the Answer Checker to confirm your deduction.
I failed to guess my Pokémon, in case you are wondering.
Done? Go marvel at the unique characteristics of more than 700 Pokémon at a larger-than-life Pokédex wall.
Or take selfies with some adorable inflatable Pokémons!
Of course, nothing beats taking a photo with the ever-popular Pikachu, all decked out in a lab coat!
If you are planning to bring the kids down, here are some things to take note:
- The Pokémon Research Exhibition opens daily from 10am to 7pm, and will last to 2 January 2017.
- A S.E.A. Aquarium One-Day Pass is required for admission to Pokémon Research Exhibition.
- It is much cheaper if you purchase the bundled admission tickets online: Adult $35 (U.P. $42), Child (4-12) & Senior Citzens (60 & above): $23 (U.P. $32)
- Children aged 3 and below enter FREE.
- The admission is only valid for ONE Pokéball at the exhibition. If you wish to try out another Pokéball of a different difficulty level, an additional charge of $5 is payable.
- Because each Pokéball can only be placed at 4 out of the 8 stations, it will be better that the kids take a walk to see all 8 stations first before deciding which to put their Pokéballs at.
- My recommendation for the 4 stations is Station 1 (Footprint Collector), Station 2 (Silhouette Shooter), Station 3 (Outline Shooter) and Station 7 (Appearance Analyzer). Simply because these stations are the most interactive.
- And no, you can't take home the Pokéball when you leave. It has to be returned at the exit point.
- Pikachu Meet & Greet Session
11:30am & 5:30pm daily: Inside Pokemon Research Exhibition
2.30pm daily: S.E.A. Aquarium - B1 Entrance Atrium
Now go catch 'em all!
Pokémon Research Exhibition
Date: 22 Oct 2016 – 2 Jan 2017
Opening Hours: 10am - 7pm daily
Venue: S.E.A. Aquarium, Resorts World Sentosa
Online ticket bundle: Adult $35 (U.P. $42), Child (4-12) | Senior Citzens (60 & above): $23 (U.P. $32)
*Note: A S.E.A. Aquarium One-Day Pass is required for admission to Pokémon Research Exhibition.