The museums in Singapore collaborated to create a Children's Season for the June holidays. The passport lists down all the available museums in a single booklet which is really helpful for us parents in organising meaningful and FOC/affordable outings for our kids. With this wonderful tool in hand, we went museum-hopping this week.
First up, we went to the National Museum with some of our CG friends. The kids were excited to make a postcard and send it to themselves. There was a cute muppet theatre for the kids to role-play at, a Singapore History Gallery and even a snoring blue giant at the basement to draw on. But my children's favourite part was the Story of the Forest which gave us a virtual hike through the psychedelic forest experience.
|Sending postcards to ourselves|
|Graffiti on the giant|
|Four in a teacup|
|A walk through the virtual forest|
Check out the mesmerising
|Listening to the audio explanation|
SINGAPORE ART MUSEUM
Next, we visited the nearby Singapore Art Museum at 8Q for the Imaginarium. The children found the short films at the Moving Image Gallery too cryptic and kept asking me what they were all about. Hahaha... The exhibitions were rather abstract too and the kids ended up reading instead at the room with pine cones. They did, however, enjoy the "Floating Mountain" due to the egg carton craft there and the "Wanderland" with all the hanging displays where they played hide and seek, much to my horror. *nervous laugh* The "Licence2Draw" was inherently attractive to the kids but only one person could control the robot at a time so the queuing was tedious.
|Watching "Way of Giants"|
|Look! A pine cone.|
|The Origin: The Tree and|
Me and the Unborn
|... and seek!|
|Controlling the robot|
We have never visited the Peranakan Museum before so I was quite worried the kids cannot appreciate the place and will grow bored easily. But thanks to the activity sheet which requires them to emboss different designs significant to the culture on a disk from stations all over the museum, the kids were very excited to complete the job. On the way to each station, I could interest them in a few meaningful activities to appreciate the nonya designs.
|Pretending to be the lion|
|Joram loves listening to |
these audio/visual explanations
|Pretending to eat at the table|
laid full with
pretty pink tableware
|Gleefully embossing away!!!|
|The completed disk|
SINGAPORE PHILATELIC MUSEUM
The children loved this place very much. There were many new things since our last visit. They exclaimed "Wow!" in unison when they entered the beautiful room with lovely egg art. My tween was especially delighted with the Harry Porter-themed staircase and room. But their favourite of all was the room about chickens. They spent more than an hour taking turns to role-play as the chicken farmer, egg-seller, delivery personnel and chef.
|Playing a music box|
|The egg room|
|Moving picture. Literally.|
|All aboard on the|
|The chicken room|
NATIONAL GALLERY SINGAPORE
This was by far the children's favourite museum and we spent almost an entire day there. I even had to coax them to leave for dinner! LOL That's perhaps the reason why it was incredibly crowded. Many of the exhibitions had long queues. Well, at least, we managed to go to all the places that we were interested in.
|Watching a video about pottery|
|Inking in progress|
|Learning about |
background and foreground
|Lots of foam cubes|
|Giant colourful balls galore!|
|Choosing her fav artwork|
ASIAN CIVILISATION MUSEUM
We were treated to a Korean dance and drums performance the moment we arrived. Sadly, the children were not very impressed with the Korean culture, unlike me. They asked to leave the performance halfway and rushed through most of the Joseon exhibition except for the installation with an animated digital display. They were actually more interested in the old-school elevator servicing the museum. Haha...
Thankfully, they were quite happy to role-play in an Indonesian hut they found and played there for a while. The highlight of the place was the "Ghost Net of the Ocean" where there were numerous sea creatures made of fishing nets. The kids kept asking me to take photos of the artwork.
|More tea, anyone?|
|I'm a fisherman|
|A Giant Turtle|
And thus, we ended our week of intensive museum-hopping, a first-time-ever experience for us. It was unfortunate that the Daddy couldn't join us for any of the trips due to work commitments. I can only say that God has indeed graciously given me the supernatural strength to endure the exertion of traveling with the kids via public transport and tons of walking around. My knees ache from being on my feet for too long.
My patience has worn threadbare thin though, due to the persistent disobedience of the two "sinister sisters". I do think that it would have been a lot easier if I had only brought along my boys. Quite the opposite of the norm that my girls are giving me most of the trouble, I know, right?