Friday, May 29, 2015

Go Local! 7 holidays destinations in June

The June holidays is upon us! Finally! I’m especially excited because I can finally bring EV and AA out. During last year’s December holidays, I was stuck at home because of a freak accident. That was terrible! Knowing that it’s the holidays, but yet cannot go out is a horrendous feeling, for both the kids and me. So I’m really determined to make it up to the kids this time. I can’t wait! These are some activities that I’ve researched and I believe they make awesome adventures for EV and AA. The good thing about them is, they’re either free, or are going at discounted rates.

Credit: Singapore Art Museum

Imaginarium: A Voyage of Big Ideas
Now till 19 July 2015
SAM at 8Q

I’ve heard so much about this, I’m itching to go. The name of the exhibition suggests ‘imagination’, and from what I’ve seen so far, that’s certainly the case. And based on SAM’s track record of organising annual art exhibitions for children for the last five years, I’m pretty certain that Imaginarium will blow minds and encourage inquisitive little ones to explore and go on an adventure of discovery. 

In the spirit of SG50, the exhibition is inspired by the crescent moon on the Singapore flag, symbolising a nation and its people’s capacity to dream big and think large. There are interactive artworks and hands-on activities featuring artists from Singapore and the region. 

71 Bras Basah Road
Singapore 198555
Opening Hours: Mondays to Sundays 10am to 7pm, Fridays 10am to 9pm
Free entry for citizens and permanent residents

Credit: National Museum of Singapore

Masak Masak
Now till 10 August 2015
National Museum of Singapore

We went to this signature children’s festival last year, and we had a hard time getting the kids to leave. Even though AA was desperately tired, he hung on and played till the last second, and still couldn’t get enough. 

Like the previous festival, Masak Masak 2015 will feature interactive installations by international artists such as a colourful rainbow origami suspension and a field of dancing flowers powered by solar energy, as well as larger-than-life childhood games such as the old-school ‘flip the flag eraser’ game and the ball-in-maze puzzle game with a modern twist. The signature bouncy ‘dragon’ playground makes an appearance again this year, but only on the weekends. The museum says the festival is suitable for ages three to seven, as they can play around the museum and create a ruckus! I say that the festival appeals to all, young and old, who love to play.

Besides the main festival, there are also performances, film screenings and special programmes for children and families, such as:

- Fun with Origami workshop with French artist Mademoiselle Maurice on 30 May (Saturday) and 31 May (Sunday)
- Shadow Puppetry workshop by Singaporean artist Jeremy Hiah on 6, 13, 27 & 30 June (Saturday). Inspired by Javanese wayang kulit, kids will have a chance to create his own her own story using shadow puppetry.
- Art therapy workshop by Join Picture Joins Hearts where creative expression is explored through painting and drawing, on 30 May (Saturday)

93 Stamford Road
Singapore 178897
Opening Hours: Mondays to Sundays 10am to 6pm
Free admission to the festival.
Admission fees to selected workshops apply

Credit: Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

The most famous residents of the latest museum in Singapore has got to be the three diplodocid sauropod skeletons, nicknamed “Prince”, “Apollonia” and “Twinky”. They are a rarity, as not only are the 80% complete, but two of them also come with skulls, which apparently is also a rarity in the world of sauropod dinosaur fossils. That aside, how often do we see dinosaur fossils? And that alone is reason for us to make a trip to this museum. Plus the fact that AA has a thing for dinosaurs. It’s a great place to show the kids the evolution and history of life, and the diversity. For the museum’s main gallery alone consists of 15 zones devoted to tracing the history of life on earth, and showcases the different types of life, such as green plants, fungi, molluscs, arthropods, “fish”, amphibians, “reptiles”, birds, and mammals.

Faculty of Science
National University of Singapore
2 Conservatory Drive
Singapore 117377
Opening Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays & Public Holidays 10am to 7pm
Admission is by session timings only: 10-1130am, 11.30am-1pm, 1pm-2.30pm, 2.30pm-4pm, 4pm-5.30pm, 5.30pm-7pm.
Singapore Resident rate: Adults $16, Children 3-12 years old $9

Credit: Art Science Museum

The Deep
Opens 6 June 2015
Art Science Museum

Scheduled to open on 6 June, this exhibition is slated to be the largest collection of deep-sea animals ever displayed. The beauty and complexity of life in the deepest parts of the ocean will be showcased through more than 40 preserved specimens, as well as full colour photographs and film footage of sea fauna, living fossils and bioluminescent creatures, many photographed for the very first time. It is a discovery of an unknown world has has remained unexplored by humans.

Marina Bay Sands
10 Bayfront Avenue
Singapore 018956
Opening Hours: 10am-7pm including public holidays
Singapore Resident rate: Adults $12, Children 2-12 years old $8

Credit: Asian Civilisations Museum

Once Upon A Time in Asia: The Animal Race
30 May - 26 July 2015
Asian Civilisations Museum

Recommended for 4 to 9 years old and the young at heartThis is recommended for those aged between 4 and 9 years old, as well as those young at heart, which essentially means, almost everyone! This exhibition brings together inspiring interactive ensembles that feature animals in art across many cultures. Besides thought provoking displays that will ignite the five senses, there will also be storytellers who will spin Asian tales on this discovery trail

1 Empress Place
Singapore 179555
Opening Hours: Mondays to Sundays 10am to 7pm, Fridays 10am to 9pm
Free admission for all visitors

Credit: Gardens by the Bay

Nursery Rhymes Floral Display
Now till 19 July 2015
Gardens by the Bay Flower Dome

Just after the recent Tulipmania, Gardens by the Bay has embarked on the third of six chapters of its storytelling journey. From Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel, we move into the magical world of folklore, legends and nursery rhymes as told through plants. Beloved characters from nursery rhymes such as Mary Had A Little Lamb and Old MacDonald come to life in attractive and multi-coloured floral displays

18 Marina Gardens Drive
Singapore 018953
Opening Hours: 9am to 9pm daily
Singapore Resident rate (one conservatory): Adult $12, Children 3-12 years old $8 

Credit: Singapore Botanic Gardens

Nature Workshops
June 2015
Singapore Botanic Gardens

Go on a nature trail, find out more about the majestic and weird wildlife such as the Malayan tiger and Venus Fly Trap. All these nature activities can be done just 15 mins away from the heart of the island, at Singapore Botanic Gardens’ workshops for children and families. Depending on which you opt for, rates range between $6 for a one-hour guided tour or a three-hour biodiversity investigative workshop.

1 Cluny Road
Singapore 259569
Times and rates are dependent on the various workshops.


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