Singapore summers are long and hot, and what better place to cool down than a chilly, air-conditioned museum? Many museums have events on especially for kids during the holidays, so do check their website before you go, and plan your visit accordingly.
ArtScience Museum: Into the Wild
Make a real-world difference with cutting-edge technology at the museum’s latest permanent development Into the Wild: An Immersive Virtual Adventure. Over a thousand square metres of the ArtScience Museum have been turned into a virtual rainforest, which you can explore using your phone. Whilst exploring the virtual wild, you take an active role in replanting the rainforest, as for every virtual tree, a real one will be planted in Indonesia.
Singapore Art Museum: Imaginarium
Explorers of the land! How much do you know about the planet we inhabit? The Singapore Art Museum holds the 7th edition of their family friendly Imaginarium: To the Ends of the Earth. Taking a closer look at the surroundings and environments we reside in, you can see how people, flora, and fauna, adapt to their ever-changing surroundings. Through inspiring and engaging artworks, Imaginarium 2017 introduces explorers to new ways of seeing and experiencing the world around us.
Singapore Philatelic Museum: Harry Potter
Are stamps boring? Not at the Singapore Philatelic Museum, which has interactive family friendly exhibitions that are as much fun as informative. If that is not enough to convince you, the current exhibition Collecting Magic: From Stamps to Wands and its Harry Potter might be?
Peranakan Museum: Family Sundays
The Peranakans or Straits-born Chinese have a culture unique to this region, which is colourful and fascinating. Peranakan customs, language and lifestyle are showcased at this child friendly museum in Armenian Street. Every second Sunday of the month the museum hosts Family Sundays, where different themes of Peranakan culture are explored with workshops including craft activities, guided tours, dressing up, music and dance!
Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum: All creatures great and small
If you’ve got Jurassic World obsessed kids, expect all jaws to drop upon seeing the stars of the show: three 150 million year old dinosaur skeletons. But there is more to see, this museum if filled to the brim with specimens, reaching from plants to sea creatures to mammals, exposing the rich diversity found in the natural world.
National Gallery: Keppel Centre for Art Education
The National Gallery Singapore’s collection focuses on modern Southeast Asian art, and has a dedicated space for kids. At the Keppel Centre for Art Education young ones get an introduction to art through play. Children can explore, dream up their own art at a Project Gallery, and visit an artist’s studio mock-up.
Civil Defence Heritage Gallery: Fire station open house
This museum, housed inside red-and-white Central Fire Station at Hill Street pays tribute to Singapore’s brave fire-fighters and is a dream come true for many little boys. Kids can climb on board the engines and imagine rushing to put our fires themselves. If you go on a Saturday, fire-fighters will give demonstrations of their skills, and the public can join too in the Fire Station Open House!