Saturday, June 16, 2012

Island Adventures at National Museum of Singapore

Curiosity led the inner child in me to purchase a ticket to the Children's Season 2012 - Island Adventures when I was at the National Museum of Singapore about two weeks ago.

Ahoy! All onboard! Level 1, The Concourse
The fun started as I went on board a ship-like vessel that was supposedly bound for the island named Singapura. While on board this ship-like vessel, I was transported to 1820 and learnt about the challenges and dangers that one would have encountered if they were to travel across the oceans in those days.

Learn about the Morse Code.

Island Adventures - Roving Acts
I was very lucky that I was on the vessel in time to join a group of mysterious characters from the past. These characters interacted with the participants through roving acts to give a glimpse of what it would be like on board the ship to Singapura. I mingled with the children and was reminded of the blessings to be open-minded like a child.

During the Roving Acts, participants met and interacted with characters such as a pirate and a European lady! It was a delightful and entertaining experience catching the Roving Acts, so I highly recommend it for all visitors who prefer interactive activities and a dose of drama.  Island Adventures - Roving Acts are available every Saturday and Sunday at the Concourse and the Salon, at the following timings: 10.45 a.m., 12.15 p.m., and 2.15 p.m.

Learn about what was used to extinguish candles in the days of the past.

The kind pirate and the dangers of the seas.

Port City, Level 1, The Concourse
Nearby, visitors could explore and discover how life was on the island of Singapura in the 19th and 20th century. I caught a glimpse of the Government hill, tried to experience how it would be to be a street hawker in those days, and more!

Life in the kampungs.

I had missed the Garden at Level 1 during my visit. I read that at the Garden, one can enjoy a hands-on experience drawing one of the many iconic buildings that reflects Singapore's history and culture. At the Salon Foyer, there is an interactive installation for visitors to have fun creating Singapore's landscape from the past to the future. I wondered how I had ever missed it?

Designed to be child-friendly, Children's Season 2012: Island Adventures takes its visitors on a journey which will introduce them to a part of Singapore's history and heritage. I recommend that visitors time their visits to catch the entertaining Island Adventures - Roving Acts. 

Children's Season 2012: Island Adventures
National Museum of Singapore
93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897
Concourse, the Salon and Garden, Level 1
26 May 2012 - 22 Jul 2012
10 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily (Last admission at 5 p.m.)
$5 per child/ adult
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1 comment:

scott davidson said...

What an interesting blog, introduced by a thought-provoking photo. The unusual wall painting of the dwellings is also a strangely modern interpretation. Something like this hieroglyphic view of a park by Swiss painter Paul Klee,
The image can be seen at who can supply you with a canvas print of it.