Children’s Season returns for the seventh year with a bigger bang – the launch of a new dedicated space for pre-school children called PLAY @ National Museum of Singapore, a new mainstay exhibition entitled Masak Masak: My Childhood and more than 40 children-centric programmes islandwide across seven National Heritage Board (NHB) museums and 14 Museum Roundtable (MR) museums.
Presented by NHB and the Museum Roundtable, Children’s Season will run from 24 May 2014 to 29 June 2014.
Said NHB’s Group Director for Programmes, Mr Tan Boon Hui, “This year’s Children’s Season has a special focus on preschoolers. This is deliberate as we recognise the importance of starting them young in museum and heritage education.”
Amongst the plethora of programmes, these are the major highlights of Children’s Season 2014:
MID-AUTUMN FEST: Atmospheric Parks to Enjoy Lantern Walks
NEW PRESCHOOL: Kids Get to Play Mini Golf and Go Bowling at this New Centre
BUILD YOUR LIBRARY: Recommended Books for Under 5s
24 May to 3 August 2014, 10.00 am to 6.00 pm daily, National Museum of Singapore
This is an interactive and engaging exhibition that will bring back memories and help re-create new ones with your children.
Eight Less Well-known Museums and Galleries to Explore
Visit some lesser known museums and heritage galleries this Children’s Season! Budding young recruits can “enlist” themselves and go through Basic Military Training at the Army Museum of Singapore, and children can put on mini police uniforms and have their photographs taken at the Police Heritage Centre.
Once Upon a Time in Asia: The Story Tree
31 May to 2 November 2014, 10.00 am to 5.00 pm, Asian Civilisations Museum
Come play under the story tree. Explore with all five senses. Have fun and make some art of your own to take home. Embark on an exciting trail through the museum to uncover more secrets about trees and arty facts! Also, look out for storytellers as they spin Asian tales in the galleries. This specially curated exhibition showcases original interactive ensembles inspired by objects in the collection of the Asian Civilisations Museum. Visit www.acm.org.sg for more details.
Now till 30 June 2014, 9.00 am to 6.00 pm, Singapore Discovery Centre
Discover how important values and aspects of culture are communicated through the fantastic world of stories and performance art in this special exhibition. Explore hands-on activities in the galleries like the Filipino Tinikling dance and find out how stories from around the world share many similar values. Immerse yourself in stories from 10 participating countries in our Embassy Showcase. Be introduced to the colourful world of masks and bring home your own masterpieces too.
The League Against Evil: A DC Super Heroes Exhibition
5 June 2014 to 31 August 2014, Singapore Philatelic Museum
See the first and only DC Comics Super Heroes exhibition in Asia to commemorate the milestone BATMAN 75th Anniversary. The exhibition showcases stamps from Singapore Philatelic Museum’s permanent collection, Singapore Post MyStamps and the stamp artworks, as well as rare original comic art pages and collectibles on loan from collectors. This exhibition is held in conjunction with Warner Bros.’ celebration of the 75th anniversary of DC Comics Super Hero, BATMAN.
Special Weekend Activities
Look out also for these special weekend activities across the museums this June holidays:
The Enchanted Tree Weekend Festival
31 May & 1 June 2014, From 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm
Step into a colourful world of tales and art this weekend. Set your imagination ablaze as you venture into the ancient world of the enchanted tree. Create your own sand art, explore nature-inspired artworks and watch performances by kids. Visit www.acm.org.sg for more details.
Fun-filled Weekend at SYSNMH
31 May & 1 June 2014 , 10.00 am to 5.00 pm, Recommended for ages 6 to 14 years old, Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
Have fun at the Memorial Hall by participating in exciting games, outdoor carnival, and handicraft sessions organised by students from ITE College Central! In addition, learn how to wrap your own dumpling on 1 June 2014.
Saturdays@ACM: Crafty Kids
7 June, Activities from 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm
Go a journey to Explore, Discover, and Create! Be captivated by Asian stories, watch fantastical performances, and make art. Visit www.acm.org.sg for more details.
Straits Family Sunday – Supersized!
8 June 2014, 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm, Peranakan Museum
Explore the colourful world of Peranakans this June. Watch an exciting performance in the special exhibition, Auspicious Designs: Batik for Peranakan Altars or go on a self-guided trail to discover mythical creatures. Create batik art inspired by objects in the museum or play dress up in a batik shirt or sarong kebaya with the whole family. Visit www.peranakanmuseum.org.sg for more details.
DC Super Heroes Open House @ Singapore Philatelic Museum
8 & 22 June 2014, 9.30 am to 7.00 pm
Come dressed as your favourite DC Comics Super Heroes character & get to meet other cosplayers at the event. Participate in activities such as Pose and Post (pose in Super Heroes costume and post your photo in the form of a postcard), and Make Your Own Super Heroes Stamps and Buttons.
20 and 21 June 2014, 6.00 pm to 9.30 pm,
20 June, Friday, 8.00 pm: Ninja Kids!!! (100 minutes)
21 June, Saturday, 8.00 pm: The Rink / A Dog’s Life / The Kid (122 minutes)
Check out the movie screenings under the banyan tree and note the extended opening hours.
About Children’s Season 2014
24 May – 29 June 2014
21 Museums and Heritage Institutions
For a complete listing of all programmes, visit www.museums.com.sg/cs14/index.html.