Saving Money the Scientific Way – Singapore Science Festival 2013 Passport

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Here in Singapore, we are always on the lookout for good deals and ways to save money.

At Little Day Out, we know that heading out with the kids can turn out to be an expensive experience and so we try to bring to you reports on free places and money-saving ideas to tap on.

Singapore Science Festival 2013 Passport

At this year’s Singapore Science Festival, the organisers have introduced the SSF 2013 Passport.

This little booklet, literally the size of a passport, provides a guide to the many events taking place as part of the Singapore Science Festival 2013. These events include core events, anchor events and partner events.

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At the event venues, visitors can pick up ink stamps on the SSF passport. Accumulate enough and qualify for a chance to win attractive prizes.

The Science of Saving Money

As an added bonus, the SSF Passport also includes a set of discount vouchers from partner organisations including enrichment centres such as MPM Math and Singapore attractions such as the ArtScience Museum.

With different validity dates and terms and conditions, Little Day Out decided to adopt a scientific approach to investigate the value that the SSF 2013 Passport can bring to parents.

Step 1: Make Observations

Vouchers offered in the SSF Passport include attractions that are of interest to parents with young children. With some validity dates extending till the end of October 2013, the vouchers can even be used during the September school holidays.

Step 2: Formulate a Hypothesis

Our hypothesis was, “The SSF 2013 Passport can help parents save money with their kids at Singapore attractions”.

Step 3: Design an Experiment

We decided to assume the following scenario:

  • One adult will be accompanying one child to Forest Adventure, Gardens By The Bay, Lilliputt Mini Golf, Science Centre Singapore, Snow City and LEGOLAND Malaysia. That’s more than a week’s worth of activities that can easily fill up the September school holidays;
  • Only one SSF Passport would be used and the savings would be maximised by applying the discounts to the more expensive ticket if tickets are required for both the adult and child;
  • At Forest Adventure, the adult will only be there to supervise the child and the discount would be applied to the child’s ticket. (It is hard to imagine a lone child on the ground waiting for the adult to finish tackling the course overhead.)


Step 4: Test the Hypothesis

We decided on a paper test.

Based on our calculations, the total cost for admission to the various places for a parent and child would be $270.10. This assumes that both parent and child pay the full fare for each location.

The table below breaks down the savings with the SSF 2013 Passport:

Attraction Promotion Usual Price Discounted Price Savings
Forest Adventure 20% off Grand Course or Kids Course.

The promotion to be used for the Grand Course for Juniors.

$40.00 $32.00 $8.00
Gardens By The Bay 15% off on an admission ticket to both conservatories only.

The promotion to be used for a local resident adult ticket.

$20.00 $17.00 $3.00
Lilliputt Indoor Mini Golf 10% off a regular priced ticket.

The promotion to be used for the adult ticket.

$19.20 $17.28 $1.92
Science Centre Singapore 20% off one admission & separately, one free admission entry coupon to Science Centre Singapore (Galleries).

The free admission coupon is used for the adult and the 20% voucher for the child ticket.

(for adult and child tickets)
$4.80 $11.20
Snow City 20% off admission to 2 hours of snow play, including boots and jackets for up to 5 tickets.

The promotion to be used for both the adult and child admission.

(for adult and child tickets)
$40.80 $10.20
LEGOLAND Malaysia 25% off for a one-day ticket from the ticket window at LEGOLAND Malaysia.

The promotion to be used for the adult ticket.

RM140 (about S$55.50) for an adult ticket. RM105 (about S$41.60) S$13.90

Disclaimer: Table is for illustrative purposes only. Little Day Out is not associated with the Singapore Science Festival 2013. Other terms and conditions may apply to the various promotions.

This represents a potential savings of about $48 with a SSF 2013 Passport that costs $10 at an early bird rate (usual price $12). Put another way, there would an 18% savings on the total cost for a parent and child to go to these attractions.

What’s more, the SSF 2013 Passport also includes other merchant tie-ups:

With Validity Dates Ending 4 August

  • 20% off Standard Admission (not Local Admission) to the ArtScience Museum, ends on 4 August 2013
  • 20% off admission to the Omni-Theatre, ends on 4 August 2013.

With Validity Dates Ending 31 August

  • 15% off admission to Underwater World Singapore
  • 10% off admission to the S.E.A. Aquarium, for up to 5 tickets per SSF 2013 Passport
  • 10% off Universal Studios Singapore admission

The SSF 2013 Passport also has a voucher for 1-for-1 play at the eXplorerkid indoor playground including discounts at other places that are valid till 31 October 2013.

Step 5: Accept or Reject the Hypothesis

So, do we think that the SSF2013 Passport is a great way for children to keep track of their way around the Singapore Science Festival 2013 and also a way to save money for smart parents?

Based on the results, we would accept that hypothesis!

How to Get the SSF Passport

As of now, 26 July 2013,  the SSF Passport is available at an early bird rate of $10.00 from Science Centre Singapore, Core and Anchor Event Venues, Timezone outlets and online. Let the kids have fun ‘bookmarking’ their experience through the Singapore Science Festival 2013!

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