Museums might sound like a bad idea for children, especially for those that get bored easily. However, the museums in Singapore are great for families, with plenty of hands-on exhibits. So if you have an afternoon to kill or you want to have a family day out that is also educational, look no further.
The main draw of the ArtScience Museum is that it has a rather wonderful permanent exhibition called Future World. This has been consistently popular with children thanks to it’s interactive displays, lights, colours and slides. The remainder of the museum often has temporary exhibits that are particularly kid-friendly, but if not, there is also plenty to see and do here. The best part about the museum is that it is open all day, from 10am-10pm, so you can get the most out of the attractions.
Price: S$17 adults, S$12 kids up to 12, family ticket S$46. Bear in mind you might have to pay for special exhibits.
This is a really fun day out, as the entire museum is dedicated to children’s playtime. The station is the oldest in Singapore and has a variety of antique fire engines, that interest both adults and children alike. There are plenty of interactive displays and children can even try their hand at play-acting as fire fighters. There is also a tour of the hose tower, which offers excellent views over Singapore. However, this is only suitable for children who are 1.2m in height. Saturdays have a free tour from 9am-11am, so bear in mind it might get particularly crowded. Normal admission is from Tuesday to Sunday, 10am-5pm. And it is free!
Much like the ArtScience museum, the Science Centre has a wealth of activities for kids to enjoy. Luckily, the exhibits span a multitude of age ranges, so complaints that it’s too babyish!The Science Centre is particularly educational, with the focus on learning, so if you want your kids to take home more than a goody bag, the Science Centre is your best bet. The museum is huge, so you might want to dedicate a whole day to seeing it. The museum also has a beautiful indoor butterfly enclosure, which delights children of all ages.
Price: S$12 adults, S$8 children, but watch our for off-peak deals if you are a Permanent Resident or Singapore Citizen.
The Koppel Centre is actually part of The National Gallery but is specifically aimed at educating children through art. They have plenty of fabulous workshops from print making to vase making (virtual) and a wonderful enchanted play area, the aim of which is to step inside a painting. There are some art installations such as ‘The Blue Who Swims All The Way’, where children can make friends with sculptures and climb into the art itself. ‘The Enchanted Tree House’ is the second installation and extremely popular with children.
Price:S$30 all access, S$25 special exhibitions, S$20 general admission
This is more for older children and teenagers but is a fantastic journey through the past, present and future. The theme is largely based around Singapore itself, with a focus on tradition, heritage and culture. Children can even learn to dance Singaporean folk dances. If you want to educate your children about the city that they are living or travelling in, the Discovery Centre is worth the trip. Plus if your children are particularly hands-on, they can get involved with nearly all of the exhibits here.
Price:S$10 adults, S$6 children.