The June holidays are here! Not so yeah for me as it means one month of WW3 at home! But still to celebrate the start of the school holidays we made an impromptu trip to the National Museum Open House for the Children’s Season. Admission is free during the Open House, if not you gotta pay $5 per person to get in.
This year’s theme is Island Adventures and there isn’t much on the webbie so we really didn’t know what to expect. We went to the Children’s Season at the National Museum last year and till now, the children asked about when they can go again. That’s how much fun they had last year.
With me at the wheel *ahem* (kids automatically say a prayer to ask God to pls not let us get lost when I am driving…), we drove towards the museum from church and the silly guard did not allow me to go into the carpark. Panicking I drove behind and realised viola, i can park for free too at the Fort Canning car park on Sundays! YEAH!
When we walked in, we realised there was a craft session going on. You are supposed to colour your own Island Adventure badge! The badge will be made on the spot! (Spot Talia wearing her own badge later!)
The children colouring diligently away at their own badge.
Our timing was perfect too as there was a story telling session “Island Tales” at 11.30am by Roger Jenkins. He was good! Had the children entralled as he spun tales from the colourful legends from Singapore’s past. But I think my helper enjoyed it more! She was chuckling and beating my thighs from mirth throughout and not surprisingly she told me the best thing for her that day was the story telling! (-_-;)
We went down to Level 1 to “Ahoy! All onboard” which is a mock up of a boat that the early settlers would have taken to come to the shores of Singapore. There were some installations that the children could fiddle with.
The children using brushes to discover gems hidden in the sand!
But what was more interesting was “Island Adventures – Roving Acts” (Every Sat and Sun, 10.45am, 12.15pm and 2.15pm – 30 mins) where mysterious characters from the past will appear to interact with the children and they bring the history of the early settlers vividly to the children. Interesting and educational!
First up was this Indian chettiar. He passed out pots to the children and commanded them to help him polish up!
Then Madam Farquhar came on board the boat. She was eternally sea sick and have lots of knick knacks from candle snuffer to lingerie to show the children.
Then this Indian stowaway appeared and wanted the children to help her find a best spot to hide!
Up last was this pirate banishing a sword and wanted the children to hand over all their treasures!
By this time it was 12.45pm and we trooped out to POMO to have a simple lunch of Thai food. When we got back, we stopped at the Salon Foyer and had some fun at the magnetic wall where the children could stick up past buildings to “explore, interpret and transform Singapore’s landscape”. That only held the children’s interest for perhaps 5 mins and we went into the Salon for “Port City”.
Here the installations were of little kampung houses and a street scene where early hawkers would peddle their wares in the streets.
There is also little fun corner where the children could try their hand at fishing!
The two kiddos immediately wanted to try out street peddling!
Dishing out the noodles!
Pouring out tea!
Pouring out more tea!
and the little man tried his hand at being a coolie!
And then the “Roving Acts” started again! With brand new characters!
A Chinese letter writer appeared and asked the children to write their name in Mandarin which they all gamely obliged!
An Indian merchant selling spices appeared and taught the children the different spices!
and then this nun came running out and the Indian merchant said the one thing that Talia said was the best moment for her the whole day! He said:”Hey! Why are you out running around dressed like a zebra?” I don’t know what was so funny about this but it tickled the little girl’s funny bone and she laughed and laughed and laughed! 🙂
There were altogether 8 characters that would be involved in the Roving Acts but I forgot to take pic of one of them. Anyhow, the kids had a blast of a time. I enjoyed the interactive manner with which this year’s Island Adventures were conducted. The next Open House would be on 23/24 June and I am tempted to just bring the children to go again if we have time!