If you're long overdue a museum trip, now is the time to make it happen! Children's Season is here, and you're in for a treat...
The National Heritage Board’s and the Museum Roundtable’s annual Children’s Season Singapore is back – and we’re excited! Themed Hopes and Dreams, there’s loads to inspire, engage and educate our little ones and get them thinking of different occupations and inventions past and present in Singapore. There’ll also be inspired to think about their own futures and careers, and who knows what exciting new ideas they might uncover!
Children’s Season is running from 27 May to 25 June 2023, with over 100 family-friendly programmes across 25 participating museums to check out. Here are a few of our top picks…
Your Guide to Children’s Season Singapore 2023
Comic Art Workshops
Do your kids love comics? Check out the comic art workshops taking place with the help of 14 talented local artists and art educators. There are 30 to choose from, held over ten museums and galleries. Each one provides the opportunity for the kids to create their very own comic artwork using inspo from the museum artefacts and themes. What’s more, they can also pick up skills like story-telling techniques, character design, drawing expressions, and more!
Little ones big into cars? Then you’ll want to head over to the Singapore Mobility Gallery, where they can dream up cars of the future and try their hand at doodling and transforming random squiggles into cool and crazy cars. Or, if your kids are mad about all things fairy tales, The Peranakan Museum is where it’s at with a chance to reinvent a classic fairy tale in comic form and imagine, “What if Cinderella were Nyonya?”.
Become an archaeologist for a day at NUS Museum
Fancy trying your hand at making a big discovery? Head to the NUS Museum’s ‘Be an Archaeologist for a Day!’ workshop, where you can dig up broken fragments and attempt to reconstruct them! And the best bit is the activity takes reference from actual archaeological sites in Singapore, which are featured in the NUS Museum’s Archaeology Library, so there is lots to learn at the same time. Psst – the kids can also take home their treasured artefacts!
Details: 3 June 2023 (10am – 12pm) and Saturday, 10 June 2023 (10am – 12pm), NUS Museum, age group: 9 – 12 years old, $20/per parent-child pair. Limited to 10 pairs of parent and child per session. Minimum of 7 pairs to proceed.
Colour your own Augmented Reality toy at MINT Museum of Toys
MINT Museum of Toys’ is hosting a ‘Colour Your Own AR Toy’ workshop, where the kids can design their very own Augmented Reality toy. Choose from a selection of nine occupations, and drawing inspiration from the vintage toy from the Museum’s Outerspace collection, participants can get creative and colour the artwork of their chosen toy. You can then scan and check out your masterpiece on display.
Explore All About Food at The National Museum of Singapore
Ah, a favourite topic for kids and parents alike – food! There’s a series of interactive spaces and family-friendly on-site programmes over at The National Museum of Singapore for Children’s Season 2023. Young visitors will get a glimpse into Singapore’s ever-evolving food identity from war times to the present day. Here’s a sneak peek of some of the workshops available:
Drop-in Craft Activity: Tropical Fruit Scratch Art Fun by Lollibox
Draw, scratch and reveal the magical rainbow colour beneath some of the fruits featured in the museum’s William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings. You can also find out some fun facts about these fruits.
Details: Free, first come, first served basis, no pre-registration required. Recommended for families with children ages 3 & up. Available on the 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 & 25 June; 10:30am – 12:30pm & 2pm – 5pm. More info here.
Little Food Explorers by HaruPlate
There’s everything from a Magical Ice-cream Workshop to Pasta Play as part of the Little Food Explorers by HaruPlate. But don’t forget, sign-up is required for individual programmes.
Details: All the timings, programme schedules and pricing for classes can be found here.
Get crafty with garden-themed paper sculptures at Children’s Museum Singapore
There are loads of programmes over at Children’s Museum Singapore to choose from, including a cool paper craft workshop by UK-based designer and artist Diana Beltran Herrera. In these workshops, you’ll get the chance to try your hand at making 3D paper sculptures of birds, flowers, leaves and fruits. You can also visit the Imagine a Garden exhibition in CMSG to view Diana’s exquisite paper sculptures for inspo!
Details: 2 – 4 June 2023, 10:00am – 11:30am (includes a post-museum visit till 12:45pm). Children’s Museum Singapore – Discovery Room (Level 2). Recommended Age: 5 – 8 years old, $45 per pair. (Tickets can only be bought as pairs which come in one child and one adult ticket). Advanced registration is required.
Don’t forget to collect stamps for your Children’s Season passports!
ICYMI – The Children’s Season’s passport is a rite of passage for little ones, so pick up a passport from one of the 25 participating museums to start collecting uniquely designed passport stamp imprints throughout the Children’s Season month. The passport’s design and artwork are super cool and inspired by the comic art theme. Stamp collectors also stand a chance to win special prizes once they have completed any of the three-tiered milestones – best get collecting!