Programme

Family Fun at the National Museum

Various Venues
Various Timings
Varies with Programmes
Enjoy family time at the National Museum of Singapore every last Saturday of the month! Our fun line-up of activities includes interactive tours, storytelling sessions, family workshops, drop-in craft activities, captivating performances, and more.

Date

Theme

27 Jan

Back to School!

24 Feb

Stylish New Year

31 Mar

What's in the Backyard?

28 Apr

Trades and Occupations

26 May

Red, Blue, Yellow and White, What Am I?

30 Jun

Stars and Moon

 

This April, try your hand at basket-weaving and hear about some of the now-vanished trades and occupations from our animated grandmother storyteller Mdm Si-Hoe S.S. Plus, 20 April marks the opening of our new exhibition, The More We Get Together: Singapore’s Playgrounds 1930 – 2030. Bring the whole family to learn about how playgrounds evolved in Singapore, contribute your suggestions for your dream playground of the future, and have tons of fun on our inflatable playgrounds inspired by iconic mosaic playgrounds of yesteryear!

 

Email nhb_nm_programmes@nhb.gov.sg for enquiries.

  

 

1+ The Dynamic Lines of Our Nest by Matali Crasset (FR)
20 Apr to 30 Sep | 10am to 6pm | Rotunda, Level 1 | Free

This art installation by French artist Matali Crasset pays tribute to the awakening of our curiosity. By twisting the central pole, the installation is transformed into a colourful mobile for toddlers in a central playpen below. Families are invited to “nest” and recline in a shared space around the playpen. Inspired by natural greenery, the installation posits a future play space where the natural and manmade meet.

Recommended capacity of 10–12 people at a time. Last admission is at 5.45pm.
Parental supervision is required at all times. All footwear (except socks) is to be removed before entering the installation.

2+ Bouncy Adventures

26 May to 24 Jun | 10am to 5.30pm | The Front Lawn | Free

 

Embark on a bouncy adventure at the National Museum with interactive inflatable playgrounds inspired by iconic mosaic playgrounds of yesteryears! You can also go on an “animal hunt” with our animal springers for more bouncy fun.

Parental supervision is required at all times. All footwear (except socks) is to be removed before entering the inflatables. Please note that play under wet or hot weather conditions is not advised.

3+ Young Cinema by Robot Playground Media
Saturdays and Sundays from 26 May to 24 Jun | 10am & 2.30pm (2 hours per session) | The Salon, Level 1 | Free

The National Museum’s Young Cinema programme returns with TimeScapes – A Singapore Anthology, a collection of animated short films about life, love and the landscapes of Singapore past and present.

5+ The More We Play Together! – A Playbook for the Young and Young at Heart 
20 Apr – 30 Sep | Free

A playbook full of quiet activities and fun facts for children and the young at heart! Find your way through the museum's exhibition The More We Get Together: Singapore's Playgrounds 1930 – 2030 and outdoor play spaces, discovering little known facts about Singapore's playgrounds and the museum’s historic grounds.
 
Recommended for children aged 5 to 12 years old. Download this activity book here from 20 April or pick up a copy at the exhibition.

Family Fun Saturday, 28 Apr

 

7+ Drop-in Family Fun – Let’s Get Handy

10.30am to 4.30pm | Glass Atrium, Level 2 | Free

 

People who lived in Singapore in the early 20th century often had to do rough work with their hands. The samsui women, for example, toiled in the construction industry while basket-weavers were impressively skilled in various weaving methods such as the anyam gila technique. Join us at the Glass Atrium and try your hand at weaving your own basket!

 

No registration required. While stocks last. Last admission at 4pm.

7+ National Museum Building Tour for Families

11am (45 min) | Rotunda, Level 1 | Free

 

Join us on a learning journey around the museum and discover more interesting gems about this 130-year-old building.

 

Limited to 15 pairs of parent and child, on a first come, first served basis. On-site registration starts from 10.30am at the Rotunda, Level 1.

7+ Gran’s Short Stories

2.30pm & 3.30pm (30 min per session) | Singapore History Gallery, Level 1 | Free

 

What would you work as if you lived in 1930s Singapore? Would you be a letter-writer, a jagar (watchman) or perhaps a night-soil man? In this interactive storytelling session, 84-year-old Mdm Si-Hoe S.S., author of The House on Palmer Road, shares some historical trades and occupations which are no longer found today. Featuring engaging dramatisation and interactive hands-on activities, these sessions are a wonderful introduction to Singapore’s history and heritage, as told through our grandmas’ first-hand experiences!

 

Each session is limited to 15 children aged 7 to 12 years old, on a first come, first served basis. On-site registration starts from 1.45pm outside Singapore History Gallery, Level 1.

 

About the Storyteller

Mdm Si-Hoe S.S., 84, is a retired Chemistry teacher and educator who became a first-time book author at the youthful age of 83. She is the principal author of The House on Palmer Road, a playful children's book based on her childhood in pre-war Singapore. She enjoys reading, cooking, gardening, and gallivanting with her friends and large family, and is currently working on her second book.

Family Time

Take a trip through 700 years of Singapore's history with your little ones with our Family Time Guide to find out how life in this Lion City has changed over the centuries. On your journey, you will meet various historical figures as well as landmark objects in each phase of Singapore's history. Explore how people from different communities used to live, their aspirations and how they helped shape the Singapore we see today.

Museum guide

Download our museum guide (English, Chinese, Bahasa Melayu, Tamil) to find out about the many treasures in our various galleries. In this guide, you will also find the floor plan for easier navigation. Enjoy your visit!

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