Children's Season at the National Museum

  • Various Venues
  • 27 May 2017 - 30 Jul 2017
  • 10am – 6pm daily
  • Free

Be transported to a wonderland of discovery and play at the National Museum this Children’s Season! Look forward to pop-ups of favourite Singapore family hangouts of the 1970s and 1980s, and a new interactive roving theatre that will take you around the museum’s galleries and spaces. Families can hop on their favourite mode of transport and go on a trail to “join the dots” and experience “connections” of friendship, family, monuments and memories through interactive exhibits and installations, sensorial stations, hands-on play, story-telling sessions and more! Young Cinema will also present well-known animated cartoons and children’s classics from the world.

Our Favorite Places
What was Singapore like 50 years ago? Hop on a bumboat, trolley bus or trishaw, and travel back in time to visit old Singapore. Adapted from The Little Singapore Book by local authors Sim Ee Waun and Joyceline See Tully, with illustrations by Diane Ng Rose, this interactive children’s exhibition brings old Singapore back to life and invites young explorers to discover popular family hangouts in the 1970s and 1980s, as well as cultural sites and historical landmarks along the Singapore River. Parents and grandparents can take a lighthearted walkdown memory lane and relive wonderful memories of yesteryear!

Our Favourite Places Bumboat Trail
The Concourse, Level 1
Co-developed with School of the Arts Singapore

Our Favourite Places Trolley Bus and Trishaw Trails
Glass Atrium, Level 2
Co-developed with Nanyang Technological University, School of Art, Design and Media, Graduate Programme

This children’s exhibition is adapted from The Little Singapore Book by local authors Sim Ee Waun and Joyceline See Tully, with illustrations by Diane Ng Rose.


Bouncy Ride
Front Lawn
Available for play every Saturday & Sunday, 10am to 12pm & 4pm to 6pm. This installation will be launched on 27 May.               

The Soft Dome by Atelier YokYok (France)
Rotunda, Level 1 

The Giant by Jean Jullien (France)
The Canyon, Basement

Programme Highlights

GosTan Back
A time-travelling adventure on wheels by MySuperFuture Theatrical Productions
10, 11, 17, 18, 24 & 25 Jun | 10.30am (1 hour & 30 min)
Meeting point: The Canyon, Basement
Ticketing Information: Tickets are sold out for all sessions.

GosTan Back is a story about a young boy who gets the chance to save the future by going back in time. Young audiences will experience our local history and artefacts in this interactive theatrical journey through the National Museum’s Singapore History Gallery, which features storytelling and a whole lot of hands-on fun!

This production is designed to support children with additional needs and their families to experience the museum. Families with typically developing children aged 5 to 8 years old are also welcome to register for the programme. Email for enquiries.

Young Cinema
10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 & 26 Jun | 10am – 12pm & 2pm – 4pm (sets on loop)
The Salon, Level 1

The National Museum’s Young Cinema returns with a selection of the best animated French short films from the world-renowned Annecy International Animated Film Festival and local animated short films from up-and-coming filmmakers. See wondrous tales come to life in this family-friendly fantasy, action and adventure film programme specially curated for the whole family. 

Animation Workshop
Saturdays, 17 & 24 Jun | 11am (2 hour & 30 min)
Activity Space, Level 3
Ticketing Information: $45 per child (accompanied by an adult). Workshop costs cover material fees and a USB drive to bring your film home.

Explore the world of animation and make your own little animated movie! Inspired by the Jurong drive-in, a popular venue for families to watch the latest films in the 1970s, kids will learn basic methods of stop-motion animation and create characters and miniature film sets using craft materials. Come make your own family mini animated film in this workshop!


Fun with PlayMaker & Digital Maker
Monday, 26 Jun | 11am & 2pm (2 hours session)
Activity Space, Level 3

Spark your imagination through the discovery of technology! Drop in for PlayMaker and bring BeeBot to historical sites along the Singapore River, cultural sites and popular family hangouts of the 1970s and 1980s. Or join us for Digital Maker to explore the possibilities of digital making through simple-to-use and open-ended technology using the micro:bit!

Storytelling Sessions

Treasure Hunting in Old Singapore
Sunday, 11 Jun & Saturday, 15 Jul | 2.30pm (1 hour & 15 min)
Activity Space, Level 3

The Little Red Dot that Could
Sundays, 18 Jun | 2.30pm (1 hour & 15 min)
Activity Space, Level 3

Once Upon a Time in Singapore
Saturdays, 24 Jun & 29 Jul | 2.30pm & 3.30pm (30 min each session)
Singapore History Gallery, Level 1

All storytelling sessions are free and are limited to the first 20 pairs of parent and child. Please register on-site in advance from 2pm.

Workshops & Guided Tour

Bring Home a Hedgehog
Sundays, 11 & 18 Jun | 11am (1 hour)
Activity Space, Level 3
Limited to the first 20 pairs of parent and child. Register here.

National Museum Building Tour for Families
Saturdays, 10, 17 & 24 Jun | 11am & 3.30pm (45 min each session)
Meeting Point: Rotunda, Level 1
Limited to the first 15 pairs of parent and child. Please register on-site in advance.

More Activities at the National Museum

Secrets of Singapore: National Museum – Uncover the Secrets behind the Pages
Reading and Illustration Session by Authors and Illustrator

Sun, 25 Jun | 2.30pm (45 min)
Singapore History Gallery, Level 1

In Secrets of Singapore: National Museum, Danger Dan and Gadget Girl take a peek behind the pillars of the National Museum to see what secrets it guards. And what a treasure trove it is! From way back to the time of Sang Nila Utama right up to modern day Singapore, the superhero duo unearth curious artefacts such as the headless horseman figurine from the 1300s, and banana money from the Japanese Occupation.

Join Lesley-Anne and Monica Lim for a reading of the book as they share interesting stories about awesome artefacts and architectural marvels from the museum, and Elvin Ching as he presents live illustrations of iconic Danger Dan and Gadget Girl, and other artefacts from the book.

Please register on-site in advance at 2pm.

About the Artists

School of the Arts Singapore (SOTA)
The interactive elements within the Our Favourite Places – Bumboat Trail exhibition are an artistic collaboration between the National Museum of Singapore, the authors and illustrator of The Little Singapore Book, and students from the SOTA – Yang En Yolanda, Anna Wee, Alissa Lee Wen Hui, Tay Jing Yun, Dayna Indry Lawadinata, Ng Hui Ching Vernice, Megan Tan Ying Zhu, Teh Li En Jamie, Emma Tay Xin Qian, Keith Thng Kai En, Chua Jia Xuan, Tamayo Mariah Allen Bacolod, John Tan Ern Yong, Nonis Sheri Elizabeth, Dai Yuhan and Loh Yih Xiang.

Nanyang Technological University, School of Art, Design and Media Graduates Programme (NTU ADM Graduate Programme)
The interactive elements within the Our Favourite Places – Trolley Bus and Trishaw Trails exhibition are an artistic collaboration between the National Museum of Singapore, the authors and illustrator of The Little Singapore Book, and students from the NTU ADM – Edwin Rajan S/O Rajagopal, Muhammad Ridzal Bin Abdul Hamid, Michael Allen Kelly, Hong Chu Yu Grace, Nor Jumaiyah Binte Mohamed Khamsin, Lydia Alexkartadjaja, Tengku Kamiliah Binte Tengku Bahdar, Chia Bei Shi Patsy, Fong Meng Meng Shirley, Liu Danyun, Zhou Yier.

Sim Ee Waun
A food and travel journalist of 26 years, Ee Waun is now freelancing. She was formerly editor of food magazines Wine & Dine, Stir, BBC Good Food (Asia), parenting title Young Families and cookbooks including the series Best of Singapore’s Recipes. She recently turned her other interest in history into a second career, co-writing children's books, The Little Singapore Book and The House on Palmer Road. While travelling, she loves nothing more than seeking out UNESCO heritage sites, museums and good food. She holds a BA (Hons) in English Language & Literature and an MA in International Journalism.

Joyceline See Tully

Joy worked in magazine publishing in Singapore and Malaysia for 17 years. She was the editor of Appetite, BBC Good Food (Asia), Food & Travel and Lonely Planet (Asia). She is also the co-author of Heritage Feasts, and Tricks & Treats... and Other Childhood Tales, and editor of history cookbook Savour Chinatown. Presently, Joy is the managing editor of Wine & Dine magazine. Between juggling her day job and being a mother, she is learning to play the piano, dabbles in photography, and writes children’s books. Joy holds a BA (Hons) and an MA in English Literature.

Together, Ee Waun and Joy run the boutique children’s book publisher Pepper Dog Press.


Diane Ng Rose
Diane is an illustrator who has worked in publishing houses for 10 years with a background in graphic design. Her passion has always been fine art. Painting and drawing since the tender age of 4, she imagined herself working on drawings for fashion shows and storybooks. She has fond memories of reading Roald Dahl’s stories illustrated by Quentin Blake as a child. She hopes to continue illustrating till a ripe old age as she believes she might have just found her dream job.


Atelier YokYok
Based in Paris, Atelier YokYok is a design studio comprising three architects – Steven Fuhrman, Samson Lacoste and Luc Pinsard; architect-engineer Pauline Lazareff and literature professor Laure Qaremy. Working between architecture, urban design and contemporary art fields, Atelier YokYok has created large installations including Les Voȗtes Filantes (The Shooting Vaults, 2015), a winning project at the Cahors June Garden Festival, and The Treedom (2015), a top winner at Budapest's Sziget Festival's "Art of Freedom" competition. For more information, visit


Jean Jullien
Jean Jullien is a French graphic artist educated at London’s Central Saint Martin’s and Royal College of Art. His practice ranges from illustration to photography, video, costumes, installations, books, posters, and clothing to create a coherent yet eclectic body of work. He has illustrated for The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Tate, Nike, Pitchfork, The New York Times, SZ-Magazin (Süddeutsche Zeitungamong) among others. He currently lives and works in London. For more information, visit



IMDA PlayMaker aims to inspire young children to play and make, sparking imagination and building creative confidence, as well as encouraging the exploration of technology through the use of technology-enabled toys. In 2015, PlayMaker was piloted to 160 preschool centres in Singapore, enabling young children to develop skills such as logical thinking, reasoning, sequencing, estimation and inventive thinking via facilitated learning through play.


These tech toys enable young children to learn by doing, giving them the chance to make their ideas physical and tangible, while developing their cognitive and creative skills; encouraging small group collaboration and developing social and communication skills.


Digital Maker

The IMDA Digital Maker Programme aims to nurture a new generation of digital creators and makers by introducing simple-to-use and open-ended technology that both students and adults will be comfortable with. The programme will reach out to schools and communities by providing workshops and a simple microcontroller known as the micro:bit. The goal is to cultivate a community of innovators, and to encourage students and adults to explore the possibilities of digital making to solve real-world problems.

Activity Booklet and Brochure

National Museum of Singapore Building Activity Sheet for Families
Learn more interesting gems about the National Museum building as you embark on activities around the museum with this activity sheet (download here).
Suitable for children aged 7 and above.

Children's Season at the National Museum Activity Booklet
Pick up a copy of the Children’s Season Activity Booklet, or download it here, and embark on an exploration journey at the National Museum with interactive hands-on activities.
Suitable for children aged 5 to 12.

For details, download the Children's Season programme brochure here.

Quiet Mondays for Children with Additional Needs

Start your day quietly at the museum on a Monday morning and experience Children’s Season at the National Museum, without the crowds. Quiet Mondays start at 9.00am, an hour prior to the official opening hour.

Download the social story here to prepare your children for the trip. This social story shares information on things that they may see, hear and find while exploring the museum. To organise a trip to the museum for your children, please download the booking form here.

School or Group Bookings

Organising a great day out for your little ones? Head down to the National Museum for a day of educational fun! Download the booking form here.

For enquires, please email us at

Banner, thumbnail and lead images: Illustrations by Diane Ng Rose in The Little Singapore Book, as part of the exhibition content for Children’s Season at the National Museum.

Exhibition Programmes
Author: National Museum of Singapore
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2017