Friday 12 June 2015

Frugal Friday #4 - National Museum

National Museum is the 'in' thing these weeks! Here we go, onto our Frugal Friday's list too. We know It's the Children's Season, and there's no better place to be in, other than museums! So what's up in the National Museum, together with Masak masak 2015?!!

Playgrounds on the Lawn
Every Sat and Sun, 10am to 12 pm and 4pm to 6pm
Inflatable playgrounds of the mosiac playgrounds found in our heartland during 1970s and 80s. A little outdoor play area nostalgically set up for little kids to have go on.

Level 1, Salon
A spectacular display of origami flowers, animals, big and small. With a little donation, you could get their materials for some hands on folding and colouring. After which, you can put up your creation onto the wall, among with the many others.

In the same room, look out for the puppetery performance if you're visiting over these weekends. An enchanting tale of nature, Queen of the forest, by Jermey Hiah.
Dates: 13 and 14 Jun, 20 and 21 Jun, 08 and 09 Aug
Time: 2:30pm (20 min session)

Love those origami

Level 1, Concourse
We moved out to the concourse area for some nostalgic hands on games.

Enjoying the games

Remember the eraser flag game we used to play in school? We spotted the giant sizes here and taught the kids how to play. Jare got so hooked that he didn't want to leave that station. You have to ensure that your opponent's eraser is totally pinned down to qualify a win!

Masak masak displays till 10 Aug 2015. 

Level 2, Glass Atrium
Visit the memorial exhibition of Mr Lee Kuan Yew. We had a glance at his red box and read the chronicles about his life and his political career.

Memorial exhibition

Memorial Exhibition till 28 June.

Level 3, PLAY
We shared about our PLAY experience mid last year when it first launched. A visit back this year looked almost the same, just that some props and free to play objects were almost worn out. Guess there were just too much rough handling when it comes to excited kids. 

Oh well, our museum is free for all and a non-profit attraction. Would be nice to remind our kids on being kind to its belongings. 

Here's what you can catch at PLAY on the various dates: 
My Favourite 70s show (Ages 4 to 12 years old)
Craft workshop where kids can personalised their own TV to feature their favourite cartoon. Bring that TV box to live with their own illustrated stories!
Dates: 14th, 20th and 27th June 2015
Time: 2pm and 3:30pm (1 hour per session)
Register early on site. Limited spaces.

Plant power (Create Space at PLAY) (Ages 4 to 12 years old)
Tap on the naturalistic learning - smell and touch flowers, fruits and plants. Learn about these ingredients in our food, its colour and spices. Discover too, the benefits of plants and create your own 'tree'. 
Dates: 13th, 21st and 28th Jun, 17th Jul and 01st Aug 2015
Time: 1:30pm
Register early on site. Limited spaces. We we turned down for being too on time. And so when we were there, we realised there were more time slots to just those listed on their website. For your info.

After all the fun, we travelled back time to its basement, where we turned time back to Singapura, 700 years ago.

Basement, Exhibition galleries 1 and 2
We sighted and read about Singapore's transformation from a fishing village to what it is called a clean and green city today. The exhibition went from its Archaeology to its independent. Rich history within! 

Time travellers

700 years storytelling session (Ages 4 to 8 years old)
Get inspired by the storytellers as they bring the kids through an enchanting, dramatic and interactive tale session.
Dates: 13th, 20th and 27th June, 11th and 25th Jul, 7th, 8th and 9th Aug 2015
Time: 12pm and 12:30pm (30 mins per session)
Register early on site. Limited spaces. You may also download the activity sheet here.

Singapura: 700 years exhibits till 10 Aug 2015.

Before entering or after exiting the exhibition galleries, be welcomed by the Wanderlust adventure exhibit, created with the simplest material such at plastic bags! Js had a great time tunneling in and out the structure. 

All set to venture!

That was our final stop before we decided to leave. And of course, don't be in such a hurry to leave. Our national museum is one of the best places for pictures, at least to us. I had my wedding pictures taken there 9 years ago, and so it's more photo moments whenever we set foot there.

Visit the National museum soon, if you've not. Singaporeans and PRs enter for free! Other paid workshops include, Shadow puppetry, where kids can create their own story using puppetery. Tickets can be bought over at sistic.

National Museum of Singapore
93 Stamford Road S(178897)
Opening hours
Daily from 10am to 6pm
Last admission at 5.30pm

Free for Singaporeas and PR

Other Frugal events for this weekend include:
1. 28th SEA games carnival
Dates: Daily from 31 May - June 16
*Time: 10am - 9pm daily (Tuesday, June 16: 9am to 5pm)
Venue: Singapore Sports Hub
Have a go at giant inflatables in the junior zone, creative sports try-outs, Laser Tag and walk-on-water for the more adventurous. Coupled with light shows and artist performances, the carnival is the perfect option to complete your 28th SEA Games experience.

2. DBS Marina Regatta
Date: Till 14 June
Time: 11am to 9pm (Kids activities till 6pm)
Venue: Marina Bay
Singapore's biggest water festival takes place at Marina Bay. Includes performance, flea markets and a tent with activities for children and families too. Event schedule here.

3. Straits Family Sunday
Date: 14 June
Time: 1 to 5pm
Venue: Perankan Museum
Move and dance to the beat of yesteryear enjoyed by young peranakans of the past. Create your own container inspired by old gramophone and vinyl records.

4. Movies under the Stars
13 June (How to train your dragon 2)
20 June (X MEN: Days of future past)
27 June (Night at the museum, secret of the tomb)
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: The Star Vista, Star Plaza, B1 
Free admission for all OR shoppers can also redeem a Gold Star ticket (for 2 pax) into the exclusive Gold Star area when they spend a minimum of $150 and enjoy tasty delights.

Date: 13 June
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Singapore Bontanic Gardens, Vicinity of Swan Lake
Pack a picnic basket and enjoy a movie under the stars amid the lush surroundings of Swan Lake. Movie screening of the local film, Home Run

Redeem a workshop if you are shopping or dining within Raffles city. Minimum spending of $30 in single receipt. 
Tile painting
Date: 14 June
Time: 2pm, 5pm and 7pm
DIY Terrarium
Dates: 19 to 21 June and 26 to 28 June
Time: 2pm, 5pm and 7pm
Limited spaces.

Meet and Greet sessions
7. Let's get groovy at City Square Mall
Date: 06 to 21 June (Except Mondays)
Time: 1pm and 7pm (Tues to Fri), 1pm, 4pm and 7pm (Sat and Sun)
Venue: City Square Mall
Barney, BJ and Baby Bop are back this June school holidays with a super fun retro show featuring your favourite hits with a new twist!

Date: 01 to 14 June 
Time: 2pm and 7pm (Mon to Fri), 1pm, 4pm and 7pm (Sat and Sun)
Venue: Vivocity
Dive into the underwater world of SpongeBob SquarePants, best starfish buddy Patrick, Krusty Krab's nemesis Plankton and Patchy the Pirate.
Date: 11 to 23 June (No shows on Wed)
Time: 2:30pm, 5pm and 7pm
Venue: United Square
Redeem meet and greet pass with minimum spending of $50 in single receipt.

10. Fun time with Mr Men, Little Miss
Date: 14 June 2015
Time: 1pm, 4pm and 7pm
Venue: NEX
Redeem meet and greet pass with minimum spending of $30 in single receipt.

11. Catch the Ninja turtles in action 
Dates: 14th, 20th, 21st, 27th and 28th June
Time: 4pm and 7pm
Venue: Downtown east
Various locations at 4pm time schedule. 7pm at Event Square Stage. Check link above.
Have a fun-filled weekend!

This is part 4 of the Frugal Friday series:
Frugal Friday #1 - SAM
Frugal Friday #2 - SPM
Frugal Friday #3 - Reflections at Bukit Chandu 

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