1) Philatelic Museum
There is quite an extensive and attractive display of Peanuts stamps and comic strips at the Peanuts exhibition, which runs till 30 April. I learnt more about the different Peanut characters while An learnt to say "I like Charlie Brown". There is currently a More than Monkeys exhibition which we missed as it was not ready when we went. We may soon visit it. :)
2) Singapore Art Museum
I felt that only the Once Upon This Island exhibition at the Learning Gallery was suitable for children. There are activity sheets for preschoolers available on the SAM website which I think can make the visit more focussed for little ones.
Appended are pictures of some interesting art pieces:
|Visitors are given stickers to paste on postcards. The postcards are displayed on ledges and each postcard is supposed to represent a HDB unit.|
|This portrait of Mr Lee Kuan Yew is made using shampoo bottle caps.|
|I mentioned this exhibit when I wrote about the Singapore Night Festival. The art work depicts different personalities coming together as one happy family. An was very happy playing with the colourful pieces.|
|At first glance, this may look like a regular bus stop. However, the materials used to make the seats and the ground are not usual. Guess what message the artist was trying to convey.|
3) Heritage Gallery
We went to the gallery on a Saturday morning when the Central Fire Station was open to the public (Most fire stations in Singapore are open from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday mornings). The exhibits were informative and interactive and we enjoyed our time there.
At the fire station's open house, we were making our way up an ambulance when a staff apologised and told us they had just received a call for help. I thought she was playacting at first (!), then got out of the way promptly when I saw other officers rushing to get on the ambulance. It turned out to be a real emergency!
4) Indian Heritage Centre
It was my first visit to the Indian Heritage Centre and I was pleasantly surprised to see quite a number of interactive activities which kids would enjoy.
|This touch screen contains questions and clues.|
|Touch this huge interactive map to 'visit' various parts of India. I learnt facts about India that I never knew before.|
|An and I had fun trying on the different hats and taking selfies.|
|Here is Little An looking very pleased in one.|
|An was quite well-acquainted with such rubbing stations as she did rubbings at the airport and the heritage gallery.|
I was also armed with a copy of Stacey Goes to the Indian Heritage Museum and we were kept busy trying to identify the various exhibits mentioned in the book. An excitedly pointed to a cow and said, "Look! I found the buffalo!" Her mother had told her that the picture was of a buffalo! I was a little embarrassed when I found out that the animal was a cow and quickly corrected Little An. The Stacey book has very endearing illustrations and I felt it was a good idea to bring it along to the centre so that the visit would not seem too intimidating to a young child.
Here are accounts of our previous visits to other museums:
Asian Civilisations Museum
Enjoy your visit to the museums, if you are planning on going. :)