You’ll never be bored when you’re in Singapore, no matter your age! If you’re looking for somewhere fun to visit with your kids this weekend, we have an idea for you. ? Children's Museum Singapore (CMSG) is the country's first museum dedicated to children 12 years and under, and is finally opening on Saturday, 10 December 2022 after much anticipation. With a barrage of activities and play zones to explore, you and your kids will be in for a whale of fun! Not to mention, admission into the museum is FREE from now till 31 March 2023.
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Formerly known as Singapore Philatelic Museum, it’s now called Children's Museum Singapore (CMSG) following extensive renovations. The Children's Museum Singapore believes in the power of play and provides opportunities for children to explore and engage with Singapore and the world around them based on its vision of creating a place of wonder and joy for children to learn about Singapore and the world! ? With two floors worth of exciting and interactive displays, you’ll want to get comfortable because you might be staying a while. ?
A voyage to the past
A visit to Children's Museum Singapore is a great way to teach your kids about Singapore's history. The first section of the museum takes you on an olden day ship where the kids will get to learn about the various spices that were being traded at the ports in Singapore. There are displays of real treasures dating back centuries ago and an area where you can smell and feel what sailors would have experienced living for months on the ships in their living quarters (it’s very immersive!). ?
You can even try “fishing” aboard the ship, weigh “goods” to be traded at the market, transport “good” from the ship to the land by walking on a wooden plank and even “clean” the olden day Singapore River through an interactive display! ? This section may even teach you a thing or two about Singapore’s rich history.
The next section shares about Singapore’s rich history as a mutli-cultural nation. You’ll see old shophouses with a bustling marketplace, a hair salon, a textile shop (where the kids can learn how to put on a sarong and sari), and an herbal store. These places are a nod to the country’s vast and memorable past where people lived in closely knit communities! ? The little ones can listen to stories of shopkeepers, and try heritage trades like acting as a street barber or traditional letter writer. This section will lead you to a modern day post office where you can create your own stamp drawings and explore a void deck-themed zone.
Nature-themed Play Pod
You will find the Play Pod to be a great place to explore if you have active toddlers! The Play Pod is a safe space for children aged between 2 to 4 to run around, crawl through tunnels, play with toy produce (like picking mangoes and pears), and even “cook” meals for you on an old-school food cart. How nostalgic!
Right next door, you’ll be brought into a Garden Maze where the little ones can learn about the birds and wildlife native to Singapore in a maze-style exhibition. There are interactive games and sensory installations where you can smell wild flowers like Orchids to Rafflesia (beware of the stench!). ?
The last section of the museum shares stories of childhood from a gallery of cultural practices done by each culture when a baby is born to the types of birthday cakes traditionally served at birthday parties (like Kaya Pandan Cake and Pulut Kuning). ? It’s a great way to open up little minds to the different races, cultures and traditions in Singapore!
Rotating events to look out for
Children’s Museum Singapore has a list of events you can look forward to! This includes theatres, educational and engaging workshops for families like art & craft activities, and much more. Be sure to check out their website for more event information.
How to get to the Children’s Museum Singapore
By car: Park at Funan Mall, Peninsula Excelsior Hotel or Registry of Marriages (ROM)
By train: 8-minute walk from City Hall MRT Station | 10-minute walk from Bras Basah MRT Station
By bus: Alight at any Grand Park City Hall, or After City Hall Station Exit B
Bring along water bottles as there are no refreshments available in the area, however, there is a water cooler on Level 1 where you can refill your bottles whenever you need to!
✅ Nursing rooms
❌ Stroller parking area
❌ Entry without children
If you’re looking to bring your kids somewhere fun this weekend, you have to visit the Children’s Museum Singapore! Not to mention, its FREE entry till 31 March 2023. Visits are limited to 2-hours per visitor so make sure to plan your time accordingly.
Children Museum Singapore (CMSG)
Price: FREE from now till 31 March 2023
Address: Children’s Museum Singapore, 23-B Coleman Street, Singapore 179807
Opening hours: Tue-Sun; 9AM-1PM & 2PM-6PM (last admissions at 12:30pm & 5:30pm)
| Mon; Closed