Mini Outfitters Life – Excursion to ArtScience Museum

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It’s been really really hot in Singapore recently and outdoor activity has been tough in the scorching sun.  We are not big fans of visits to the mall so have been struggling to find stuff to occupy the minis while still staying cool.  That’s why I am so glad to have found the Future World Exhibition at the ArtScience Museum.  It is a great exhibition that is entertaining not only for minis of all ages (all three of my kids ranging from ages 4-9 loved it) but adults as well.  I loved the range of activities and interactive nature of the exhibits.  The kids really got to enjoy a full range of activities from active workout to quiet craft time.

Future World is the new permanent exhibition at ArtScience Museum and is described as Singapore’s largest interactive digital playground.  A large 1,500 sqm space houses 15 art installations which are brought to life through visitor presence and participation.  Each exhibit will change according to visitor behavior and creative input.  This exhibition is a collaboration with teamLab, an award-winning Tokyo-based art collective of “ultra-technologists” that includes artists, programmers, engineers, CG animators, mathematicians, architects and designers.

There are 4 key narratives in the exhibition, Nature, Town, Park and Space.  You can read more about each of them here.  What I want to share with you are our favorite exhibits where my minis spent 90% of their time.

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A short distance from the start of the exhibition is a long slide which signifies the start of the Town exhibit.  The minis must have climbed up those stairs and thrown themselves off the slides at least 50 times that day.  I really like that the slide was very wide and so the older kids had fun thinking of different ways of sliding down (sideways, backwards, rolling down like a ball, you-name-it-they-did-it!) while the younger kids were happy with sliding down more sedately.  I was really surprised by how long they were entertained with this simple slide.

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My personal favorite exhibit was Sketch Town.  Kids got to sit down and color different buildings and vehicles which they then scanned.  The finished art product was then projected onto the screen.  Buildings were clustered together and vehicles moved on the roads or flew in the skies.  It was a cool treat for the minis to see their art work projected on the screen for everyone to see.  The coolest part is that after they scan their finished artwork, they can use that same artwork and with a special printer, print out a special 3D cutout which they can then turn into 3D models.

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A good tip for you would be to print out the 3D cutouts and bring them home for a rainy day activity another time.  You can even just scan the uncolored print outs and the kids can color the 3D cutouts at home before putting them together.  Check out how much fun the kids had with their cut outs!

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Queen A, who is 4 turning 5, enjoyed the Park section best.  Her fav installation, Hopscotch for Geniuses, was a throwback to hopscotch from when I was a kid.  This was the super amped up version with the spots bursting into different colors whenever she jumped on it.

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Also at Park was the Light Ball Orchestra which was an awesome ball pit with huge lighted balls that changed color when the kids threw them around.  They bounced, pushed, rolled and even threw themselves on the balls.  It was a real workout.  I really appreciated that there was a separate “baby” area with smaller balls that the smaller minis could retreat to if the big kids got too rowdy.

TIPS FOR YOUR VISIT

Admission times are staggered to ensure that all visitors have ample and quality time to interact with each artwork, admission times are as follows: 10am, 11.30am, 1pm, 2.30pm, 4pm and 5.30pm (last entry).  We got there 15 mins before the exhibition opened to get our tickets and didn’t have to wait at all to get in.  You can also purchase your tickets online here.

Family Fridays are a great time to visit.  With every adult ticket, you are entitled to bring in 4 kids below 12 years of age.  Do note that this is not applicable during the Singapore school holidays (check here for Singapore holiday schedule) and public holidays.

Ticket Prices below:

Singapore Residents – Adult $14 | Child (2-12) $7 | Senior (65 & above) $11 | Family (2A&2C) $35 | Annual Pass (Individual) $90 | Annual Pass (Family) $150
Standard – Adult $17 | Child (2-12) $10 | Senior (65 & above) $14 | Family (2A&2C) $44 | Annual Pass (Individual) $90 | Annual Pass (Family) $150