25 Nov 2017
Various Venues
Various Timings
Free admission with registration
Spend an afternoon at the National Museum with your family and enjoy fun-filled activities suitable for the young and the young at heart, this Grandparent’s Day! Families for Life and the National Museum invite everyone to kick start the festivities on Saturday, 25 November.

Be entertained by music performances on the Steinway grand piano, stage games for families, a drawing competition for budding young artists­, and even a colouring workshop just for grandparents! Don’t miss the signature Families for Life Mobile Café and bouncy castles. Choose family time and create special fond memories with our grandparents that day!


Walk down memory lane with your grandparents as you revisit the milestones of Singapore’s history in the museum’s permanent galleries, and hear first-hand accounts from ordinary men and women whose lives were upheaved by the outbreak of hostilities in Singapore in 1942, in the blockbuster exhibition, Witness to War: Remembering 1942. The exhibition also includes a family activity space, A Child’s Perspective, which offers young visitors a glimpse of what war was like for young people through interactive activities, such as the opportunity to explore a makeshift air-raid shelter. Young visitors can also pick up a copy of the Young Journalist’s Notebook, which will take them on an interactive quest through Witness to War and the two other war-related galleries in the museum.


Join us as we revel in the joy grandparents bring to our families, and make them feel extra special at the Celebrating Grandparents’ Day with Families for Life at the National Museum!


Families are encouraged to register their interest early on the Families for Life website at familiesforlife.sg to receive a complimentary goodie bag, while stocks last. Registered families can surprise their grandparents with a carnation from us!


Date: Saturday, 25 November 2017

Time: 1.00pm – 6.00pm

Location: National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road Singapore 178897

Programme Charge: Free (excluding purchase of food and beverage on location). Admission to all galleries will be free on that day


This event is co-organised with the National Museum of Singapore.


To find out more about Families for Life’s series of activities, visit the Families for Life website at familiesforlife.sg




Witness to War: Remembering 1942 (Exhibition)

1pm – 6pm | Exhibition Galleries, Basement Level

Walk down memory lane at the Witness to War: Remembering 1942 exhibition, showcasing the complexities of the events that led to the fall of Singapore, paying homage to the extraordinary tenacity with which these men and women bore their circumstances. This exhibition also features artefacts from 10 overseas museums and institutions.


FFL Drawing Competition 

1pm – 5pm* | Glass Atrium, Level 2

Budding children artists can stand to win attractive prizes at the FFL Drawing Competition! Please indicate your child’s interest during online registration. Children who have registered for the competition will be able to collect the drawing paper on-site. 
(Please note: Participants must submit the entry on the drawing paper provided. Participants must bring your own colouring and drawing materials as these will not be provided.)

Register here

* All artwork to be submitted by 5pm sharp


Family Workshop – My Favourite 80’s Show!

2pm, 3.30pm | Outside Voices of Singapore Gallery, Level 2

Create your own personalised “television set” featuring your favourite 1980s TV programmes and your child’s favourite cartoons. Illustrate a storyline with your young one and bring it to life on your TV box! Advanced on-site registration is required, from 1.30pm onwards on a first-come-first serve basis.



Movie Screening - The Kid from the Big Apple

3pm – 5 pm | Gallery Theatre, Basement Level


Wind down and enjoy the movie The Kid from the Big Apple 《我来自纽约》. This movie about a little girl, brought up in New York, who goes and stay with her traditional Chinese doctor grandfather in Malaysia for the first time. This film not only explores the theme of cultural differences and generation gaps, but also carries a strong message behind the film: Love in a Family. 



Short Film Screening - Grandma and Grandpa – I’m Home!

1.30pm – 4.40pm | The Salon, Level 1


A homage to parents and grandparents, this series of short films celebrates the love and bonds of a family. Through personal stories of discovery and remembrance, these films highlight the everyday acts of care and epic life journeys that define every family and home. From the comedic to the heartfelt, this series of Singapore short films has something for everyone in the family.





Family Time

Visit our permanent galleries with your little ones and play spot-the-artefact! Our colourful Early Learning Resources introduce pre-schoolers to our artefacts according to the themes of Numbers, Colours, and ABCs. Available at $8 per set from the Museum Label shop. For more children's activity booklets, click here.

Museum guide

Download our museum guide (English, Chinese, Bahasa Melayu, Tamil) to find out about the many treasures in our various galleries. In this guide, you will also find the floor plan for easier navigation. Enjoy your visit!