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Children's Season 2022: Get Curious! Our Early Settlers

28 May 2022 - 26 Jun 2022
Various Venues
Various Timings
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This June holidays, visit the National Museum to learn more about some of Singapore’s early settlers such as a rickshaw puller, amah, rubber tapper, food peddler and dhobi!

Young children can learn about values including perseverance, resilience and determination through our interactive installations and fun-filled range of programmes.

Admission to our galleries is free for all during the opening weekend on 28 & 29 May 2022!

A note on the safe management measures in place:

  • Please refer to the latest advisory here.
  • The installations and materials will be regularly sanitised by our cleaners. Families can be assured of a safe and enjoyable experience at the museum.
The Children’s Season 2022 installations are developed by the National Museum of Singapore with support from the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA), based on ECDA’s Creative Conversations: Shaping Our Future resource kit for parents and educators.

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Want to enjoy Children's Season from the comfort of your homes too? Click below to check out our online programmes!

CS2022 Online Programmes

 

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Installations: Our Early Settlers

28 May – 26 Jun | 10am – 12pm & 1pm – 6pm daily
Glass Atrium, Level 2 | Free, no pre-registration required
Recommended for families with children ages 3 & up
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Meet Professor Alvis and his niece Bernice, who are very excited to explore the National Museum!

Follow them across five stops to learn more about some of Singapore’s early settlers, starting from the Rickshaw Puller and ending at the Activity Space. Form shapes of different modes of transport using tangram sets, count money needed to buy some kueh, help an amah with her daily chores, and more!
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Character Trail – Spot our Early Settlers!

28 May – 26 Jun | 10am – 12pm & 1pm – 6pm daily
Starting point: Stop 5 at Glass Atrium, Level 2 (Beside the Glass Rotunda)
Free | Recommended for ages 5 & up
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Travel back in time to meet five of our early settlers in Singapore and learn more about them and the values they displayed! Look out for their character standees as you explore the museum. Follow the instructions to complete a quiz and redeem a pack of Fruity Trix cereal sponsored by Nestle!
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The Things We Do, Old and New: An Interactive Showcase

View a showcase of artworks created by children and seniors, focusing on their interpretations of occupations of the past and present as well as possible occupations for the future. Read on for the inspiration behind selected artworks by the children and seniors!

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Whats Your Toy Story Campaign

What’s Your Toy Story? Campaign

28 May – 26 Jun | All ages

Do you have a toy inspired by your favourite childhood cartoon characters? Share your story with us and stand to win attractive prizes sponsored by Plano. Your toy may even be displayed in our Growing Up gallery!

Head to the drop-in corner outside the Growing Up gallery to submit your entry within the campaign period. Remember to include a drawing or photograph of your treasured toy!

Click here for the terms and conditions.
Dhobi Ramanujan Mix-Up

Interactive Theatre: Dhobi Ramanujan and the Unfortunate Mix-Up! [LAST FEW SLOTS!]

18 Jun | 2.30pm & 4pm (40 mins per session) | Gallery Theatre, Basement Level
$15 per adult-child pair | Recommended for ages 4 to 8 with parent/guardian
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Rama is a young dhobi who works with his Uncle Ganesan, washing other people's clothes. Uncle Ganesan has just given Rama a special task of doing the laundry of two large families. Will Rama be able to accomplish his task well and earn the role of permanent washer for these two houses?

Visit dhobiramanujancs2022.peatix.com to register.
Creative Conversations Storytelling Workshops for Families

Creative Conversations Storytelling Workshops for Families [LAST FEW SLOTS: 19 Jun]

Varying dates, see details of each session below
The Salon, Level 1 | Duration: 30 – 45 mins per session
Free, but $10 deposit per adult-child pair collected upon registration
Recommended for ages 3 to 6 with parent/guardian. Accompanying siblings not within this age range may also attend the session with a valid ticket.
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Enjoy an interactive storytelling session based on the Creative Conversations: Shaping our Future toolkit, led by educators from various pre-schools.

Session 1: Food Glorious Food
29 May | 2.30pm
Conducted by: Dr Geraldine Teo-Zuzarte (Pre-School By-The-Park)

Travel back in time and explore the rows of shophouses and food peddlers along the streets. Join us in this interactive session as we explore different local foods such as satay, kueh and more.

Session 2: Amah Goes to the Market
4 June | 10.30am
Conducted by: Ms Jocelyn Yan (Hebron Christian Preschool)

Find out what an amah does on a day-to-day basis, practise empathy and create your own paper puppet sticks!

Session 3: The Olden Days
19 June | 2.30pm
Conducted by: Ms Sambasivam Magiswari (YWCA Bedok South Child Development Centre)

Explore a spectrum of emotions with a caretaker and her young master as they go about their day. Create and bring home your own emotion wheel, to help children learn to identify and share their feelings.

Session 4: Meet the Early Settlers
25 June | 2.30pm
Conducted by: Dr Jacqueline Chung (St. James’ Church Kindergarten (Harding))

Join us in this storytelling and workshop session to find out how you can engage your little ones in discussions to enhance their imagination, critical thinking skills and social-emotional development as they encounter some of the early settlers of Singapore.

This programme is free of charge. A $10 deposit will be collected for each adult-child pair during registration, and will be refunded after the session upon verification of attendance. Visit ecdaonsitecs2022.peatix.com to register.

These storytelling sessions are organised with support from the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA).
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Artefacts Alive! – The Runaway Kueh

28 May, 11 & 18 Jun | 6pm & 7.30pm (1 hr per session)
Meeting point: Singapore History Gallery, Level 1 (Meet at the rickshaw exhibit)
$20 per adult-child pair | Recommended for ages 4 and above with parent/guardian

There once lived a kueh seller and a rickshaw-puller who worked very hard all day and all night long. One day there was a big commotion when a kueh decided to get up from the pan and run out into the streets! Everyone in the neighbourhood gave chase! The mischievous kueh laughed as it ran and ran and ran! Can the kueh keep running forever? Who will it meet along the way?

Meet the early settlers at the National Museum of Singapore and together with our storyteller find out which one of them managed to catch the naughty runaway kueh. Complete your museum visit by making your own glow-in-the-dark maze to take home!

This programme is presented by the Museum Roundtable in collaboration with The Storytelling Centre Limited. Visit therunawaykueh.peatix.com to register.
Majie Ah Dis Letter

Interactive Theatre: Majie Ah Di’s Letter (妈姐阿娣的信) [SOLD OUT]

5 Jun | 2.30pm & 4pm (40 mins per session) | Gallery Theatre, Basement Level
$15 per adult-child pair | Recommended for ages 4 to 8 with parent/guardian
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Follow the journey of Ah Di, a young girl who leaves her hometown in China and to work in Singapore to support her family. Feeling homesick and missing her family back home, she seeks the help of a letter-writer in Chinatown. What’s in her letter?

This interactive drama performance is conducted in Mandarin. Visit majieahdics2022.peatix.com to register.
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Miniature Kueh Magnet Workshop [SOLD OUT]

4 Jun | 3.30pm – 5pm | The Salon, Level 1
$15 per adult-child pair | Recommended for ages 5 to 8 with parent/guardian
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Enjoy an afternoon of parent-child bonding and create your own miniature kueh magnets! Each parent-child pair will make a total of 4 kueh magnets (2 kueh tutu and 2 pulut inti).

Visit kuehmagnetcs2022.peatix.com to register.
Carve Ink Print A Rubber Stamp Carving Workshop

Carve, Ink, Print! A Rubber Stamp Carving Workshop [SOLD OUT]

11 Jun | 3.30pm – 5pm | The Salon, Level 1
$18 per adult-child pair | Recommended for ages 8 to 12 with parent/guardian

- Learn how to transform plain rubber blocks into unique rubber stamps! Enjoy the process of carving an ice cream cone design on your rubber stamp, before inking and printing your rubber stamp onto your very own fabric drawstring pouch!

Visit rubberstampcs2022.peatix.com to register.
Building Tour for Families

Building Tour for Families [SOLD OUT]

5, 12, 19, 25 & 26 Jun | 11.30am (45 mins per session)
Meeting point: Rotunda, Level 1
Free, but $10 deposit per adult-child pair collected upon registration
Recommended for ages 7 to 12 with parent/guardian

Join us on a learning journey around the museum and discover interesting gems about this 134-year-old building!

This programme is free of charge. A $10 deposit will be collected for each adult-child pair during registration, and will be refunded after the session upon verification of attendance. Visit buildingtourcs2022.peatix.com to register.

Enjoy more of Children's Season from the comfort of your homes too!

Click below to check out our online programmes!

 

CS2022 Online Programmes

 

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!

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