Matali, playground
01 Sep 2018
Various Venues
10am - 7pm
Payment applicable for pre-registered programmes, free entry for walk-in activities
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Bouncy, NDP

Bouncy Adventures
10am - 12pm & 2.30pm - 6pm | Front Lawn & Bus Bay

Embark on a bouncy adventure with interactive inflatable playgrounds that are inspired by iconic mosaic playgrounds of yesteryear! You can also go on an "animal hunt" with our animal springers for more bouncy fun.

Parental supervision is required at all times. All footwear (except socks) must be removed before entering the inflatables. Please note that play under wet or hot weather conditions is not advised.

Dynamic. Matali

Craft Activity: Make you own Mobile
10am - 7pm | Rotunda Level 1, Dynamic Lines of Our Nest

Create your own hanging mobile inspired by The Dynamic Lines of Our Nest by Matali Crasset with your family at our drop-in craft station!
While supplies last.

Moving, Memories

Moving Memories Art Installation and Activity Sheet for Families and Friends
10am - 7pm | Gallery 10, Moving Images 

Catch our special exhibition "Moving Memories", which features a selection of Yip Yew Chong's life-sized murals. These murals seek to express the romance of "places and moments...that blend sights, sounds, smell and taste." Savour these moments of our tangible and intangible heritage, such as barbers in back lanes and fortune tellers, traditional kopi-making and road-side communal satay-eating, as they come alive through animation, soundscape and projection in Gallery 10. Pick up and complete the Activity Sheet to redeem a 3D model of our yesteryear playgrounds!

3D, Model

3D Model Redemption
10am - 6pm | Fort Canning office 

Redeem a 3D model of our yesteryear playgrounds with a completed Moving Memories Activity sheet or feedback form or by subscribing to Families for Life and National Museum's mailing list.

Samsui, craft

Remember Me through My Art
10am - 5pm | Glass Atrium, Level 2 

“Remember Me through My Art” is a showcase of selected art pieces created by participants of the Alzheimer’s Disease Association’s (ADA) Arts and Dementia programme over a series of visits to the National Museum of Singapore, The Peranakan Museum and the Malay Heritage Centre.

Visitors to the museum are invited to participate in drop-in craft activities from 2pm to 4pm.

This showcase is presented by the Alzheimer's Disease Association (ADA) in conjunction with World Alzheimer’s Month.

Project, Artisan

10am - 5pm | Glass Atrium, Level 2

Catch a selection of artworks which are created by pairs of youth-seniors pairs who share their personal stories of love, courage and resilience through artisitic expressions.

This showcase is part of the Project ARTISAN (Aspiration and Resilience through Intergenerational Storytelling and Art-based Narratives) which is developed by Nanyang Technological University Singapore and National Museum of Singapore, with the support of the National Arts Council.

Kueh Tutu, Babes in forest

Babes in the Forest by The Kueh Tutus for crawlers (7 to 12 months old) [SOLD OUT]
10.15am - 11am | Glass Rotunda, Level 2
Babes in the Forest by The Kueh Tutus for walkers (12 months to 2 years old)  [SOLD OUT]
2.30pm - 3.15pm | Glass Rotunda, Level 2

Babes in the Forest invites toddlers and their parents to an immersive experience at the Story of the Forest multimedia installation. Watch as talented dancers make the plants come alive in a cycle of growth and decay that keeps the forest going! Your little tots are encouraged to interact with the dancers and explore the museum space in their own unique ways even after the performance is over.

Limited to 12 pairs of parent and child at $8 per pair. To register, click here.

Robot Playground Media, Young Cinema

 Young Cinema by Robot Playground Media (SG)
10.30am - 12.30pm & 3.30pm - 5.30pm | The Salon, Level 1

The National Museum’s Young Cinema programme returns with TimeScapes – A Singapore Anthology, a collection of animated short films about life, love and the landscapes of Singapore past and present.

This programme is brought to you in collaboration with Robot Playground Media.

Sensory Play

The More We Get Together, Sensory Playdate by Home Play Singapore [SOLD OUT]
10.30am - 12pm & 1pm - 2.30pm | Create Room, Level 3

In conjunction with our current exhibition "The More We Get Together: Singapore’s Playgrounds 1930-2030", join us for a fun parent-child bonding session in collaboration with Home Play Singapore through sensory play! Explore how children used to play then and now, at 6 stations featuring sand, blocks, dough, rice, cardboard and paint. You can also create and paint mini playground structures with various materials and have fun at the cardboard playground!

Recommended for children 18 months - 10 years old. Limited to 20 pairs of parent and child at $8 per pair. To register, click here.

Truck, Food

Food Trucks
2.30pm - 6pm | Front Lawn 

Enjoy complimentary light snacks and drinks from the Families for Life mobile café! Or check out the kombi ice-cream van brought to you by Scoopy's & Cream and get $1 off your ice cream with the museum entry sticker!

Please note that no food and drinks may be brought into the galleries.

Timmy, Tammy

Timmy and Tammy at the Dragon Playground – Storytelling Session by Esther Eio 
2.30pm - 3pm | Stamford Gallery, Level 1

The iconic dragon playground was built in 1979 and remains a favourite with Singaporeans today. He watches all that goes on and loves it when children come to play with him and make new friends. Come and listen to the story of Singapore's favourite dragon playground - the guardian of friendships!

Recommended for children 4 - 8 years old. This programme is brought to you in collaboration with Armour Publishing. Limited to 15 pairs of parent and child on a first come, first served basis.
On-site registration starts from 1.45pm outside the Stamford Gallery, Level 1.

Gran, short stories

Gran's Short Stories
3.30pm & 4.30pm | Voices of Singapore Gallery, Level 2


“My father worked in a cinema…” The year was 1963 when 10-year-old Magdelene and her family accompanied famous film star Siao Fong-Fong around Johor. Join us at the Voices of Singapore gallery to hear what it was like growing up in the time of black-and-white TV and open-air theatre screenings, and experience the museum’s very own drive-in cinema afterwards. Featuring engaging dramatisation and interactive hands-on activities, these storytelling sessions are a wonderful introduction to Singapore’s history and heritage, as told through our grandmas’ first-hand experiences!

Limited to 15 pairs of parent and child on a first come, first served basis. On-site registration starts from 2.45pm outside the Voices of Singapore Gallery, Level 2.

Xinyao, musical

A Musical History of Singapore
4pm - 4.30pm | The Platform, Level 2 

Be introduced to life in the early days of Singapore through xinyao in this lively performance!

Space, Shuttle, Toy

Toymakers: Make Your Own Wind Up Space Shuttle! by Amazing Art Shuttle 
4pm - 5pm | Create Room, Level 3

Take a blast to the past with your young ones to explore popular children games of the 1960s! After an interactive tour around the Growing Up Gallery, learn how to use everyday objects to create and design your very own wind-up toy that you can play with!

Recommended for children 4 - 8 years old. Each child must be accompanied by a parent. Limited to 20 pairs of parent and child at $8 per pair. To register, click here.

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!