June holiday part 3: Masak masak

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Last month we visited a place where I don't even recall visiting even as a child, much less an adult. It is the children's season at the National Museum of Singapore. Masak Masak features familiar playgrounds and interactive installations by Singaporean and international artists, including Jerrmy Hiaj, Mafemoiselle Maurice and Crystal Wagner. There were lots of family-oriented activities! Suitable for children aged 3 to 7. Best of all, it's FREE!

The installations were very inspiring and engaging.

Over at the front lawn, you'll find massive inflatable playgrounds found in Singapore's heartland neighborhoods during the 1970 and 80s. These certainly brought back memories!

At the Salon, you'll find intricate origami creations by Mademoiselle Maurice. Be amazed by this spectacular display of origami flowers and animals, Big and small. We also did some craft work over at the Salon for a small donation. There is also puppetry performances over at the Queen of the Forest. K was over the moon with the plethora of activities.

Hop over to the concourse and you'll find Alexandre's Dancing Solar Flowers. This installation inspires children to question our current use of energy and to think about sustainable energy sources for the future. But Big K, is of course a little too young to understand this. 

Just when we thought everything was covered, we ventured up to Level 3 where PLAY @ National Museum of Singapore was. Opened from 10am to 6pm daily, it is the first dedicated area for young children to take their first steps towards museum-going with interactive exhibits and special activities that encourage learning through play. 
K had so much fun exploring, creating and performing, she refused to leave!

After all the excitement, it was time to fill our tummies. It was quite a pleasant surprise that Food for Thought was just by Level 1. Seats (especially high chairs) are relatively limited so do avoid peak hours unless you are willing to queue. The portion of food was pretty large. The two mains we ordered fed 2 adults and a toddler. Nice. 

If you have yet to visit NMS, do go soon! Mask Masak runs from 30 may to 10 august 2015
Open daily from 10am to 6pm
Free admission

Getting to NMS:
By train
Bras Basah or Dhoby Ghaut MRT station (5 min walk)
City Hall MRT station (10 min walk)

By Bus
SBS: 7, 14, 16, 36, 64, 65, 111, 124, 128, 131, 139, 162, 166, 174, 175
SMRT: 77, 106, 167, 171, 190, 700, 857, NR6, NR7

By car
carparks available at NMS (very limited though), YMCA, Park Mall, Singapore Management University & Fort Canning Park

Access and Facilities
Lift access, pram parking facilities and lockers are available.