The Science Centre has been around for 37 years. I recently went back to the Science Centre after eons, with Jensen and his two daughters. It’s a nice surprise to know that the Science Centre is still flourishing, with new exhibitions popping up every few months.
The Science Centre is all about creating a learning environment that focuses on engaging the five senses. Spending a day at the Science Centre is an excellent bonding activity for parents and their children, which is an effective way to get the kids to pry away from their new-age gadgets and play to learn at the same time.
Here, we’ve rounded up ten reasons why the Science Centre is still the place to go not just for kids, but for adults as well.
Clamber through organs, muscles, and various body systems as you explore what your own body really looks like from the inside! It can get pretty physical but being out of the confines of the classroom aids in stimulating the kids’ learning which aid memory effects and expand their field of knowledge. I have to say though, jumping out of an anus isn’t the most glamorous exit.
If you’re a fan of really big robots with really big guns, then a 7-meter tall Optimus Prime and Bumblebee will not disappoint.
The Climate Change Climate Challenge exhibition is one of Science Centre’s latest exhibitions. Here, kids get a head start on learning about Singapore’s climate and ways to lessen negative environmental impact.
Besides interactive screen games such as the Cloud Maker, where you can create your own cloud, there is a Sunshine Recorder that measures the duration of sunlight shone on your birthday. When I keyed in my birth date, the sun reportedly shone for 3.35 hours. Well that answers why I’m not a morning person.
With more than 5 science shows occurring at the Science Centre daily, your whole day will be packed with programmes that give the kids science lessons they probably can’t get at school.
Out of their 10 shows and programmes, the Fire Tornado Show is the closest you can get to playing with fire. Don’t worry, it’s enclosed in a glass chamber but I guarantee you can feel the heat. If I were a kid, I’d pick an actual live demonstration of a large-scale experiment over a picture in my textbook any day.
At the incubation corner, we were lucky to witness a hatching day for a few hen eggs. Jensen’s daughters watched excitedly as the newborn chicks pecked their way out of their egg shells.
Plus, enjoy a free fall experience on the Giant J, a 7m tall slide. The best part is, adults can join in the fun on this slide too.
Besides the large learning area indoors, nature is a huge part of science as well. With the Ecogarden, Kinetic Garden and Waterworks taking over the outdoor grounds, this is where kids discover their physical abilities under the sun.
Playing with other children also heightens social interaction and enhances the co-relation and social manners which is much more effective than making friends online.
This may also just be the birthplace of an astronomer ambition with free stargazing sessions at The Observatory every Friday. You might just even spot a constellation if you’re lucky! Look out for the schedule here.
The Omni-Theatre is the only IMAX dome theatre in Singapore. Instead of your typical silver screen, watching documentaries has never been more captivating. If you’re looking for a thrilling experience with a touch of danger, I recommend watching the Great White Shark.
It’s the closest to reality any of us will ever get and the conservation messages did give me a humbler perspective on the terrifying creature. Also, did you know that sharks don’t have bones?!
If I could go back to being a kid, I’d give anything to have a classroom as big and fun as this one. Who knew learning science could be so much fun!
When was the last time you went to the Science Centre? Let us know in the comments below!
The Science Centre Singapore is located at 15 Science Centre Road, Singapore 609081 with the nearest MRT station being Jurong East.
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