Masak Masak 2015

by - Thursday, June 25, 2015

We went to Masak Masak at the National Museum of Singapore.

Masak Masak 2015
Where: National Museum of Singapore (93 Stamford Road S(178897))
How to go: Here
Date: 30 May to 10 August 2015
Opening hours: 10am to 6pm
Free admission for Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents (Do remember to bring along your ID)
More information here.

We were greeted by these colourful blocks at the front lawn of the museum.

When we reached there, it was almost time for the puppet show. We quickly went to the puppet show room, which is on Level 1. We walked past this beautiful wall with lots of colourful origami. 

Then, the puppet show started. It is a story about 'Queen of the Forest', performed by Jeremy Hiah and his daughter. This show is only available on weekends. Unfortunately, at the point of writing this post, there is not more show for the month of June. The next show will be on 8 & 9 August at 2.30pm. The show last about 30 minutes.

At the corner, there is a table selling materials for kids to make their own shadow puppets.

We moved on to the concourse area, where we saw giant version of nostalgic games, such as tin-can phones, throwing hoops, eraser flipping game and a turning maze.

Trying to manoeuvre the ball out of the maze
by turning the wheel

Tin-can phones with a twist

Play cheat! Instead of throwing the hoop from a distance, he simply looped it over

This exhibit is call Dancing Solar Flowers, which is powered by solar power. As you can see, no one is allowed to touch the flowers. See only, no touch!

We went up to level 3 and joined the Plant Power workshop. This is a workshop that encourages children to learn about plants through their senses of touch and smell. We learnt how to get natural colourings from plants, how these plants become part of our food and the many uses of these plants. There are three stations, one is about coconuts, one is about spices and another is about natural colourings from plants. 

I thought this is a very interesting workshop and can see children very focus and interested in learning more about the plants. This is suitable for kids who are above 4 years old. This is only available on selected Saturdays or Sundays. The next session is on 28 June, 1.30pm. For more information about this workshop, please check here.

Learning about the many uses of coconut

Spices table

Next, we went to the Luma-City at Play@NMS which is also on level 3. It is not easily seen, so keep an open eye to look for it. In here, children can push these big toy vehicles and see the colourful trail made by the cars. We were only allowed to stay inside for about 5 minutes because there was a queue outside. I am not sure if the play would be longer if there isn't any queue.

Regulars of the NMS will know about the PLAY @ NMS. This is like a mini playground where children can do pretend cooking, puzzles, puppet play, or watch animations. It is open daily from 10am to 6pm.

After the boys have enough playing at PLAY, we moved on to the basement. There is an exhibit of traditional woodblock printing.

Children get to have some hands-on printing, but not with the real woodblock printing. Instead they are using just normal self-inking stamps. Nonetheless, the boys had a great time stamping away.

Moving on, we came to the Wanderlust. Seeing the tunnels and the colourful structure, the boys got super excited and started crawling and running through. Small J ran super fast and before I could catch him, he missed a step and fell onto the floor. When I picked him up, he was bleeding from this mouth and nose. Gave me a big scare and we quickly bring him to the toilet to wash him up. Do be reminded that running is not allowed here.

When Small J is more settled, we decided to make our way home, of course not before Big J had some fun at the inflatable playground at the front lawn. Poor Small J can only looked on by the side with his swollen lips. 

This playground is opened for play on weekends only, between 10am to 12pm and 4pm to 6pm.


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