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Imaginarium: Over the Ocean, Under the Sea

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Ok, I'm quite late in writing this post about Imaginarium because the exhibition is about to end on 28 August. If you have not visited this, you should quickly schedule a visit after reading this post.

We have been to Imaginarium last year and it was a hit with the boys. This year, how could we miss the chance to visit the exhibit again?


Imaginarium is held at SAM@8Q and is FREE entry for Singaporeans and permanent residents. Same as last year, the exhibit is span over four floors in the museum. This year, the theme of the exhibition is Ocean.

Where is Mogus?


This is the first exhibit that the boys saw upon entering the museum and made a dash for it. The first thing that caught the boys' attention are these two super big whale plushies on the floor.

It is nice to sit on...


To lay on...


And to jump from... I can't even take a proper photo of Big J jumping because he is so fast!


In the same room, there are also see these ocean animals and corals installations, which are made from yarn. I love their bright colours, as if welcoming us into the ocean! The boys only took a few glances at these and went back to the whales because these are see-no-touch exhibits.


I love these bright yellow fishes.


The boys continued their jumping on the whales until I told them that we should move on to the next room. 

Submaroom



On the second level, we came to the Submaroom. In this room, we can look through these metal pipes...


and see some photos that are related to the oceans.


There are also tables and chairs for making origami. We were out of this room pretty fast because they don't have the patience to make origami.


There is also a short film screening room on the same floor, showing films inspired by tales in the ocean. We didn't watch because the boys know there are more fun upstairs.

Wall Paintings


Along the stairways to the different levels, there are mural wall paintings to set you thinking. These paintings show how human has excessively exploit the ocean life.


I feel that these paintings are quite disturbing. No doubts that it is showing the truth that human beings are killing these exotic animals, the way it is depicted is quite gross.

Big J was asking why the person is eating the shark, why are they killing the animals, why the animals look so upset. I can see that his expression is a bit disturbed. I tried to explain to him but I can't say we can't eat animals, because we do eat chicken, fish or meat. I told him about endangered animals, how they are important to the ocean life and how we should protect them. He seems to understand.


ADA


Away from these disturbing paintings, we came to a special room. Located on the third floor, this is one of Big J's favourite installations. We came back here a couple of times after we finished the whole museum.

ADA is this big balloon. It floats around in this dark room and has charcoal studs on its surface. Children can push it around and see it bounces off the walls and ceilings, leaving charcoal marks behind.

Through this, children can learn that what they do will have an effect on the world around them. These effects might not be visible but when they do become visible, it will be too late to undo our actions.


Big J enjoyed pushing the ball around but Small J was too scare to enter the dark room. I had to sit outside the dark room with him.


Do note that the charcoal studs will leave marks on your hands and clothes. These are easily washed off in the washroom nearby, so not to worry.


Damien, I'm Famished | Bryde's Fountain | Surrealism Spiced


In this next room, there are some structures that are related to the ocean theme too. The interesting part is that some parts of these structures are able to move.

The fishes are swimming away the shark.



Fountain of water on the blowhole of the whale.


The Sounds of the Estuary


Going on to the fourth floor, we came to The Sounds of the Estuary. The installations here involve the sense of hearing.

We can listen to the sound of waves and looking upon this artwork of waves.


Big J is spinning the handle and observing the scene changing. The scene is of course about the ocean.


I'm not sure what this is trying to depict, but the figures do look creepy.


Listening to the sounds of an old town.


Plastic Ocean


The last room we came to is the Plastic Ocean, another of our favourites. The first sight that greeted us is this overwhelming view of plastic and more plastic. We had to walk low to avoid the trash that hang above us. The artist is trying to tell us how difficult it is for the ocean creatures to live under such a condition. They can't swim, they get entangled in the sea of rubbish and even mistake these for food.


While the boys were still happily swimming in the sea of plastics, I took the opportunity to explain about water pollution and how it is affecting the ocean life. The boys realised that it is difficult for fishes to swim if the ocean is full of plastics and rubbish.


Outside the Plastic Ocean, we can also see these pictures about pollution, specifically, water pollution.



Overall, I think this is a very suitable exhibition for young children to learn about the ocean and pollution. There are many interactive works which involve our senses. Children and adults will be able to play and learn important conservation message through the exhibition.

Admission Fees


Admission is free for Singaporeans and permanent residents. Everyone can also get free entry on every Friday after 6pm.


Imaginarium: Over the Ocean, Under the Sea

14 May 2016 - 28 August 2016
SAM@8Q 
8 Queen Street, Singapore 188535 (Nearest MRT: Bras Basah MRT)

Opening hours:
Mondays to Sundays: 10am to 7pm (Last admission at 6:15pm)
Fridays: 10am to 9pm
Enjoy complimentary entry on Friday evenings from 6pm - 9pm

For more information about Imaginarium, please check herehere


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Alive Museum 2016

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

The last time we visited the Alive Museum was about two years ago. During then the two boys were only 1 and 3 years old. It was really difficult to get them to pose for photos and they were more happy running around and photo-bombing others' photos. Furthermore, Alive Museum was just newly opened and it was pretty crowded then. 


After all these years, the hype of such visual illusion attractions has more or less settled down. It is not so crowded now which makes the visit more pleasant. To attract visitors, Alive Museum regularly update its collections with new ones. This time we were invited to check out some of the new exhibits in Alive Museum.

The little lion boy is too short to be seen

It is quite creepy to see my head inside the washing machine!

I was still apprehensive that the boys will not pose for photos or they might just run around like our first visit. Surprisingly, Big J actually went up to some of the exhibits and ask us to take photos of him. Of course, we need to be super fast in clicking the camera because he only posed for one or two seconds before moving off.  

Ask him to keep his legs inside by he insisted on taking the photo this way

Swinging into the alligator's mouth


Trying to rescue the penguins

The first part of the museum are mostly the usual exhibits that we had seen during our previous visit here. So we went through these pretty fast. And without a crowd, taking photos are so much easier.

Perfect shot of Small J posing like a real mermaid

Who wants some Poop Ice-cream?

Look Mummy! I'm so strong!


The Spiderman kiss

This boat is still one of my favourite! Too bad, there wasn't anyone around to help us take a family photo, so I will just settle with taking one with the little boy.

Row, row, row your boat...

At Alive Museum Singapore, there are also many exhibits that are uniquely Singapore! See if you can identify our nation icons below.

We are standing above the Singapore Flyer

Is it National Day? See the fireworks and MBS.

Our great Merlion

Young@Heart Zone


Next, is the highlight of our visit! Welcome to the new Young@Heart Zone! Here, you can see some vibrant and colourful art pieces which are for anyone who is young at heart.

Small J trying to save Daddy from being eaten


Kids will love this because they can ride on the bicycle!

Live.Laugh.Love Zone


The next new zone is the Live.Laugh.Love Zone. This zone is my favourite! It's all about love here! Couple love, friendship love or family love. Some of the exhibits give me a feeling that we are back to our courtship days.


Do they give me more love or headaches? Lol

L-O-V-E Love~~


We had a wonderful time at Alive Museum and hope to be back again when there are new exhibits in the future. We visited on a weekend late morning and there wasn't a crowd. We don't have to wait for most of the exhibits and the boys have more space to move about.

Thinking of visiting Alive Museum? Here's what you need to do!


1. Book your tickets online because you can get 40% off!!
2. Choose a not-so-peak timing to visit so as to thoroughly enjoy the place.
3. Have your camera ready and pose away!

Admission Fees

Credit: Alive Museum

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Alive Museum

Address: Suntec City Mall #03-372 (between Towers 3 & 4)
Operating hours: Daily from 10am to 10pm (last admission at 9pm)
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Disclaimer: We were invited to Alive Museum for the purpose of this review. No monetary compensation was involved. All opinions, texts and photos are mine, unless otherwise stated.

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