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November 21, 2008

Fun Places To Explore Singapore

Fun Places To Explore Singapore
I am thinking of fun places to explore in Singapore for the year-end school holidays. The usual places for shopping and eating in Singapore have become jaded, lack pizzazz and the fun x-factor. Could Explore Singapore! 2008 be the answer to my search for a different place to explore that’s fun, new and family-friendly?

I looked through the list of 80 fun activities and 27 places to explore in the National Heritage Board’s Explore Singapore! 2008 (Let’s Have Fun). These Explore Singapore! events start on 20 November 2008 and stretch until 7 December 2008.

These are my preliminary short-list of fun places to explore in the Explore Singapore.

1) HungryGoWhere.com Big Eat Out!
I think I might join Mark Lee, Singapore’s likeable celebrity comedian, for a special personalized tour of the Peranakan Museum on 22 November 2008 from 2pm to 3pm. I’m planning to see what witty humour he has up his sleeves during his Mandarin presentation as a museum guide.

I may also take the opportunity to sample tasty cholesterol-laden hawker food like the Hill Street Char Kway Teow or the Hock Lam Street Beef Noodles in the name of Supporting Heritage from the 30 stalls at the Flea Market.

Hopefully can sit next to Mark Lee to see if he picks his teeth like in his Ah Beng persona or if he clears his plates like a good celebrity role model. If I miss the chance to meet him, perhaps I’ll check out the cale-fare face painter and balloon artists present on that day as back-up entertainment for my kids and I.

Date: 22 November 2008
Place: Peranakan Museum
Discounted museum admission: $2 per person (Usual: Adult: $6, Concession: $3)

2) Wrap! Festival
I think the must-see mouth-watering attraction at the Wrap! Festival must be the fun-filled drumming performance by the world-famous Nanta from Korea. Integrating Korean traditional drumbeats into a western-style pop concert, NANTA bursts on stage into a kitchen where four cooks are preparing a wedding banquet. While cooking, they transform kichen items like pots, pans, dishes, knives, chopping board, water bottles, even brooms and each other into percussion instruments. The NANTA show has toured 250 cities in over 30 countries and was the first production from Korea to run on Broadway in New York.

Other cultural shows that deserve my support include a Dikir Barat performance and groovy music by Jack and Rai from EIC. I believe my kids will also have loads of fun watching a magic show by magician Jeremy Pei. Elsewhere at the Wrap! Festival, a bouncing castle, face painting and balloon twisters should keep my family entertained.

Date: 7 December 2008
Place: Asian Civilisations Museum
Fees: Discounted Museum Admission: $2 per person (Usual: Adult: $8, Concession: $4)
Inclusive of a special magic show in the galleries at 2.30 pm.
Desserts sold separately.

3) Nostalgic Fun at Sentosa
I may also consider bringing my children to Sentosa, Imbiah Lookout place for hours of fun. It would be useful to acquaint us on how to play traditional games like dragon beard, ice balls, gasing (spinning tops) and goli (marbles). Family bonding will benefit when we play Pick-up Sticks, Snakes & Ladders and Happy Family.

Date: 20 November 2008 to 8 December 2008
Place: Sentosa Imbiah Lookout
Fee: Free

4) Magic: Science of Illusion Exhibition
Another worthwhile place to visit for a day of fun would be at the Singapore Science Centre to learn about magic and the science of illusion. I’ve always been curious to learn the secrets of magic tricks and magic shows featuring levitation, disembodiment and mind reading. This would be a great time to pick up the answers to these magical secrets, especially when there’s a discounted rate during the Explore Singapore! Promotion.

Place: Science Centre Singapore
Promotion valid from 22 Nov–7 Dec
Adult: $7, Child: $5 (Usual: Adult: $9, Child: $7)
Discounted rates upon presenting the Explore Singapore! Brochure for up to 5 persons per brochure.

5) Superheroes Rock!
At my previous visit to the 8Q SAM, I wrote about how Batman, the superhero, could not attract my kids to visit the museum. Looking at the Singapore Philatelic Museum’s effort to teach science from Superheros like Batman (again) and Spiderman (new hero to my kids), perhaps I should consider recommending this place to my kids. The fun activities that they offer like deciphering codes, looking for clues and escaping the laser maze may just be enough to convince them to visit.

Date: 2 December 2008
Time: 2pm to 6.30pm
Place: Singapore Philatelic Museum
Fees: $45 per child (age 8-10)

There are many other wonderful activities and events to suit many interests at Explore Singapore! 2008. The complete NHB’s Explore Singapore! 2008 details are on the web.

The ‘thinking’ part is now done. I should start to arrange for the ‘doing’.

See more places. Live more life.

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