Experience Life During Japanese Occupation, Make Tanks & More at SDC in Commemoration of Total Defence Day 2022

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Singapore Discovery Centre commemorates Total Defence Day 2022 through a series of family-friendly hands-on activities, films as well as immersive exhibits and tours. 

Venue: Singapore Discovery Centre, 510 Upper Jurong Rd, Singapore 638365
Date: 15 Jan - 27 Mar 2022
Fee: Free (unless otherwise stated)

In commemoration of Total Defence Day 2022, Singapore Discovery Centre (SDC) has curated a line-up of exhibits, showcase and programmes to look back at the past incidents and challenges and explore how Singaporeans overcome them through each of the six pillars of Total Defence.

Here is a look at what you can expect. 

Exhibits and Showcase

Through The Lens of Time

Venue: Permanent Exhibits Gallery - Through The Lens of Time
Date: 15 Jan - 27 Mar 2022
Time: 12 pm - 7 pm (weekdays) | 11 am - 8 pm (weekends, public & school term holidays)

Step into an immersive journey from past to present. Discover new stories and perspectives about Singapore. Get transported back in time, as we explore the history of early Singapore through a new lens.


Venue: Permanent Exhibits Gallery - Sandbox
Date: 15 Jan - 27 Mar 2022
Time: 12 pm - 7 pm (weekdays) | 11 am - 8 pm (weekends, public & school term holidays)

Explore the complexities of contemporary Singapore with the Sandbox. Follow the dynamic currents of sand into the Sandbox, where you will be greeted by an immersive adventure. Begin your journey through the multi-faceted, present-day Singapore that invites you to imagine our future together.

Totes, et al. Defence Showcase

Venue: Concourse
Date: 15 Jan - 27 Mar 2022
Time: 12 pm - 7 pm (weekdays) | 11 am - 8 pm (weekends, public & school term holidays)

Be dazzled by Instagram worthy tote-bag installations, including tote-bag lanterns, showcasing the connections between Total Defence and the tote making process. Discover how the varied materials of thread and fabric relate to the different aspects of Singapore's defence.


Defence Through the Ages Guided Tour

Venue: Concourse
Date: 13 - 18, 27 Feb & 13, 27 Mar 2022
Time: 12 pm, 2 pm, 4 pm, 6 pm (13 - 18 Feb) | 12 pm, 2 pm (27 Feb, 13 Mar & 27 Mar)

Defence Through the Ages Guided Tour will take you on a journey  through some of the key historical events that have shaped our defence strategy through the years and explores  how you can play a part in keeping Singapore safe and secure.

When It Was Syonan-To Dramatised Tour

Venue: Permanent Exhibits Gallery
Date: 29 Jan, 12 & 26 Feb, 12 & 26 Mar 2022
Time: 12 pm & 2 pm 
Fee: $10/person [Member] | $12/person [Non-member]

This unique, interactive dramatised tour allows visitors to immerse into life during the Japanese Occupation.

It is 1942 and Singapore has fallen to the Japanese. Singapore is renamed Syonan-to, meaning "Light of the South Island" and included as part of the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere. Lives are plunged into chaos and you must beat the odds to survive. You meet Beng Huat, a fellow survivor who asks for your help to locate his missing sister and other items to survive. Would you be able to help Beng Huat out?

Each session is limited to 15 participants. You can sign up for the When It Was Syonan-To Dramatised Tour here. 


Tank You Singapore!

Venue: Play Ground
Date: 15 Feb - 27 Mar 2022
Time: 12 pm - 7 pm (weekdays) | 11 am - 7 pm (weekends)

Have you learnt about the Leopard 2SG tank featured in the SDC's galleries? You can make your very own paper tank at the Play Ground and give thanks to its service to our nation! 

Patch It Up!

Venue: Play Ground
Date: 15 Feb & 19 Feb - 27 Mar 2022 (Weekends only)
Time: 12 pm - 7 pm (weekday) | 11 am - 7 pm (weekends)

Head down to the Play Ground to decorate your TD22 tote bags with some stick-on patches ‚Äď you can even customise your very own design!

XD Theatre Ride: TD Special

Venue: XD Theatre
Date: 15 Feb & 19 Feb - 27 Mar 2022 (Weekends only)
Time (intervals of 30 mins): 12 pm - 7 pm (weekday) | 11 am - 7 pm (weekends)

Experience the thrilling twists, turns and explosive effects on XD Theatre Ride: TD Special, a 4D multi-sensory ride experience. Featuring Operation Lightning Crush and What You Cannot Defend, You Don’t Own.

Singapore Stories Films

Azza (PG)

Venue: iWERKS Theatre
Date: 15 - 28 Jan & 14 Feb - 27 Mar 2022
Time: 2 pm (26 mins)

Azza is a heart-wrenching story based on a true-life account of an 11 year old girl who faces a struggling period in her life, despite her young age.

Confronted with the shock of her dearest father plotting a terrorist attack, Azza is thrown into confusion and tremendous stress. She has to fight the dilemma of exposing her father in the police investigations, alongside the aftermath when her mother attempts suicide and tries to kill the entire family.

The power of kinship is accentuated as Azza draws strength from within and works towards bringing her mother back from the brink of losing hope in life.

Missed Calls

Venue: iWERKS Theatre
Date: 15 - 28 Jan & 14 Feb - 27 Mar 2022
Time: 3 pm (20 mins)

In Missed Calls, we follow Jeanine, a JC1 student who is stuck at home with her estranged mother, Lisa, during the Circuit Breaker period in Singapore. 

After losing her grandfather to COVID-19 over a month ago, she is overwhelmed with grief and unable to move on. When she receives a notification about a missed call from 'Ah Gong' - her late grandfather, she realises that she can communicate with him days before his passing.

Clutching onto the possibility of altering the past, she tries her best to get Ah Gong to stay home.


Venue: iWERKS Theatre
Date: 15 Jan to 27 Mar 2022
Time: 2.30 pm (24 mins)

Reunion is a touching story about a talented chef who comes home after going away for 3 years, to fulfill his ailing Grandmother’s wish, and discovers the real meaning of reunion dinner.


Total Defence Membership Special

  • Family Explorers: $120/year before discount
  • Adventurer: $50/year before discount

From 1 to 28 February, you can enjoy 20 percent off Family Explorers & Adventurer Memberships. 

Do note that promotion is only valid for new Family Explorers membership and Adventurer membership sign-ups from 1 to 28 February, and cannot be used in conjunction with other promotions, discounts, vouchers and privileges.

Image credits Singapore Discovery Centre  



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This article is prepared by

Malini Pannirselvam
Dedicated writer by day, avid reader by night, language fanatic all the time, and aunt to nieces and nephews every day

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