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Get Curious! Our Early Settlers by National Museum of Singapore | Fun And Exciting Programmes For Kids Of All Ages And Abilities!



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This edition of the museum’s Children’s Season, titled Get Curious! Our Early Settlers will comprise on-site, online and inclusive programmes catered to kids of all ages and abilities.

Venue: On-Site & Online
Date: 28 May to 26 Jun 2022
Time: Various timings
Fee: Free & Paid

This Children’s Season, the National Museum of Singapore (NMS) is partnering with the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) for Children's Season. There will be fun, interactive installations and activity stops that will take you back in time to explore the trades and occupations of our early settlers, the lives they led, and the challenges they faced. In addition to these interactive installations, the museum has also curated a line-up of on-site, online as well as inclusive complementary programmes for all to enjoy and learn from.

Here's a closer look at what you and your little ones can look forward to this Children's Season at NMS:

On-Site Programmes

Interactive Installations: Our Early Settlers

Venue: Glass Atrium, Level 2
Date: 28 May to 26 Jun 2022
Time: 10am to 12pm & 1pm to 6pm, Daily

Meet Professor Alvis and his niece Bernice, who are very excited to explore the National Museum!

Follow them across five stops, starting from the Rickshaw Puller and ending at the Activity Space, to learn more about Singapore’s early settlers:

  • Rickshaw Puller – Children will get the chance to learn more about rickshaw pullers, the objects they used in their day-to-day life and the function they served in Singapore’s early transport systems. As part of this activity stop, children will be able to reimagine and create their favourite transport vehicles with a variety of different shapes and to engage with magnetic rickshaw puzzles. 

  • Rubber Tapper – Children will be introduced to Singapore’s rubber plantations and the work of a rubber tapper, as well as learn how to identify everyday items made out of rubber. 

  • Food Peddler – At this station, children will discover the recipes behind the colourful kuehs and get a chance to practice simple numeracy as they calculate how much it would cost to “buy” different combinations of kuehs.

  • Amah – Through this installation, children will be introduced to an amah, and find out more about her daily chores and schedules. 

  • Activity Space – Children are encouraged to share what they have learnt about the early settlers and reflect on the values that these settlers displayed. They can also go on a character trail around the museum to hunt for the featured early settler characters and learn more about them through bite-sized fun facts and a quiz. Get to redeem a pack of Fruity Trix cereal sponsored by Nestle upon completion of the activity.

Recommended for children aged 5 & up.

Interactive Theatre: Dhobi Ramanujan and the Unfortunate Mix-Up!

Venue: Gallery Theatre, Basement Level
Date: 18 Jun 2022
Time: 2.30pm & 4pm (40 mins per session)
Fee: $15 per adult-child pair, pre-registration is required

Rama is a young dhobi who works with his Uncle Ganesan, washing other people's clothes. Uncle Ganesan has just given Rama a special task of doing the laundry of two large families. Will Rama be able to accomplish his task well and earn the role of permanent washer for these two houses?

Recommended for children aged 4 to 8 with parent/guardian.

Artefacts Alive! – The Runaway Kueh

Meeting Point: Glass Atrium, Level 2
Date: 28 May, 11 & 18 Jun 2022 
Time: 6pm & 7.30pm (1hr per session)
Fee: $10 per adult-child pair, pre-registration is required

In these special after-hours storytelling sessions inspired by the children’s story of the Gingerbread Man, meet a naughty kueh who runs away from the kueh seller’s kitchen! An amah, a night soil collector and a rickshaw puller help to chase after him… Will the kueh manage to escape?

Recommended for children aged 8 to 12 with parent/guardian.

Building Tour for Families

Meeting Point: Rotunda, Level 1
Date: 12, 19, 25 & 26 Jun 2022 
Time: 11.30am (45 mins per session)
Fee: $10 deposit per adult-child pair, pre-registration is required

Join us on a learning journey around the museum and discover interesting gems about this 134-year-old building!

Recommended for children aged 7 to 12 with parent/guardian.

What’s Your Toy Story? Campaign

Venue: Drop-in corner outside the Growing Up gallery
Date: 28 May to 26 Jun 2022

Do you have a toy inspired by your favourite childhood cartoon characters? Share your story with us and stand to win attractive prizes sponsored by Plano. Your toy may even be displayed in our Growing Up gallery!

Head to the drop-in corner outside the Growing Up gallery to submit your entry within the campaign period. Remember to include a drawing or photograph of your treasured toy!

Recommended for all ages.

Online Programmes

Virtual Kueh-Making Workshop: Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Venue: Zoom
Date: 12 Jun 2022
Time: 2.30pm to 4pm
Fee: $25 per family (inclusive of ingredients kit delivered to one address), pre-registration is required

Join The Little Things in this 90-minute virtual workshop where you will make your very own kueh lapis sagu (which you may know as rainbow kueh or nine-layered kueh) as a family!

Recommended for children aged 4 & up with parents/grandparents.

Virtual Kueh-Making Workshop: It’s Ondeh Day

Venue: Zoom
Date: 26 Jun 2022
Time: 2.30pm to 3.30pm
Fee: $25 per family (inclusive of ingredients kit delivered to one address), pre-registration is required

Join The Little Things on this 1-hour virtual workshop where you will make your very own ondeh-ondeh as a family!

Recommended for children aged 4 & up with parents/grandparents.

[Live-stream] Creative Conversations Storytelling Workshop for Families: Along the Singapore River

Venue: NMS Facebook
Date: 11 Jun 2022 
Time: 10.30am to 11.15am

Take part in this digital workshop and storytelling session based on the Creative Conversations: Shaping our Future toolkit, and discover the different people who used to work along the Singapore River through stories and creative activities. You will also find out how museums can be a useful resource for learning and discovery!

Conducted by: Dr Jacqueline Chung (Anglican Preschool Services) and Ms Noriyaton Bte Yunos (PCF Sparkletots @ Pasir Ris West Blk 517)

Recommended for children aged 3 to 6 with parent/guardian.

This session is organised with support from the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA).

[Live-stream] Music & Movement: Get Curious About Our Early Settlers!

Venue: NMS Facebook
Date: 11 Jun 2022 
Time: 2.30pm to 3pm

Join Wigglepods for a fun afternoon of music and movement activities, while exploring the museum’s artefacts related to our early settlers, like the rickshaw puller, amah and food peddler!

Recommended for children aged 3 to 8 with parent/guardian.

[Zoom Talk] Creative Conversations: Shaping Our Future (Educators’ Edition)

Venue: Zoom
Date: 18 Jun 2022 
Time: 10am to 10.45am

Join us as we unpack the Creative Conversations: Shaping our Future resource kit and share tips on how you can make museums come alive and interactive for young children.

Conducted by: Dr Geraldine Teo-Zuzarte (Pre-School By-The-Park) and Ms Sambasivam Magiswari (YWCA Bedok South Child Development Centre)

Recommended for preschool educators, pre-registration is required.

This session is organised with support from the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA).

Inclusive Programmes

A Sew Simple Workshop: Finger Puppets Special

Venue: The Salon, Level 1
Date: 12 Jun 2022
Time: 2.30pm to 3.30pm (for aged 9 to 12 years) | 4.30pm to 5.30pm (for aged 12 years & up)
Fee: $10 per adult-child pair, pre-registration is required | Register here 

A Special Sensory Storytelling: The Rickshaw Puller’s Journey

Photo Credits: National Museum of Singapore

Venue: The Salon, Level 1
Date: 18 Jun 2022
Time: 2.30pm to 3.15pm (for aged 6 to 12 years) | 4pm to 4.45pm (for aged 12 years & up)
Fee: $10 per adult-child pair, pre-registration is required | Register here 

Open your ears, open your eyes and join Swee, Sia and Juriah on a Rickshaw Adventure! Follow Ah Seng, a rickshaw puller, as he takes young audiences on a hands-on journey of smell, touch, lively music and highly visual storytelling. Visit places and even make a gift for someone special.


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This article is prepared by

Leona Quek
Blessed with 3 handsome and loving boys in her life. Two of them call her Mommy, the other calls her Wifey. Every night, she wishes for an early bedtime, but misses her babies as soon as they sleep.

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