National Heritage Board | Exciting Year-End & New Year Happenings!

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This year end, National Heritage Board (NHB) will be running an array of programmes and events for you and your family!

So much is happening in this year end, and beyond, across the venues managed by the National Heritage Board! Here's a closer look at what you can expect in the months of December and January:

Share Your Story, Shape Our Memorial Travelling Exhibition

Photo Credit: National Heritage Board

Venue: Various locations island-wide
Date: 28 Apr 2022 to 28 Feb 2023

Do you have old photographs taken as a child with our founding leaders at community events; a pamphlet of one of Singapore’s first campaigns such as the Keep Singapore Clean campaign, or memories of hearing the National Anthem on radio when it was first introduced?

The Share Your Story, Shape Our Memorial Travelling Exhibition by the Founders’ Memorial features a Public Call for artefacts and stories from the 1950s to the 1970s that relate to encounters with our founding leaders, and/or a national policy or historical milestone linked to independent Singapore, such as establishing citizenship and building a shared Singapore identity, and industrialisation and the transformation of Singapore’s economy.

You can contribute these artefacts and stories through the Memorial’s website, and play a part in the making of the Memorial.

Monumental Hunt in the Civic District

Photo Credit: PSM (Preservation of Sites & Monuments)

Date: 7, 14, & 28 Jan 2023
Time: 10am & 11am
Fee: $20 per adult (aged 13 & above) | $15 per child (aged 7 to 12), Free for children aged 6 & below | Register here

Join Mongo the Monkey for a fun-filled puzzle hunt in the Civic District! Inspired by escape rooms and treasure hunts, players will get to explore the area, discover fascinating new facts about our National Monuments, and solve puzzles to discover the location of the final treasure.

Museum Roundtable Lunar New Year Hongbao Campaign 2023

Venue: Various venues
 6 Jan to 3 Feb 2023
Time: TBC
Fee: The red packets will be made available free-of-charge, although Museum Roundtable members may charge for admission into their museums.

The Museum Roundtable Lunar New Year Hongbao Campaign returns this year with new red packet designs based on the Chinese zodiac year of the Rabbit! From 6 January to 3 February 2023, visitors will be able to collect exclusively designed red packets at 39 participating museums, heritage institutions and galleries, while stocks last. Each set will contain eight pieces of red packets, themed respectively to the 39 participating museums, and is limited to one set per visitor.

In addition, visitors will be able to purchase a limited-edition Collector’s Album containing a full set of all the red packet designs, while stocks last. Visitors can also stand a chance to win a full set of the red packets through online giveaways on the I Love Museums Facebook page!

More information on the sale of the Collector’s Albums and giveaway opportunities on the I Love Museum Facebook page will be announced in early January 2023.

For more details, you may visit this link

Programmes by the Malay Heritage Centre (MHC)

My First Wayang Kulit Show

Photo Credit: Malay Heritage Centre

Explore the wonders of wayang kulit together with Laila in this interactive online game! Get a chance to be a little dalang (puppeteer), put up your first Ramayana performance and get a chance to learn what goes on behind the screen in a wayang kulit show.

Access this online game here for free.

Tales from the Nusantara Storytelling Video Series

Photo Credit: Malay Heritage Centre

Staying home during the school holidays can be a lot of fun with our storytelling series showcasing folktales from the Nusantara (Malay world)! Check out our YouTube Channel for pre-recorded storytelling videos that you can tune in at home or in school.

Activity sheets in both Malay and English are available for download for selected videos.

View the series for free at here.

I am a Little Jewellery Designer

Photo Credit: Malay Heritage Centre

Did you know that a diamond village called “Kampong Intan” used to exist in Singapore? It was bustling with diamond traders and jewellery designers!

Join our friends Laila and Oreo in this interactive video game where you can harvest your own intan (diamond), polish it and set it in a beautiful piece of jewellery. Your creation will also be available for download as an image file to keep forever.

Pssst.. redeem a specially designed sticker at the MHC if you flash your creation- while stocks last!

Access this online game here for free.

    Programmes by the Indian Heritage Centre

    Little Adventurers at Indian Heritage Centre – Get Moving!

    Venue: Indian Heritage Centre
    Date: 19 Nov to 25 Dec 2022
    Time: 10am to 6pm

    Little Adventurers returns to IHC this December holidays! Themed Get Moving, we invite you and your little ones to join us at our interactive play space to be introduced to the concept of ‘Sound, Movement & Performance’. In this interactive play space, children will get to mimic the movements of a classical Indian dancer, learn about rhythm & also have fun recreating scenes from two folklores at the theatre segment! Sign-up for our interactive performances and workshops; pick up a dancing puppet craft activity that your young ones can try their hands at! Make a date with us at IHC this school holidays.

    For more information, visit the IHC website, Peatix, Facebook and/or Instagram.

    • Navarasa Decorations

    Venue: Indian Heritage Centre, Level 2
    Date: 19 Nov to 25 Dec 2022
    Time: 10am to 6pm
    Fee: Free admission for Singaporeans & PRs

    A colourful display of fabric welcomes visitors, following the concept of navarasas, the nine emotions evoked in traditional Indian dance, music and drama performances!

    • Dancing Puppets with Stage Activity Kit

    Venue: Indian Heritage Centre
    Date: 19 Nov to 25 Dec 2022
    Time: 10am to 6pm
    Fee: Free admission for Singaporeans & PRs

    Collect your free dancing puppet activity kits while stocks last! Visitors are encouraged to contribute a donation to IHC.

    • Interactive Play Space

    Photo Credit: Indian Heritage Centre

    Venue: Indian Heritage Centre, Level 2
    Date: 19 Nov to 25 Dec 2022
    Time: 10am to 6pm
    Fee: Free admission for Singaporeans & PRs

    In collaboration with Artground, an experiential space has been created to introduce children to the concept of ‘Movement and Sound’ through dance, music and theatre.

    Segment 1: Dance and Movement

    Photo Credit: Indian Heritage Centre

    Groove along to three dance forms – bharatanatyam, odissi and kathak – in dance pods where on-screen dancers demonstrate dance movements for children to mimic! The pods are designed to give children privacy as they try these new moves, and the steps are broken down to feet movements, hand gestures, and torso movements for easy learning.

    Segment 2: Music and Rhythm

    Explore the Indian musical concept of konnakol, where percussion syllables are performed vocally! Played on a mridangam, a traditional South Indian instrument, the beats activate colourful lights on the circular structure. Mimic the rhythm by tapping your hands and stomping your feet as you try to “catch the lights” on the structure.

    Segment 3: Theatre and Stories

    Photo Credit: Indian Heritage Centre

    Photo Credit: Indian Heritage Centre

    Recreate scenes from Indian folklore with magnets on a backdrop and costumes on stage, or play around with a rotating structure to create your own versions of traditional costumes! This segment introduces the stories Krishna and the fruit seller and Hanuman and the sun, through three segments:

    1. ‘Mix and match’ rotating structure
    2. Indian folklore storybook
    3. Stage with magnetic backdrop and theatre props

    • Discovering Odissi by Temple of Fine Arts

    Venue: Indian Heritage Centre
    Date: 10 Dec 2022
    Time: 11am to 12pm (Sun) | 1pm to 1.45pm (Sat)
    Fee: $10 | Register here

    Explore the intricate dance form odissi through stories, workshops and an interactive performance by dancers from the Temple of Fine Arts. Get a deeper appreciation of this expressive art form through its unique movements and basic stances. Continue the fun year-end programmes at Eurasian Heritage Gallery for their very own Christmas programme.

    Pongal Open House 2023

    Venue: Indian Heritage Centre
    Date: : 7 to 8 Jan 2023 | 14 to 15 Jan 2023
    Fee: Free for Singaporeans & PRs

    Pongal is a four-day harvest festival celebrated to give thanks to Surya, the Sun God for the blessings of a bountiful harvest! Plan a visit to IHC this January to discover how Pongal is celebrated in Singapore with an exciting array of family friendly cultural activities and fun workshops at the IHC Pongal Open House celebrations 2023.

    For more information, visit the IHC websitePeatixFacebook and/or Instagram.

    Programmes by Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

    Wan Qing Year-End Holiday Programme 2022

    Venue: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
    Date: 1 Nov to 31 Dec 2022 (Tue to Sun, closed on Mon)
    Time: 10am to 5pm 

    Join us for a host of exciting activities for the whole family this year-end holiday period! These include cultural workshops, interactive storytelling sessions, crafts, and an insightful exhibition. Kids and adults alike can enjoy the Wan Qing Year-End Holiday Programme 2022 together!

    For more information, please visit Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall’s (SYSNMH) website and Facebook page throughout the period.

    • Travelling Exhibition: Chinese Business Pioneers – Supporting Singapore’s Education

    Venue: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
    Date: 1 Nov to 31 Dec 2022 (except Mon)
    Time: 10am to 5pm
    Fee: Free for Singaporeans and PRs

    The Chinese Business Pioneers – Supporting Singapore’s Education is making its final stop at SYSNMH. This is your last chance to view the exhibition before it is gone.

    The Chinese business community has always played a key role in giving back to society and Singapore. Co-curated with students from Hwa Chong Institution, this exhibition traces the lives of Chinese business pioneers Tan Kah Kee, Lee Kong Chian and Tan Lark Sye, who contributed generously to the field of education.

    • Holiday Craft Kit: Celebrating Dongzhi

    Venue: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
    Date: 18 Nov to 31 Dec 2022 (except Mon)
    Time: 10am to 5pm
    Fee: Free for Singaporeans and PRs

    Kids! Come pick up a DIY craft kit to discover more about this important Chinese festival, Winter Solstice, celebrated by Chinese around the world. Craft kits are given out on a first-come, first-served basis while stocks last and one per child.

    • “Meet My Unusual Family” Interactive Storytelling & Workshop (Presented by The Theatre Practice)

    Date: 9 Dec 2022
    Time: 4.30pm to 6pm
    Fee: $20 | Register here

    Guai Guai, a magical monster who is always teased by her family of magical monsters, needs your help to find her special monster powers!

    Join us for a 90 mins fun-filled and tactile in-person experience – where children will learn more about self-discovery and acceptance through interactive storytelling, as well as a hands-on arts and craft session. The session is conducted in Mandarin, making this a great way to engage your child in Chinese language and culture.

    Recommended for children aged 4 to 8 years old.
    This storytelling and workshop session is conducted in Mandarin.

    • Parent-Child Workshop: Making Cute Tangyuan (In collaboration with Knead to Inspire)

    Venue: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
     17 Dec 2022
    Time: 10am to 12pm, 2pm to 4pm
    Fee: $38 per parent-child pair | Register here

    Make adorable cartoon tangyuan (glutinous rice balls) with us in this parent-child workshop! In this popular workshop, participants will learn various skills such as making glutinous rice ball skin, wrapping and shaping of tangyuan, cooking methods and many more. Participants will make four different character designs of tangyuan to bring home to cook under the guidance of facilitator, Ms Shirley Tan.

    Recommended for participants 6 years old and above.
    The workshop will be conducted in Mandarin.

    For more information, please visit Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall’s (SYSNMH) website and Facebook page throughout the period.

    Changi Chapel and Museum

    Photo Credit: Changi Chapel and Museum

    Photo Credit: Changi Chapel and Museum

    Address: 1000 Upper Changi Road North, Singapore 507707
    Opening Hours: 9.30am to 5.30pm, Tue to Sun (Closed every Mon except Public Holidays, Last admission at 5pm)
    Fee: Free admission for Citizens & PRs

    The Changi Chapel and Museum tells the story of the prisoners of war and civilians interned in Changi prison camp during the Japanese Occupation. Managed by the National Museum of Singapore, the Changi Museum was revamped and reopened in May 2021. The revamped museum features new content and artefacts, including stories and personal objects collected from families of former internees, presented in an intimate and engaging format. The museum’s narrative is centred on remembrance and reflection, encouraging visitors to contemplate both the hardships that the internees underwent, as well as their courage and resilience in the face of difficulties.

    Reflections at Bukit Chandu

    Photo Credit: Reflections at Bukit Chandu

    Photo Credit: Reflections at Bukit Chandu

    Address: 31-K Pepys Road, Singapore 118458
    Opening Hours: 9.30am to 5pm, Tue to Sun (Closed every Mon except Public Holidays, Last admission at 4.30pm)
    Fee: Free admission for Citizens & PRs

    Reflections at Bukit Chandu is a World War Two interpretative centre that commemorates the battle of Pasir Panjang and the men of the Malay Regiment who fought in it, as well as the history of Bukit Chandu itself. Housed in a bungalow that is closely connected to the site’s history, the interpretative centre uses immersive experiences and contextual artefacts to present a multi-faceted look at Bukit Chandu and Pasir Panjang, while inviting visitors to reflect on our nation’s wartime experience and the brave sacrifice of the soldiers.

    Programmes by Children’s Museum Singapore

    Photo Credit: Children's Museum Singapore

    Bricks Fundraising - Own a Part of History

    Date: Ongoing
    Cost: $500 per brick, while stocks last

    Make a donation to Children's Museum Singapore and contribute towards the museum's projects, educational and public programmes.

    Patrons who donate $500 will be able to obtain an old handmade brick* which was originally part of the extension block for Anglo-Chinese School constructed around 1907.

    These bricks were obtained while revamping Children's Museum Singapore's building.

    All proceeds will be put into our Education Fund.

    Visit this link for more details.

    *Bricks are while stocks last.

    Children’s Museum Singapore: Opening Weekend Bash

    Address: 23-B Coleman Street, Singapore 179807
    Opening Date: 10 Dec 2022
    Opening Weekend Fee: Free for children aged 12 and below, accompanying adults must purchase a ticket at $10 per adult

    Singapore’s first museum dedicated to children opens its doors from 10 December 2022!

    Get hands on with a variety of interactive installations and experiences that spark imagination and curiosity in kids of all ages. Brimming with multimedia exhibits, Children’s Museum Singapore (CMSG) is all set to enchant children with an eye-opening encounter with Singapore’s heritage and culture, as well as discoveries about themselves and the world around them.

    The museum is dedicated to children aged 12 years and below, and aims to inspire every child to be an engaged, adaptive, and responsible global citizen.

    [Opening Weekend Bash Admission Fee]
    Entry to the Opening Weekend Birthday Bash is free for children aged 12 years and below, while accompanying adults must purchase a ticket at $10 per adult.

    [Post-Opening Free Entry]
    Subsequently (after the opening weekend), admission will be free for all until 31 March 2023.

    For more information and to book tickets in advance, please visit this link.


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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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