Rediscover The Singapore Spirit This National Day At The Singapore Discovery Centre!

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To celebrate the nation’s 56th birthday, Singapore Discovery Centre (SDC) will be hosting a variety of programmes for visitors to enjoy either from the comfort of their homes or at the centre.

This National Day, with our heads, hearts and hands, come along to rediscover and reimagine the Singapore Story at the Singapore Discovery Centre (SDC) and what it means to be truly Singaporean this August.

1. National Day Celebrations @ SDC – Engaging Everyone, 1 Singapore

Venue: Singapore Discovery Centre
Date: 7 to 9 Aug 2021
Time: 1pm to 7pm
Fee: FREE admission (Availability upon walk-in is subject to safe management measures)

Visitors can look forward to three days of jam-packed celebrations at the SDC. There will be complimentary family-friendly activities like creating your own sticker crafts, guided tours, and screening of Singapore Stories Films.

Heart: Our Port City

Venue: Discovery Lake
Date: From 7 Aug 2021 onwards
Time: All Day (Light installations will be illuminated from 5:30pm)
Fee: FREE admission 

Come enjoy a serene evening with these floating light installations by the Discovery Lake, where we honour our prized status as a port city, open to the cultures and influences from around the world.

Heart: SG Stories Films

Venue: iWERKS Theatre
Date: 7 to 9 Aug 2021
Fee: FREE admission | 
Register here

Join us in savouring the best of our SG Stories films, such as:

1. Huan Express (PG)

Date: 7 Aug 2021
Time: 4.30pm
Duration: 26 mins
Genre: Drama, Fantasy

An average boy studying in junior college must decide if he wants to exchange his most precious memory for an 'A' grade for his mother's approval and love.

Shortlisted as a finalist for “Best Student Film” at the New York Festivals TV and Film Awards.

2. Reunion (PG)

Date: 7 Aug 2021
Time: 5.15pm
Duration: 24 mins
Genre: Drama

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.

3. The Times We Shared (PG)

Date: 8 Aug 2021
Time: 4.30pm
Duration: 26 mins
Genre: Drama, Comedy

A 9-year-old sheltered Chinese girl must overcome her prejudice of a
9-year-old Malay fishmonger or else she will lose her one true friend.

Shortlisted as a finalist for “Best Student Film” at the New York
Festivals TV and Film Awards.

4. Asam Pedas Ikan Salmon (PG)

Date: 8 Aug 2021
Time: 5.15pm
Duration: 24 mins
Genre: Comedy

The way to a person’s heart is through the stomach. A clash of cultures over one iconic dish, this feisty comedy dishes out the laughs even as it warms the heart. When a young man brings his American fiancĂ©e home, it sets the stage for an epic battle for affection and loyalty – one that can only be settled with the eponymous asam pedas ikan salmon.

Award: Viddsee Shortee for Apr 2018

5. Ixora Flower (PG)

Date: 9 Aug 2021
Time: 4.30pm
Duration: 25 mins
Genre: Period Drama

A 15-year-old kampung girl who works as a babysitter for a British family must save her younger sister from the Bukit Ho Swee fire.

Shortlisted as a finalist for “Best Student Film” at the New York Festivals TV and Film Awards.

6. The Dream Team (PG)

Date: 9 Aug 2021
Time: 5.15pm
Duration: 19 mins
Genre: Documentary

An inspiring documentary on how the DREAM TEAM was assembled to finally win the Malaysia Cup, and bring back glory to Singapore football.

Hand: Sang Nila & The Singa (Sticker Craft)

Venue: Play Ground
Date: 7 to 9 Aug 2021
Time: 1pm to 7pm
Fee: FREE admission

Learn to build your own mythical tale from the classic story of Sang Nila and the Singa. Faced with the odds of seeking new opportunities, can you be as brave as our hero?

Head: A Little Trip Around SG Town!

Venue: Play Ground
Date: 7 to 9 Aug 2021
Time: 1pm to 7pm
Fee: FREE admission

Get ready your hands and join us for an exciting self-guided trail around the centre, where you stand a chance to win some gifts and prizes!

Permanent Exhibits Gallery - Through the Lens of Time

Date: 7 to 9 Aug 2021
Time: 1pm to 7pm
Fee: FREE admission

The Permanent Exhibits Gallery will bring visitors on a journey through the lens of time, in a gallery that features four distinct segments - The Beginnings, The Turning Point, Against All Odds and Building Our Foundations.

Step into an immersive journey from past to present. Discover new stories and perspectives about Singapore. Let the stories come to life through the use of enhanced technology, such as Augmented Reality (AR).

Explore and be intrigued by new perspectives of key moments in our nation’s past – travel back to more than 700 years ago during our pre-colonial era, and our recent history during the Japanese Occupation (1942-1945), Konfrontasi (1963-1966) and the daring 1983 Sentosa cable car rescue mission.

Unlock the SDC experience with mySDC mobile application. Teleport yourself into the Singapore digital collective.

  • Immerse in augmented reality (AR) as you travel back in time and experience the Singapore Story from a different perspective.
  • Engage in a gamified experience as you walk through the lens of time.

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Guided Tour - Permanent Exhibits Gallery - Through the Lens of Time

Date: 7 to 9 Aug 2021
Time: 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm & 6pm
Fee: FREE admission | Register here

Journey through time to experience the evolution of Singapore from our early days under the rule of the Malay Kingdom to the bustling metropolis that we are today.

Discover how we triumphed through tumultuous times and turned challenges into opportunities, guided by the Singapore Spirit that continues to shape us today.

As you embark on the guided tour, listen to the stories of Singapore Story Guides and share your own for a deeper understanding of Singapore through lively conversations.

*Please proceed to the queuing area beside the café at least 10 minutes before the stipulated tour time. The tour is limited to a maximum of ten (10) persons and registration is required.

Guided Tour - SAFTI Bus Tour

Venue: SAFTI Bus Bay
7 to 9 Aug 2021
Time: 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm & 6pm
Fee: FREE admission | Register here

Exclusive tour around the 88-hectare training ground for officers-to-be. This tour offers a unique glimpse into the life of an officer cadet and the role of SAF in the defence and security of Singapore.

*Please proceed to the queue at the SAFTI bus bay at least 10 minutes before the stipulated tour time. The tour is limited to a maximum of twenty (20) persons for 1pm slot and forty (40) persons for the rest of the slots.

Guided Tour - One Planet, One Home Eco Tour

Venue: Concourse
7 to 9 Aug 2021
Time: 2pm, 4pm, & 6pm
Fee: FREE admission | Register here

Learn how to live a greener and more sustainable lifestyle in urban Singapore through examples such as harvesting solar energy and urban gardening. Visitors will be able to come up close to eco-sustainability initiatives adopted by the SDC as they learn how they can also adopt simple lifestyle habits that will contribute to a sustainable Singapore.

*Please proceed to the queuing area beside the café at least 10 minutes before the stipulated tour time. The tour is limited to a maximum of ten (10) persons.

2. Oh Snap! SDC25 Photo Contest - Creating New Memories!

SDC is celebrating our 25th Anniversary and we would like to invite you to be part of it by creating new memories with us. Strike your best pose around the centre and stand a chance to win 1-year SDC Family Explorers Membership (up to 4 persons), $50 SDC Vouchers and more.

Step 1: SNAP

Take a “selfie” or “wefie” as you venture around SDC.

Like/follow our page and post your image on FB/IG and hashtag #SDC25, #SingaporeDiscoveryCentre and #OhSnapSDC

Do not forget to set your post/profile as public for us to view your entry.

Stand a chance to be one of the five lucky winners. Share the contest post to increase your chances of winning!

This contest ends on 31 August 2021, 11.59pm and 5 winners will be announced on 10 September 2021. Terms and conditions apply. Find out more here.

3. SDC25 Trivia Thursday Contest - Reminiscing Memories!

Join us as we celebrate 25 years of sharing the Singapore Story. Be one of the 25 lucky weekly winners to win exclusive SDC memorabilia by answering the quiz questions on SDC’s social media pages!

4 Steps to Win:
1. Follow SDC on IG or Like SDC’s FB page.
2. Share the post on your story/timeline. (Remember to set your profile to public).
3. Comment and answer this quiz correctly.
4. Tag 3 friends!

Quiz closes on every Sunday at 7pm and winners will be announced in the comments section on the following Tuesday. Terms and conditions apply. Find out more here.

4. National Day Promotion: Enjoy 20% off SDC Membership

With our interactive exhibits and attractions, there’s something for everyone. Enjoy more savings when you join SDC’s membership programme, which caters to both families and individuals.

Enjoy 20% discount when you sign up for a new Family Explorers or Adventurer membership.

Find out more here.

Terms & Conditions:

  • Promotion is only valid for new Family Explorers and Adventurer membership sign-ups on 7,8 and 9 August 2021.
  • Promotion cannot be used in conjunction with other promotions, discounts, vouchers and privileges.
  • Promotion is non-refundable or exchangeable for cash and any unused balance will not be refunded.
  • SDC shall reserve its right to amend, alter and modify the terms and conditions stated herein without prior notice.

5. Distilling The Singapore Spirit – National Day 2021 Digital Exhibition

From a young, fledgling nation in 1965 to the cosmopolitan city we live in today, Singapore’s journey is not without its fair share of trials and tribulations. Our shared values – many of which defined our collective Singapore Spirit – have helped us navigate through and overcome the challenges over the years.

Taking inspiration from our shared values that have contributed to the shaping of Singapore, the digital exhibition, "Distilling the Singapore Spirit” aims to build a stronger understanding of what constitutes our Singapore Spirit. The exhibition will highlight the values that have enabled us to prevail over past challenges and counter present and future challenges.

Serving up a selection of strong Singapore spirits at the SDC Bar in this interactive experience, discover the key Spirit used in each beautifully crafted mocktail and the stories that inspire the design of each drink in the interactive menu. Online visitors who have a hard time picking out the favourite drink could look forward to taking a short quiz to discover more about the drink best suited for them.

6. Blockbuster Movies At iWERKS Theatre

1. Fast & Furious 9 (2D)

Date: 7 to 9 Aug 2021
Time: 1.30pm
Duration: 2hrs 23mins
Rating: PG13 – Some Violence
Fee: $10/person for weekends & public holidays

Vin Diesel's Dom Toretto is leading a quiet life off the grid with Letty and his son, little Brian, but they know that danger always lurks just over their peaceful horizon. This time, that threat will force Dom to confront the sins of his past if he's going to save those he loves most. His crew joins together to stop a world-shattering plot led by the most skilled assassin and high-performance driver they've ever encountered: a man who also happens to be Dom's forsaken brother, Jakob (John Cena, next year's The Suicide Squad).

Find out more here. 

2. Marvel Studios' Black Widow (2D)

Photo Credits: Singapore Discovery Centre

Date: 7 to 9 Aug 2021
Time: 6.15pm
Duration: 2hrs 14mins
Rating: PG13 – Some Violence
Fee: $10/person for weekends & Public Holidays

In Marvel Studios' action-packed spy thriller Black Widow, Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger.

Find out more here. 

7. Singapore-Inspired Gifts at shop@SDC

Photo Credit: Singapore Discovery Centre / Facebook

Complete your visit with a memorable souvenir at shop@SDC. Choose from a selection of uniquely Singapore-related products such as apparels, books and toys that cater to visitors of all ages and interests.

In line with the latest national guidelines on COVID-19 Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) safe management measures, please note that the XD Theatre, Black Lake Facility and Black Lake Laser Battlefield will not be available from 22 June to 18 August 2021.


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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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