Thanks to #sghaze, we’ve been spending an inordinate amount of time indoors. I despise malls and The Preschooler is not fond of indoor play spaces, so we have been exploring Singapore’s many museums. We recently visited KidsSTOP, Science Centre Singapore’s 3,000 square meter “discovery center” designed for children ages 18 months to 8 years (though most of the activities offered are most developmentally appropriate for children ages 3 to 6). I must admit that I had very low expectations for KidsSTOP—generally, there is little investment in early childhood education in Singapore, and this lack of resources shows—but was blown away by how well-designed and engaging it was.
The Preschooler’s favorite galleries were: “Flight and Space” and “Supermarket,” two pretend-play areas; “Virtual Pond” and “Critters,” where she observed animals, both real and representations of; “Kiddie Theatre,” which encouraged her to dress up and perform, using A/V technology and green screens; and “The Big Dream Climber,” a two-story high, rain forest-inspired climbing structure.
Science Centre Singapore and KidsSTOP recently reduced their ticket prices for Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents, and a four-hour session at KidsSTOP on a weekday is a real bargain ($5.00 for children and $2.00 for adults). Prices for non-citizens, non-residents, and visitors are nearly four or five times as much!