It’s been around for decades, but it was only recently I heard about Science Centre Singapore. Hence, we decided to take the kids there for a fun day out. Science Centre Singapore is located in Jurong and has a range of other attractions under the same roof, such as ‘Snow City’.
We had pre-booked our tickets online, which saved a lot of time and hassle, as you simply scan the QR code on the ticket to enter. The kids were told that they would receive a decorative pin if we managed to take selfies in five different areas of the museum. A great way to explore the whole place!
Fun for kids and older kids alike
The first exhibition you come across is called ‘The Mind’s Eye’, which involves lots of interactive play with optical illusions. Each one has an explanation of how it works and the science behind it, which was great to see. Once you exit this part, you reach the main atrium and from there you can access all the different exhibits.
There really is something for everyone, and us adults had just as much fun as the kids. Our absolute favourite exhibit was ‘Professor Crackitt’s Light Fantastic Mirror Maze’, which is both a confusing and funny experience. We laughed so hard, trying to find our way through, not knowing which way was real and which was just a reflection.
“It’s Bond… James Bond”
When booking tickets online there are various add-ons you can buy. I purchased the kids two tickets for the ‘Laser Maze’. Essentially, it involves a room full of laser beams which the kids have to navigate to make their way out. If you touch a laser beam an alarm sounds and you get some extra seconds added to your time. You get two goes, so you can try to beat your score. My 7-year-old loved this and said he felt like James Bond.
Another good one if you have older children is the ‘Phobia’ exhibition – you’ll feel your adrenaline pumping as you face your fears! One of our favourites is a booth where you can record how loud you can scream – definitely a good way of letting off steam. If you have younger kids, I would avoid this section though, it really is quite scary and even our 11 year-old still found some of it quite frightening.
The only section that didn’t seem to be operating was the ‘Waterworks’ area, but this may have been because it was raining heavily. There is enough inside the Science Centre Singapore to fill a whole day, so this didn’t bother us too much.
There is a small café where you can order coffee and a few things to eat, however it is fairly basic so don’t forget to pack your own drinks and snacks for the kids.
Despite being a rainy Sunday, it wasn’t busy and we were able to explore the museum without too many crowds. Sure, the place is showing its age in places and there’s the odd exhibit not operating, but there is plenty here for a great family day out at a reasonable price, which can be hard to find in Singapore. We’ll definitely be back to get lost in the mirror maze again!
Science Centre Singapore is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am – 5pm. The Centre is located at 5 Science Centre Rd, Singapore. You can call them on (65) 6425 2500. It’s an eight minute walk from Jurong East MRT. More info about the centre here.
You can buy your tickets here online.
Looking for more fun things to do in Singapore with kids? Have a look here at Scentopia at Sentosa Island or here at our listicle. And please don’t confuse the Science Centre Singapore with the Art Science Museum in Marina Bay, which is also very good!