EXPLORE SPACE AT PLAY@NMS was closed from Dec 2015
We finally checked out Play@ National Museum of Singapore which have taken up a wing at the National Museum of Singapore. This 700 sq m space targets kids as young as 3 years old but is a great diversion for older kids visiting the museum too.
The place is all the way at the back so we went pass and explored quite a few galleries before reaching the spot where my active boy’s attention zoomed in to the huge, attractive logo with one of his favourite words “Play”.
Needless to say, he zoomed up the stairs and we found ourselves in quite a different world from the rest of the museum. Let’s start with the kids favourite, which is this cooking area where kids can play masak masak (cooking in Malay) to their hearts content.
There are two “cooking” areas. A modern one with current cooking equipments and one from a kitchen from the past where you “cook” with clay pot over a stove that “uses” wood for fire.
There is an amazing assortment of local play food here and kids can whip up local delicacies starting with the cool recipient book that teaches you how. There is also two big magnetic board-game where you can match the ingredients to the local dish such as ice kachang, chilli crab and laksa.
The second favourite is an area with a tent where kids go in and out to watch a series of cartoons lying down comfortably on a nice carpet and cushions. It’s a kids only tent but adults can monitor what the children are watching from outside. There is also an area with mirror and kids can play dress up, paper doll style. Yea. The kids are the paper dolls and can play dress up by standing in front of ethnic costume stickers they choose.
An nice round table is where the kids can do some stamping, coloring and quiz.
For the toddlers, there is a giant tree with lots of puzzle pieces to play with and carry around. I love that the pieces are big and nice and come with nice big handles that make it easy for the kids to work on.
There is also an area where the kids can perform a puppet show for you and their friends. The audience get to sit on the giant sofa which turns out to be another great play area for the little ones. On the way out, there is an outdoor area where kids can have some quiet time drawing on the wall.
Where: National Museum of Singapore, PLAY@NMS, Level 3
When: 10am – 6pm daily
$$$: Free Admission