This is a monthly post on 'Educational Places'. Every 4th week of the month I will post on local educational places we have brought AJ to.

Jan - The Coins & Notes Museum
Feb - The NEWater Plant
Mar - Gardens By The Bay - The Cloud Forest
Apr - Gardens By The Bay - The Flower Dome
May - The Changi Museum
Jun - Human Body Experience & Nature's Design Exhibition @ Singapore Science Centre
Jul - Literary Trail: In Search of the Missing Heirloom in Katong
Aug - Fun For Free Sg: Gardens By The Bay - The Supertree Grove
Sep - Damnoensaduak Floating Market & Maeklong Railway Market (Bangkok)
Oct - Gardens By The Bay - The Garden Troopers! (Junior Horticulturists)
Nov - Gardens By The Bay - Christmas Wonderland

[Media Invite]

I have heard of KidsSTOP at Singapore Science Centre and had wanted to bring AJ there one day.  But the procrastination set in until 20th Nov when the media invite from Singapore Science Centre came. Haha … … finally I moved my butt and brought him there.

If you have not already known, KidsSTOP is one-of-its-kind edutainment centre in Singapore from pre-school to lower primary levels, aiming to expose the children to Science in their formation years. It has many learn-through-play kind of activities.  KidsSTOP has 4 thematic zones, namely Imagine, Experience, Discover and Dream, and under each thematic zone, there are different activities for the children to explore.

The place isn't very big (3000 sqft) but we took 2 hours to explore only two-third of it. So you can safely assume a stay of 3-4 hours to explore the entire place.  Once the Kids start, they really cannot STOP.

Built Environment
I like this gigantic foam building blocks because the children can literally build life-size structures.  With parents guidance, the imagination can be unlimited.

AJ and friend built amm..., a sofa, they said.

It's the real shopping out there though the items are not real. The children get to role play as customers and cashiers. Mind you, the bar code readers can really scan and make 'beep' sound.  The only thing missing is the price, I felt.  If there are prices attached and bar code readers to link to the cash register, it would be near perfect.

The little cashier scanning food items

Dino Pit
The Dino Pit is a replica of an excavation site which the children could pretend that they are Archaeologists, trying to dig and study what they could find that are buried deep in the earth.  Of course, most of the time, the children treat this place like a beach where they can build sand castle. :P

It is recommended to have this as the last station as the children will have sand all over their bodies even though they might not buried themselves in the sand.  Oh yes, it is good to bring along an additional set of clothes.

Flight & Space
A pretend play as a pilot

He's on the rocket, and the caption he added himself!
Yes, he edited this photo himself.
Wind Power

Climbing Structure
This is a fantastic 2-storey climbing structure, which has hanging doors, flying fish, giant gears and various other mind boggling interactive exhibits create an amazing arena of safe excitement.

This 2-storey climbing structure is extremely safe, imo.
The children get to climb and play in the safe environment; the parents feel safe too!

Giant J
I love this! I can't say the same for the boy, but I was pleased that at least he tried twice at 3-metre height.  Do note that adults are free to try too!

For hygiene purposes, socks are compulsory at Giant J, Dream Climber and Small World.

21 Jurong Town Hall
Singapore 609433
Mon-Fri: 9.30-11.30am;  12nn-3pm;  4-7pm
Sat, Sun & Public Holidays: 10am-2pm;  3-7pm

With this post, I hereby conclude my monthly series of 'Educational Places' for 2014.  I hope you have enjoyed reading them thus far.  There will be new focus next year, do come visit my blog on 1st Jan 2015!


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