For those with questions about Singapore there is no better place to learn about the history and future of the city than the Singapore Discovery Centre. The centre has been described as an art gallery, science museum and outdoor play area all in one and is a great half day out for younger children, with plenty of easy to understand interactive displays and just about enough to keep adults entertained as well. Located on Upper Jurong Road, it is around a ten minute walk from Joo Koon MRT Station.
There are plenty of different packages starting at 10 SGD for adults and 6 SGD for children, which includes admission to the centre, a bus tour of the Singapore Military Institute and a short 3D movie. It is in the same neighbourhood as the Army Museum so it is also possible to combine both attractions in a day.
It really is worth joining one of the guided tours that happen every hour between 10:30 and 16:30, as some of the interactive attractions are designed to be experienced as part of group. The first section of Singapore Discovery Centre takes you on a journey through the history of Singapore and what makes the city and the people the way they are today. This includes a Singlish test, an exquisite quilt displaying the heritage and harmony of the island and a short ‘So Singapore’ video exploring the quirks and behaviours that make up Singaporean personalities. In the main hall you will find a giant colourful dome that offers a kaleidoscope of icon images from around the city, and sounds that will be familiar to those who live here, and fun for those who don’t to try and guess what they are!
Although it is interesting to explore what makes the city so fantastic, the highlights are definitely the more interactive displays. You can report from a TV studio on Singapore’s significant events, be part of the crisis team who are trying to prevent a disaster striking the city and even simulate the role of a commander and go to battle – complete with headset and computer controls. The robot (Singbot) may seem a little dated, but kids love asking the terminator-inspired model questions, most of which he can answer. If you have brushed up your knowledge of Singapore during your visit to the Discovery Centre, you can even take part in a game show which tests you on all things Singaporean.
Outside the main exhibition hall there are also plenty of other things to see and do at Singapore Discovery Centre. With one of the largest screens and cheapest prices in the city, iWERKS show both 2D and 3D latest releases, but they tend to focus on movies for a younger audience. Older kids are more likely to enjoy the 4D simulation rides or battling each other at the outdoor paintball arena. For a calmer activity that’s fun for all the family you can take the pedalos out on the large lake that fringes the centre. Another activity on offer is a bus tour of Singapore’s Military Academy but it will probably only be enjoyable to those who have an interest in the armed forces. If running around the centre makes you peckish, there is also a food court and small selection of fast food restaurants.
Singapore Discovery Centre
- Opening Hours: Tue – Sun 09:00 – 18:00 (closed on Mondays)
- Location: A 30-minute drive from the city or a 10-minute walk from Joo Koon MRT Station.
- MRT: Joo Koon
- Address: 510 Upper Jurong Road, Singapore 638365
- Tel: +65 6792 6188