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Future World - ArtScience Museum Singapore - Bumble Bee Mum

MOSH! is in trouble.  Not long after MOSH! opened as Singapore’s first-of-its-kind digital edutainment centre, a reader left a comment to ask me to go check out Future World at ArtScience Museum which apparently has more activities and cheaper admission.  I am all for having competition. So off to ArtScience Museum we went!

Future World is a permanent exhibit at ArtScience Museum, so no hurry to go visit.  The exhibit is divided into four zones: Nature, Town, Park and Space.

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Nature

Flowers & Butterflies

It was pitch-dark as we entered the exhibit and we found a little room which apparently housed 3 activities:

  1. Flowers and People
  2. Every Blossoming Life II
  3. Flutter of Butterflies Beyond Borders

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The kids stepped into the room, looked around and went “Boring” and dashed off.  So I snapped a quick photo and chased after them, without having time to figure out what the room was for.

I should put a disclaimer why the kids thought it was boring.  Before we went, I told them we were going to a playground like MOSH!. The kids had super a lot of fun at MOSH! so they were very eager to find their doodle aquarium and equivalence.

100 Years Sea Animation Diorama

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Next, we came to the diorama section.  There were bean bags for you to lie down to watch the animation.  Reminded me of The Future of Us exhibition.  Anyway we didn’t watch it – the kids just ran right past it.

TOWN

Alright! We were out of the (in the kids opinion) boring Nature section and this was where the fun began – The Town!

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Slide

The first thing the kids found was a slide and they went sliding over and over and over. Like Helloooo… I didn’t bring you all here to slide? Can we move on please?

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Connecting Train Block

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After much persuading, the kids decided to leave the slide and check out the “Connection Train Block” table next to it. This table was super cool – they didn’t have this at MOSH! Basically when you place the blocks on the table, a road / track / river will appear to join up the blocks of the same colour.  For example, you see in the photo below, when MY placed the blue block on the table, a river popped out to join it to the nearest blue block.

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The blue blocks formed the river, the green ones formed the track etc. So by moving the blocks around, you can build a network of roads and tracks etc!

A Table Where Little People Live

Next, we checked out “A Table Where Little People Live”.   This was the equivalence of the Hide-and-Seek table at MOSH!.

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I thought the table here worked a lot better than the ones at MOSH!  Over here, there were these little Lemmings-like people walking along the edge of the table. You can use your hands or any object you have to try to block their way and they will try to climb over it.

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If you see the photo above, can you see the ‘Lemmings’ crawling over MY’s hand? The funniest part was, they even tried to bring a ladder to climb over the obstacle when it was too tall.  See how they placed a ladder next to our water bottle? It was hilarious!

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And if you are wondering what’s up with the rain clouds, there was fire along the way and the rain clouds were there to put out the fire.

That’s not all.  There were some wooden cups, plates and frying pans around.  If you pick up the plate and place it on the table, food would appear on the plate!

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Similarly, the cup made a small cow appear and the frying pan actually started a fire to fry an egg!

Media Block Chair

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MF wasn’t a fan of the Hide-and-Seek table at MOSH!, so he didn’t even give the lemmings tables here a chance.  Instead, he was more intrigued by the colourful blocks in the adjacent “Media Block Chair” section.

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Each light cube had 3 indented sides and 3 protruding sides.  So the kids had to use them to build their own furniture such as chairs or tables.  MF had quite a fun time building a chair with the other children, and MY came over to enjoy the fruit of his brother’s labour.

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Sketch Town Paper Craft

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The kids’ favourite section in ‘Town’, or make it in the whole Future World exhibit, was this Sketch Town Paper Craft.   Once they saw the screen, the kids went, “We’re there! We’re there!! We’re inside!!!”  I was wondering what they were shouting about and took a closer look.  Then I realised Marina Bay Sands and the ArtScience Museum was part of the town! So were the Singapore Flyer and Merlion.

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Being well-trained by the 叉燒包 activity at MOSH!, they picked up the colouring sheets placed at the side of the work benches and started colouring.   They could choose vehicles, planes or buildings.

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After colouring, they hurried over to the scanner to scan their picture in.  The scanner here was super easy-peasy to use.  Just slot the paper in and press the yellow button.  Even 3 year-old MY didn’t need teaching.

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And woohoo, MF’s fire engine was the first to appear!

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Followed by MY’s HDB block.

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MF went on to colour a plane and was super excited to see it flying in the sky.

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What I found truly amazing about this compared to the 叉燒包 at MOSH! was that the pictures didn’t just bounce around the screen randomly.  The vehicles moved along the road, the planes flew in the sky and the buildings were placed on an empty space on the ground.  It was just amazing technology.

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And the amazing technology didn’t end there.  After scanning in our picture, we were given a 3D model plan – complete with the designs we drew!

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Scissors and glue were provided in the crafting section and we sat down to build our models.

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And tadah! Look how we went from a 2D colouring to a 3D model!

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As I was folding my models, I couldn’t help thinking about the slogan, “Where Art Meets Science”.  This was Art meeting Science indeed!

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Impressed? WE ARE NOT DONE YET! It gets better.  On the screen, a dragon would fly around from time to time.  When the dragon appears, touch any of the planes on the screen and they would start shooting at the dragon!

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So here’s what you need to remember.  When you are colouring the plane, there is a little ‘blaster’ which a lot of people forget to colour.  Because it doesn’t appear when you first scan the plane into the screen.

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The design you colour into the blaster will appear when you touch your plane when the dragon is on the screen!  So if you don’t colour it, what you see will be these white blank blasts.

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The kids super loved shooting at the dragon.  They would be playing with the slide or the media block chair etc and when the dragon appeared, they would drop what they were doing and run over and start shooting the dragon.

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Waterfall

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Separating the Town and Park sections was a waterfall – which the kids totally ignored. Well… You can’t blame the kids for ignoring the waterfall with all that was going on in the Town and Park.

Park

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Sketch Aquarium

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The equivalence of Doodle Aquarium at MOSH! was this Sketch Aquarium.  But unlike Doodle Aquarium, the Sketch Aquarium here had standard sea creature templates for you to colour.  So the kids couldn’t just draw any creature they wanted.

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This made it easier for younger children like MY, but MF was a tad disappointed.  So happened his school was teaching them about marine life and he learned how to draw stuff like sharks and jelly fish in school.  He was looking forward to drawing them and watching them come to life on the screen.   So he was disappointed to find out that he couldn’t draw them and had to stick to the pictures provided.

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Just like at Sketch Paper Town, the kids scanned their completed colouring and waited for their picture to appear in the giant aquarium among the other doodles.

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Can’t say the kids were a fan of the Sketch Aquarium here.  The Sketch Paper Town was just more fun.  So after just one sketch at the aquarium, MF told me he wanted to go back to Sketch Paper Town.

Light Ball Orchestra

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Right in the centre of the Park section was the Light Ball Orchestra.  Well, you don’t need to tell kids what to do with the balls.  They just ran in and started rolling, throwing, kicking and hopping over the balls.

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The Light Ball Orchestra was split into two sections, one of which was smaller and the balls there were also smaller.  Like a toddler’s section.  How thoughtful!

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Story of the Time When Gods were Everywhere

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This was the equivalence of ‘Paper Plane Adventure’ at MOSH! – which was the kids’ favourite activity there.  Over here, there were no planes to throw, so we just used our hands to touch the screen and an animal would appear.

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While Paper Plane Adventure kept the kids occupied for super long at MOSH!, they didn’t find this activity very fun over here and played for less than 5 minutes.

Create!  Hopscotch for Geniuses

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And we come to the kids’ favourite section of the Park: The Hopscotch.  Over here, the kids could design their own hopscotch course!

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After submitting their hopscotch course on the screen by the side, it would appear on the ground and they could start hopping!

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This was insanely fun for the kids.  They went over and over like.. 100 times? I don’t know man, I lost count.

Space

And believe it or not… We never made it to the Space section.  Wahaha…. I mean, the kids were having so much fun, they just stayed around Town and Park for 4 hours straight.  Then the kids wanted to use the toilet, so we went back to the entrance in search of the toilet and ended up leaving the place.  Anyway it was way past their nap time by then so we left after going to the toilet.  So yeah, we never made it to Space.

Admission Fee

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The admission fee to Future World is extremely reasonable.  For Singapore Residents, it’s just $14 per adult / $7 per child (aged 2 to 12).  I must mention that they have a family package which costs just $35 (residents) for 2 adults & 2 child – super value for money!

And if you go on Fridays, kids can enter free!! Yup, each paying adult can bring up to 4 children in for free on Fridays! Note that this offer is not applicable during Singapore school holidays and public holidays. Other terms and conditions apply.

If your children enjoy the exhibit so much, you can even get a family season pass at $150 for unlimited entries in a year.  Awesome right?

And note that Singapore Resident is not restricted to Singapore Citizens and PRs.  As long as you reside in Singapore, you can enjoy the resident price.  I was helping my friend enquire if her helper needs to pay $17 or $14 and they said $14.

In Summary…

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I cannot think of a reason not to visit Future World? It is so awesome fun and the admission fee is so much cheaper compared to MOSH!

I love that they have areas for kids to get active like the slide and light ball, so it was not all just doodling and scanning.  If you know my boys, they cannot sit still and do art & craft for long.  Over here, they could doodle a bit, play with the slide, come back and doodle again, play with the slide to and fro.

If only they could open the museum till night time.   Please note that they close at 7pm with last ticket sales at 6pm.  The first time I tried to go there, I didn’t check the opening house and assumed since this was Marina Bay Sands, they would open late?? Sorry, no.  They close at 7pm even on weekends.

Information on ArtScience Museum:

Address: 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974

Getting There: Bayfront MRT (CE1 / DT16)

Map: Click here for Google Map location

Opening Hours: 10am to 7pm daily.  (Last admission at 6pm)

Official Websites: Homepage | Facebook Page | Twitter

Note on free parking:

Free parking is available from Mondays to Thursdays, 10:00am – 4:00pm (except public holidays) with a minimum spend of $50 nett or more at ArtScience Museum:

  • Box Office
  • The Museum Shop

You need to redeem your free parking before 5pm on the same day at the B2 Concierge at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.

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