Yap, we finally made our way to Singapore Discovery Center (SDC). It is located at the end of East West Line MRT Station, and since our house is also at the other end of this green line (East West) MRT Station, so you can imagine how far we had already gone. Our house is located at the first station, and SDC which is in Joo Koon is at the 29th station. It took almost two hours to get there. We sat in an almost empty train, full train, very full train, full train, empty train, and almost empty train again when we were finally alighted. Well, since it was a holiday, we just enjoyed the outside view from the train windows and tried to sleep (which I couldn’t do it since lil boy was very excited along the way, and he kept talking and jumping again and again). SDC had been one of lil boy’s must visit list for a very long time. It had been raining almost everyday back then, so I chose this indoor place for convenience reason.
From Joo Koon MRT, take exit B and follow the road sign to SDC Complex. It will take about 10 to 15 minutes walking. There is also a direct bus from Boon Lay Bus Interchange to SDC.
What is SDC? (summary from their website http://www.sdc.com.sg):
It is a place to share the Singapore Story and inspire a desire to contribute to Singapore’s future. A place to uncover what makes Singapore unique through it’s diverse collection of thought-provoking and interactive exhibits that will provide good fodder for your inquisitive nature. Whether you’re a tourist interested in unraveling the enigma that is uniquely Singapore, a local keen to know more about your home, or just looking for a place that will not only educate but also inspire, S’pore Discovery Center is just the place for you! Keep an open mind; explore, question, experience – and most importantly – discover.
It is located in a very big land are together with the Army Museum and SAFTI (Singapore Armed Forces Training Institute). We had to walk quite far to get to SDC, but there were many things to see so it was a pleasant journey. We bought the Standard SDC Admission which already covered for 3D Air Racers Movie and SAFTI Bus Tour. For other types of tickets, opening hours, and other promotions, please refer to their website. Standard ticket is $10 for adults and $6 for children.
To be honest, I had a low expectation of this place. I mean, with all the references and comments on the internet, the description of this place, and by looking at their website, I thought it was going to be a boring day for us. I pictured this as some kind of a museum with antiques stuffs, old fashioned things, a place from the past. What could a lil boy do in this place? Could we have fun in the museum? After all, there are not many good comments about this place.
Well, after visiting this place, I would say that this place is worth to visit, especially if you bring along your kids……they’re gonna have loads of fun here. Maybe it’s because my boy is also a museum lover so he enjoyed this place so much. Yes, he liked everything even the bus tour that probably boring for most visitors or the 3D movie that successfully made daddy slept for 45 minutes. But all the things that I pictured was 100% wrong.
Ok, now let me explain about this place clearly:
The attractions they they have are:
- Harmony Circle
- So Singapore
- On Location Reporter
- Digital Dance Studio
- The Little Red Dot
- Enterprise Quest
- Smart Show
- Crisis Simulation Theater
- Build It
- Battlefield Command
- Visionarium Design Studio
Now, how do you think those places’ names in the ears of a little boy? Digital, Studio, Simulation, Battlefield……………..believe me…..it’s not just the boy, but the father might have bigger interest than the boy.
We visited almost all those places. We probably missed one or two places, or been there but not really aware since it’s quite huge there, but I tried to capture everything with my camera since I believe that my camera has more spaces than my memory.
Not many people were there that day, so it was like owning the whole places and games for ourselves. No need to queue for everything, especially the games. This place is not old at all and absolutely does not full with old stuffs (some old stuffs maybe but not too many). It is full of high tech equipment and games, touch screen monitors and big screens (and when I say touch….I mean we can touch not with our hands only, but also with our feet), pop up 3D or 4D pictures, modern games simulators, live simulation studios, and even a robot that can spell your name and sing and dance. How cool is that?
Conclusion: it is hilarious! Absolutely suitable for children and fathers (mothers can just be paparazzi…..)
To make the long story short, I will explain thorough these pictures below:
First, I will show you the outside area of the galleries:
On the bus tour, we saw most of the facilities of SAFTI from outside: the Officer Mess, swimming pool, soccer field, basketball field, playground (which was actually an outside gym facility but lil boy described this as a playground), dining room, cadets school, library, office, training center, etc. You might find that some people don’t really impressed with this bus tour, but this lil boy here was very excited. We took the front seat in front of the tour guide, and lil boy listened seriously to everything that the man said. He looked carefully into the left, the right, the front, even stood up he he couldn’t see everything clearly. He was really impressed with the tour that he kept talking about it even days after we went home. He even drew map pictures of the training facilities at home.
He kept saying: “Wah, bagus banget ya……enak banget ya tinggal di situ udah kayak hotel aja deh. Ada kolam renang, sekolahnya bagus, ada playgroundnya lagi” (how nice, beautiful place, and things like that…..) over and over again. See, this boy had a different view than most people, hahaha………
Well, I’m not finished yet. And now let’s look at the inside.
When we arrived, there were some big screens with some information in a very dark room. Too bad my pocket camera couldn’t take good pictures, so I had no pictures of this area at all. And now we moved on to the second floor first, than going down to the first floor:
Before entering the portal, we took pictures with this big “igloo” which change color every few seconds. This is (if I’m not mistaken) is the Visionarium Gallery in level 1
From here, we moved to one level below through this:
But actually, as soon as we entered this room, this is what attract us the most
That was too serious and too scary, let’s have fun in here:
Well, that was the end of our visit. We didn’t have a change to visit Army Museum, but lil boy and daddy said they want to come back for another visit. Oh really??? Should we???