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Singapore Discovery Center

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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:

  1. Gateway
  2. Harmony Circle
  3. So Singapore
  4. On Location Reporter
  5. Digital Dance Studio
  6. Portals
  7. The Little Red Dot
  8. Enterprise Quest
  9. Spectacle
  10. Smart Show
  11. 24/7
  12. Crisis Simulation Theater
  13. Build It
  14. Battlefield Command
  15. 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:

Singapore Discovery Center

We arrived in a very hot day. From Joo Koon MRT, take exit B, going down, turn left, walk until you see the sign of Benai Road, turn left again, cross the street, turn left again, walk for about 2 minutes until you see the big sign of SDC. From the entrance gate to the SDC, you can walk under the shelter so no need to worry for the hot sun or the heavy rain. If I’m not mistaken, car parking is free

Singapore Discovery Center

Along the way to the SDC, we were greeted by this big pond (for water sport) and interesting signs like these. And we were also greeted by very friendly and informative staff at all the counters (ticketing counter, movie theater, etc)

Singapore Discovery Center

I found this nice quilts in front of the movie counter. I guess they represent the harmony of living together?

Singapore Discovery Center

We learnt many things about national defence and these posters near the ticketing counter were just the beginning

Canteen Singapore Discovery Center

There is also a small canteen with not many people around and not so many choices. But since this place is far away from everything (Joo Koon is an industrial area so do not hope to find big malls here), this canteen is decent enough for us

Air Racers 3D Movie Singapore Discovery Center

Watching the 3D Movie. We had to choose our seats first when we bough the ticket. This was a 45 minutes movie that made daddy slept well. I was so hungry and quite boring that I kept looking to my watch almost every minute and asking lil boy: ” Are you hungry or boring? It’s ok if you want to go out now?” And he said: “No, I want to watch.” And he sat still until the end of the movie.

Singapore Discovery Center

We found this military plane near the bus stop for bus tour, and we took pictures while waiting for the bus to arrive

Singapore Discovery Center

Getting ready for the 10 minutes bus tour. Sorry, no camera is allowed during the tour so I took no pictures at all.

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:

We go up to the first gallery: So Singapore

We go up to the first gallery: So Singapore. Do the people at the background look like real ones?What’s in So Singapore? We found this:

Interesting and very funny movie about the facts of living in Singapore hosted by the very funny Merlion. We couldn't stop laughing during the movie.

Interesting and very funny movie about the facts of living in Singapore hosted by the very funny Merlion. We couldn’t stop laughing during the movie. It pictures about the diversity but harmony living in Singapore with people of different cultures

Go up again

Go up again to the upper gallery, but first please listen to some information about live in Singapore

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

Singapore Discovery Center

Fail to capture all color since lil boy already run to this area:

Portals

It’s a game where we acted as a pilot who must search for food source in another planet. This game has some levels and we must collect some points in order to go to the next levels

This is the explanation of the game. It's about the people in a planet who must defend themselves and search for food since their supply has run out

This is the explanation of the game. It’s about the people in a planet who must defend themselves and search for food since their supply has run out

Next, we must solve the puzzle by spinning the disk around to match the words. There are 7 words that we must combine together

Next, we must solve the puzzle by spinning the disk around to match the words. There are 7 words that we must combine together. And then there are also some pictures that symbolized the harmony of living together

Do you want to be a reporter and appear on TV? Try this one. But first you have to choose in the computer outside the studio, which news you want to read in front of the camera

Do you want to be a reporter and appear on TV? Try this one. But first you have to choose in the computer outside the studio, which news you want to read in front of the camera

Live on TV! Cool, isn't it?

Live on TV! Cool, isn’t it?

In this gallery, you can watch 4D movie about the development of Singapore, such as train construction. There are also quiz and interactive play which test our knowledge about Singapore. Of course we didn't pass.......

In this gallery, you can watch 4D movie about the development of Singapore, such as train construction. There are also quiz and interactive play which test our knowledge about Singapore. Of course we didn’t pass…….

Magical Touch SDC

The Magical Touch, build a city by moving the steering wheel with our feet

From here, we moved to one level below through this:

Going down while reading interesting quotations on the wall

Going down while reading interesting quotations on the wall

Take pictures first with these beautiful murals

Take pictures first with these beautiful murals which was drawn by little children

But actually, as soon as we entered this room, this is what attract us the most

Singabot, a robot who can talk.

Singabot, a robot who can talk. He will ask your name, calling you by name, sing, and dance. Very funny and attractive

This is the first floor of SDC and also Visionarium Gallery. When we entered here, the games was not started yet. We decided not to wait and actually forgot to come back here

This is the first floor of SDC and also Visionarium Gallery. When we entered here, the games was not started yet. We decided not to wait and actually forgot to come back here

So we decided to dance. There are several dance moves which we can choose, but daddy selected the kungfu dance. We must follow the instructor on the TV and will be recorded when we dance

So we decided to dance. There are several dance moves which we can choose, but daddy selected the kungfu dance. We must follow the instructor on the TV and will be recorded when we dance

Enough

Enough of dancing, now let’s take part on some serious matters, like finding a bomb in an MRT Station……no success for us cause the bomb exploded before we could find it

That was too serious and too scary, let’s have fun in here:

Unity Pavillion is the place where you must solve a puzzle by answering questions about Singapore culture

Unity Pavillion is the place where you must solve a puzzle by answering questions about Singapore culture. It was very funny actually, we had a good laugh (and new knowledge too)

Live in unity and harmony including giving respect to other people's places of worship

Live in unity and harmony including giving respect to other people’s places of worship

Another serious matter again to end the day. I forget what it's all about, I think it's another game of defending your country from your enemy......???

Another serious matter again to end the day. I forget what it’s all about, I think it’s another game of defending your country from your enemy……???

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???

Author: cruiseoflife

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2 thoughts on “Singapore Discovery Center

  1. yg igloo ganti2 warna itu jadi inget sama airport sini. di bagian arrival international, ada sebagian tembok nya yang juga ganti2 warna gitu…

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