Experience Singapore now

You may not be able to visit in person, but some of Singapore’s attractions are now available online.

Travel may be something most of us Malaysians are longing for, seeing that it’s been ages since any of us has taken a family vacation! Though inter-district travel is still not yet on the horizon, we could just get creative and seek out new experiences online.

How about virtually travelling across the border?

VisitSingapore has really gone the distance by providing a wide selection of online and digital experiences for families to enjoy together. There are heaps of sites which children would love and being stuck at home will no longer be boring!

So parents, why not take this opportunity to spend some quality time with your family, and strengthen that bond by visiting a range of different “places” including the Singapore Zoo, National Art Gallery, National Museum of Singapore and S.E.A. Aquarium.

These programmes are sure to promote creativity and provide conversation topics for parents to talk about with their kids. The whole family can participate and reimagine their travel experiences in Singapore.

There are engaging activities for children of all ages and many of these online portals even feature free activities so you don’t have fork out big bucks for educational content. With so much changing from day to day in line with safety and SOPs, do note that some of these activities and tours may be temporarily unavailable due to the local ground situation in Singapore.

Nonetheless, here are some highlights to whet your appetite and help you make informed choices for your next online family vacay!

Go behind-the-scenes into the WRS popular Elephants of Asia enclosure.Go behind-the-scenes into the WRS popular Elephants of Asia enclosure.

Hello From The Wild Side

From Wildlife Reserves Singapore, comes “Hello From The Wild Side”, claiming to be even wilder than before!

Here you can book a live, interactive virtual experience and discover the unique personalities of the WRS family – not just interactions with adorable critters but their care team too.

Meet the keepers who will be on hand to chat with you, share their passions and answer all your questions.

Look out for the newly curated “Zoo Explained!”, a segment which offers limited edition content every month.

There’s also the Backstage Pass, through which you will get to venture behind-the-scenes into the WRS popular Elephants of Asia enclosure. Get up-close to these majestic gentle giants, and even participate in their enrichment activities.

Maybe you’d like to send someone a message? There’s a bunch of birds (and others) who are on hand to help you make a personalised one-minute video message for anyone you like.

“Hello From The Wild Side” online sessions will be accessible up to Dec 31. Contributions go towards the care of WRS animals and supporting wildlife conservation efforts, so you’re not just having fun, you’re also being mindful about wildlife conservation. Win-win. All sessions are conducted in English.

Gallery Children’s Biennale

The National Gallery Singapore presents the Children’s Biennale to more children around the world through its first-ever “phygital” experience.

Guided by the inquiry “Why Art Matters”, the Gallery Children’s Biennale seeks to empower children to navigate these changing times with empathy and confidence through playful and interactive art experiences.

Nine artists from Singapore and South-East Asia conceived new online interactive works and physical installations. These artists are Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan (Philippines), Nona Garcia (Philippines), Joyce Ho (Taiwan), Khvay Samnang (Cambodia), Dinh Q. Lê (Vietnam), Sandra Lee (Singapore), Nandita Mukand (India), Jeremy Sharma (Singapore), and Speak Cryptic (Singapore).

This bi-yearly multi-sensorial art experience will go on until December 2022. There’s lots to watch and keep you entertained here.

Games galore for children of all ages.Games galore for children of all ages.

National Gallery Singapore

GalleryKids! consists of free home-based art activities and resources. Activities like interactive games, art-inspired storytelling video sessions and art tutorials can be viewed online or downloaded for children of ages three to 10 to get creative while getting inspired by various artworks from the Gallery’s collection and special exhibitions.

The colourful design and layout should get your kids excited from the get-go. There’s lots to see and do and most kids should be able to navigate on their own, while parents check out GalleryAnywhere (showcasing works of visual artists from the 19th century to the present day) or Stories in Light (featuring four modern photographers in Singapore).

National Museum Singapore

Recommended for families with children aged one to 10 years, #MuseumFromHome is a timeless repository of online resources and programmes developed by the National Museum for families to enjoy.

Gather materials around the house and follow these craft video tutorials to make your own toys, engage in music and movement activities inspired by the museum’s Early Learning Resources.

In the Family Mindfulness videos, for example, you will “visit” some of the museum’s most well-loved spaces virtually, and practise mindfulness through fun activities, breathing exercises and relaxing stretches. These segments come with activity sheets that you can download too.

Be A Creative Toymaker provides inspiration for kids to make their own toys; and the Moving Memories Colouring Activity allows you to download lovely templates of seven mural scenes by artist Yip Yew Chong (Kampung, Kopitiam, Putu Mayam Hawker, etc). A simple but lovely activity for anyone in the family!

S.E.A. Aquarium Fun Academy

A series of engaging activities for children from pre-school to primary school to learn all about marine animals and ocean conservation.

Make a shark origami bookmark or toilet paper roll fish or play with crossword puzzles and word searches.

Spend a fun-filled hour on a digital tour.Spend a fun-filled hour on a digital tour.

Virtual Tour by Everyday Touring Company

Many interesting tours here such as Singapore Food & Tasting Tour, digital food tour of Singapore will take you as close to the sites, smells, taste, and sounds of being in Singapore.

During this one-hour online interactive session, you will be guided through an engaging, educational and fun online activities.

Another cool tour is the movie one. At just SG$19 you can “zoom” around and have a great time on the interactive Crazy Rich Asians adventure, which traces the various locations of the movie.

This fun-filled trail is tailored to both movie fans and those looking to explore Singapore. Maybe you can watch the movie on family night and then enjoy the virtual tour after! Enjoy!

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