KidsSTOP™ is the latest edutainment centre at the Singapore Science Centre that aims to expose preschool to lower primary children to Science. We finally made our way there on a weekday a couple of weeks ago. Visiting the place on a schoolday was great, as the place was not crowded at all. It was even better than an exclusive media invite for bloggers, as the kids almost had the whole place to themselves! :)
KidsSTOP™ is made up of 4 main exhibition galleries for the kids to explore and play. As the place is built specially for children 18 months to 8 years old, I was worried that our 9-year-old Zac might be bored there. It turned out that he enjoyed himself thoroughly!
His favourite was this 7-metre tall slide. I think even adults won’t find this boring, will you? :)
While the boys were having their adrenalin-pumping, heart-stopping fun at the slide, the girl was happily playing pretend at the Supermarket and Kitchen/Cafe.
She practically had the entire kitchen to herself! So she was busy cooking, calling out to me asking me what I wanted, and simply having fun.
I was sitting at the cafe area (not a real cafe but a pretend one), and she took my order, prepared my food and served me the food. Too cute.
I would say this exhibition is more suitable for preschoolers who still enjoy pretend play. Our two boys just came over, took a look and ran off in search for more fun areas to explore. Not their cup of tea here.
Next to the 7-metre slide is a structure where kids (and adults) can climb up to the second floor, where you can enter a music room. This room is like a secret place. You wouldn’t know there’s a room up there if you had not climbed up the structure.
Talking about secret rooms, we almost missed two other rooms, if not for a KidsSTOP™ staff who highlighted the rooms to us. The Math Room and Critters Room. They are hidden behind the Omni-Theatre entrance.
The kids played with scooping of beans into containers of different shapes in the Math Room.
Jay was intrigued by this tricycle with square wheels. Can a tricycle with square wheels move? You’ve got to try it to know the answer!
This exhibit got Zac, our family’s Lego fan, really interested. He explored movie making with Lego blocks. He had a chance to create an animated movie using the machine and the Lego blocks provided there.
The kids also get to be part of the big screen, in an F1 race and a Jurassic Park scene.
Another area for pretend play which is more interesting for preschoolers is the Human Body gallery. Elly spent some time pretending to be a doctor here.
This set of giant teeth caught her attention and she was happily trying her hands at brushing teeth.
Now, the exhibit that kept all 3 kids occupied for a long time was the construction gallery, in particular this exhibit where they get to operate a machine to scoop up colourful balls.
The Dino Pit too kept them occupied, as our trio simply cannot resist sandplay. I was pleasantly surprised when a staff handed the kids some brushes to brush the sand off their feet the moment they came out of the sand pit.
The kids’ verdict of this place:
“I want to come again!”
I would say this is a decent place for kids to have the freedom to explore and learn, and it is more suitable for children below the age of 9.
Each session last for only 3 hours. We were there for a full 3 hours and were the last to leave. The kids felt that 3 hours was not too short but wished that they could stay and play longer!
So, they have been bugging me to bring them there again.
Some useful information on KidsSTOP™: