Time: 10am – 6pm
Singapore celebrates Grandparents’ Day on the fourth Sunday of November. Join in at the museum with your grandparents and you might be fascinated by how their personal memories bring our artefacts to life. You can also create new memories together by taking part in various programmes, specially curated to honour the special role grandparents play in our families!
Project ARTISAN Showcase & Clay Art-making
10am – 5pm | Glass Atrium, Level 2 | Free
This selection of artworks was created by youth-senior pairs, who share personal stories of love, courage and resilience through their artistic expressions. From 12 to 3pm, ARTISAN facilitators from Nanyang Technological University will also be on hand to help you create your own masterpiece using air-dry clay, while stocks last.
Babes in the Forest by The Kueh Tutus
10.15am & 11.30am (45 min per session) | Glass Rotunda, Level 2 | $8 per parent-child pair | Age 1+
Babes in the Forest invites toddlers and their parents to an immersive experience at the Story of the Forest multimedia installation. Watch as talented dancers make the plants come alive in a cycle of growth and decay that keeps the forest going! Your little tots are encouraged to interact with the dancers and explore the museum space in their own unique ways even after the performance is over.
The 10.15am session caters to crawlers (7 to 12 months old) while the 11.30am session caters to walkers (12 months to 2 years old). Limited to 12 pairs of parent and child per session (grandparents welcome to join FOC).
Memories Through the Lenses by HCA Hospice Care, Young Caregivers (yCG) Programme
10.30am – 12.30pm | The Salon, Level 1 | Free
Join in on a journey of self-discovery through a series of short films depicting intergenerational relationships within the family. A homage to grandparents, these student-made films celebrate the love and dedication of grandparents and touch on various eldercare issues in Singapore, including dementia and lack of empathy. Share smiles and tears with us as we bring you through their joys, struggles and realisations of what truly matters.
Don’t miss the chance to meet the tertiary-level student film-makers from the 聽 . Hear and Now short film competition as they discuss their inspirations for these films. You can also write a message to your loved ones on postcards and pledge cards to express your appreciation to them on Grandparents’ Day!
Sensory Playdate by Home Play Singapore
10.30am & 1.30pm (1.5 hrs per session) | Goh Seng Choo Gallery & Glass Atrium, Level 2 | $20 per child | Age 1.5 – 8
Join in for a fun family bonding session through sensory play at our new Magic & Menace exhibition! Start the session with a short self-guided tour of the gallery to discover the plants and animals in 19th-century Malay Peninsula. Then visit the 5 activity stations to search for plants and feed “birds” at the sensory trays, create your own play dough collage with nature materials, paint with a “durian”, and make your own porcupine toy to bring home!
Drop-in Craft Activity – Cube Puzzle
11am – 5pm | Create Room, Level 3 | Free | Age 4+
In the mid-20th century, children in upper middle-class families commonly played with wooden cubes featuring a variety of faces, torsos or legs, which could be stacked to form different characters. Join this craft activity to create your own cube puzzle toy, before visiting the Growing Up gallery to view the actual version and other old-school toys!
Moving Memories Art Installation and Activity Sheet for Families and Friends
1pm – 5pm | Gallery10 | Free
Catch the special exhibition Moving Memories, which features a selection of Yip Yew Chong’s life-sized murals. These murals seek to express the romance of “places and moments… that blend sights, sounds, smell and taste”. Savour these moments of our tangible and intangible heritage, such as barbers in back lanes and fortune tellers, traditional kopi-making and road-side communal satay-eating, as they come alive through animation, soundscape and projection right here in our gallery. You can also pick up an Activity Sheet at the entrance and use the prompts to have some fun conversations with your family and friends!
A Selection of 6 Short Films by Honour Singapore
1pm – 5pm (films will play on loop) | The Salon, Level 1 | Free
These short films feature Singapore’s first female Olympians, a pioneer telecoms engineer and other seemingly ordinary seniors with extraordinary stories.
My Tailor Shop by Amazing Art Shuttle
1.30pm (1 hr) | Modern Colony Gallery, Level 2 | $10 per parent-child pair | Age 4 – 8
Imagine you are a tailor in the 1920s, who is tasked with designing an exciting costume for a VIP. What will your costume look like? Join an interactive tour of the Modern Colony gallery to learn about the fashion influences and trends of the 1920s, and create your own unique paper outfit after!
2.30pm – 5pm | The Platform, Level 2 | Free
Come listen to aspiring musicians perform popular Singapore songs and original compositions on the red Steinway piano!
Gran’s Short Stories
3pm (1 hr) | Outside Goh Seng Choo Gallery, Level 2 | Free | Age 7+
Join great-grandmother and storyteller Eliza Quek for an exploration of the National Museum of Singapore’s prized William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings! Learn about the myths and histories behind the animals represented in the collection such as the owl, rook, snake, turtle and stingray. This interactive session will have the whole family sharing stories about the animals that “live” in the museum!
Pop-Up Adventure Playground by Chapter Zero
4pm – 6pm | Front of Museum (Under the Banyan Tree), Level 1 | Free | Age 3+
Featuring both a dry and a wet playground stocked with wooden pallets, tubes, fabric and common materials considered as “junk”, Pop-Up Adventure Playgrounds are public celebrations of child-directed play that gently introduce themes of risk and freedom by welcoming people of all ages and abilities to play together. Join us for this fun play session where your kids can express their creativity!
Early Learning at the National Museum – 123, ABC and Colours Booklets
Glass Atrium, Level 2 | Recommended donation of $5 per set of 3 booklets | Age 1 – 6
Visit the permanent galleries and play spot-the-artefact! These colourful booklets introduce pre-schoolers to our artefacts according to the themes of Numbers, Colours, and ABCs.
Toymakers: Make Your Own Wind-Up Space Shuttle by Amazing Art Shuttle
3.30pm (1 hr) | Growing Up Gallery, Level 2 | $10 per parent-child pair | Age 4 – 8
Take a trip back in time with your young ones to explore popular children’s games of the 1960s! Join us for an interactive tour of the Growing Up gallery, followed by a craft activity using everyday objects to create and design your very own wind-up toy!
Drop-in Craft Activity – Pop-Up Monuments
10.30am – 5pm | Glass Atrium, Level 2 | Free | Age 4+
Join us at this colouring activity and learn about some lesser-known heritage buildings in Singapore, such as the Tan Teng Niah House and Masjid Abdul Gaffoor.