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It’s time to get shipshape and “buckle your swash” in preparation for an imaginary voyage on the high seas, as the National Museum invites families to its Island Adventures!

Description: But tell them they’re going on an island adventure – and they’ll definitely get excited!

But tell them they’re going on an island adventure – and they’ll definitely get excited!

Tell your children they’re going to learn about Singapore’s history this coming holidays, and you might not get the enthusiastic response you were hoping for. But tell them they’re going on an island adventure – and they’ll definitely get excited!

That’s the idea behind the National Museum of Singapore’s Children’s Season 2012. Island Adventures lets children of any age (any parents) find out what it was like to travel on a ship to an island called Singapura 200 years ago. And without realizing, your little one will pick up all sorts of information about the origins and evolution of our country, through fun, interactive showcases and storytelling.

The season runs from May 26 to July 22. During their day at the museum, kids can spend some time in Port City to learn more about kampong life. They’ll also find out the development of Singapore as a port, where people with different trades met and did business. They play at different professions, too, becoming a letter-writer, a cobbler or a street hawker.

Description: During their day at the museum, kids can spend some time in Port City to learn more about kampong life.

During their day at the museum, kids can spend some time in Port City to learn more about kampong life.

Building Singapore is an activity zone where children of all ages can create their own versions of our iconic buildings. And there’s also an interactive installation where kids can explore, interpret and have fun with Singapore’s landscape. Additional activities and workshops will take place throughout the two months of the event. These include Open House days, where the usual $5 per head entry fee will be waived. Roving acts will appear every Saturday and Sunday: Discover when Singapore came alive and what the early settlers did, as you and your children meet colorful characters, including a pirate, an Indian merchant, and a Chinese stowaway.

The museum will be hosting open-air showing of movies suitable for all ages. See 1980s cartoon An American Tail – the story of a plucky young mouse who’s separated from his family as they’re emigrating to the US – on Friday, May 25. The nest day, catch The Land Before Time, a classic animation that tells the story of a brave dinosaur tribe that’s journeying to escape climate change. And remember to bring your picnic baskets.

Description: Additional activities and workshops will take place throughout the two months of the event.

Additional activities and workshops will take place throughout the two months of the event.

Finally, what’s a kids’ event without storytelling? Island Tunes tells the history of Singapore through song and dance in a fun singalong session. And the most lasting memento of the season is a specially written storybook, The Fearless twins and the Magical Kaleido, A Narrow Escape, published by the Preservation of Monuments Board.

Siblings Toby and Tabitha go back in time to Singapore in 1935, when our modern monuments were everyday buildings. There, the twosome solve mysteries, have adventures and escape from peril. The book will be launched with interactive storytelling sessions, where you can also score a copy at a special preview price.

Description: There, the twosome solve mysteries, have adventures and escape from peril.

There, the twosome solve mysteries, have adventures and escape from peril.

The Island Adventures event is co-curated with Chong Tze Chien of The Finger Players, and designed by Lin Shuxian and Jonathan Yue of Gosh Design. It’s jointly presented by the National Heritage Board and the Museum Roundtable.

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