Tuesday, June 28, 2016

ArtScience Museum - Future World : Where Art Meets Science

To mark their 5th Anniversary earlier this year, ArtScience Museum launched their permanent exhibition the FUTURE WORLD: Where Art Meets Science, it is co-curated with teamLab, a globally renowned Japanese group of ultra-technologists and multi-award winning art collective. Together with ArtScience Museum, the art collective has built Singapore’s largest digital playground spanning 1,500 square meters, which is approximately a quarter of the museum’s total gallery space. The immersive and interactive exhibition allows audiences to become an intrinsic part of the artworks on display, as the installations dynamically evolve through their presence and participation.

Featuring 15 digital installations specially selected and put together from teamLab’s extensive collection of works, Future World take visitors on a journey of discovery through four key narratives – Nature, Town, Park and Space.  I will be sharing a few of the exhibits in this post.

100 Years Sea Animation Diorama
Mother Nature is the creator of birth in every living things, from the blooming of flowers to the birth of every creatures big and small.  Its apt that the journey should start with an enchanting stroll through an interactive world of flora and fauna.

I am not sure about others but the minute I entered this room I felt a sense of calmness flowing through me when I saw the waves. The soothing melancholy piano music in the background makes me just want to curl up into a fetal position and... be still, hoping that the world will just past by.

BUT of course it is difficult to do that when there are happy tots running around trying to catch the waves in this almost dark room *phew*

As much as it seems to be a great showcase of nature at work by looking at the mighty sea swallowing the rocks or the visual effects that turns our internal snoozing button on automatically (thus you feel like lying on one of the many beanbags to do just that), it carries much important message.

This larger-than-life installation gives a glimpse into the future, as it illustrates the rising sea levels wrought by climate change, based on scientific data derived from the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF). The prediction of the world’s rising sea levels over a century is condensed into a ten-minute time frame. As the borders between the screen and the viewer dissolve, it creates the illusion of the viewer eventually being swallowed by the rising sea, encouraging visitors to reflect on the long-term environmental effects of climate change.

Sketch Town Paper Craft
Pry yourself away from the sadness scene and step into a wondrous town, head straight to the giant slide and sends those depressed feelings away.  Time to work those muscles and brains with some coloring, create your own transportation network with the interactive blocks and building some serious colorful furniture.

Let your imagination run wild, as you colour in and draw objects such as cars, buildings, and spaceships. These two-dimensional pictures become animated and move around as they enter a large projected screen. The artwork grows and evolves constantly as different images are added. The objects in town move at different speeds and in different directions, as the audience touch them, bringing the town to life.

And yes, I just got to try this, look at my polka-dokkie spaceship~  After I'm done, I simply go to the scanning machine once you are done, press the small yellow button ONCE, wait like 2-3 seconds and I see it flying out from a corner the big screen.

Light Ball Orchestra
Enter the world of the children where laughter is a MUST and PLAYING is a serious work. Have you heard about the NEW hopscotch? The one that lets you design it and see it appear right in front of you?  Jump on it and trigger off beautiful colors and sounds.

As the central work of ‘Park’, these light balls form an electrifying orchestra of sound and color. Touching one of the large balls changes the color and sound of the balls around it, creating a ripple-like effect. Movements from other areas send ripples in different directions, creating dynamic and playful interactions throughout the space. Participants of all ages
playfully collaborate by pushing, bouncing and rolling the balls, continuously changing the composition, color and sound of the space.

Crystal Universe
Step away from the prosperous world of Nature, Town & Park, and into the outer world, a vast place of mystery and infinity.  Or in this exhibit, be surrounded and get mesmerized by the fairy like lights that seems to be dancing around you, trying to catch your attention.  You will find yourself turning around or looking over your should constantly to catch the fleeting fairies.

When you managed to tear yourself from the fairies and emerge from the lights, don't leave the room yet, stand at the far end of the room and the stars will perform a stunning dance to you.

This monumental, immersive and interactive artwork enables visitors to experience astrophysical phenomena such as planets, stars, galaxies, and even the very recently detected gravitational waves, which Einstein predicted would exist a century ago. This stunning artwork utilizes teamLab’s Interactive 4-D Vision technology, which allows users to control over 170,000 LED lights which together give the illusion of stars moving in space. Thus, visitors experience the Universe from within it, as surrounds them, and enfolds them, and responds to their presence, thus helping visitors understand themselves as part of the vastness of celestial space.

ArtScience Museum
10 Bayfront Avenue
Singapore 018956

Telephone : +65 6688 8888

Operating Hours
Daily: 10:00am - 7:00pm
Including public holidays
Last admission at 6:00pm

Getting there : Click here

Admission Charges : Click here or for Family Friday Promo, click here. *Terms & conditions apply*

Disclaimer : We received complimentary tickets from ArtScience Museum for the purpose of this blog post, no other compensations were received.  All opinions in this post are 100% based on our fun filled experience in Future World : Where Art Meets Science.  All photographs and videos in this post belongs to The DinoFamily, you may not take it for personal use without seeking our permission. 

Monday, June 27, 2016

Community Chest Heartstrings Walk 2016

About the Charity Walk
The annual Community Chest Heartstrings Walk is back again after another successful year 2015 where more than 8,500 people walked as one for a charitable cause on the first morning of the Jubilee Weekend on Friday, 7 August. This included 1,800 beneficiaries – comprising of youth, families, seniors and persons with disabilities – and caregivers from over 60 charities supported by Community Chest.

This year, expect the same if not much more excitement at the walk where family and friends can come together for a good cause, create priceless memory to walk in support of an inclusive nation.

All donations, including the SGD10 registration fee, will be channeled to charities supported by the Community Chest.

Sunday 31 July 2016

7am to 11.30am

Fun Walk - Marina Bay Sands, Event Plaza, Level 1
Vertical Marathon - Marina Bay Sands, Tower 3


Categories & Fees

Fun Walk

Photo taken from Community Chest Heartstrings Walk

Gather a few friends and family members, sign up with a donation of SGD10 per pax, receive a goodie bag (while stock lasts) and walk together for a good cause.

Click HERE to view rules and regulations for Fun Walk

Vertical Marathon

Photo taken from Community Chest Heartstrings Walk

1. Pledge an outright donation* as a Diamond, Platinum, Gold or Contributing Partner. Each partner is entitled to send 2 teams of 4 to participate.
2. Donate $2,000 and sign up as a team of 4^.
3. Click HERE to view rules and regulations for the Race to the Sky Vertical Marathon

* Donations will enjoy 250% tax exemption.
^ If you wish to register as a non-corporate team, please email your name and contact number to ncss_comchestheartstrings@ncss.gov.sg to request for a one-time login and password. Payment arrangement will be advised upon online submission of the completed registration form.

Route for Fun Walk

What to Expect

A Family Carnival will be set up at the walk for every one can enjoy and have fun.  There will be inflatables (can hear the kids squeal with delight!) and Experiential booths that are designed for people with and without disabilities to enjoy, this will help to promote deeper understanding of the challenges faced by people with disabilities on a daily basis

For Fun Walk please head over here.
For Vertical Marathon please head over here.

Last but not least
If you would like to do more, why not consider joining SHARE as One, a hassle-free monthly giving programme of Community Chest, all donations through SHARE will be a continuous source of funds to provide holistic and comprehensive support to a wide range of charities, especially those who are less visible or relatively unknown.  

Start your journey to provide lasting impact on the lives of the disadvantaged here.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Van Cleef & Arpels : The Art and Science of Gems 2016

The ArtScience Museum was opened years ago and we only visited it last weekend for the first time due to our schedule, every time I pass by this unique lotus like building I made a mental note to see what's on later and plan a visit.  Well, it did not materialized till now.  

When I received the invitation to the Van Cleef & Arpels : The Art and Science of Gems I was contemplating whether to go or not because it is not a place where the kids will enjoy.  Plus we will be on my own due to timing, that means no guided tour nor workshop to keep the kids busy.  After much thought I went ahead with it because I do want to see the pretty gemstones and exquisite jewellery up close.  I shall turn a blind eyes to their "I'm bored" looks and a deaf ear to their endless "can we go yet" pleas.

A little about this Van Cleef & Arpels : The Art and Science of Gems exhibition, it is to showcase the inter-relationship between the science of mineralogy and the art of crafting the finest jewellery and gems.

For science mineralogy, there are over 250 rare gems and minerals from the renowned Collection of the French National Museum of Natural History highlighting the seven major principles critical to the precious stones' formation, namely Pressure, Temperature, Transport, Water, Oxygen, Life and Metamorphism.

For the art of crafting you'll get an up close look at over 450 pieces of jewellery selected from the Van Cleef & Arpels Collection displaying seven themes illustrating the poetry and ingenious craftsmanship of the Maison, which are Couture, Abstractions, Influences, Precious Objects, Nature, Ballerinas & Fairies and Icons.

On that day, we arrived at the museum slightly after their opening hour and was surprised to see a crowd at the lobby, we collected our tickets and off we go exploring!

The minute we stepped out of the lift we were surrounded by darkness and pure quietness, its so solemn that you can hear a pin drop, we looked at each other and have the same "Is it open?" look.  We ventured in quietly and found a handful of MIB or Man In Black huddled around the entrance to the exhibit chatting.  As much as they made us a little bit wary (like are we at the right place or not?), I think we gave them a startle when we suddenly appeared.  I guess they weren't expecting any visitors at such early hour.  They acknowledged us and we proceeded pass them through the door.  From this point onward I sort of feel the tense moments in the air, the inside is not any brighter than the outside, then one of the MIB spoke into his walkie "Sending 4 pax in now" makes it seems like a secrecy adventure to me.  Hahaha! My imagination is running wild again.  Let me bring you for a brief tour around the exhibition, with the pieces that fascinated me.

In case you are wondering, the exhibit area is dimly lit so that the spot lights can bring out the stunning beauty of every piece of gemstones and jewellery.  Do watch where you are going, the dull colored carpeted floor makes it more difficult to see the flooring.  There are tiny slopes around, I almost tripped twice while walking in and out of this particular section.

Without a guide we immediately walked into 1 of the section and was just starting to admire the jewelleries when one nice MIB pointed out to us that we have missed a section, a special section it seems.  We followed his direction and was met with some brightly lit columns, upon close inspection we saw that each column contains a set of beautiful jewellery.

Couture/The Earth
Van Cleef & Arpels uses Couture motifs and materials to a discrete homage to the city of it's origins - Paris, the capital of fashion and elegance, they transformed fabrics into jewellery while ribbons & laces are embellished by gold weave and precious stones.  As you can see from the zipper necklace below.

Since the formation of the Earth billion of years ago, meteorite impacts, tectonic shifts, volcanic activity, erosion and biology have modified our planet extensively, it is due to these tremendous activities that unique crystals were formed.

In this section I see many pieces with oriental designs, these are the 4 pieces that caught my attention.  I read that due to the fascination for Far Eastern culture in 1920s along with the discovery of ceramics, silks, bronzes etc, these has inspired Van Cleef & Arpels to come out with so many magnificent pieces.

Our Mother Earth has such powerful force that makes every thing evolves non stop. Her high temperature inside her crust enables minerals to crystallize from molten rocks. Tourmaline is a crystalline boron silicate mineral compounded and occures with a variety of amazing colors that illustrate subtle changes in its chemical composition during crystalisation. Just look at the stunning large rubellite crystal on the bottom right of the 2nd photo below.

Ah~ Nature~ it is around us, those that are visible to us in our every day life or deep down under some where.  Who can resist the beauty of nature?  Not even the great VanCleef & Arpels who also draws inspirations from it to create pieces of glamorous flowers & blossoms and not to cutesy animals - both mystical and real life.

I am forever enthralled by the the wonders and beauty of nature.

Living creatures goes through the cycle of biodiversity - birth, live, death, and the phrase after that is geodiversity which is the natural range geological features such as rocks, minerals, fossils and soil, these constitute and shape the Earth, either the whole or a specific part of it.

There are many parallels between biodiversity and geodiversity, fossilization is an example of biodiversity becoming geodiversity.

That is not pieces of your favourite chocolate or roast pork you see below, they are polished slabs of fossilized wood.  And yes, wood can be fossilized or in this case petrified, it will then form anamzing gems after years of petrification.

As if the exhibition surrounding is not mysterious enough, a large showcase with the signage The Mystery Setting caught my attention and intrigued me to know more about it.  It turns out that it is a unique technique associated with Van Cleef & Arpels since the Maison patented this dazzling invention in 1933.  It consists of setting stones in such a way that no prongs are visible. The level of expertise required makes Mystery Set the exclusive realm of a very small number of master jewelers.

The technique is so intricate that producing a single brooch takes no less than 300 hours work. Each faceted stone is delicately inserted onto thin gold rails less than two-tenths of a millimeter thick. Once complete, the gems appear to be entirely free-standing. Because of the complexity of the process, Mystery Set pieces are extremely rare: the Maison produces no more than a few of them each year. At first, Mystery Set was reserved for flat pieces such as the Minaudière® precious case but as the technique developed, Van Cleef & Arpels began using it on more complex shapes and with varying degrees of thickness.  

If I have to pick a favourite item out of a million pieces inside there, I'd pick this, the Lion Ebouriffe Brooch, a cute little gold lion with it's emerald eyes, diamond muzzle and onyx nose.  I like its innocent look with the sort of ruffled mane, plus its my zodiac sign too.

Lucky for us there are a couple of activities around the exhibition area to occupy the kids.  They can either learn how Van Cleef & Arpels uses geometrical shapes and patterns to create beautiful pieces of jewellery in their own distinctive style or create their own gems with the Die Cut templates and materials provided. One word of caution though, its so dimly lite that the kids probably will have problem fixing the gems and stringing them together, there is also a pair of scissors though tied to a string onto the table so adult assistance/supervision is required.

Its the last weekend of June holiday, if you prefer something not as tiring or exciting for your kids, why not pay a visit to Van Cleef & Arpels : The Art and Science of Gems at ArtScience Museum?  And if you decide to head out tomorrow, which is a Friday, ArtScience Museum have a Family Friday promo till end of June, check out the details here.  Also, do sign up for Ven Cleef & Arpels workshop - A Day in the Life of a Mineralogist which incidentally is the last workshop tomorrow too.

Van Cleef & Arpels: The Art and Science of Gems.
Exhibition period : 23 April to 14 August 2016
Venue : ArtScience Museum, Level 3
Opening time : Mon-Sun 10am to 7pm
(last entry at 6pm)
Ticketing :

Explore, discover and learn more about the world of minerology in this hands-on demonstration revealing the working methods and collection of a mineralogist. Try your hand at using tools to examine minerals and their physical properties.
For Who: Complimentary to ticket-holders of Van Cleef & Arpels: The Art and Science of Gems, this workshop is recommended for children aged 6 and up. The workshop has a capacity of up to 20 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Please register 15 minutes before workshop begins.
When: 3, 10, 17, 24 June (4.30pm – 5.30pm)
Where: Van Cleef & Arpels: The Art and Science of Gems, Workshop Space

Make and bring home your very own soap gem in this hands-on workshop. Through a tactile experience, learn to identify the different cuts of gemstones used to make Van Cleef & Arpels creations.
For Who: Complimentary to ticket-holders of Van Cleef & Arpels: The Art and Science of Gems, this workshop is recommended for children aged 6 and up.
The workshop has a capacity of up to 20 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Please register 15 minutes before workshop begins.
When: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 July (4.30pm – 5.30pm)
Where: Van Cleef & Arpels: The Art and Science of Gems, Workshop space

About Van Cleef & Arpels
Van Cleef & Arpels was founded in 1906, at 22 Place Vendôme in Paris. Over the decades, the High Jewellery Maison established its reputation throughout the world. Its emblematic signatures – such as the Alhambra® motif, the Zip necklace or the Mystery Set™ technique – its selection of Pierres de Caractère™, exceptional gems that instill an emotion, and the savoir-faire of its Mains d’Or™, the craftsmen of Van Cleef & Arpels' workshops, have given birth to enchanting jewellery and watchmaking collections. Since 1906, Van Cleef & Arpels has been combining virtuoso craftsmanship, technical prowess and refinement in its collections of High Jewelry, Jewelry and Timepieces, to evoke a timeless world of harmony and beauty.

About French National Museum of Natural History
Founded by King Louis XIII of France in 1626, the French National Muséum of National History is among the world’s foremost institutions investigating the Earth’s treasures and the impact of human activities on geo- and biodiversity. Its collections are still some of the richest in the world: over 60 million specimens are contained in an outstanding research environment that aims to promote an innovative way of understanding nature and its mechanisms. The mineral and gem collections in particular reflect the beauty of the natural world, along with the creativity of artists who have been inspired by it.

Disclaimer : We were invited to visit the Van Cleef & Arpels : The Art and Science of Gems Exhibition. No other compensation was received. We were not required to write about experience but since we had such an educational time we wanted to share them with others. All opinions in this post are 100% ours, all photos in this post belongs to The DinoFamily, you may take it for personal use without our permission.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows (2016)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows
Release: 02-06-2016
Running Time: 112 minutes
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
Language: English (Sub: Chinese)
Genre: Action/ Adventure
Rating : PG with Some Violence
Cast: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Pete Ploszek, Jeremy Howard, Stephen Amell, Tyler Perry, Brian Tee
Director: Dave Green
Synopsis: Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo, and Raphael return to theaters this summer to battle bigger, badder villains, alongside April O’Neil (Megan Fox), Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett), and a newcomer: the hockey-masked vigilante Casey Jones (Stephen Amell). After supervillain Shredder escapes custody, he joins forces with mad scientist Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry) and two dimwitted henchmen, Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams) and Rocksteady (WWE Superstar Stephen “Sheamus” Farrelly), to unleash a diabolical plan to take over the world. As the Turtles prepare to take on Shredder and his new crew, they find themselves facing an even greater evil with similar intentions: the notorious Krang.

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One of the movies that were released this June holiday is TMNT - Out of the Shadows, and being turtle fans we know we just have to catch it!  The boy is pretty excited that he's going to the movie to watch his favourite turtles in action.

As much as I was excited to watch the movie, I know NOT to have high hopes as with all movie sequels before I watch it even though the plot for this movie looks promising and the trailer almost convinced me that it will be a good one (see, the key word here is "almost").

So there is the really really bad villain who escaped, there is a mad scientist and an octopus brain like alien who gets bullied by the robot that it's riding in (which, btw he needs it to move around, its a weird relationship between these 2), henchman, 4 turtles, 1 pretty girl, 1 hero wannabe. 1 mutagenic compound wonder drug and threat from the Death-Star-like doomsday machine.  We are all set for an adventure... or so I thought, well it will be if you are under the age of 12.

The boy enjoyed it to the max of course, laughing loudly at Bebop and Rocksteady clumsiness, mesmerized with the ninja skills of the turtles etc.  "Awesome!" was what said after the movie but that is for a 10 year old, I beg to differ.

Okay! Okay!  It is not a bad movie, just not the Great great kind, let me share with you a couple of my likes and dislikes about the movie. 

Snatching pizza from Donatello

The Turtles
In this sequel, the turtle brothers are STILL not united, STILL bickering, STILL doubting Leonardo's leadership.  I mean, when can they finally settle their differences?  At least face the fact that Leonardo is the big brother who is more cool headed and disciplined than all of them.  Then again, if they stop that then they won't be the same turtles we know right?  Ok, its complicated, it is one thing watching them dealing with their differences in cartoon but to see them doing it again in the movie just made me think that I am wasting my money on this movie.

There were lesser funny dialogues from the turtle this time which was disappointing because we enjoyed the goofiness and funny side of the turtles in the previous movie.

Did I mention that I love their new Turtle Van or as it is know in this sequel, the Turtle Tactical Truck?  Not only does it shoots manhole covers it also has hydraulic nunchucks that expand out from the truck too, cool to the max!

Credit : movieweb.com

The Mean Looking Henchmen
After the first TMNT movie in 2014 I was glad to see that they have included 2 mean looking villains - Bebop and RockSteady, I was hoping to see some serious fighting between them and the turtle but I was disappointed.  Both of them are the typical henchmen who has the muscles but not the brains.  They were far from their look, definitely nothing close to being powerful and invincible other than being sloppy, bad table manners, clumsy and love to tell bad jokes.  However, having in mind that this is a PG rating show, which means it's kids friendly so violence are perhaps kept to "only when necessary" level.  The only scene that I find them fighting like a rhino and a warthhog, looking dangerously scary was the one they were exchanging punches (or growl/roar/slamming of fist in palm etc) with Casey Jones where they threw loads of cars at him which he manages to dodged them like magic of course.

TSK!  Such disappointment...

Credit : movieweb.com

Credit : movieweb.com

The Newbie
BUT my unbalanced feeling was set a little bit straight when Casey Jones; or rather Stephen Amell appeared, ooo~ some eye candy time for me.

Even though the Casey Jones in the movie is different from the original, I like this Casey Jones better (am not being biased here but if you know about that one you would have agree with me too), though he is a cop that seems to have some anger management issues, he fights real good and he could do some serious damage to people and things with his hockey sticks.  Some vigilante eh?

However, he did act a little bit over puppy eyed or those love struck thingy over at April.  I get it that they were supposed to be together in the comic but it's kinda weird to see him venting out frustrating, blowing fire out of his nostril one min and the next he gets all softie with her.  Okay!  Where is my Oliver Queen!!! 

Credit : movieweb.com

The One with Pretty Abs
Last but not least, the heroine April O’Neil or Megan Fox, she and her pretty abs in this school uniform.  Not appropriate for a PG rated show, too much skin and curves, I almost reached over to cover DinoBoy's eyes.  It's too bad that she has to take a back seat in this sequel doing nothing except looking pretty, sexy, with pouty lips and all, I think the character deserves more than these.

Credit : cineforest

There you have it, our so call review of the movie. If your kid is a TMNT fan go ahead and watch it in 3D if you haven't done so, otherwise wait for it to be shown in cable or rent it from the video store. 

Disclaimer : We received complimentary tickets to the preview of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadow.  We were not requested to write about the preview but we thought we just go ahead and do it.  All photos belongs to The DinoFamily unless otherwise credited, you may not take it for personal use without permission from us.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Science Centre Singapore June 2016 Holiday Programs

Last weekend we were over at Science Centre Singapore for a visit again, there are endless fun and new exhibits to explore,it is always a different experience every time.  Let me share with you the 4 places we went this time.

FunFair Maths
Venue : Science Centre Singapore, The Annex Foyer
Ending : 26 June 2016
Entrance : Free (Science Centre Singapore admission charges apply)

FunFair Maths is a travelling exhibition that celebrates the wonders of Mathermatics.  With over 20 interactive and playful exhibits, FunFair Maths will let you slip into world of patterns, shapes and numbers, encouraging you to experience the surprising breadth and variety of Mathematics in a carnival atmosphere.

The point of origin of your journey along the line is the number 0.  All other numbers are measured by how close or far they are from 0.  Just a step away, the number 1 sets the direction and scale of measurement.  Keep taking those same steps to reach all the counting numbers; or back up as well, and you'll encounter all of the integers, the mileposts of the Number Line. - *Math Midway

Are you still with me?  Ok, good.  Are you ready for Squares, Pizza numbers or Cake numbers (YUM!), Tetrahedral number, Factorials, or my favourite; Fibonacci Sequence?

*Math Midway is brought to you by America's only Math Museum, the National Museum of Mathematics

Stand at "Start" to start the challenge to see if you can reach "Goal" without any left turns.  I tried and made it, not without feeling dizzy after all the turning.  Of course this exhibit is not out to give every one a dizzy spell, instead it uses the Graph Theory to show how things interconnect, making us understand complex structure in a simpler way.

What in tarnation is this!!???  Fred Flintstone came to mind when I saw this and I thought it was just an exhibit to show that *ahem* square wheels won't turn.  Well, I am wrong, square wheels DO turn! Just look at DinoBoy with his dramatic expressions while on the tricycle (if I may call them that), I reckon its hard pedaling work too.  Here's a question for you to ponder, why do you think the wheels are of all different sizes?

Maths are a lot more fun than you think,it is more than just numbers, addition, subtraction, division etc, as you can see from 2 of the exhibits below as an example.

Math Unleashed - try winding the leash according to the picture below, taking into consideration the trial to see which one goes first or which one is on top of the other.  Choose which pole to remove to free the do.  Complicated eh?

Miles of Tiles - What does Tessellate mean? It simply means a shape that is repeated over and over again covering a plane without any gaps or overlaps. Look at DinoBoy's creation with the Monkeys and mine with the different shapes with markings.

Butterflies Up-Close
Venue : Science Centre Singapore, Hall D
Ending : Permanent Exhibit
Entrance : SGD10 (Science Centre Singapore admission charges apply)

Butterflies Up-Close is Singapore's first butterfly vivarium and the latest addition to Science Centre Singapore life science offerings as it continues to deliver inspiring science experiences that entertain and engage its visitors.  It is made possible by partnering with Sentosa's Butterfly and Insect Kingdom (BIK).

With various interactive touch points and live displays, Butterflies Up-Close aims to take visitors on a journeyed experience through a butterfly's metamorphosis, while promoting a love for science and nature.

It is a guide tour so pay attention to the guides to learn more about butterflies, there are more than the 4 stages of the butterfly's life cycle.  You will be taken on to an immersive journey through the stages of a butterfly's metamorphosis from egg to adulthood, delivered across five interactive zones augmented by a spectacular up-close experience with more than 500 live butterflies!

Wait! You get to learn a little bit about moth too! Look at this magnificent giant replica of an Atlas Moth.  Do you know how it got it;s name ant that it has the largest wing surface area among moths? 

Before you step into the vivarium, there are a few Dos and Don'ts to keep in mind;

1. As with all animals and insects, do not make loud noise or sudden movements lest your frighten the butterflies.
2. Do follow the guide and listen to their instructions carefully.
3. There will be butterflies flying around so keep a look out and do not be startled when you see one flying towards you or run the other direction screaming your head off (refer to #1)
4. Do not run around chasing the butterflies and definitely do look at where you walk because some butterflies may be resting on the floor.
5. Do not stomp your feet to try to scare the butterflies (grow up please! And stop your younger child if he does that.)
6. Do not try to catch the butterflies by its wings.
7. Do try to stay still and calm if a butterfly lands onto you, it will fly off soon when it finds you uninteresting and no nectar for it to feast.
8. Do not be afraid or fling your arms suddenly to get rid of them, you probably will kill them by doing that.

Another highlight of the tour will be getting up close and personal with the butterflies, under close supervision of the guides of course.  You will be constantly reminded to be gentle with the butterflies as they are delicate creatures.

Note of caution if you want to proceed, butterflies are light creatures, so you will not feel any weight on your hand if one or two of them lands onto your hand.  They are cold blooded insects so their tiny feet may feel cold and since they are light, you will feel ticklish or have tickling sensation when they walk on your hands or arms.  

There are a couple of racks with pupas on it, these are for your eyes only, please do not try to touch them or disturb the butterflies that just emerged and waiting for their wings to dry before they fly off.  Also when you are around that area, be extra careful and watch out for them that are on the ground and can't fly off yet.

Statement from Science Centre Singapore regarding the recent report about ill-treatment & mishandling of butterflies in the vivarium.

Our mission at Science Centre Singapore is to inspire people through the many facets of science. And as you’ve experience with Butterflies Up-Close, we aim to foster appreciation for Life Science by giving visitors an immersive experience and allowing them to get up-close with nature – something that people don’t always have the opportunity to do in Singapore.

The safety of the insects is our priority and this is why, when curating the space and running the exhibition, 2-3 members of staff are always on-ground to supervise the public’s interactions with the butterflies. Visitors are not allowed to touch the butterflies without proper supervision and pupas are for display purposes only, to demonstrate the metamorphosis process. You might have also seen that signs are placed at the entrance of the enclosure to ensure that visitors are aware of our regulations.

Please be assured that the specimens that are used in art work have been preserved by the butterfly farms after their lifespan of about 30 days is over. It is only then that the butterflies are used for art work. We believe this is a wonderful way to memorialise their beauty.

Venue : 21 Jurong Town Hall (besides Science Centre Singapore
Ending : Permanent Exhibit
Entrance : Refer to tickets charges here
(Science Centre Singapore admission charges apply)

KidsSTOP is Singapore's first of its kind science centre for Children where it provides the kids with an edutainment centre for them to Imagine, Experience, Discover and Dream.   With zones such as Built Environment, Flight and Space, The Innovation Lab, Critters, Dino Pit, The Big Dreamer Climber etc the kids will have endless fun and perhaps refuse to leave when it's time to go home.

DinoBoy saw Giant J and wanted to have a feel of free falling like the one you get in roller coaster rides.  I was worried because of the height - 7 meters! but he assured me that he is ok.  Thgough he said he wanted to try 7m but then changed his mind when he is actually up there.  This Mama *ahem* instead of being worried and giving him encouragement, stood there taking video and laughing her head off on her son's predicament.

However I do applause the boy's courage for wanting to dive in to something he had never tried before.  And mind you, the view from below is totally different from the view at the top, ESPECIALLY at 7 meters high.  So, do warn your child about that and if you are a scatty-cat, don't even try it.

KidsSTOP recently unveiled Singapore's first virtual ocean with sea creatures in 3D form as part of its plan to educate children on marine life and on the need to protect and preserve ecosystems.  The Ocean Buddies immersive technology was developed by I-One Group; a homegrown local company) (YAY! Go local!) to enhance learning and playing..

After the short discussion, the kids get to choose an ocean creatures from a list, sit down and color it using Pilot FriXion which incidentally is the world's first pen with erasable ink which is also thermo-sensitive and disappears when subjected to heat of about 65 Deg C.  The guide will then bring the art piece to a scanner (or something, I was distracted and do not know what they actually did), scan it and viola~  the kids will see their personalized sea creatures come "alive" in 3D form on the giant wall projection of a virtual ocean.

Snow City
Venue : 15 Science Centre Road (besides Science Centre Singapore
Ending : Permanent Exhibit
Entrance : Refer to tickets charges here
(Science Centre Singapore admission charges apply)

Snow City opened its door in 2000 as Singapore's only permanent indoor snow center and coldest snow play area, you can expect the indoor temperature to be from -5 to -12 deg C at any time.

Recently it went through a revamp with new snow machine that produce soft, powdery snow and a snow gun to produce crystallized snow, both that creates snow are similar to the real thing.  I am sure these will gives you a smooth ride on the snow slope that every one are rushing to experience over and over again.

Before you go dashing into the enclosure you MUST suite up unless you want to become a popsicle within minutes. Jacket, pants, socks and boots to ensure you have a great time in the sub-zero playground.

With the recent revamp comes new theme of Arcti-like environment that educate visitors on the importance of combating climate change  through new visitor highlights and programmes.

Follow the Arctic Avengers that comprise of Oki the Inuk boy, Ila the Husky, Nooka the Polar Bear Koko the Fox and Suki the Magical Snowy Owl to have a chance to peek into the Inuit lifestyle. 

There is a Storytelling Corner with interactive storytelling sessions of "The Life of the Inuit" and "The Northern Lights".  Together with new installations that includes igloos, Inuit clothes, a snow playground with slides and sculptures and a tree house adventure playground will let you have a taste of the Inuit lifestyle experience.

The new space is also an opportunity to learn about the ways you can do to reduce carbon footprint, global warming is no joke and those ice are melting faster than we expected.  Artic animals are at risk of losing their home pretty soon if we do not do anything to help.  There are tips on ways to combat global warming displayed around the premises.

Do note that photography is not allowed inside Snow City, unless you want to risk your cameras getting mould from the condensation and vapour after you leave the place and forgot to dry the lens or camera.  Plus your hands are too gloved up to press on that tiny shutter knob.

And here we are with our friends from Sengkang Babies and FamilyStaycationSG, where we spent a great time together at Science Centre Singapore.  Read about Sengkang Babies experience on the same day over here; - Science Centre School Holiday Activities 

If you have no plans for this weekend, head down to Science Centre Singapore where I am sure you will definitely learn something new, yes you, the adult, who thinks you know every thing *chuckles*  

There are many exhibits in Science Centre Singapore, check them out here and their admission charges over here.  Here's a great deal, from now till 26 June 2016, get your Explorer Pass and enjoy admission to Science Centre Singapore PLUS any 2 of our attractions 

Terms & Conditions
* Valid for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents only. Each pass has 1-day validity on visit date only.

** Choose from 4 attractions which include Butterflies Up-Close, Human Body Experience, Snow City and Omni-Theatre. KidsSTOP is not included.

Disclaimer : We were invited be Science Centre Singapore to spend half a day at different locations in Science Centre.  We were not required to write about our experience but we had such fun and just have to share it with all of you.   No other compensation was received.  All photos in this post belongs to The DinoFamily, you may not take it for personal use without our permission.