Let’s go… to the Titans of the Past exhibition at the Science Centre Singapore

 Media Invite

So, The Blogfather received an invitation to the launch of The Science Centre Singapore’s latest exciting exhibition, Titan of the Past earlier this month and asked me if Xan would be keen to see some dinosaurs. Prior to this, I already heard about the exhibition WEEKS beforehand and told myself I would go with or without the boys because I knew there were going to be real bones and fossils on display. Real ones leh! Wah! So without hesitation, I told The Husband we will go regardless of Xan’s preference. He can always hold my hand tighter or bury his face in my belly if he gets scared at any point in time. So mean hor? Oh well.

After giving Xan a quick pep talk before entering the exhibition hall, we also tried to make fun of the ferocious T-Rex and its little tiny arms in a bid to make the dinosaurs seem less intimidating. Think the researchers who dedicate their lives to researching dinosaurs will hate folks like me eh? 😛

ARGH! So! Close!
Man, I laughed until pengsan when I saw this!
Image source.

Ok back to the serious stuff.

The official description is taken from here (because they say it better than me lah):

Titans of the Past

Titans of the Past is a unique presentation put together for the very first time to form a seamless storyline of travelling through pre-historic times.

The first segment, “The Growth and Behaviour of Dinosaurs” is an exhibition from The Museum of the Rockies (MOR) in Montana, USA, with animatronics from Kokoro in Japan. The exhibition features the work of Dr Jack Horner, one of the world’s leading palaeontologists and consultant for Jurassic Park films, and his research team. It showcases beautiful and valuable real fossils including the largest T-Rex skull ever found, good-quality replicas, state-of-the art animatronics and a controversial story line.

The second segment features life-sized dinosaur skeletal casts of the Argentinosaurus, measuring a majestic 36m in length and 7m in height, a Giganotosaurus and a T-rex.

The final segment, “Ice Age, The Exhibition” showcases animatronic mammals from the Ice Age which includes a mammoth, a mastodon and a saber-toothed tiger among others.  

Animatronics from Japan. So real until scaredieme ah!

Being the typical suaku city dweller I am, to be able to look at these skulls and fossils up-close was a pretty awesome experience for me. I think I already said so earlier right? Ya, that was how excited I was lah. The Argentinosaurus was so huge, it was almost impossible to take a decent photo of it in full. I lie flat on the floor also cannot take a proper photo leh. One of the downside about the exhibition I didn’t like was the lighting. You need to understand that I’m not young anymore. Eyesight also not as good as last time. The dim lights and small fonts are real killers for people with ‘old flower’ eyesight like me. Didn’t help that I am also a big barrel of a baby oven who can hardly bend over to read the signage without fearing I might not straighten out my back later.  I hope the organizers can consider making it a tad bit brighter next time. Ya, I hope there will be a next time PLUS more dinosaurs! I want the flying ones!

Fascinating reconstructed skulls of Triceratops and replicas of Hadrosaurid skulls.
t-rex skull
World’s Largest Tyrannosaurus Skull ever found
Argentinosaurus. This was the best shot I have of it.

Halfway through the exhibition, we improvised our tour with a tiny bit of drama… 

Suspicious fella spotted lurking in a corner

its coming2

oh shit2

more better2

I want to bring this home! BAO BAO!

What’s an exhibition without some kids’ activities?

Whatcha diggin’ for, boy?

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Hello y’all!

Overall, we really enjoyed ourselves tremendously staring at the exhibits and watching the movies. Come see, touch and take pictures with the dinosaurs! After that, you can also roam into Science Centre’s main halls to see their permanent exhibits.

Quick Information about the exhibition:

Exhibition Dates:
25 October 2013 to 23 February 2014

Location:
The Annexe

Typical time required:
2 hours

Admission Charges (Inclusive of Science Centre entry)
$25 – Adult
$19 – Child

 

Let’s go… to the Megabugs Return! Exhibition (plus admission tickets giveaway!)

Have you ever imagined coming face to face with bugs that are big as you? You don’t need to imagine lah, just hop over to the Megabugs Return! Exhibition at the Science Centre for an up-close and personal look at the gigantic Aedes mosquito, ants, dung beetles and many more critters this week. I must admit I’m not a fan of the creepy crawlies but somehow when they are magnified to such mega proportions, they really aren’t too bad.

This year the Science Centre Singapore presents Megabugs Return! Exhibition from the 20th of April to the 18th of August 2013. The first Megabugs Exhibition was held 20 years ago with 11 animatronics. That’s robotic/mechanical animals in case you were wondering. The latest exhibition features 15 animatronics with similar lifelike movements. You go see what the 15 are for youself lah 🙂

Megabugs

Megabus

Megabugs
My! What nice bright smile you have!
The Spinning Tunnel – Image source

The Spinning Tunnel is my favourite part of the exhibition! The optical illusion was hilarious because even though the ground was not moving, the spinning lights will have you thinking otherwise. Just remember to hold on to the rails real tight!

Megabugs
Information wall

The Information wall describes the different uses of insects both commercially as well as in nature. Do you know centipedes are used in Chinese medicine? The Wingless Cockroach as well as the Bamboo Bee are supposed to be quite tasty when cooked the right way? Urgh! No no no… I don’t think I’m quite ready to go to there at the moment. I’ll settle for tapioca chips with ikan billis thank you very much.

Megabugs
Mega erm… bugs
Megabugs
Monarch butterfly
Megabugs
Mega flowers!
Megabugs
Activity stations for the restless kids.
Megabugs
Our works of art. I coloured the worm/caterpillar/larvae, Xan and Daddy coloured the butterfly.

Outside of the exhibition hall, you will come across a section near the entrance that showcases several pieces of insect inspired wearable art by the students of Raffles Girls School. Together with the guidance of their teachers and instructor from Showoff! Academy, the students developed outfits fashioned from various recycled materials they have gathered from their homes or in school. They started with basic sketches, then mockups with dolls and eventually the actual outfits which they wore during the opening ceremony on the 19th of April. Quite talented ah these girls?

Megabugs wearable art collage
Insect inspired wearable art by the students from Raffles Girls School

The designer/founder of Showoff! Academy, Phylia Poh, also showcased her version of insect inspired fashion along side the students.

Megabugs wearable art collage 2
Insect inspired wearable art by Phylia

Nah you see. Insects are not all that scary lah. They are merely misunderstood creatures who are not only tasty (urgh), useful but also beautiful. Go check out the exhibition before it ends this Sunday, 18 August.

Exhibition Dates:

20 April 2013 to

18 August 2013

Location:

Annexe, Science Centre

Typical time required:

60 minutes

Admission Fee:

Adult – $20*

Child – $15*

*Inclusive of Science Centre Admission

Ooh ooh ooh! That’s not the end of the mega experience!

At just $4* extra per person, you should go watch the 3D movie, Bugs! Anything narrated by Judi Dench always sounds good to me.

Bugs 3D Movie_poster

Bugs 3D Screening Ticket Prices*

Adult & Children – $4 per person

Adult & Children with Megabugs Return Exhibition ticket purchase - $3 per person

SCS & Corporate Members - $3 per person

Students & Teachers with Institutional Membership - $3 per person

2 Adults & 2 Children - $12 family package

Venue

Annexe Hall 1, Science Centre Singapore

Screening Times

12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm

5 SETS OF 4 TICKETS GIVEAWAY TIME!!

So simple! Just use the Rafflecopter below!

The 5 lucky winners will be notified by email and announced on my Facebook page at 1pm on 14 August 2013.

Thank you for your support! Huat ah!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Disclaimer: I received tickets for the giveaway by P’art 1 Design Pte Ltd – co partner and official builder of the Megabugs Return! Exhibition. All opinions are entirely my own.