Monsters of the Sea, an exhibition focusing predominantly on huge prehistoric marine animals that once ruled the earth has been in-exhibit since Oct 2015.
The exhibition is classified into 3 main sections aligned with the era in which these huge pre-historic sea creatures lived. Namely, the Palaeozoic, Mesozoic and Cenozoic periods. All three periods have distinct creatures with some having close resemblance to real-life creatures that still exist today.
Aside from these 3 main exhibit areas, there are fringe activities to engage younger children. There’s also the Annex Theatre that screens the full length Jurassic World movie (yes, the entire movie!) twice a day. We enjoyed the screening on our visit along with several other families. We share 3 ways which you can maximize your visit to the Monsters of the Sea exhibition.
1) Max the details:
The exhibition showcases life-sized animatronic exhibits of 14 prehistoric and two present-day sea monsters such as the whale shark. It is the largest animatronics showcase of such creatures in the Asia-Pacific. Scientific experts were roped in to ensure that the anatomy of the robotic creatures – such as their teeth, eyes and skin – were accurate. As such, this exhibition can be appreciated at so many levels. It is also commendable that the exhibits replicate the habitats in which these creatures lived and interacted with each other. We spent time at each exhibit, checking out the huge teeth, the large eyes, the detailed patterns on the body, etc…Parents can stimulate their children’s imagination to stir that sense of wonderment about the pre-historic world and also create interest in marine biology and conservation. There is really so little we know of the Ocean (as compared to the Moon and Space for example).
Though not exhaustive, it was engaging enough for us as we set aside about 2 hours (not including the full-length movie feature) roaming the halls in the annex of the Singapore Science center, reading the info panels, doing some of the fringe hands-on activities and completing the pages of the accompanying handbook as we went along.
2) Max the handbook:
Avoid rushing through the exhibit by just viewing the large prehistoric models, some of which has very basic animatronics that attempts at making them life-like. Take time to read the descriptions on the display panel. Use the free handbook given at admission. It has interactive features that can engage children of all ages from pre-school (coloring) to teens (finding out facts and figures of these pre-historic sea creatures). During our visit, we saw Secondary School students busily completing the activities and discussing details gleaned from the exhibits.
Granted, the exhibition won’t give you an amusement park experience (like thrill rides or kiddy games etc.) But with the proper use of the handbook and parental guidance, it should ignite the imagination of any child (or child at heart) by coming face to face with these prehistoric animals beyond the confines of a book or a TV screen.
3) Max it with the Movie:
To cap off your family’s experience, set-aside time to watch the full-length screening of Jurassic World – the 2015 installment of the Jurassic Park series in the air-conditioned comfort of the Science Centre’s Annex’s Theatre. The screenings happen twice daily at 11am and 3pm.
Though we have watched the movie in the cinemas when it opened last year, to view it again, especially after visiting the exhibition, was really the icing on the cake as we can now identify some pre-historic ‘Sea Monsters’ (e.g. The Mosasaurus – a giant aquatic lizard) from the movie!
Monsters of the Sea is on at the Singapore Science Center till end of Feb, 2016. Take a break from the CNY visitations and max the public holidays with a step back in time!
MONSTERS OF THE SEA EXHIBITION
Where: Annexe Hall at the Science Centre Singapore
When: Now till Feb 28, 2016 from 10am to 6pm (last admission at 5.15pm.)
Tickets: For Singaporeans and permanent residents: $20 per adult and $16 per child aged between three and 12. All other visitors: $25 per adult and $20 per child.
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