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Travel back in time to explore the history of Street Hawker in this unique exhibition – “Into the Hawkerverse”. Hosted by Children’s Museum Singapore (CMSG) and the Museum Roundtable (MR), families can experience a slew of exciting programs here from now till 23 June 2024. 

Centered around the concepts of “Innovation” and “By Children, For Children,” this exhibition seeks to engage young minds in exploring different inventions and fostering creativity as they experience the role of hawker heroes. The emphasis on “By Children, For Children” underscores the significant involvement of our little ones in shaping this festival.

You’ll find three galleries dedicated to delving into the cultural and culinary legacy of Street Hawker. Each gallery offers a range of interactive and multi-sensory activities to provide immersive experiences and object-based learning opportunities.

 

Street Hawker of the Past

 

When I stepped foot into the exhibition, the olden days of Street Hawkers immediately came to life. You could see what the Street Hawkers of the Past looked like at a glance.

 

One of the exhibition areas that features Street Hawker of the Past

One of the exhibition areas that features Street Hawker of the Past

 

What I love about this exhibition is the rich sensory play at every station. Children get to explore the life of street hawkers. Each station has some food canisters for our little ones to explore the smell of each key ingredient! Just look at this little “Chendol Station”. The scent of Coconut, Palm Sugar, and Pandan can be explored here.

 

Explore History of Street Hawker at Children's Museum Singapore (CMSG) in this Children's Season 2024

Chendol Station

 

Our little ones can enjoy a more realistic role play by dressing up in these little cheongsam and traditional outfits! Spot the little policeman costume of the past.

 

Explore History of Street Hawker at Children's Museum Singapore (CMSG) in this Children's Season 2024

Dress up station

 

Featuring the entertainment of the olden days – Shadow Puppetry! The olden days of “Cinema” where people used cut-out figures to share stories between a light source and scrim.

 

Explore History of Street Hawker at Children's Museum Singapore (CMSG) in this Children's Season 2024

Shadow Puppetry Station

 

In today’s world, it’s becoming increasingly rare to encounter our traditional cultural elements and their remnants. It’s uncommon to witness our children engrossed in technological gadgets for entertainment. This exhibition serves as an ideal platform to impart knowledge about Singapore’s food heritage to our young ones, preserving our traditional roots amidst modern influences. Don’t you agree?

 

Hands-on Galleries with Interactive and Object-based Learning

 

This gallery is filled with hands-on activities for our little ones to explore and better understand how our hawker heroes work through immersive role plays. Check out the Teh-Tarik Station and explore how it is made through Interactive Play! Are you a ‘teh-tarik master?’ Try out this Action Challenge to find out!

Hawker Master Action Challenge

 

Explore other hawker dishes here as you plate them up! You’ll see various foods from different cultural and get to see what plate the ingredients needed for these dishes!

 

Explore History of Street Hawker at Children's Museum Singapore (CMSG) in this Children's Season 2024

Plate your hawker food here!

 

Play Pod Station for the Young Toddlers 4 Years and Below!

 

Our little toddlers get to role play and experience the life of hawkers as well with a wide variety of sensory play tools. You will find a large “pool” of Mee Goreng, Yong Tau Foo, and Prata stalls that feature a variety of sensory ingredients to intrigue those little explorers!

 

Explore History of Street Hawker at Children's Museum Singapore (CMSG) in this Children's Season 2024

Mee Goreng Pool

 

 

Hawker stalls

 

Explore History of Street Hawker at Children's Museum Singapore (CMSG) in this Children's Season 2024

Masak-masak Play space with cooking tools

 

Explore History of Street Hawker at Children's Museum Singapore (CMSG) in this Children's Season 2024

Masak Masak Play space with dishwashing tools

 

Signature Performance – “Oddles of Noodles“

 

You will want to experience this roving performance along Armenian Street! Meet “Izzy” who’s on her journey to invent new recipes. Participants will also get to create their very own fusion laksa craft at the end of the trail through a craft session.

 

Explore History of Street Hawker at Children's Museum Singapore (CMSG) in this Children's Season 2024

Oddles of Noodles

 

Children’s Season Stamp Booklet Activity

 

Bring out your explorer hats and get ready for a more adventurous trip! The well-loved stamp booklet activity makes a return in this Children’s Season! Go on a Family activity and visit any of the 21 participating MR members to collect a unique stamp when you complete a simple activity. You will get to win exclusive prizes too! Check out here for the full program details!

 

Explore History of Street Hawker at Children's Museum Singapore (CMSG) in this Children's Season 2024

Explore the History of Street Hawker at Children’s Museum Singapore (CMSG) in this Children’s Season 2024

 

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About Children’s Museum Singapore

 

Children’s Museum Singapore is the first museum in Singapore dedicated to children 12 years old and below. The museum believes in sparking wonder and the power of play in a safe environment. CMSG aspires to be a place of wonder and joyful learning for all children to engage with Singapore and the world. Families with young children can look forward to interactive exhibits, anchored in rich storytelling, complemented by engaging programmes and initiatives. Children will have hands-on opportunities to learn about Singapore’s heritage through play. CMSG will organise educational programmes throughout the year to cater to children of different age groups and abilities. These programmes are created in collaboration with educators to ensure that they are developmentally appropriate for children.CMSG is housed in a historical double-storey colonial building that was formerly part of Anglo-Chinese School in 1906. The building housed the Methodist Book Room in the 1970s and 1980s, before being converted to become the Singapore Philatelic Museum in 1995.

 

About the Museum Roundtable

 

The Museum Roundtable (MR) is a collective of museums established by the National Heritage Board (NHB) in 1996 to promote a museum-going culture amongst Singaporeans and to position museums as unique cultural destinations. The roundtable comprises more than 60 public and private museums and heritage galleries, spanning across diverse categories of focus and interest: Art, Culture & Community, Defence, Healthcare, Lifestyles & Collectibles, National History and Science & Innovation.

As part of NHB’s efforts to develop a vibrant and diverse museum and heritage landscape in Singapore, NHB works closely with MR members in various ways. These include signature outreach programmes, as well as capability development initiatives.

 

About Children’s Season

 

Jointly presented by Children’s Museum Singapore and the Museum Roundtable, Children’s Season is an annual programme that brings cultural and educational experiences to spark wonder and curiosity in children and inspire them to learn about our collective heritage.

 

About the National Heritage Board

 

The National Heritage Board (NHB) was formed on 1 August 1993. As the custodian of Singapore’s heritage, NHB is responsible for telling the Singapore story, sharing the Singaporean experience and imparting our Singapore spirit. NHB’s mission is to preserve and celebrate the shared heritage of our diverse communities, for the purpose of education, nation-building and cultural understanding. It manages the national museums and heritage institutions, safeguards and promotes intangible cultural heritage, and sets policies relating to heritage sites, monuments and the national collection. Through the national collection, NHB curates heritage programmes and presents exhibitions to connect the past, present and future generations of Singaporeans. NHB is a statutory board under the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth. Please visit www.nhb.gov.sg for more information.

 

 

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