We went to the newly reopened Malay Heritage Centre today with Selena and Ellery. The Malay CultureFest is taking place from 2-30 September so there is free admission to the museum and we also got a cute little sling bag.
Ellery and Anya had fun with the traditional Malay games in the courtyard. They spent some time trying to kick a capteh and a lot more time scooping marbles from the congkak. They also braved the hot sun to play guli in the sand. It took us a while before we managed to drag them into the centre to view the exhibits.
There are six permanent galleries spread over two levels showcasing Kampong Gelam’s historical significance as well as the heritage of the Malay community in Singapore.
Anya wasn’t very interested at first because she wanted to go back outside to play but eventually found several things that captured her attention.
The final bit of our MHC excursion was spent at the K3 (Kraf Kanak-Kanak) corner at the other side of the courtyard. The kids got a mahkota each and Anya decorated hers with glitter. They both did some colouring before posing in front of a standee replica of MHC.
There are activities for children at the MHC every day this week as part of the Malay CultureFest. There is also outdoor movie screening this Friday and Saturday night.