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Navy Museum & RSS Tenacious

During the March holidays, we visited the Navy Museum! It’s a bit hard to get to but definitely worth the trip with many interesting and interactive displays. We also had the privilege of witnessing the send-off of RSS Tenacious at Changi Naval Base.

At the museum, the kids learnt about our diplomatic relations with other countries and the relief efforts provided by our Navy, for example, during the Boxing Day tsunami. They got to experience driving a ship, sending Morse code, operating a gun and also tried out other hands-on exhibits. There was a dress-up segment that the kids (and the parents) loved.

Witnessing the send-off of RSS Tenacious was a moving experience as we saw how the servicemen bade emotional farewells to their loved ones. RSS Tenacious is supporting counter-piracy efforts in the Gulf of Aden for the next three months.

Navy Museum

Navy Museum

old uniforms

old uniforms

plaques and gifts from other countries

plaques and gifts from other countries

this caught my eye

this caught my eye

Adam taking a closer look (too close!)

Adam taking a closer look (too close!)

learning about relief efforts

learning about relief efforts

simulations

simulations

what's inside a submarine?

what’s inside a submarine?

waiting for the torpedo

waiting for the torpedo

Morse code

Morse code

operating a gun

operating a gun

looking at the radar

looking at the radar

playing dress-up

playing dress-up

group photo

group photo

at Changi Naval Base

at Changi Naval Base

with RSS Tenacious

with RSS Tenacious

saying bye to loved ones

all aboard

saying bye to loved ones

saying bye to loved ones

see you soon!

see you soon!

with MV Swift Rescue

with MV Swift Rescue

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Dinosaurs: Dawn to Extinction at ArtScience Museum

There has been a greater level of interest in dinosaurs in the Wee household ever since Adam got a bucketful of dinosaurs as one of his Christmas presents. So it was with much excitement that we went to see the dinosaurs at the ArtScience Museum last weekend. Dinosaurs: Dawn to Extinction is an impressive exhibition that transports you back to, and through, the Precambrian, Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous prehistoric periods.

I love that the exhibition is very kid-friendly instead of being the see-no-touch sort. There are engaging interactive stations for the kids to look at/ listen to/ touch things so that they can have a better understanding of what the dinosaurs were like. There are also workshops for the children to make and play with shadow puppets of dinosaurs and to imagine ‘A Day in the Life of a Paleontologist’!

what strange creature is that?

what strange creature is that?

Dinosaurs: Dawn to Extinction

Dinosaurs: Dawn to Extinction

welcome!

welcome!

meet my family

meet my family

land before time

land before time

interactive artefacts

interactive artefacts

another fascinating creature

another fascinating creature

poised for attack

poised for attack

looking

wondering what the animal ate

RAWR!

RAWR!

how did the dinosaurs die?

how did the dinosaurs die?

checking out

checking out the texture human skin

pretending to be a dino

pretending to be a dino

imagining the dinosaur's stride

imagining the dinosaur’s stride

making shadow puppets

making shadow puppets

attempting some wayang kulit

attempting some wayang kulit

Dinosaurs: Dawn to Extinction is a must-do during the upcoming school holidays! It is on at the ArtScience Museum from 10am to 7pm daily until 27 July. Tickets are available at the ArtScience Museum and from SISTIC. There are free guided tours on the weekends at 11.30am & 5pm (English) and 2pm & 4pm (Mandarin).

I think it’s so much fun to be a kid these days. For the March school holidays, the ArtScience Museum is conducting Dinosnores! A Sleepover with Dinos on 16 & 21 March from 6.30pm to 10am the following day. Participants get to spend a night among the exhibits of Dinosaurs: Dawn to Extinction and take part in interactive workshops, a movie screening and more! Don’t think we ever had anything like this when we were kids! The sleepover is $120 per child (only for children aged 6 to 12 years) and is free for accompanying adults. To book, call 6688 8826 or visit any Marina Bay Sands box office.

Total Defence 30 at National Museum of Singapore

We checked out the Total Defence showcase at NMS on the very last day (and practically the very last hour) of the exhibition. To be honest, I just wanted the kids to dress up in the miniature versions of the Navy and Army uniforms so we didn’t look at the exhibition inside the museum.

Anya wasn’t keen on trying the Air Force uniforms at the Singapore Airshow because she claimed they weren’t for girls, but one of the Navy uniforms had a skirt so I figured she could be persuaded. Turned out she still didn’t want to but Adrian told her to do it to make me happy.

Because You Played A Part

Because You Played A Part

in front of the museum

in front of the museum

Adrian and David (dressed in camo!) with our friend from hall

Adrian and David (dressed in camo!) with our friend

I love it when the kids can dress up!

love it when the kids get to dress up!

close-up of the the Navy officer uniforms

close-up of the the Navy officer uniforms

in the Navy combat uniforms

in the Navy combat uniforms

checking out some equipment

checking out some equipment

they love these peekaboo photo boards

they love these peekaboo photo boards

Adam in the Army uniform

Adam in the Army uniform

looking for buried treasure

looking for buried treasure

Light Attack Vehicle

Light Attack Vehicle

"Hello..."

“Hello…”

"...is it me you're looking for?"

“…is it me you’re looking for?”

Maxilla – Review & Giveaway!

Our current bedtime read is Maxilla by Lianne Ong with illustrations by Shing. Maxilla is a meaningful story about a boy, Reuben, who finds a beautiful caterpillar, but has to choose between keeping her and releasing her back into her natural habitat.

The book encourages kids to think about the possible consequences of their actions, and the importance of making the right decision even when it’s not easy to do so. After reading the book, the kids and I had a good time discussing why it was difficult for Reuben to make the right decision and applying it to relevant scenarios from their own experience.

Anya was also reminded of her visits to the Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom on Sentosa and the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity & Research where she saw many butterflies as well as other insects on display. Reading the story and looking at the illustrations have gotten the kids more interested in the life cycle of a butterfly and its natural habitat and give them a new perspective about the beauty of every living creature.

Anya reading Maxilla

Anya reading Maxilla

Adam very interested in the book

Adam very interested in the book

Adam looking at the pictures

Adam looking at the pictures

GIVEAWAY! :)

Win a copy of Maxilla worth $9.90!

To qualify, simply do the following by MONDAY, 10 MARCH 2014, 2359H (Singapore time):

1. Like the ‘In the Wee Hours’ Facebook page.
2. Like the ‘MPH Bookstores’ Facebook page.
3. Leave a comment here with your email address telling me why you want to win the book.

RESULTS! :)

Maxilla

Congrats to Teo Han Choo! I will be contacting you shortly. Hope your granddaughter enjoys the book. :)

To learn more about Maxilla, visit the Facebook page. Maxilla is available at MPH Bookstores, Books Kinokuniya and Times Bookstores for $9.90

The author, Lianne Ong, will be making public appearances at MPH Bookstore, Parkway Parade, on 15 March, Saturday, from 1-2pm, and at Woodlands Regional Library on 21 March, Friday, from 12-1pm.

Disclaimer: We received a copy of Maxilla by Lianne Ong for review. All opinions are my own.

RAWR! Titans of the Past at the Science Centre

I know lots of kids (mainly boys) who LOVE dinosaurs and the new Titans of the Past – Dinosaurs & Ice Age Mammals exhibition at the Science Centre will totally knock their socks off!

Titans of the Past

Titans of the Past

We attended a preview of the exhibition last Thursday and there were lots of fun activities for the kids. From balloon sculpting to body painting and airbrush tattoos, there was so much to entertain the kids even before we even entered the exhibition!

whispering in N's ear

whispering in N’s ear

with their dinosaur balloon sculptures

with their dinosaur balloon sculptures

dinosaur origami

dinosaur origami

getting a rainbow dino on her arm

getting a rainbow dino on her arm

so cute!

so cute!

The 3,000 square metres exhibition features two international travelling dinosaur exhibitions from The Museum of the Rockies (MOR), USA Montana and Aurea Exhibitions, Argentina. The exhibition from MOR was developed by world renowned paleontologist Dr Jack Horner (technical advisor for the Jurassic Park movies!). There are real fossils (including the largest T-Rex skull ever found), replicas and state-of-the art animatronics.

checking out the development of the Triceratops skull

checking out the development of the Triceratops skull

learning why dinosaurs sounded different at different stages of life

learning why dinosaurs sounded different at different stages of life

this dinosaur was pregnant when it died!

this dinosaur was pregnant when it died!

very impressive T-Rex skull

very impressive T-Rex skull

Anya was frightened of this T-Rex

Anya was frightened of this T-Rex

little dino experts at work

little dino experts at work

fossilised poo!

fossilised poo!

making little dino hats

making little dino hats

ta-daa!

ta-daa!

touching fossils

touching fossils

Ice Age animals

Ice Age animals

Titans of the Past is an impressive exhibition that’s worth visiting. Anya is not particularly interested in dinosaurs but she really enjoyed the exhibition so I’m planning a return visit with Adam!. We have been watching Ice Age at home so he’ll really appreciate seeing the animals at their actual size!

The Titans of the Past exhibition runs till 23 February 2014 at the Science Centre Annexe from 10am to 6pm. Inclusive of admission to the Science Centre, it’s $25 for Adults and $19 for Children (3-12 years old). Plan to spend at least 2 hours there!

do not feed the Anyasaurus!

do not feed the Anyasaurus!

Highlights of Paris

We didn’t enjoy Paris very much. Angie got her phone pickpocketed (but Adrian went after the thieves and managed to get it back almost immediately) and some woman tried to unzip my bag and steal stuff from it while we were on an escalator in the Metro. I felt the bag being unzipped so I turned around and grabbed the woman and didn’t let her go until I made sure all my stuff was accounted for.

I think Paris is a beautiful place and the parks are absolutely lovely, but there are just too many unsavoury characters at the tourist spots. Not very pleasant at all.

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

rose window

rose window

altar

altar

Shakespeare & Co.

Shakespeare & Co.

Anya & me

Anya & me

macarons

macarons

running in the park

running in the park

carousel

carousel

at the playground

at the playground

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

Anya and the tower

Anya and the tower

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

Louvre

Louvre

the madness

the madness

Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa

collapsed kids

collapsed kids

the boys chilling

the boys chilling

sailing boats

sailing boats

Highlights of Edinburgh

I want to blog about our trip to Hong Kong and maybe even the one to Bangkok but I haven’t done Edinburgh and Paris yet! So here’s a photo-heavy post about Edinburgh. We thought Edinburgh would be a bit boring, but surprisingly, we really enjoyed ourselves there and would love to visit again. The good weather helped!

ice-cream outside the castle

ice-cream outside the castle

ready for blast-off

ready for blast-off

load the cannon!

load the cannon!

funny hat

funny hat

amazed it can fit his giant head!

amazed it can fit his giant head!

bagpipes

bagpipes

chasing bubbles

chasing bubbles

fun with dandelions

fun with dandelions

haggis

haggis

Adrian at St. Andrews Old Course

Adrian at St. Andrews Old Course

Hello Dolly!

Hello Dolly!

graveyard that inspired JK Rowling

graveyard that inspired JK Rowling

St Giles Cathedral

St Giles Cathedral

inside

inside

The Kiss

The Kiss

we loved the park

we loved the park

running around

running around

playground with a view

playground with a view

fun with friends

fun with friends