This is one of the events I sign up immediately when my friend sent me the event link. It was a good event for the kids to go especially school holiday! Initially, I was kind of worried if my kids understand what Singapore history is all about, but surprisingly Yi He knows about LKY and a bit of Singapore history. Ok… at least she shows me she’s learning something from school.
What is this Singapore Bicentennial Experience about?
It is a multimedia sensory experience brings you back in time to witness key moments in Singapore’s transformation from as far back as 1299.
This event showcases the history all the way back on how Singapore was founded. It is amazing! Especially with all the graphic designs and experiences that they want you to feel, I would give 2 thumbs up!
Below is some of the videos and photos taken during different Acts for you to have a feel on how is the whole experience like. For the full experience, sign up for the tickets! It’s free! Details are below!!
I didn’t take any photo or video in Act 4: Occupation. Because after Act 3, we were brought to a dark room, literally dark, like a bomb shelter, hearing all the bomb sound, survivors saying their story on what they experience during the world war.
I took this chance to let the kids know that when people are stuck at the bomb shelter, they don’t choose what they can eat or they may not even have food to eat, so they better not be picky about food. (Mother’s nagging mode on)
Didi was not scared at all, in fact, he was busy searching where all the sound comes from. Curious boy. haha…
After the whole Experience finish, we went off without exploring other activities that is outside the Fort Canning building because it looks like it’s going to rain anytime soon. So me and my girlfriends headed down to Liang Court for lunch instead.
To sign up for this experience you can go to this website to register > https://www.formpl.us/form/275376002
The event is free and only available from 1st June to 15 Sept 2019
Things to note based on my experience:
1. Strollers are not allowed in the event.
2. No food and drinks are allowed.
3. There is a shuttle bus provided at Plaza Singapura, Raffles City Mall and One Raffles Place.
Wheelchair-friendly shuttle bus services will be available at A.Plaza Singapura pick-up/drop-off point from 9.00am to 12.00pm and 2.00pm to 5.00pm on weekends and public holidays. For wheelchair-friendly shuttle bus schedules, please visit this page.
4. The nearest MRT Station is Fort Canning Station Exit A. But you got to take quite a few escalators up, so is not advisable for strollers if one of the escalator breakdown. And is impossible to push up-slope because one of the slopes is very steep and lots of up-slopes in order to reach Fort Canning building.
For more information, you can visit The Bicentennial Experience.
The thing that almost spoilt my mood was the way to the building and going back down to the train station. The escalator broke down, not just 1 but 2 of them! I was lucky I was with 2 girlfriends, so they helped me carry the stroller up while I carry Didi. Finally, when we reached the building, there is another long flight of stairs, and I was FORTUNATE enough to experience that the lift broke down too. The staff wasn’t helpful when I asked if there is another alternative route, because I felt bad to let my girlfriends carry the stroller for me. And, the person just walked off.
When we were leaving later in the day, I asked another staff if there are any alternative routes to = to the station, unfortunately, no, and the assigned shuttle bus is not stroller friendly. I had to fold my stroller, with 2 kids and a baby -.-” , unless I have another 4 more hands. So, there is no choice but to go back down again, the carrying of the strollers, because of the non-working lift and escalators.
If you need a stroller like me, you have to plan to go on weekends or public holiday, so you can take the shuttle bus which is wheelchair and stroller friendly, which is available on these days. Even the nearest car park is also quite far away, and you have to take the same route like me too.
Other than this slightly strenuous encounter, overall the event was very good, enjoyable and impressive!