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KidsSTOP: An Indoor Playground For and Of Science
What people usually think of the benefits that come with indoor playgrounds is purely physical. KidsSTOP shows that that isn’t necessarily true. Spearheaded by the Science Centre Singapore, this indoor playground houses many features that aim to stimulate the children’s interest and affinity for science!
KidsSTOP: An Overview
Schools and other formal educational institutions aim to raise children into citizens that are scientifically literate. Science Centre Singapore takes this vision and pushes its execution into new heights. One of their many approaches is an indoor playground called KidsSTOP. Such facilities make for an accessible and engaging environment for young Singaporeans to learn and be inspired by science. Science Centre Singapore’s other thrusts include:
- setting up exhibitions to show the principles and powers of science and technology in everyday life
- setting school programmes to complement the school science syllabus
- creating scientific magazines and natural history guide books
- organising promotional activities to bring science closer to the people of Singapore
KidsSTOP stands out as an indoor playground and a part of Science Centre Singapore’s many facilities because its structure was built to really cater to the younger crowd. With this in mind, KidsStop became a space for learning without the difficult jargon, overwhelming machinery and contraptions, and other complexities that comes with science. They’ve truly succeeded in creating a fun learning experience for the kids!
KidsSTOP is a safe space for children to Imagine, Experience, Discover, and Dream – the four themes imbued in KidsSTOP’s ethos. There are various zones with different amenities and features for each theme – but they aren’t grouped according to that category. The best thing about these zones is that they are scattered around the entire KidsSTOP which gives the kids an all-around experience of each theme.
Imagine is designed for kids to participate in role-playing activities and pretend-plays. Discover gives them the opportunity to learn the basic principles of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics through fun activities that also develop their problem-solving skills. Experience is an environment where they can immerse themselves in nature, art, and the world and interact with them through hands-on activities. Lastly, Dream is structured as a dream world to set a contrast to the previous zones that are hinged on reality.
Here are the 17 activity zones in KidsSTOP for your kids:
Four Seasons station teaches children about seasonal changes through hands-on activities. This exhibit also aims to promote numeracy skills as children learn to match, create patterns and count.
This is a magical garden where children can get to identify different animals by listening to the sound they produce!
Flight & Space
The Flight and Space station is designed to promote an early interest in astronomy through exploring the fascinating galaxy. Children will be able to create their very own constellation and enhance their creativity, eye-hand coordination and motor skills. Adventurous children can enter the Typhoon Simulator and experience the effects of a typhoon without having to worry about the danger of flying debris. Children can also enhance their social and communications skills through collaborative play when they build structures using special foam materials in this zone.
The Nature Area offers a complete sensory experience for your child. It will acquaint children with the wildlife and ecology of Singapore as they use mounted binoculars to search the canopy and surrounding trees to discover artistic representations of animals found throughout the island.
The Supermarket Zone engages children and teaches them how to identify foods with the Healthier Choice Logo by taking part in a ‘game show’ called My Healthy Plate! They will also learn about the importance of drinking enough water with our life-sized mascot Win. Children will also continue to have fun and learn while role-playing roles of a shopper, a cashier or a cook and find out about the origins of some food items at an interactive digital kiosk
The Oceans’ Buddies features a virtual ocean with three-dimensional sea creatures to educate children on marine life and how they can do their part to protect the environment. Children can personalise their own sea creatures and see their creations come alive with immersive technology on our stunning virtual ocean floor!
The Critters Room features live animals such as chicks, tree frogs, hermit crabs and gerbils to bring nature closer to young children. Given that most children in Singapore grow up in an urban environment, it is essential for them to be closer to nature, as it encourages them to care for the environment and gives them a head start on a better understanding of environmental conservation.
The Kiddie Theatre gives children the opportunity to learn about the performing arts and the special effects techniques used in film-making. Children can perform on stage and sing to familiar tunes as they express themselves through songs, dance and creative movements.
A versatile space, PlayMaker Studio can be separated from the rest of the exhibition area and be transformed into a programming space.
Tinkering Lab features worktables, surrounded by cabinets filled with materials and tools for an infinite number of tinkering projects or activities.
A must for thrill-seekers, the Giant J Slide is where children get to safely experience the sensation of free fall before they slide to ground-zero from a height of seven metres! Children make their own decisions on how high they would like to be lifted up the slide as they challenge themselves and build confidence while having fun.
Small World represents a bright, colourful and imaginative space reserved for infants and toddlers, who will be acquainted with colours and textures here. This area also features an infant nest and a Nursing Alcove.
The Big Dream Climber
The Dream Climber is a lofty 9-metre high climbing structure – the signature piece of KidsSTOP™. Children can climb and explore different unique hanging elements (fashioned after clouds, fanciful doors and gears) and make their way to the top where the Music Room awaits them!
Know Your Body
With a variety of interactive exhibits such as Run with Max, Cycling with Sally, Lift Yourself, Goodnight Belle and 4 Emotion Pods, children are engaged through play and hands-on while learning about the importance of exercise, good sleep habits and identifying and handling their emotions. On top of that, children will be able to view 4 different body systems of skeletal, muscular, circulatory and endocrine through the Kinect exhibit in which the reflected body system image will match itself to their height as well as mirror their movements!
The Dino Pit is designed to provide children with sensory experiences as they utilise tools to uncover the dinosaur fossil in the sand. Children can work together as a team to find and identify the different parts of the fossil, all while learning about the process of scientific inquiry and building communication skills. The interactive game board also widens children’s knowledge of dinosaurs and prehistoric reptiles, and how animals have evolved over time.
Become a builder and have fun operating the crane, manoeuvring the wheelbarrow and transporting the balls. The Built Environment is a simulation of a bustling building site and provides ample opportunities for kin-aesthetic learning. Role-playing as a builder encourages children to be creative as they find ways to activate wall gears and transport balls from one place to another.
Music and movement help children express their ideas and feelings about themselves and the world as they see it. At the Music Room, children can select different musical instruments and make their own music! Children will learn to recognise sounds from a variety of sources in the environment and encounter different materials that can be used to make musical instruments.
Notes to keep in mind:
- Adults will not be admitted at KidsStop if unaccompanied by a child.
- Prams are not permitted within KidsSTOP for safety reasons.
- There is a quota of 300 people per session. When the quota is reached, tickets will not be sold anymore for that particular session.
21 Jurong Town Hall Road, Singapore 609433
Call 6425 2500
Daily – 9.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. | 2.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.
Standard | Peak
Adult – $13
Child (18 months old to 8 years old) – $23
Senior Citizen (60 years old and above) – $13
Standard | Off-Peak
Adult – $10
Child (18 months old to 8 years old) – $20
Senior Citizen (60 years old and above) – Complimentary
Singaporean/FR | Peak
Adult – $5
Child (18 months old to 8 years old) – $10
Senior Citizen (60 years old and above) – $5
Singaporean/FR | Off-Peak
Adult – $2
Child (18 months old to 8 years old) – $5
Senior Citizen (60 years old and above) – Complimentary
*Off-Peak refers to weekdays during school term (excluding public holidays and school holidays)
*Peak includes weekends, public holidays and school holidays
*Admission is complimentary for children below 18 months old.
*Socks are required for children 5 years and above
KidsSTOP’s Best Feature
There’s just so much to do at KidsStop and each one could actually be the best feature. To tie it all together, the fact that each zone targets specific learning points for children earn its title as Best Feature for us. As you can already tell from the name of each zone – Imagine, Discover, Dream, and Experience – you just know that kids would have a unique learning experience that differs at each one.
Why We Like This Indoor Playground
We truly appreciate the Science Centre Singapore’s innovative approach at indoor playgrounds and learning. KidsSTOP is effectively designed to achieve its vision and mission of pushing forward their advocacy of building a nation of science-literate citizens. Because of that, families and children will take a new perspective of indoor playgrounds as more than just a space for leisure and entertainment.
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This family enjoyed KidsStop’s many activities they have to offer!
Not only is KidsSTOP fun to play in, it’s also educational.
With how broad the range of activities KidsSTOP has, one would worry about how safe they are – but this family proves that it most certainly is