20 April 2014

Dinosaurs: Dawn to Extinction

I admit, it's a while ago now that we actually did it, but we went to see 'Dinosaurs: Dawn to Extinction' at the ArtScience museum and what can I say, only that it is another excellent exhibit.  Like many I've always had a bit of a fascination with dinosaurs, seeing the skeletons and fossils at the Natural History museum in London is always the best part of any visit there.  So when I heard this exhibit was on its way it shot on to my 'to do' list to check it out.

The exhibit takes you on a journey spanning 600 million years through the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous prehistoric periods.  Walking around the displays takes you back to what the world was like at the time dinosaurs roamed.  The models are incredibly lifelike (in as much as what it is thought they may have looked like when they were alive) and very impressive.  As well as the models there are also reconstructions of dinosaur skeletons together with some fossils (both real and models of) and lots of interesting information about life during the time periods and fascinating details of the dinosaurs on display.  At one stage there is a recreation of what the environment was like during the time of the dinosaurs in an area of what is now China.  This allows you to see the models in a natural setting as well as just the stand alone ones etc. on display in the earlier part of the exhibition.  Towards the end there is also a rather cool metal model of a dinosaur which I thought was pretty spectacular and yes there are a few moving models, including one that allows you to see how they believe a Tyrannosaurus Rex moved.

Naturally there are also lots of hands on activities and puzzles to keep all ages interested.  Loads of items can be touched and investigated in a fun and engaging way.  It has to be said it's also fun to walk around and underneath the huge replica dinosaur skeletons (at least the head and tail ends) just trying to imagine an animal this large being alive!  I've never visited the museum with children but at all the exhibitions I have been to I'm always struck by how much there seems to be for children to get involved in and actively participate in.  

There is a phone app you can download to enhance your visit further which we were told about when we got our tickets.  My husband tried to download it but it actually did not download in time for our visit, and this was after we had been for a coffee first before going in.  So maybe if you want to enhance your visit that way this is something you'd really need to do before coming so you were ready.

Whether you (or someone you know) is a dinosaur fan or just casually interested this is definitely another exhibition to go and see if you haven't already!

Dinosaurs: Dawn to Extinction is on now until 27 July 2014, admission charges apply.

15 April 2014

Tulipmania is back for 2014!

Tulipmania is back for 2014 at Gardens by the Bay and last week I got the chance like last year to go down to the Flower Dome and help with some of the bulb planting.  I also got to see the special star of this year's event - Miffy the rabbit.

Following the success of last year's event, this year Gardens by the Bay are bringing in some 50,000 bulbs of many varieties and colours straight from the Netherlands.  This year too Miffy the rabbit, a popular Dutch children's book character will also be making several guest appearances throughout the event.  The display this time is a little different from last years 'fields of tulips'.  This time inspiration has been drawn from the Madurodam, a miniature replica model park in Amsterdam.  The centrepiece of the display will depict Dutch canal scenes, houses and windmills set in amongst the tulips and hyacinths.  Tulipmania is part of the Europe leg of 'Gardens by the Bay Goes around the World' which is a series of floral displays for 2014, this time bringing a 'mini Holland' to Singapore.

As I mentioned I got to see and do some tulip planting myself too.  I joined some others to help plant up pots of tulips to be placed around the model Dutch style houses on display in the Dome.  It was fun to get my hands dirty and do some planting.  Exciting too to know that those very tulips I planted will be on display for a while for everyone to see.  Let's hope they turn out OK!

Tulip bulbs ready for planting
Busy planting bulbs.

After getting our hands dirty we cleaned up and went back into the Flower Dome to see the display taking shape and watch the volunteers planting the bulbs around the centrepiece, the Dutch inspired model houses.

As I mentioned this year, as well as flying over the bulbs, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines have also flown over Miffy to join in the fun of Tulipmania.  She is making several appearances throughout and we were lucky enough to get to see her last week.  As you can imagine Miffy was very popular with children and adults alike and she's sure to be a hit when she pops down to the Flower Dome next.

Throughout the next three weeks you'll find a host of events, activities and competitions taking place at Gardens by the Bay, including an Easter egg hunt with Miffy and a 'Tulip Cheer' event.  Visitors to the Flower Dome can also collect a souvenir Miffy postcard, whilst stocks last.  Keen photographers can join in a photography contest in partnership with Canon, check here for details.  Or why not have a go at winning yourself a pair of tickets to Amsterdam and a host of other prizes courtesy of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.  Check out the Gardens by the Bay website for further details of all these and more.

Whether you saw last year's Tulipmania or didn't manage to get there go and check out this year's beautiful display whilst you can.

Tulipmania is on now until Sunday 4 May 2014.

The Flower Dome is open from 9am - 9pm, admission charges to the conservatories apply.

Ticketing promotion

Tulipmania Special Senior Citizens Discount

50% discount off Senior Citizen Local Resident ticket to the Flower Dome only (UP - $8/Senior Citizen)

Terms & Conditions
  • Valid from 14 April to 4 May 2014
  • Promotion is only valid for on-site purchase
  • Proof of identification and age is required, and each NRIC entitles you to one discounted ticket purchase
  • Other ticketing terms and conditions apply

Thanks to Gardens by the Bay for the kind invitation and opportunity to view the bulb planting.
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