Family outing: Central Fire Station!

Posted by spots (Singapore, Singapore) on 25 May 2013 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

The June holidays are coming and I've been in an early holiday mood. So, despite there being one more week of school, I took the family to the Central Fire Station open house today! All Fire Stations conduct open houses every Saturday from 9am to 11am. However, here's a tip: come before 10am because all of the demonstrations happen early. At least, that's what the friendly firefighter told us.

Indeed, before 10am, we got to watch two demonstrations--we saw firefighters sliding down the pole, rushing to grab their equipment and turning on their hose to put out a "fire". We then saw them show us how a metal-cutting machine worked--they need that to cut through crushed cars to get trapped passengers out. Daniel, who had rugby, arrived after 10am, but still had lots of fun trying out the water hose spraying, climbing into fire trucks, the Red Rhino and the ambulances. Esther was a tad bit scared of all the noise & uniformed firefighters. But she warmed up slowly, and was soon ok.

I love visiting the Central Fire Station because apart from the demonstrations and all the vehicles to explore, you can also pop by the SCDF Heritage Gallery, which is at the front of the building. There, we saw fire trucks from yesteryear, even a horse drawn one! There were also lots of informative videos on fire safety and a chance for the kids to try out different equipment.

I don't know what possessed me, but after a quick lunch, I made my family go to the Philatelic Museum (right next door to the Central Fire Station) AND the Peranakan Museum (right opposite). All Singaporeans and PRs can enter ALL museums free of charge (don't forget to bring your IC/driver's license!). It was great to pack it all in--the Philatelic Museum had a humble display of Star Wars collectibles that charmed the boys, while the Peranakan Museum was strangely alluring--all the kids loved the audio exhibits and Esther liked the beaded slippers.

It was amazing that we were out of the house from 9.30am all the way till 1.30pm and we covered 4 locations--Central Fire Station, SCDF Heritage Gallery, Philatelic Museum and Peranakan Museum. They were so near each other, and everything was free!

I suppose all 3 of my kids are at that age where they are old enough to ta-han, and I don't have a squealing baby or toddler that needs carrying, napping or feeding halfway through the morning. It also helped that all the museums were free, so it was great fun showing my kids stuff they'd never usually get to see.

I can't wait for the holidays to start!

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