5 ways your child will benefit from National Geographic Ocean Exploration Children’s Workshop

Updated on 11 May 2018: new post-exam rates + improved programming!

Learning in an inspiring and fun environment helps children create a strong foundation of self-confidence, problem-solving and verbal skills. When that environment is an aquarium, it also helps to instill a love and respect for nature.

This is what makes National Geographic Ocean Exploration Children’s Workshop so unique. Specially designed for children aged 7 to 12, it is Singapore’s first-ever marine science and maritime exploration workshop, facilitated together with Outdoor Adventures. It comprises of:

  • [NEW!] Visit to back-of-house area of S.E.A. Aquarium
  • Guided tours of both S.E.A. Aquarium and the revamped Maritime Experiential Museum
  • Exclusive National Geographic documentary screenings
  • Interactive activities such as eco ship building and photo quiz race

Here’s how children will benefit as they learn to be a great explorer, and understand the most important global factors for ocean conservation.

1. Boost creativity and problem solving skills

What makes a ship float? How do you ensure it stays afloat when it’s made out of recycled cardboard? These are just part of the thought process participants go through during the ship building mission, one of the many hands-on and mind-triggering activities that help to develop problem solving skills and creativity.

The hands-on activities also make this workshop a great opportunity for family bonding.
Now that’s what we call thinking out of the box.

2. Become a better team player and communicator

A team is only as strong as its weakest link. With group activities such as the Ocean Conservation Mission where participants have to complete tasks around the aquarium, they learn the importance of teamwork through cooperative play, and develop good interpersonal skills through effective communication.

Going on the photo quiz race around the aquarium.
Solving a puzzle on sharks while blindfolded.

3. Pick up expert knowledge

[NEW] Newly added to the workshop is a visit to the aquarium’s back of house area that is out of bounds to regular visitors. Not only will they get to see the aquarium from a different perspective, they will also learn about how our aquarists maintain our Open Ocean Habitat and care for the marine animals.

Go to the top of our largest habitat – the Open Ocean Habitat.

Participants will also go on not one but two guided tours at the S.E.A. Aquarium and Maritime Experiential Museum.

Learning about maritime history and adventures at the Maritime Experiential Museum.

With highly knowledgeable educational facilitators as their guides, they can gain tremendous insights on the exhibits and history, marine inhabitants, and even what it is like to work at the aquarium. There will also be special ‘pit stops’ such as the Shark Seas Habitat, Open Ocean Habitat and Sea Jellies Habitat where the guides will share more in-depth information on the animals.

One of the ‘pit stops’ is the Guardians of the S.E.A.A. booth where conservation is the order of the day. Participants learn about the urgency of marine conservation and how every small act, such as refusing disposable plastic straws, can make a difference.

4. Speak to the pros

Marine conservation isn’t simply about saving the ocean and charismatic species. It is really about safeguarding the health of our planet and the future of all living beings. And who better to inspire young minds than members of Guardians of the S.E.A.A. – the conservation group of S.E.A. Aquarium.

Through a private sharing session, this small but passionate team will touch on topics such as the current state of the ocean, their experience in marine conservation, as well as how everyone is in fact a guardian of the sea. Participants are also encouraged to ask questions to promote critical enquiry and understanding.

5. Inspire compassion

By educating young minds about marine conservation, they can better understand the pressing issues faced by the ocean and endangered marine species due to human actions, as well as foster love, respect and compassion for all animals.

National Geographic Ocean Exploration Children’s Workshop

Programme Dates
March – 30, 31
April – 7, 14, 21, 28
May1, 5, 12, 19, 20, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
June – 1, 2, 3

9am  – 6pm

Price (new post-exam rates – save up to 20%)
Standard tickets – Adult S$168 S$129 / Child (7-12 yrs) S$158 S$119
1 Adult + 1 Child Bundle – S$295 S$223
RWS Invites/AP/SP Members – Adult S$152 S$116 / Child S$143 S$107

Reservation and enquiries
Please email public.programmes@rwsentosa.com. Confirmation of booking and payment must be completed at least 7 days before programme date.

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