Singapore Discovery Centre Re-Opens: 5 Things To Look Out For
When was the last time you visited the Singapore Discovery Centre? If your answer is when you were a kid, chances are you won't recognise the place at all now. After six months of intensive revamp, it has been renovated to include all-new attractions suitable for different age groups and to showcase the city state's commitment to innovation and digital transformation.
We were lucky enough to get a sneak peek at the 'edutainment' and tourist attraction ahead of its re-opening this Saturday (October 31).
1/5 XD Theatre
Afraid of death-defying drops but don't wish to miss out on the thrill? XD Theatre provides just that experience, all while you're strapped into your seat with your feet barely off the ground. Now screening two films in 4D—the light-hearted Pinocchio for young ones and the adrenaline-filled Sky Hunt for adults—expect a full cinematic journey that includes motion sensors and special effects to keep the audience (literally) on the edge of their seats.
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, visitors will also have to adhere to standard social distancing rules and be seated in alternate seats throughout the course of the screening.
2/5 Black Lake Facility: Multi-storey immersive escape room
Escape rooms are all the rage in Singapore as there's something exciting about solving puzzles while trying to beat the clock—all while being transported to a different reality. To take that experience one step further, the centre unveiled its latest attraction: Black Lake Facility, a multi-storey escape room attraction covering 13 rooms across four different chapters for participants to choose from, each centred around a fictional ancient relic that was excavated from the lake that precedes the building.
Aside from their individual unique themes, the chapters are designed according to various levels of difficulty and thrill factor. Adopting the roles of special agents on a top-secret military reconnaissance mission, participants will also find themselves surrounded by immersive, multi-sensory elements such as touch sensors and UV lighting to aid them in their quest—all to be completed within 60 min.
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3/5 Black Lake Laser Battlefield
Boasting a state-of-the-art Helios2 laser tag system, Black Lake Laser Battlefield is one of the many new offerings at the Singapore Discovery Centre now that elevates the user experience during the whole course of their gameplay. Unlike other systems, participants can expect interactive combat simulations as they take on the roles of an elite security task force.
It is also the only laser tag arena that utilises CGI projection mapping to create a more immersive and reactive game experience.
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4/5 Through the lens of time: An augmented experiential gallery
Situated at the entrance of the centre is the permanent exhibition gallery, which will bring visitors through key moments of Singapore's past in four segments from the pre-colonial era to the 1983 cable car tragedy. Upon entering, guests will be greeted by a breathtaking display of the city-state's beginnings followed by a glimpse at what happened during World War II.
Located within the gallery is a small theatre screening the atrocities of war through the eyes of a little girl. To further immerse the audience into a challenging wartorn environment, the theatre is also decked out to resemble a war shelter with sandbags and wooden crates.
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5/5 Efforts towards championing sustainability
As visitors approach the newly reopened centre, they will find the roof, lake, and sheltered walkway covered with solar panels—all 2,325 of them, to be exact, installed with the intention of becoming an energy-free building. Together, the panels currently help to offset nearly half of the centre's electrical consumption as the attractions receive brand new upgrades.
Eager beavers can also take a walk on the floating platform walking trail to see the sonar panels on the lake up close, or hop into a pedal boat with the family to witness the panels on the roof from afar.