Tired of our children and their incessant obsession with technological gadgets like the iPad or iPhone and their being glued to the computer screen to play Minecraft, we decided to take them to the Mint Museum of Toys to introduce them to the toys that gave us so much pleasure as kids.
A Life-size Astro Boy welcomes us to the Mint Museum of Toys. One fun thing to do before the start of the tour is to allow the kids to sign in. They will get a kick of leaving their signature in the museum guest book.
After paying for our tickets, we were ushered to the elevator area where we were told to go to the fifth level and work our way down. The lift ride up was interesting with familiar characters like Batman, Mickey Mouse and Sean Connery as the original James Bond.
Having an adult explain or point out to them the history of these toys from the past really help make the experience more interesting for the kids. Other than that, allow them to explore and let their imagination run wild. Below, the girls were excited to see Snoopy as well as all the Disney Characters – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Mickey and Minnie Mouse.
Below is the first prototype of a spaceship toy from years before our time. At the museum, you will find lots of old toys to bring back memories for moms and dads.
Here are some toys and characters that our children will not know or be exposed to if not for the museum.
The children were not the only ones who got excited by these toys. Popeye was a perennial favorite childhood cartoon character for some of us.
All in all, it was a lovely day out and the kids had fun NOT being in front of a screen for a change. As for the adults, we had tremendous fun reminiscing about childhood games and toys that kept us company and gave us so much pleasure as kids. Definitely a fun experience to visit the Mint Museum of Toys. Save this outing for one of those hot summer days in Singapore!
Mint Museum of Toys is located at 26 Seah Street, Singapore 188382. Admission charges are S$15 (adult), S$7.50 (child or senior citizen).