Jerry & Jerome are both huge fans of Transformers. Not a day goes by in the household without them holding or playing Transformers. They play with it every single day. Heck. Make that several many times a day and they travel with it even, grabbing one or two of them each time we step out of the house.

So, when I heard about the Transformers 30th Anniversary Exhibition at Science Centre Singapore, it’s a no brainer that I have got to check it out.

Jerry & Jerome at the Transformers 30th Anniversary Exhibition, Singapore

Jerry & Jerome at the Transformers 30th Anniversary Exhibition.

In case you aren’t aware… The Transformers 30th Anniversary Exhibition celebrates 30 years of evolution of the world famous Transformers series and presents a snapshot of its history as well as scenes and robots of the Transformers movie. The exhibition is making its third and final stop in Asia at the Science Centre Singapore and visitors will get to experience a science-enriched narrative showcasing the robots. It also has the biggest display of Transformers statues ever held locally.

The exhibition is divided into 8 different zones, showcasing the history and key scenes in the movies. Please do arm yourself with the activity booklet and the mission card to clock in the maximum amount of fun! The mission card sets you on a quest to search for answers!

Learn all about Transformers' history and evolution in the Time Warp Zone (Zone 1).

Learn all about Transformers’ history and evolution in the Time Warp Zone (Zone 1).

My boys entered the exhibition wide-eyed, and stared and each and every exhibit. Jerry was rattling off the names faster than I can make out what they are and I was quite blown away by his knowledge of all the Transformer robots! The younger kid, on the other hand…

Screaming for the robots in the showcase.

Screaming for the robots in the showcase.

… was screaming at the robots. Or rather at me, asking me to take them out of the showcase for him. This section is somewhat information intensive, but serves as a good knowledge base if you aren’t really the  hardcore Transformer guru (that’s me). I didn’t know that Transformers goes way back into 1984 (but of cos, 30th Anniversary I know). There are also bits of information for some of the other characters like Starscream and Rachet.  I felt like my Transformers knowledge was being tested here and of cos, I failed miserably.

*hint* Look carefully around you in this section. There is more to it than meets the eye. There is something on the wall to decode!

Jerry meets Optimus Prime in

Jerry meets Optimus Prime in “Chicago”.

Jerry meets Optimus. This is not an exact replica of the comic/character but it is made with scrap metal. How cool is that?! I wished I remembered at that point in time to give Jerry a lesson on recycling but honestly, I was so busying take pictures and ensuring that I *still* had both the kids around me.

Distracted Jerry posing with Optimus again, in another form.

Distracted Jerry posing with Optimus again, in another form.

Err, I like this vintage looking optimus! Had to make my kid pose with it. There were a lot other robot statues on display throughout the exhibition and here’s some of them.

Transformer Skids, the scientist.

Transformer Skids, the scientist.

BumbleBee

The popular BumbleBee

Jerome staring at Mudflap

Jerome staring at Mudflap.

In zone 3 where it is Desert Skirmish, you’ll meet some of them statues, and in this battle zone,  Autobots are engaged in a battle to prevent the Decepticons from activating an ancient star harvester that will capture energy from our sun and destory it…

The sun above our heads are going to be destroyed by the Star Harvesters!

The sun above our heads are going to be destroyed by the Star Harvester, which is disguised as a pyramid!

I totally like how the exhibition fits into the Transformers’ tagline – There’s more to it than meets the eye. You really need to be looking closely at everything. I would have totally missed this if Der didn’t capture this picture above us. Also, keep your eyes peeled for the matrix who will only reveal itself to those who are deserving. Was so honoured when I spotted it. Heh.

There is also a fun laser maze here where queues potentially can get very long over the weekends. If you aren’t strapped for time, try it because it can be quite challenging with different difficulty levels to suit everyone. Jerry & I went for the simple maze and even Jerry kept asking to go one more time. I didn’t take a picture, but I found one on the net and imagine getting through all that without touching them and completing the mission at hand.

Transformers Laser Maze

[Photo credit: littledayout.com]

Other highlights include…

Very cool 3D Mapping show that kept the kids mesmerised.

Very cool 3D Mapping show that kept the kids mesmerised.

Display of a real meteorite rock.

Display of a real meteorite rock.

Interactive learning stations

Interactive learning stations (Jerry with Xavier Ong)

Augmented Reality Display where the Transformers will transform when shown an autobots shield and fight when shown a decepticon shield.

Augmented Reality Display where the Transformers will transform when shown an autobot shield and fight when shown a decepticon shield.

Kids having loads of fun with the Augmented Reality Display

Kids having loads of fun with the Augmented Reality Display

Jerome looking very enthusiastic here!

Jerome looking very enthusiastic here!

and a pair of 7m tall Transformers – Optimus Prime & BumbleBee.

My turn to pose with Optimus Prime!

My turn to pose with Optimus Prime!

... and BumbleBee!

… and BumbleBee!

There is a lot more stuff to see, but I am not going to spoil all the fun for you. True Transformers enthusiasts would be pleased to view a wide collection of vintage/rare Transformers figurines and accessories on display.

Optimus Prime figurines by private collector.

Optimus Prime figurines by private collector.

Huge Transformer Figurine on display by private collector.

Huge Transformer Figurine on display by private collector.

The kids really enjoyed themselves that day and they kept running round and round the place, I had a hard time catching them to leave. As a mum, I’ll say this place is great for young kids who really love Transformers. It gives just sufficient information for the young minds to learn, loads of activities and exercises in the activity books and mission cards to test their knowledge, and loads of hands-on activities for little hands to touch and interact with.

There is also movie screening of the first three series of the Transformers movie at 11am and 2.30pm daily;
1. Transformers
2. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
3. Transformers: Dark of the Moon
4. Transformers: Age of Extinction (Yes, this is available too!)

Der guiding Jerry in making his cardboard robot.

Der guiding Jerry in making his cardboard robot.

Jerome experimenting with his robot.

Jerome experimenting with his robot.

Jerry & Jerome's cardboard robots!

Jerry & Jerome’s cardboard robots!

The kids got to make themselves a robot each (for $5) and it was fun getting them to go through the task. There were other paid activities like scrap metal workshop and a clay modelling workshop.

Scrap Metal Art @ Transformer Exhibition

Scrap Metal Art @ Transformer Exhibition

Transformers Clay Modelling Workshop.

Transformers Clay Modelling Workshop.

Eva Foam Colouring.

Eva Foam Colouring.

There is also a ball pit that my kid cannot get enough of.

Jerome, enjoying himself in the ball pit.

Jerome, enjoying himself in the ball pit.

I’ll totally recommend the exhibition for families with Transformers loving kids. You need to know the story to understand the clever bits of the exhibition. I have read some not-so-stellar reviews of the exhibit and also had friends who tell me that the exhibition is boring. I don’t quite agree. The whole point of the exhibition is to interact with the display, go through the activities in the booklet and run around finding the answers if you have to. That is what the fun is about.

If you are intending to walk through the exhibition as if you are window shopping in a mall, it will be boring because you probably will miss all the interesting bits (especially the matrix).

The exhibition runs till 1 March 2015, and you can check out the website for more information. The ticket prices are on the same site as well, with various packages. The Family Package of 2 adults + 2 children (3-12 years) at $88 (Transformers Exhibit only) or $99 (Transformers + Science Centre Singapore) is probably the best deal, so do remember to check that out! I’ll drag along another kid even if I have to.

P.s. there is also additional discount for NETS FlashPay!

Exhibition Details:
Date: Now till 1 March 2015 (Closed on 5 Jan & 2 Feb)

Venue: Science Centre Singapore, The Annexe
Time: 10am – 6pm
Children under 3 years enters for free.

Jerome looking like a really cute Optimus Prime!

Jerome looking like a really cute Optimus Prime!

One last warning. You might want to blindfold your kid at the entrance and the exit of the exhibit. Or be prepared to put up a battle with them or part with your moo-lah. You choose. My sons went berserk.

Loads and loads of Transformers merchandise at the entrance!

Loads and loads of Transformers merchandise at the entrance!

Jerome clutching onto a Transformers Bag, refusing to

Jerome clutching onto a Transformers Bag, refusing to “let it go”. (pun intended)

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts, opinions and recommendations are of my own based on my family experience with the Transformers 30th Anniversary Exhibition.