Reopening of Pusat Sains Negara – a flop?

So I know that I promised to blog about this last night but I got distracted by the season finale of This Is Us. Cried my eyeballs out. Legit excuse, aight!

Firstly, Happy Deepavali to all Malaysians! Bring on the thosais, murukkus and gulab jamuns!

On Monday a friend and I brought our 2 daughters to Pusat Sains Negara (National Science Center) for a day of fun. Our daughters have never been to the PSN. And to be honest, they did have fun.

The last time I went to PSN was around 15 years ago, when I was hosting a show on Astro. Being that a long ago, I can’t exactly remember what it looked like inside.

As we turned into the road leading to the PSN, cars were parked on the side of the road. We opted to park at the outdoor parking opposite the PSN. There is a bridge connecting the parking lot to the PSN and it’s a 10mins walk with an uphill climb towards the end. You might want to try your luck with parking inside the building compound if you are with really young children or the elderly. Parking was free.

We entered and headed straight to the ticket counter. We were issued a ticket but admission was free. According to staff, general admission will be free from now until further notice. Selected exhibitions will have a fee of RM4 for adults and RM2 for children.

The first area consists of aquatics & sea life. There’s an aquarium where kids could put their hands inside it and feel the sea creatures. However, I noticed that the aquarium was dirty so I didn’t allow my daughter to stick her hand in. We were at the Boston Aquarium a few years back and they had a similar concept but the aquarium was squeaky clean and they had sanitizer pumps ready for use. I didn’t see any yesterday.

You will then go thru a see thru aquarium tunnel similar to the one in Aquaria KLCC.

Next up is a section about energy – solar, water, wind etc. It was a very hands on experience and the kids learned about vortexes, electricity, solar energy and the like. The exhibits were all functioning and made learning about energy quite interesting.

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Watching how a cyclone is formed. She thought this was pretty awesome!

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We spent a good half hour here as the girls wanted to try everything and we let them. Next up you will walk into the center court where 2 gigantic playgrounds plus a smaller one for tiny tots will greet you.

Unfortunately for us, the rocket playground is only for 6 year olds and above and the enclosed play area you see on the left is for 7 year olds and above only. Age and height restrictions were strictly enforced and there were staff guarding the entrances to ensure adherence.

But for those below 6, all is not lost. There is a separate area only for below sixers called Kids’ Discovery Place which I find more “scientific” than the 2 playgrounds.

This area lets children have hands on play as they learn about fulcrums, mass, planets, robots and all things scientificky. The girls also had a few giggles posing as robots and bees.

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Learning about using a fulcrum to help carry a heavy load.

For even tinier tots, there is a play area for them nearby the playgrounds.

Tiny tots play area

We explored the ground floor further and behind the playground was an area that explained about kinetic energy, music and mechanics.

We were running out of time so we did a quick tour of the 2nd floor and found two exhibitions called Surviving the Bunker and Laser Tag. We did not go into both.

All in all, we spent 1.5 hours here and had a good time. As we walked back to the car, we passed a small butterfly farm, an outdoor playground and a dinosaur park . We plan to visit these places the next time we come by

We ended the day with eating the best thing since sliced bread – cheap ice cream.

Conclusion: an enjoyable day. And value for money too, since no money was involved in this outing except for the ice cream (thanks, Aunty Hanis!).

The kids didn’t need to go to the bathroom so I do not know the condition of it, but there are copious complaints about it being smelly, wet & dirty on PSN’s Facebook page. I did take a peek at the baby changing area and it was clean. Also people are complaining that after almost 3 years of being closed for renovations, the inside & all the exhibitions are the same. Only the exterior of the building has been revamped.

Opening hours : Saturday to Thursday, 9am to 5pm. Closed on Fridays.

Fun rating : 7/10

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