Find out what’s new at the Singapore Discovery Centre!

Located in the far west of Singapore (yes the nearest MRT is Joo Koon), the Singapore Discovery Centre (SDC) might almost qualify for an overseas trip. It better be worth the travel, right?

Recently revamped with new attractions like escape rooms and interactive galleries, we made a trip to revisit SDC — and yes, it’s worth checking out. Here are six cool new features to expect on your next trip to the wild wild west.

Expect intricate sets and a multi-sensorial experience at Singapore Discovery Centre’s two permanent exhibits galleries — Through the Lens of Time and Sandbox.

Through the Lens of Time

Through the Lens of Time may feel like a life-sized version of your history or social studies textbook, but there’s much more to it. With the use of AR features and realistic sets, this permanent exhibits gallery brings you on an immersive journey through Singapore from past to present.

The Turning Point Through the Lens of Time gallery - Things to do in Singapore Discovery Centre

The journey starts when Singapore was first discovered by Sang Nila Utama, to Raffles’ landing, the tumultuous Japanese Occupation, Konfrontasi, and ultimately, independence in 1965.

Cable Car incident Through the Lens of Time - Things to do in Singapore Discovery Centre

Pro-tip: Scan the interactive hexagon-shaped Discovery Markers on the walls of the gallery with the mySDC app to learn more about the exhibits!

Sandbox gallery - Things to do in Singapore Discovery Centre


Newly opened on 20th November 2021, Sandbox is Singapore Discovery Centre’s other permanent gallery. The refreshing exhibition journeys through multi-faceted, present-day Singapore, and invites visitors to imagine our future together via multi-sensory stories and immersive interactives.

Sandbox Situation Room - Things to do in Singapore Discovery Centre

Take part in experiential games, such as Battlefield Command and Situation Room, that’ll challenge you to defend against conventional threats from land, air, and sea as well as complex threats like geo-strategic conflicts, virus and disaster outbreaks.

Battlefield Command at Sandbox gallery - Things to do in Singapore Discovery Centre

Through these gameplay opportunities and interactive features, you’ll get to learn more about how we as individuals, can play our own parts in contributing to defending our nation.

2) Black Lake Facility: Escape rooms

Black Lake Facility Escape Room entrance - Things to do in Singapore Discovery Centre

Singapore Discovery Centre is also home to the largest double-storey escape room attraction in Singapore. Black Lake Facility has a total of 13 rooms across four story chapters.

The Basement at Black Lake Facility escape room - Things to do in Singapore Discovery Centre

The escape rooms of SDC aren’t your usual escape rooms but have multi-sensory features installed to make puzzle and problem-solving even more exciting for players. Gather a few friends or even family members to conquer and outwit the challenging escape rooms together.

The Armoury Escape Room Black Lake Facility - Things to do in Singapore Discovery Centre

The four escape rooms are The Armoury, The Medical Centre, The Research Lab, and The Basement. The backstories of the four escape rooms are intertwined, connecting to a mystery.

Each escape room game lasts for 60 minutes, but time seems to simply fly by when we’re trying to solve the puzzles.

Cost: S$30/adult, S$24/child per escape room

3) Black Lake Laser Battlefield: Laser Tag

Black Lake Laser Battle Field - Things to do in Singapore Discovery Centre

For those who are looking for more adrenaline-pumping activities, Singapore Discovery Centre’s Black Lake Laser Battlefield is just the game you’re looking for. Get into an exhilarating battle of laser tag with your friends, and attempt to score points by tagging targets and opponents with the laser tag gun.

Black Lake Laser Battle Field zombie theme - Things to do in Singapore Discovery Centre

The laser tag guns are quite sturdy and, together with the weight vests, let players feel like they’re actually in combat. There are three themes to choose from — post-apocalyptic zombies, extraterrestrials, and cyborgs. Each game lasts 30 minutes, including briefing.

Players must be at least seven years old and wear covered shoes.

Cost: S$15/adult, S$12/child


4) XD Theatre Ride

XD Theatre Ride - Things to do in Singapore Discovery Centre

If you’re less adventurous but would still love for some excitement, head over to the XD Theatre Ride. The theatre’s slightly reclined seats may remind you of comfy cinema seats but it’s no cozy couch. It’s in fact a 4D simulation ride that sends riders on a thrilling adventure through short animated films.

There are two shows — Pinocchio (4D) and Sky Hunt (4D) — available at the XD Theatre Ride.

Cost: S$10/adult, S$8/child

5) iWERKS Theatre 

iWERKS Theatre SDC - Things to do in Singapore Discovery Centre

Besides the interactive galleries and fun activities available, Singapore Discovery Centre also has a 344-seater theatre with a five-storey high screen for that ultimate epic cinematic experience.

Interior of iWERKS Theater - Things to do in Singapore Discovery Centre

Photo credit: Singapore Discovery Centre

And if you’re wondering if only defence-related films are screened at iWERKS, you’re wrong. When we visited, the films showing are new blockbusters — Escape Room 2: Tournament of Champions, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, and No Time To Die.

Pro-tip: Pay only S$7 for a movie at iWERKS Theatre on weekdays

Cost: S$7/movie on weekdays, S$10/movie on weekends

6) Bottle Tree Cafe Restaurant + Discovery Lake

Bottle Tree Cafe - Things to do in Singapore Discovery Centre

All that fun at SDC may leave you peckish, or even famished. So get your hunger taken care of at the Bottle Tree Cafe Restaurant that comes with calm tranquil views of Discovery Lake.

Bottle Tree Cafe canteen - Things to do in Singapore Discovery Centre

Specialising in local fare tze-char style, Bottle Tree Cafe Restaurant serves up tantalising Singaporean favourites like Butter Cream Chicken, BBQ Grilled Stingray, White Bee Hoon, and Prawn Paste Chicken. Don’t miss out on their signature Pan-fried Bee Hoon!

Cost: From S$4.50/dish

Discover more through the mySDC mobile app

Timo and Choo looking at phone at Sandbox Gallery - Things to do in Singapore Discovery Centre

Download the mySDC app on your mobile phone for a more interactive experience at Singapore Discovery Centre. Look out for Discovery Markers on the walls and scan them with the app’s Discovery Lens to get extra nuggets of the exhibits!

SDC Photo Wall - Things to do in Singapore Discovery Centre

If you’re new to Singapore Discovery Centre and would like to revisit some of their milestones of the last 25 years, do check out the interactive Discovery Photo Wall. Scan the Discovery Marker on the photo wall and find out more about the journey and evolution of SDC.

Spending a Day at Singapore Discovery Centre

SDC signboard next to Discovery Lake - Things to do in Singapore Discovery Centre

The holiday season is here again so why not spend a full day of fun at Singapore Discovery Centre with your friends or family! After its major revamp, the centre is refreshed and renewed with state-of-the-art technology and activities for people of all ages to enjoy.

There’s also a pedal boat ride at Discovery Lake (11AM – 6PM on weekends till 5 Dec, daily from 6 Dec onwards) as well as the Crossfire Paintball (currently not in operation due to the Covid-19 restrictions).

With such a wide range of activities to check out, you could stretch your dollar (and train rides) further with the SDC Adventurer Membership programme. At S$50/year, members can enjoy a variety of free attraction tickets, and 20% off laser tag, escape rooms and more!

Singapore Discovery Centre is a short 10-minute walk from Joo Koon MRT Station (EW29) and has free admission for all Singaporean Citizens and Permanent Residents.

Opening hours: 1PM – 6PM on weekdays, 11AM – 8PM on weekends, PH and school holidays (last entry 30 mins before closing)
Admission: S$10/adult, S$8/child (Free for SC & PR)
(Additional charges apply for Black Lake Facility, Black Lake Laser Battlefield, XD Theatre Ride, and iWERKS; Prices stated are subject to prevailing government taxes) 

Read also: 7 Things to do in Singapore on a Japan-themed Daycation

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