If you thought that the Pokémon hype train was ever dying down, the new Pokémon Research Exhibition at the S.E.A. Aquarium is back to rekindle that fire.
If you’re a elder geek bringing your kids on a trip to the aquarium this should be a good way to end of the entire experience.
And it’s also just in time as a good refresher for Pokémon Sun and Moon which would be releasing soon.
It’s not the biggest Pokémon exhibition in terms of scale but to the kids it should be more than sufficient to keep them occupied.
The whole premise of the entire experience would be uncover which Pokemon is hidden within the various Regular, Great and Ultraballs by visiting various observations machines on site.
Naturally, the easiest would be to grab a regular Pokeball but if you’ve been attuned to the first generation of Pokémon only, you might run into some trouble as Pokémon from other generations are thrown in the mix.
This is where your age really shows. Like mine.
This notebook is really more of a guide, the inner pages highlight select Pokémon but it’s not entirely exhaustive.
It’ll be better to head into the inner gallery before trying to guess what your Pokémon might be.
With eight observation stations on site, it’s important to note that all stations are timed to keep the crowd moving and you only get one shot per station up to a maximum of four. So, you’d need to give your full on focus if you’re committed to discovering the Pokémon within. No backsies guys.
I shadowed these two kids around for a fair bit and found that some of the one screen prompts might be too challenging for them as there’s quite a bit of reading needed. In addition, some stations require a fair amount of dexterity to complete as well, so parents might need to do most of the legwork instead (literally).
The real highlight of the entire experience would be to grab a picture with Professor Pikachu who has the enthusiasm to match any hyperactive child. Make sure to take the opportunity to press his cheeks. So squishy!
The professor will not be available throughout the entire day, so plan your trips around the following times to catch him in action –
- 11:30AM, 5:30PM at the Pokémon Research Exhibition
- 2:30PM at the S.E.A Aquarium Basement
Do note that each entry to the Pokémon Research Exhibition entitles you to one Pokeball only. If you’d like to give it another go, you’d need to buy another ticket for entry which makes the experience all the more precious.
But if you’re a S.E.A. Aquarium Annual Pass member, you get UNLIMITED tries!
Here are all the finer details of the event –
Pokémon Research Exhibition
Where: S.E.A. Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa
When: 22 October 2016 – 2 January 2017
Price: Entry tickets are a supplement to the S.E.A. Aquarium entry ticket and starts from S$6 as an add-on.
For more details visit the RWS Pokémon Research Exhibition website.
Gerald currently straddles between his love of video games and board gaming. There’s nothing that interests him more than trying out the newest and fanciest gadget in town as well. He dreams of publishing a board game sometime in the future!