In commemoration of Total Defence 2023, reignite that fighting spirit and rally together at Singapore Discovery Centre (SDC) for a series of fun-filled family-friendly programmes from 4 February till 3 March 2023! Through specially curated activities, rediscover how every Singaporean, big or small, can contribute to protecting and defending our home.

total defence 2023 SDC


Be enthralled by the vehicles that help prevent and deter crime and threats in our everyday lives! The Singapore Police Force (SPF) Vehicular Display will feature the Fast Response Car, and Special Operations Command tactical vehicle.

Visitors can also learn how to safeguard their very own customised city (made of LEGO® bricks!) at the interactive ‘A Day as a Police Officer’ LEGO® Play Area.

Over at the Our Future Defenders photo spot, capture Instagram-worthy memories as little ones don the military uniforms of their choice, and pen their thoughts to the simple yet heartfelt question: what does it mean to defend your home?

Visitors will also get to exercise their creativity at the Pillars of Home Craft station, where new patterned collectable cards will be released weekly for guests to decorate and customise. Each unique card can be slotted into each other; allowing the user the flexibility to create complex yet stable structures. With each card, find out more about how the 6 pillars of defence keeps Singapore strong and cohesive!

Enjoy complimentary entry to thrilling 4D simulation adventures at SDC’s multi-sensory XD Theatre, featuring exciting Total Defence-related ride titles. Other highlights include free entry to film screenings of Singapore Stories at the iWERKS Theatre, and the REDACTED? Blueprints Trail, which will guide visitors through the newly launched REDACTED? – An Uncensored Look At Our Home exhibition.


Rediscover Singapore through a different lens at SDC’s exhibition entitled REDACTED? – An Uncensored Look At Our Home! From 4 February till 15 September 2023, REDACTED? hones in on the often downplayed and overlooked issues that still plague our nation. Through a series of visually striking installations, the exhibition highlights the importance and effort we can take to safeguard and make Singapore a better place to call home.

Dive into an ocean of scams – both digital and physical – in Red Herrings, navigate through tough social issues and stigmas in Red Faced, face the consequences of an ever-changing climate in Red Hot, and get a whiff of controversial food smells in Red Whine. For this Total Defence period only, a special segment entitled Six of Diamonds will feature an interlocking house of cards – paralleling how our collective actions form and reinforce our bonds; and how as a nation, we become stronger together.

Aside from REDACTED?, journey through some of Singapore’s key historical events with our guided Defence Through the Ages tour at SDC’s Permanent Exhibits Gallery – Through the Lens of Time and Sandbox, or hop on to the SAFTI MI Bus Tour and have a glimpse around the 88-hectare training ground for officers-to-be!

Highlights of Total Defence 2023 at SDC

Singapore Police Force (SPF) Vehicular Display

Total Defence 2023 SDC SPF Vehicular DisplaySPF Vehicular Display. Photo Credit: Singapore Police Force

Get up close and learn more about some of Singapore Police Force’s show-stopping tactical vehicles.

Special Operations Command (SOC) Vehicle
📅 11 & 12 Feb 2023
📍 Concourse
⏱ 11:00am – 5:30pm

Fast Response Car
📅 11 & 18 Feb 2023
📍 Concourse
⏱ 11:00am – 3:00pm

‘A Day as a Police Officer’ LEGO® Play Area

Total Defence 2023 SDC Lego‘A Day as a Police Officer’ LEGO® Play Area. Photo Credit: The LEGO® Group

Build your own city and experience life as a police officer safeguarding it at this interactive LEGO® play area!

📅 4 Feb to 3 Mar 2023
📍 Play Ground Concourse (11, 12, 18 & 19 Feb 2023 only)
⏱ 12:00pm – 7:00pm (Weekdays)
11:00am – 8:00pm (Weekends, PHs, School Holidays)

*Join us on 11 and 18 Feb 2023 from 11:00am to 3:00pm to stand a chance to win a City Police Mission Pack Polybag (worth $12.90) and LEGO® CITY Police sets! Terms and conditions apply.

Pillars of Home Craft

New patterned collectable cards will be released weekly for guests to decorate and customise. Colour in the cards and find out more about the 6 pillars of defence that keep our Singapore strong. Your mission? Collect ALL the pillars to build a taller and stronger home!

📅 4 Feb to 3 Mar 2023
📍 Play Ground
⏱ 12:00pm – 7:00pm (Weekdays)
11:00am – 8:00pm (Weekends, PHs, School Holidays)


From 4 Feb to 3 Mar 2023, get your hands on the full-coloured set of Pillars of Home (with 39 cards per box!) at our retail store, shop@SDC!

Our Future Defenders

Total Defence 2023 Singapore Discovery CentreOur Future Defenders

Ready, set, defend! As the young ones don military uniforms of their choice, pen down your thoughts and share what it means to defend our home.

📅 11, 12, 18 & 19 Feb 2023
📍 Play Ground
⏱ 11:00am – 8:00pm

*Wearing of uniforms will be available at selected timings.

REDACTED? Blueprints Trail

Pick up a trail card from the Play Ground and let it guide you through the REDACTED? exhibition. Once the blueprint is complete, head over to shop@SDC to collect a small token!

📅 4 Feb – 3 Mar 2023
⏱ 12:00pm – 7:00pm (Weekdays)
11:00am – 8:00pm (Weekends, PHs, School Holidays)

XD Theatre Rides: Total Defence Special

Get ready for explosive effects, twists, and turns at these thrilling and FREE 4D multi-sensory rides at the XD Theatre! Visitors can choose between 2 titles:

Operation Lightning Crush
Our defence forces – air, land, and sea – rise above all to protect our country after enemy forces invade.

What You Cannot Defend, You Don’t Own
A film showcasing the capability of the Singapore Armed Forces, and the importance of defending our nation.

📅 11, 12, 15, 18 & 19 Feb 2023
📍 XD Theatre
⏱ 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm

*Additional time slots at 6:30pm & 7:30pm are available on 11, 12, 18 & 19 Feb 2023


REDACTED? – An Uncensored Look At Our Home

Take a hard look into often downplayed and overlooked issues in Singapore, and find out what we can do to take action.

With themes ranging from climate change to diversity, each section is crafted and presented as a visually striking art installation.

📅 4 Feb to 15 Sep 2023
📍 Singapore Discovery Centre
⏱ 12:00pm – 7:00pm (Weekdays)
11:00am – 8:00pm (Weekends, PHs, School Holidays)

Defence Through the Ages Guided Tour

Are we safe? How are we keeping Singapore, our home, safe against the backdrop of evolving security threats? What role can you play?

Come with us on a journey through some of the key historical events that have shaped our defence strategy through the years and explore how you can play a part in keeping Singapore safe and secure.

📅 10 to 25 Feb 2023
⏱ 2:00pm, 4:00pm (Weekdays)
12:00pm, 2:00pm, 4:00pm, 6:00pm (Weekends, PHs, School Holidays)


Hop onto our SAFTI MI bus for an exclusive tour around the 88-hectare training ground for officers-to-be. This tour offers a unique glimpse into the life of an officer cadet, and the role of SAF in the defence and security of Singapore.

📅 Daily
⏱ 3:00pm (Weekdays)
11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm, 5:00pm (Weekends, PHs, School Holidays)

*To participate in the SAFTI MI bus tour, please proceed to the SAFTI MI bus bay at least 5 minutes before the stipulated tour time. The tour is limited to a maximum of forty (40) persons and admission is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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