Malls in Singapore offer more than great shopping. Check out these free activities at CapitaLand malls for fun beyond retail therapy!
Next to eating at buffets and hunting for deals, shopping is easily our third favourite pastime in Singapore. Whether it’s night bazaars or world-class malls, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to retail therapy.
But malls in Singapore actually offer more than just great shopping. They’re also a one-stop hub for essentials and entertainment. Just take a look at the different CapitaLand malls around the country to see what we mean.
CapitaMall forms the largest shopping mall network, with as many as 17 CapitaLand malls in Singapore in strategic locations. Besides offering a good mix of global brands, concept boutiques, and exciting culinary destinations, these malls deliver experiences that go beyond good old-fashioned shopping.
Here are some unconventional things to do at the malls in your neighbourhood.
1. KPOPX Fitness@ Junction 8
Located right next to Bishan MRT, Junction 8 offers fitness workouts on their Roof garden every Friday, 7pm. Head over after a light dinner, and burn off calories to your favourite Kpop artists.
When: Fridays, 7pm
Where: L3 Roof Garden, Junction 8
2. Super Storytastic @ Lot One
If there’s no one to watch over the kids while you do weeknight errands, drop them off at the Choa Chu Kang Public Library at Lot One. With thousands of books to choose from, kids can let their imaginations run wild, and maybe even get their homework done! Young kids will definitely enjoy the free storytelling session every Wednesday night. Don’t forget to pick them up when you finish your grocery shopping!
When: Wednesdays, 7:30 – 8:30 pm
Where: Choa Chu Kang Public Library, 4th floor Lot One
3. Evening workouts @ Star Vista
Staying fit saves you hundreds of dollars on healthcare costs. If you work or live nearby, visit Star Vista for free workouts every Mondays to Thursdays, 7:30 pm at B1 Star Plaze. Start off the week with Kickboxing Mondays, followed by Zumba Tuesdays, Piloxing Wednesdays, and Yoga Thursdays. Come in your cutest activewear and be prepared to sweat! No pre-registration is required.
When: 7:30 pm, Mondays to Thursdays
Where: B1, The Star Vista
4. Play at the garden-themed playground @ Westgate
Did you know that Westgate is home to Singapore’s largest thematic mall playground? Kids and kiddults can play to their heart’s content amongst the giant insects and lily pads, and climb up the 10-metre tall tree house. Open everyday except the last Monday of every month.
When: daily, 10 am – 10 pm
Where: 4th floor, Westgate Mall
5. Water Play @ IMM
It’s hard to imagine a situation where kids won’t have a blast at a playground. Maybe if the weather is too hot? In that case, check out this cool water playground just a stone’s throw away from Westgate.
IMM Water Play features a 248sqm flower-themed outdoor water playground – complete with water slides, rain showers, and tipping buckets. Kids not a fan of water? There’s also a covered playground with slides and lots of crazy structures to climb on.
When: 10 am – 10 pm
Where: Garden Plaza, level 3 IMM
6. Ice skate at The Rink @ Jcube
Escape the heat and spend an afternoon at Singapore’s first and only Olympic sized ice skating rink at Jcube. Besides clocking in some distance for your Pokemon Go, the ice skating rink is home to a number of recreational skating events. Friday nights is Disco on Ice, where you can skate and dance under club lights and electropop music.
Don’t feel like dancing? You can also catch the action from the 460-seat gallery, or grab a snack at the rink-side restaurants.
When: Fridays, 9:45 pm to 11:45 pm
Where: The Rink, Level 3, Jcube
7. The Chinese Wedding Shop @ Bedok Mall
Chinese culture is slowly fading in Singapore. How many young Singaporean Chinese know what a traditional Chinese wedding is like? If you happen to be at Bedok Mall, visit the Chinese wedding shop and learn more about wedding customs like betrothal (过大礼). Typically done by the groom, this involves bringing all sorts of goodies in a multi-tiered basket as a way of bringing both families together.
When: 11:00 am – 9:30 pm daily
Where: B1-14 Bedok Mall
8. Ion Art @ ION Orchard
Reconnect with your inner art-lover and check out the fourth floor of ION Orchard. It’s practically a museum, with over 4,000 square feet of exhibition space featuring works from local and international contemporary artists. Exhibitions change quite often, so be sure to check the ION Orchard Facebook page to stay updated. Entrance is free, and ION Art is a few steps away from the bridge to the Sky Observatory, Salt Grill, and Sky Bar.
When: 10 am – 10 pm daily
Where: Level 4, ION Orchard
9. Sky Observatory @ ION Orchard
Nothing makes you feel like you’re on top of the world like standing high above your city. Located 56 levels above Orchard Road, the Sky Observatory at ION Orchard offers a sweeping 360 view of Singapore. Use the built-in camera at the augmented reality kiosks to take photos and learn more about each area. And if you manage to get there on a clear day, you might even see a stunning sunset!
When: 3 – 6 pm daily
Where: Level 56, 2 Orchard Turn
10. Play Darts @ Bugis +
If you’re looking for something to do while enjoying your drinks, challenge your friends to a game of darts at iDarts Singapore. Besides trying to be the first to hit the bullseye, visitors at iDarts can also join fun party games in DARTSLIVE2. And if you feel like you can’t throw a dart to save your life, fear not – there are helpful instructors who will help you make your way to the top of the scoreboard!
When: 12:30 pm – 1:00 am
Where: iDarts Halo, #03-24 Bugis+
So if you find yourself at these malls for errands or for fun, you may as well get rewarded for what you spend. And that’s why a shopping credit card like the American Express CapitaCard is a handy companion when you visit any CapitaLand Mall.
You get 3 STAR$ reward points for every S$1 you spend at CapitaLand malls, which you can eventually redeem for Capita Vouchers. Spend a minimum of S$1,200 on the card per calendar month to get 3 hours of complimentary parking per mall per day at participating malls.
And if you apply for the card before 30 September 2016, you can earn up to 50,000 bonus STAR$ – redeemable for a S$50 Capita Voucher! All you need to do is:
- Make a first successful transaction within the first 6 months upon card approval and receive 20,000 Bonus STAR$
- Spend $888 on eligible purchases of goods or services within the first 6 months upon Card approval and receive 30,000 Bonus STAR$
Prefer using an air miles or a cashback credit card? Use our American Express credit card comparison page to find the right one!
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By Lauren Dado
Lauren has been a content strategist and digital marketer since 2007. As SingSaver.com.sg’s Content Manager, Lauren edits and publishes personal finance stories to help Singaporeans save money. Her work has appeared in publications like Her World, Asia One, and Women’s Weekly.