So, the tickets for the Singapore-Hong Kong flights are in limbo again or cost a small fortune (probably your entire year’s coffee’s worth). But, as they say, where there’s a will, there’s a way.
If you ever find yourself with nothing to do in Singapore here’s showing you the many things to do in our beautiful island country, as you make your bookings on the right credit card and earn rewards, points and cashback.
In this article, we aim to capture the best activities in Singapore every month, so you can mark your calendar and plan your week around them. We will try to cover a range of our recommended options for the outdoorsy, the adventurous, the artsy, the closet food connoisseur, and the leisure-loving souls. At the risk of quoting a cliche — there’s something for everyone here.
Note: Due to the evolving COVID-19 circumstances, events often change timings and dates without prior notice. We request you to check and confirm the schedules before heading out. Last updated: 1 March 2021.
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Things to do: Art and culture
LA Comedy Live brings you the first-ever live comedy show this year with Let’s Joget & Goreng Together, featuring Singaporean-Indian comedian and TV host Kumar.
Along with other Singapore-based comedians Sam See, Qam, and Deepak, the group will bring the much-needed laughter talking about our national favourite pastime: eating. Watch as Kumar shares observations on how Singaporeans adapted to delivery services during the circuit breaker period and more.
As this is Kumar’s first headline comedy show since the COVID-19 shutdown, tickets are selling fast. At press time, there is only one date and time slot left: 6 March 2021, 4pm.
Address: Esplanade Concert Hall, 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981
Price: From $55
5 and 6 March 2021
Visit National Museum of Singapore’s latest exhibition, Picturing the Pandemic: A Visual Record of COVID-19 in Singapore, for a glimpse into the diverse experiences of Singaporeans as they live, work and care for each other in the pandemic.
Through 272 photographs, a short film and 16 donated artefacts, the exhibition presents a poignant and resonant portrait of a nation responding to and coping with an unprecedented local and global crisis.
Address: National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897
Till 29 August 2021
Bella Bird is an accomplished professor at an Ivy League university who prizes her solitude. But when she faces a challenge she cannot tackle alone, she allies herself with a brilliant and mysterious student. Intensely intimate and deeply moving, this haunting play probes the question of what one person can do for another.
Hailed by The New York Times as “an astonishing new play”, this scintillating two-hander looks at how two brilliant but social misfits connect and bond with each other. Written by award-winning writer Adam Rapp, the beauty of this gripping drama The Sound Inside is that it’s never what you expect.
Address: KC Arts Centre – Home of SRT, 20 Merbau Rd, Singapore 239035
Price: From $45
From 10 March 2021
How has technology been incorporated into the design and build of puppets? What are its complexities and potential, and its accompanying creative clashes? In this edition of The Maker’s Forum, the flexibility in using technology in puppet design and build is at the forefront of the discussion.
Come hear from Singapore-based puppet designers and builders who have created works for theatre, entertainment and diverse research projects in The Maker’s Project 2021, which includes:
- Performance: Little Mournings (4 to 7 March 2021)
- The Maker’s Forum: Technology in Puppetry (6 March 2021)
- The Maker’s Assembly: Conversations (6 March 2021)
- The Maker’s Workshop: Building a puppet eye mechanism (13 to 14 March 2021)
Address: NAFA Campus 3 Studio Theatre The Finger Players Workshop, 151 Bencoolen St, Singapore 189656
Price: From $5
From 4 to 14 March 2021
An ongoing, collaborative project developed by Kristian-Marc James Paul and Mysara Aljaru, this performance-lecture explores Brown narratives in Singapore, specifically Brown social mobility and masculinity.
It is based on Kristian and Mysara’s research and workshops that were organised as part of The Substation’s artist residency programme, Concerned Citizens Programme (2019 to 2020) and the lived experiences of both artists and contributors of the project.
Address: The Substation (Theatre), 45 Armenian Street, Singapore 179936
Price: From $17.74
From 11 to 13 March 2021
Chinese New Year is made more fun when you make your own decorative light box through paper-cutting! Using simple materials such as coloured paper, parents can bond with their children through this hands-on activity of making creative light art that celebrates the year of the Ox.
This online workshop is recommended for children ages 6 to 12 with an accompanying parent/guardian. It will be conducted in Mandarin, with English and Mandarin subtitles, and all materials will be sent to your address.
Address: Your home!
From 19 February 2021 to 14 March 2021
Learn more about the Eurasian heroes of WWII, and the trials and tribulations the community endured in this special tour at the Eurasian Heritage Gallery.
At only $10 per person, this experience includes a poppy-making activity, themed souvenir, complimentary guided tour, a sharing session by an Eurasian war survivor, as well as light refreshments.
Address: Eurasian Heritage Gallery, 139 Ceylon Rd, Singapore 429744
From 20 February 2021 to 13 March 2021
The Chinese culture in Singapore has evolved in a way unlike other communities around the world, all thanks to the unique influences from living alongside a significant proportion of non-Chinese residents.
This interaction with other cultures over the years, encouraged by geographical proximity and social diversity, has birthed a Chinese Singaporean identity which is complex and ever-changing.
At the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, join in the conversation and discover (or rediscover) what it means to be a Chinese Singapo人(ren, Chinese for people).
Address: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, 1 Straits Boulevard, Singapore 018906
Aliwal Tracks is a video web series programme that invites viewers to explore the nuanced sounds around Kampong Glam.
Featuring online programmes such as virtual exhibitions, behind-the-scenes videos and digital performances, the video series bring you through one of Singapore’s most vibrant enclaves. Discover hidden street art, age-old stories from residents as well as the sounds and beats of Kampong Glam.
Till March 2021
Artwalk Little India is an annual multidisciplinary public arts project set in the cultural precinct of Little India. Artists bring to life the history and traditions of Little India through a multisensory art experience that includes wall murals, workshops, music and performances
Start your trail at the 1 Working Class Hero mural along Hindoo Road, where you’ll come face-to-face with the deified Indian superstar, Rajinikanth. The portrait pays homage to the Indian community, whose lives revolve around this cultural enclave. Revered above any other actor in the cinema world, Rajinikanth has always championed the commoner, having come from a humble background himself.
Click here for a guide on the four-hour enthralling trail, which includes pit stops at the neighbourhood’s foremost landmarks and more art murals.
Address: Around Little India
The Force is strong in Singapore at the ArtScience Museum with Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition, happening from 30 January to 13 June 2021.
The vast and exclusive showcase includes some 200 authentic props, models, costumes, and artwork from the original Star Wars films. Expect to see the original Star Wars drawings from the classic (1977 to 1983) and prequel (1999 to 2005) trilogies, the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, as well as Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Fan favourites such as Darth Vader, R2-D2, Chewbacca, Boba Fett, Yoda and the Millennium Falcon will be on display.
Address: 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974
Price: From $20
Till 13 June 2021
The National Museum of Singapore presents Home, Truly: Growing Up With Singapore, 1950s to the Present in collaboration with The Straits Times, as part of the newspaper’s 175th anniversary.
Featuring photographs and artefacts, including those contributed by members of the public, as well as audio-visual footage, sounds, scents and special digital features, Home, Truly explores the moments and experiences in Singapore’s past and present that express our identity and collective memory as a people.
Address: 93 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178897
Till 29 August 2021
A brand new commission by the Public Art Trust and its most ambitious ever, Re-written: The World Ahead of Us presents 14 text-based public artworks by Singapore artists. Some of the artworks are inspired by local writers and literary works, contemplating the multitude of changes experienced in their daily lives since the onset of COVID-19.
Distributed across eight parks in Singapore, the artworks resemble visual poetry unfurling across the island, awaiting discovery. The physical presentation will also be accompanied by a virtual engagement component, which seeks to offer new entry points in experiencing and learning about public art in a world transformed.
Address: Various locations
Till 6 June 2021
Think shopping malls are boring? Think again. Downtown East is pulling out all the stops with Lite On! @ Downtown East, a free public exhibition that showcases four different art and light installations curated by local artists.
Each artist will interpret light in the day and night in their own unique ways through an overarching theme of light
The four installations include: Bubble Play by Shophouse & Co, EAT.PLAY.SHOP.STAY by Band of Doodlers, Shades of Self by Space Objekt and Somewhere Out There by Speak Cryptic.
Address: Downtown East, 1 Pasir Ris Close, Singapore 519599
Till 21 March 2021
This year’s Chinatown Street light-up will feature sculptured lanterns of the Ox, gold coins, ingots, flowers, greetings and more. Visitors will be enthralled by the creativity of the contemporary street light-up, which combines traditional and modern designs, this Niu year!
Till 12 March 2021
Through this pop-up attraction, visitors can relive the emotions of travellers who have boarded the Orient Express through a reconstituted train platform and showrooms where they can embark on a fascinating journey through the history of the Orient Express.
The exhibition will present some of the most extraordinary objects and documents to showcase centuries old history that retraces the legacy of the train, allowing guests to also discover events that transformed the world and shaped the map.
It will also feature an exclusive Orient Express shop, Orient Express road cafe, Orient Express restaurant and lounge and an escape room experience, which has to be book separately.
The event may start in December, but tickets are already open for booking so do snap them up before it’s gone!
Address: Gardens by the Bay – West Lawn
Price: From $25
From 12 December 2021 to 13 June 2021
Things to do: Eating out
Indulge in signature and exclusive dishes presented by an all-star cast of Singapore’s most loved chefs and hawkers whilst soaking up unparalleled views from 57 floors high above the city.
From $10 onwards, sample the creations of chefs like Kurt Sombero (Meatsmith), Ueda Tsuyoshi (Tsuta), James Wang (Hai Kee Soy Sauce Chicken Rice), Manjit Kaur (Moghul Mahal), Vincent Ho (Bedok 511 BBQ Wings and Satay), and Renee Tang Eyrn (Jelebu Dry Laksa).
After that, enjoy desserts by pastry chef Kelvin Chia and end the night with cocktails mixed by Andrew Hyman, the lead mixologist at CÉ LA VI.
Address: Level 57, Marina Bay Sands SkyPark, Hotel Tower 3, 1 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018971
Price: From $10
From 6 to 7 March 2021
Trotting the globe in 150 minutes is entirely possible, all thanks to AndSoForth’s Around the World in 80 Days multi-sensory, theatrical dining experience.
Immerse yourself in seven wondrous rooms, each themed to look like London, Egypt, India, Hong Kong, Japan and New York. Feed your stomach with international cuisines inspired by each country, and then feast your eyes on the whimsical set designs and colourful costumes by the actors.
Address: Secret, to be revealed 24 hours before workshop
Price: From $128
Chinatown Food Street isn’t the typical tourist trap Singaporeans think it is anymore. The refreshed space, which reopened in December 2020, has new dining concepts such as mookata, mala hotpot and Korean BBQ.
The prices are rather affordable as well — Hongdae Korean BBQ’s buffet only costs $23.90 per adult, and it comes with free-flow Korean rice cakes and kimchi pancakes. If you’re feeling spicy, a mala hotpot buffet costs an affordable $19.90 with free-flow dumplings.
Address: Smith Street, Chinatown Food Street, Singapore 058938
Price: Depends on what you eat!
Things to do: Films
We get it. Your movie experience is not the same when the screen isn’t massive, the sound isn’t booming, and the overpriced caramel popcorn isn’t losing its crunch by the minute. While we wait for great movies to hit the screen again, you can still find an elevated movie experience in the meantime. Enter Zouk Cinema Club, a pop-up cinematic experience from Wednesdays to Saturdays.
The nightclub turns into a cinema with one screening session a night, showing two movies. Zouk’s famous screen, that normally belts out trippy visuals accompanied by the DJ’s turntable, now plays classics like Moulin Rouge, Grease, and The Greatest Showman. Grab your date, a bottle of sparkling, some hors d’oeuvre to share, and hit Zouk to experience the magic of old romances on the big screen.
Address: Zouk Singapore, 3C River Valley Road, Clarke Quay, #01-05 to #02-06, The Cannery, Singapore 179022
Price: Call to book your seats. Packages range from $75-$350
Things to do: Explore Singapore
Gardens by the Bay’s annual Sakura Matsuri is launching a new Sakura Floral Display that features everyone’s favourite Sanrio character — Hello Kitty!
Enter a beautiful garden of sakura (cherry blossoms), momo (peach blossoms) and tancho (Japanese red-crowned cranes) through a torii, a traditional Japanese gate.
Stroll alongside Hello Kitty as she takes you on her ideal flower viewing itinerary, from posing beside rickshaws to locating the best spot for nodate (outdoor tea ceremony). Before you leave, be inspired by the Japanese art of fabric wrapping or furoshiki, with a picnic spread laid out!
Address: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Price: From $8
Gather a group and come play hide-and-seek with Otah & Friends at Singapore’s first otter-themed escapade.
You’ll have 15 minutes to find Otah The Otter inside his whimsically decorated home, which includes a living room, a kitchen and a giant tree filled with cute interactive props and clues. After you’ve found him, Otah will reward you with lemonade and cookies (baked by instafamous homegrown bakery Whiskdom) in his backyard.
With the visually-stunning, IG-worthy rooms, this 45-minute adventure is perfect for those who don’t like the horror and intensity normally associated with regular escape rooms.
Address: Gardens by the Bay, Bayfront Plaza, 18 Marina gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
Price: From $12
Till 4 April 2021
Wag & Wild, Singapore’s newest and largest waterpark for dogs, is THE place to go for your doggos to have a fun time under the sun.
There’s over 19,000 square feet of space, which includes amenities such as a large pool, floaties, and even a mushroom waterfall, for your furbabies to go wild. Oh, did we also mention that humans are allowed in the pool too? Yay, double the fun!
Address: 2 Jurong Gateway Road, #01-13, Singapore 608512
And you thought Changi was done with its newest marvellous offering? Nope. Hit Jurassic Mile with your family for a fun day out with the kids. Singapore’s largest permanent outdoor display of life-sized dinosaurs with more than 20 different prehistoric creatures from nine different species — all stretched over one kilometre of the cycling and jogging path.
The tallest dinosaur stands at almost 5 meters high, and there’s one that even flies! The best part is you can get there on foot or by renting a bike from GoCycling or from East Coast Park via the Changi Coastal Park Connector. And the even better part? It’s free and open 24 hours.
Address: Drop-off point inside the Hub & Spoke car park (right opposite the café) or at Changi Airport Terminal 2, beside Car Park 2A. The on-ground signage will lead you to Hub & Spoke.
You’d want to wake your kids up on a breezy weekend morning for this one. Book your slot now to relive the nostalgia and joy of scaling the highest point of Mount Faber with your family. What you get — a guided tour around Mount Faber Park to Faber Point, the highest point on Mount Faber, the rich history around the mural wall and mini Merlion.
Want more? You’d also get an exclusive peek into how the Singapore Cable Car operates. The 2-hour tour has 2 slots every Saturday and Sunday (10am and 2pm) and it ends with a joyride on the Singapore Cable Car. End result: ecstatic kids.
Address: Faber Peak, 109 Mount Faber Rd, Singapore 099203
Tour Timings: Departs every Saturday & Sunday at 10am and 2 pm (please call to check timings)
Price: $20 for adults, $15 for a child
Discover more about the Sentosa turtles, the potential dangers they face and how to save them via this meaningful yet interactive tour.
Together with your loved ones, contribute to marine conservation by picking up litter along the beaches and learn to determine some of the common types of litter with a quick analysis of the rubbish collected.
Address: Sentosa beaches
Timings: 11am to 12pm and 4pm to 5pm on Thursdays, excluding public holidays and eve of public holidays
Till 27 May 2021
Ever wanted to explore the wonders of MacRitchie Reservoir or perhaps just want a morning outside the hustle and bustle of the city? This tour is for you.
A group of nature lovers from the Bachelor of Environmental Studies (BES) programme at the National University of Singapore (NUS) called The BES Drongos will be bringing you on a free guided walk along the Petai Trail, located at the east end of MacRitchie Reservoir Park.
Consisting of a gravel path and a boardwalk, the 3km trail is relatively level and hence is suitable for people of all ages. Besides getting a little physical activity in, you’ll also get to learn more about the history and relevance of MacRitchie, a story these forests would tell if they could speak.
Address: MacRitchie Reservoir Park
Every Saturday and Sunday
Things to do: Fitness
Every Sunday, join a small group of (not more than 8) passionate joggers and enjoy a leisure stroll/run at various spots in Singapore, all for free. Oh, did we also mention that all participants are female, and that only ladies can join?
So if you’ve always wanted to kickstart your work out journey, feel free to join this group. According to the event’s description: “There’s always a first time for everything, so just come and have fun and be yourself!”.
Address: Varies every week
Every alternate Sunday
Looks like you don’t need to wait until Phase three to hit the dance floor at Zouk. Partnering with rhythm cycling studio, Absolute, get your spin on up to seven days a week (if you really miss clubbing) with their iconic “Absolute 45” high-intensity spin classes hosted in a club-like atmosphere with epic Zouk lighting and heart-pumping music for the ultimate workout.
Address: Zouk Singapore, 3C River Valley Road, Clarke Quay, #01-05 to #02-06, The Cannery, Singapore 179022
Price: From $49
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With inputs from Jayeeta Mazumder
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