Singapore spots your probably not making the most of…
1. Instead of heading to a concert at the Botanic Gardens, head to The Esplanade.
Nearly every weekend you’ll find a free concert or musical event to keep you (and the family) entertained. Check out their Beautiful Sunday series (one Sunday every month) where they feature local musicians at an outdoor concert. Our check out their events calendar to see who’s playing on Friday and Saturday. No need to travel far for dinner before or after the show as you will find favourites like Harry’s, Supply and Demand and the always busy Makasutra stalls.
2. Instead of picnicking at East Coast Park, try Marina Barrage.
Who knew the Marina Barrage had so much to offer? Here you’ll find loads of open, green space, a water play area for the kids and sculptures galore. You can even take a stroll across the Marina Channel or head to the Sustainable Singapore Gallery and learn about how Singapore is helping to save the environment. Pack a blanket, some snacks a kite and relax the day away (without spending a fortune!).
3. Instead of the cinema, try The Substation.
The what? The Substation! Maybe we’re a little late to the party but we were delighted to stumble upon this gem! Singapore’s first independent contemporary arts centre, located on Armenia Street is hosting a celebrating its 25th anniversary all month long with it’s Septfest event. Depending on the date and time, you’ll find everything from performances to films to art installations to conferences, to entertain and to teach. Most events do have an entrance fee (less than $20) so due check their website for more information. (We also can’t guarantee this would be a huge hit with the little ones but you can try…?)
4. Instead of MacRitchie, try Mount Faber.
As part of the Singapore National Parks network, this isn’t just the pickup and drop off for a cable car ride to Sentosa. For a more leisurely and informative walk, try the Southern Ridges Guided Walk and learn all about the parks history and heritage. For a more rugged climb, head straight up the hilly terrain though the park. Bird watchers can expect to find various species particularly in early mornings and evenings. If you’re kind of work consists more of lifting up a wine glass, don’t head for the cable cars! Try Faber Peak’s Spud & Aprons or Faber Bistro.
Or, you can try one of these ideas…
By Kathleen Siddell, September 2015