Planning on staying in Singapore for National Day on the 9th of August. Public Holidays are a great time to explore and do things you don’t find time for in ‘normal day’ mode.
Here’s a list of cool things to do in Singapore on your spare day.
#1 Catch a local play
Celebrate the city’s birthday by watching a made-in-Singapore production. From 8 to 18 August, catch Wild Rice’s Supervision, which touches on profoundly universal themes – about growing old, looking after loved ones and juggling the conflicting interests of those you work for. The production will take you on a roller-coaster ride of emotions, as it moves from lighthearted comedy to riveting drama. It tells the powerful story of a daughter and father clashing over her questionable caregiving methods, with the hapless domestic worker caught in between. It’d be hard not to be engaged and moved by the predicaments which these authentically drawn characters find themselves in!
The play will be staged at Wild Rice’s new performing arts complex in Funan mall. Tickets are $40 and $50. Watch the trailer now!
#2 Enjoy the outdoors
Gather the brood for a great day out at Forest Adventure during the National Day weekend! Located at Bedok Reservoir Park, the treetop facility has three courses catering to different ages and heights. The kids will be glad to know that the courses have been designed to offer older ones greater independence – tweens and teens can have fun navigating them without the help of mum or dad. The Kids Course (ages five to 10 years) is great for the little ones in your group, while the Junior Course and extensive Grand Course will work for confident kids who are in for a challenge. Grand Course participants can look forward to tackling three zip-lines, more crossings, higher platforms and a thrilling Tarzan swing. If that’s not enough, the obstacle course includes a 300-metre zip line from a towering 14-metre platform that takes riders speeding over the waters of the reservoir.
Psst…The park is open daily except Mondays (unless it’s a public holiday), from 9.30am to 6.30pm.
#3 Indulge in a sky-high celebration
Artemis Grill & Sky Bar has created a new locally-inspired fruity cocktail to celebrate Singapore’s birthday. Available from 1 August, the limited edition SummerSop will set you back $15 and features pureed soursop mixed with house-made sweet and sour, poured on crushed ice and topped with fresh soursop and tapioca pearls infused with rose elixir. The made-in-Singapore tipple comes in red and white, beautifully reflecting Singapore’s colours. Drop by the Sky Bar to try it, and if you time things right you can also catch the National Day flyover and fireworks on 9 August.
Level 40, 138 Market Street
#4 Savour local favourites
Pan Pacific Singapore returns with its annual National Day feasts this August. Enjoy a hearty buffet dinner at Edge (2 to 11 August) featuring popular local eats such as carrot cake, Hokkien noodles, Hainanese chicken rice and bak kut teh. Sweet treats on offer include pulut hitam and a milo cake. Prices are $92 for adults and $46 for children.
Over at Hai Tien Lo, from 5 to 9 August, indulge in a six-course menu of Cantonese-style versions of Singaporean favourites such as wok-fried king prawns with spicy chilli sauce and wok-fried rice vermicelli. Available for both lunch and dinner, the meal costs $99 per head.
If you’re in for something different, opt for the National Day Heritage Barbecue (9 and 10 August) at the Poolside Patio. Dinner guests will be treated to an Asian fusion menu, including appetisers like soft shell crabs with Singapore chilli crab sauce and mains such as char-grilled grass-fed turmeric lamb cutlet satay and baked salmon otah. The meal goes at $78 (adult) and $39 (children aged six to 12).
7 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square
#5 Learn about local culture
To celebrate National Day, Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall (SYSNMH) has a fun lineup for the weekend (9 and 10 August). At Heritage Hurray, browse the community art market featuring both local and international artisans, embark on an informative heritage trail around Balestier, enjoy storytelling sessions by local authors and veteran storytellers, and take part in interactive craft workshops and talks by artisans and designers. You’ll get to take home a National Day Fun Pack, too.
You can also head to the Singapore Sports Hub for the National Day Fiesta (9 August, 10am to 9pm). Held at OCBC Square, the event’s highlights include craft workshops, carnival games, an aquathlon introduction clinic, and a dance workout. Find out more and register now.
#6 Hear homegrown musical talent
Back again this year, the SSO National Day Concert will be on 10 August. Held at the Esplanade Concert Hall, the concert will feature the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Chorus and Youth Choir, showcasing the best local musicians. Get your tickets now.
#7 Be entertained in the gardens
As part of National Day and Singapore’s bicentennial year celebrations, Gardens by the Bay has a special programme in store. Singaporean singer-songwriter Dick Lee adds a special touch to the Orchid Extravaganza floral display in Flower Dome, with a unique “Our SingaPop” edition (26 July to 15 September). Also, drop by the outdoor gardens (2 to 4 August and 16 to 18 August) for live performances of two local fables – The Scourge of the Swordfish and The Friendly Snake. Stay until night falls and enjoy a special edition of Garden Rhapsody, the popular light and music show at Supertree Grove. It’ll be on for the whole month of August.
During the National Day weekend, there’ll also be the Gardens by the Bay and Mediacorp National Day Concert, featuring home-grown performers including Kit Chan and Dick Lee.
#8 Dig into barbecue eats by the beach
It’s your last chance to visit Sentosa GrillFest at Siloso Beach. Across each weekend from now until 12 August (Friday to Sunday), you’ll have the chance to take your pick of 130 F&B options, from plant-based Impossible burgers and bamboo rice to grilled durian. Meanwhile, at the Sentosa GrillFest Gourmet Market, you can select fresh ingredients and have the chefs cook them to your liking. Held daily from 4pm to 11pm, the event includes roaming performers and a movie by the beach at 8pm.
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