February 2018: more than just CNY and V-Day
Image adapted from: AIRZONE
February’s a short and busy month for everyone. With celebratory events like Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day lined up for many, you’re in for a jam-packed month of activities.
But if just going for a seven-course dinner date and indulging in CNY goodies aren't enough excitement for you, here’s a list of new events and activities that’ll have you checking off your remaining free days one by one:
1. Enjoy food, performances, and a glowing ball pit at Glowbeat X *SCAPE
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Here’s a new pop-up market to put on your list this February. Glowbeat X *SCAPE is a 3-day event that will bring together good food, live performances, and a mini-carnival all to one location - think cheesy rostis, bohemian jagua tattoos, and even a hypebeast shoe drop machine.
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While you’re there, look forward to being entertained by local dance troupe Lion City Lockers, as well as local singers Jasmine Sokko, Inch Chua, and many more.
Plus, there will be a whole ton of photo opportunities, the most noteworthy of which is a giant illuminated ball pit. Have a shot at the carnival booths and stand a chance to win licensed plush toys by Disney and Marvel.
Date: 9-11 Feb 2018
Venue: *SCAPE Playspace
2. Get a peek into the President’s house with an Istana Nature Guided Walk
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Yes, contrary to popular belief, you can visit the Istana, but only on certain days in the year. So if you’re looking to satisfy your curiosity - like to find out whether or not there’s a secret tunnel hidden somewhere in there leading to 38 Oxley Road - sign up for the Istana Nature Guided Walk.
You’ll get to explore the natural fauna and flora surrounding the Istana with an hourly guide to make sure that won’t get lost in the expansive compound. And if you’re lucky, you might just get to see President Halimah Yacob too!
For a list of things you die die must do at the Istana, check out our article here.
Date: 17 Feb 2018
Price: $2 for each child aged 3 years & above | $4 for Singaporeans / PRs aged 13 and above | $10 for foreigners aged 13 and above
3. Unwind at Timezone’s newly revamped flagship store
Timezone Vivocity is no longer your usual mall arcade. Having recently completed renovation works, it now features LED bumper cars, bowling alleys and a whole range of classic arcade games.
Try to collect as many tickets as possible and you might just be able to bring home a giant stuffed bear or skateboard from their upgraded selection of prizes.
Address: 1 Harbourfront Walk, VivoCity #02-43, Singapore 098585
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 11AM-10PM | Sat-Sun: 10:30AM-12AM
4. Visit the kitties at the Singapore Cat Museum before it closes
If you didn’t know that we had a cat museum here in Singapore, it’s still not too late to visit it... yet. The Singapore Cat Museum is the world’s first museum to have live animals up for adoption. Unfortunately, it will be closing its doors for good this June as it was unable to renew its lease for its Purvis Street shophouse. Till then, you’ll still be able to head down and play with their cats for the last time.
With the closure of the museum, 24 kittens are now desperately looking to be rehomed. But if you aren’t looking to adopt a cat, you can also help fund their new place by donating here.
Read our article on the The Cat Museum here!
Address: 8 Purvis St #02-02, Singapore 188587
Opening Hours: Thu-Fri: 4PM-6PM | Sat-Sun:12PM-2PM, 2PM-4PM, 4PM-6PM
Price: $15 per session
5. Visit the food street and amusement park at River Hong Bao 2018
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Ushering in the Year of the Dog, River Hong Bao 2018 will feature a food street, an amusement park with over 30 rides and game booths, and a huge 60-exhibit lantern display. There’s even an 80m tall God Of Fortune lantern for an extra prosperous year ahead!
With a stellar firework performance at 9pm every night, River Hong Bao 2018 is sure to set the festive mood for this Lunar New Year.
Date: 14-24 February 2018
Venue: Marina Bay Floating Platform
6. Have a BBQ by the beach with everything catered for you
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Up your beach game this February with a huge BBQ cookout at Wave House Sentosa — where all the necessary equipment, from the BBQ pit to cutlery and marinated food. All you’ve got to do turn up, cook, and enjoy.
Here’s the food list:
• 5 Chicken Cheese Sausages
• 10 Asian Marinade Chicken Mid Wings & Drumettes
• 10 Chicken Sausages
• Either 10 Mini Striploin Steaks Texas Steak Marinade OR 10 Mini Lamb Shoulder Chops OR 10 Mini Chicken Chops
• 25 Beef Satays OR 25 Chicken Satays with condiments
• 10 Marinated Dory FIllets
• Coleslaw in a bowl (600 gr)
• 5 Bottles of Dasani Drinking Water (600 ml)
Priced at $200 nett, the amount of food provided is fit for 4-5 people - pretty reasonable when you divide out the cost. Now you where to jio your friends on your next group outing.
Venue: Wave House Sentosa, Siloso Beach
Price: $200 nett (suitable for 4-5 persons)
7. Have a picnic in the comfort of aircon at Twilight: Flea & Feast
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After its first successful run last year, Twilight: Flea & Feast is back for its second edition this weekend.
Inspired by Australian hawker markets, this pop-up market will feature street food like chilli rendang hotdog buns, banana cheese fritters and mango floats, with live performances and movie screenings to give a warm and cosy atmosphere. It’s just like a mega pasar malam, except with aircon, entertainment and even a picnic area with artificial turf to lepak at.
For a better taste of what there is to come, read up on what there was at last year’s event here.
Date: 2-4 Feb
Venue: Suntec Convention And Exhibition Centre Hall 401–402
8. Learn new party games to play at CNY gatherings
Tai tee and mahjong both get boring after consecutive rounds of the same person winning. Try some simple new party games this CNY to spice things up! You might just bag some extra ang baos without needing any actual game skills. Best of all: these games can easily be played with items around your house.
9. Eat rainbow tamago and play old-school carnival games at Punggol's CNY Bazaar
If you live in the east and want to soak in the CNY ambiance without having to travel across the island to Chinatown, head down to the CNY Bazaar at Punggol. Indulge in food such as rainbow tamago with mentaiko sauce or the flavourful taiwanese cheese potato, and try your luck at old-school carnival games. There’s also a stunning lantern display featuring LED sakuras which doubles as an IG photo opportunity.
Read our article on the CNY Bazaar at Punggol here to find out more.
Date: Everyday till 15 Feb
Venue: Punggol Field, Outside Punggol MRT Exit B
10. Interact with horses at the Friends of Horses Fair
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Heads up to all horse-lovers: there’s going to be a horse fair this weekend! So if you’ve always wanted to get up close with those majestic creatures, this is your chance. At the Friends of Horses Fair, you’ll be able to feed award-winning horses, take photos with them, and even enjoy a pony ride.
All proceeds from the sales of coupons will go to the Singapore Polo Club’s outreach programme.
Date: 3 February
Venue: Singapore Polo Club, 80 Mount Pleasant Road
Price: $20 for 10 coupons
11. Get an affordable sashimi fix from as low as $5 for 3 slices
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Indulging in sashimi can burn a hole in your pocket, especially since it’s so difficult to find cheap yet fresh sashimi. Lucky for you, we’ve gathered a list of quality and inexpensive sashimi deals - from as low as $5 for 3 slices - to satisfy your cravings.
12. Visit the world’s first indoor suspended net playground
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Being an astronaut might have been your childhood dream at some point, and even if it wasn’t, you’ve got to admit that walking in space seems like a pretty cool idea. Well, now you can try “levitating” with the opening of AIRZONE at City Square Mall on 15th February, the world’s first indoor suspended net playground that’s fit for both adults and children.
Don’t belittle the strength of these suspended nets, they can actually support up to two fully laden Singapore passenger buses lying on their sides! With 4 levels of activities to choose from, ranging from a suspended ball pit to a giant slide, you won’t be bored by this all-new playground experience.
Address: 180 Kitchener Rd, City Squar Mall Level 2, Singapore 208539
Opening Hours: 10:45AM-9PM
Price: From $20 for a 30-minute session
13. Attend unique gym classes with “clubbing” vibes, including a glowstick workout
CNY’s just round the corner and you know that you’ll be feasting to your heart’s content on pineapple tarts, bak kwa, and love letters. Instead of worrying about all the weight you may gain from those goodies, simply find a fun way to burn it all off.
With these gym classes that have clubbing vibes, exercising will feel less painful than it actually is. You can’t disagree when we say glowstick workouts and VR cycling classes are definitely more fun than doing cardio in the gym. Now you can enjoy your share of CNY goodies without worrying that you’ll look as round as a pineapple tart by the end of the month.
14. Get into the CNY spirit with the Chingay Parade
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Imagine flying dragons and dancing lions right before your eyes, people perfectly balanced on stilts and sword-wielding wushu warriors. It may sound surreal but the Chingay Parade will bring all that to life. The annual festival will feature brightly coloured floats and dazzling performers in celebration of our vibrant Singapore culture.
Even if you don’t manage to attend the parade, don’t worry as you’ll be able to catch it on TV.
Psst, PAssion Card holders will get a 20% discount on tickets.
Date: 23 & 24 February 2018
Venue: F1 Pit Building, Singapore 119279
Price: Cat 1 $50, Cat 2 $40, Cat 3 $28.50
15. Indulge in an unlimited supply of snacks at Hipster Night
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Nope, this isn’t your usual “hipster” event with crazy crowds and overpriced food. On the contrary, Hipster Night is held in Amara Hotel, and you’ll be entitled to an unlimited supply of fries and onion rings with any main course order here starting from $13. If you’re in the mood for alcohol, you can enjoy 2 hours of free-flow beer, wine and prosecco with a top up of $38.
There’ll also be live performances for to you chill to while you feast on your never-ending supply of foods. So hurry grab your hipster pals and RSVP before they’re out of seats!
Date: Every Friday in February
Venue: Element, Amara Hotel Singapore, 165 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088539
Price: from $13
Fun events to attend in February 2018
With just 28 days this month, February is going to fly past in a flash. But with these mostly inexpensive activities, you can still make the best out of it all without burning up all your ang pao money.