There’s more to April than just April Fools

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Sad to break it to you, but there are no long weekends in the month of April. But hold back your gasps of horror, there are plenty of exciting events lined up for you to make April as amazing as other months – or even better.

Pranking your friends on April Fools’ Day is not the only thing to look forward to this month. This is going to be THE month you kickstart your healthy living lifestyle, develop a new appreciation for the arts, and maybe even find yourself a bae.

We’ve sussed out 20 of the best activities to take part in so get ready, your April adventure awaits!

– Events –

1. Find your bae in the Amazing Race at the Zoo

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As kids, we’ve all wanted to be part of the The Amazing Race, sprinting through cities and doing crazy challenges shown on our TV screens. And now you can!

Lace up, drink up and get ready for an Amazing Race at the Singapore Zoo. Strictly for singles aged 21 and above, the Amazing Race caters to young adults looking to find their soulmate whilst having fun at the same time. Tinder and other dating apps can only do so much, so this is a golden opportunity for you to find the one that you have been swiping for. If you bring a friend along, you’ll even enjoy a $5 cash rebate!

Date: 2nd Apr 2016
Time: 
1pm-5 pm
Venue: Singapore Zoo, 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826
Admission: Members $48 | Non-members $55
Find out more here.

2. OUE Singapore Open: Experience the adrenaline rush in person

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Catching a sporting event live is totally different from watching it on TV – the adrenaline is real, the tension is tight, and the atmosphere is electrifying. The prowess with which the athletes engage each other will keep you on the very edge of your seat. Rest assured, there will be no dull moments of looking aimlessly at your phone.

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Catch some of the world’s best badminton players in action at the OUE Singapore Open 2016, including our very own Danny Bawa Chrisnanta and Vanessa Neo. Taking place from 12th-17th April, slot one tournament into your busy schedule to instantly liven up your week.

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Date: 12 – 17 Apr 2016
Venue: Singapore Indoor Stadium; 2 Stadium Walk, Singapore 397691
Admission: $20 – $180
Find out more here.

3. Asia Xpedition 2016: Plan your next big adventure

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When was the last time you truly YOLO-ed?

The Asia Xpedition 2016 will be exactly what you need for your next grand expedition. Whether you want to escape the monotony of life with your friends, simply want some me-time in an exotic foreign land; your next big adventure is just one exhibition away.

Grab amazing deals, speak to experts and get advice about your next travel off the beaten path. You can even try your hand at sports you’ll seldom have the chance to take part in elsewhere, such as windsurfing, archery and even a surfing simulator.

 

 

Date: 15 – 17 Apr 2016
Venue: SUNTEC Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre Level 4 Hall 404
Admission: Free
Find out more here.

4. Asia Dive Expo (ADEX) 2016: Learn from the best

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If diving is something you’ve always wanted to do, but never got round to planning for it, then head on down to the ADEX 2016.

Get a head start by Interacting with experienced divers and get the low-down on equipment technique, and the best spots around the region. You can also up your underwater photography game by attending the exciting lineup of workshops and seminars led by world-class photographers. You’ll be ready to venture under the sea in no time!

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Date: 15 – 17 Apr 2016
Venue: Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre Halls 401 – 403
Admission: $10
Find out more here.

5. Coney Island Run: Experience the great outdoors

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Forget about exploring Coney Island on a bike – that’s so 2015. Here’s an opportunity to lace up and have your Coney Island adventure on foot instead! In the first ever Coney Island Trail Run, take in the sights and sounds of Coney Island in a 5km fun run. Alternatively,  give your competitors a run for their money in the 10k competitive run.

Date: 16 Apr 2016
Time: 8am-12pm
Venue: 900 Punggol Rd – Track 24, Singapore 829168
Admission: Fun Run $55 | Competitive Run $59
Find out more here.

6. Magic Muse is the one of a kind show that you need to watch

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Magic and comedy are two words that don’t usually mix. But that’s exactly what the Magic Muse Show is doing.

Showcasing the best of Singapore’s Magic Community, this stand-up comedy show promises to leave you buckled over in laughter. Personally, I’m pretty stoked to catch Shawn C, a professional comedy magician and ventriloquist who scored four ‘yes’s’ on Asia’s Got Talent.

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Date: 19 Apr 2016
Time: 8.30pm-10.30pm
Venue: Canvas Singapore, 20 Upper Circular Road #B1-01/06, The Riverwalk, Singapore 058416
Admission: Presale $25  | Door $35 | IBM & SAM members $20
Find out more here.

7. Relive your childhood with the Snoopy Run

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This one’s not just for kids – the 5km long Snoopy Fun Run is perfect for those looking to relive their childhood. Get excited because not only will you get to meet Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy and the gang in the flesh; you’ll also be able to visit Lucy’s iconic lemonade stand and mingle with other snoopy enthusiasts.

Regardless of whether you’re 6 or 60, this event will bring out the kid in you.

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Date: 24 Apr 2016
Time: 7am-10.45 am
Venue: 1 Stadium Drive, Singapore 397629
Admission: $68
Find out more here.

8. Tulipmania: Add colour to your life

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Just like how bingsu’s all the rage now, tulips were too – back in the 17th century. Some could even cost more than a house! If you’re feeling skeptical, then head on over to Gardens by the Bay to learn more about the tulips’ interesting past. Now, that’s one history lesson I wouldn’t mind.

Apart from filling up your brain with interesting trivia, you can also up your Instagram game by snapping spectacular shots of tulips at Tulipmania. Take advantage of the natural display to give your Instagram feed a splash of colour.

Plus, there’s a 50% discount for all local senior citizens – now there’s no excuse not to bring your adorable grandparents out for some quality family time!

Date: 8 Apr 2016 – 22 May 2016
Time: 7am-10.45 am
Venue: 18 Marina Gardens Drive Singapore 018953
Admission: $12
Find out more here.

9. Open Farm Community Social Market: Good vibes, good cause, good atmosphere 

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Bring your friends along to the Open Farm Community Social Market and indulge in street food served at food trucks, artisanal acai bowls and even purchase fresh local produce. Keep a lookout for Kerbside Gourmet; you’ll be donating a gourmet-style meal to a family in need for every meal purchase you make.

Good vibes, a good cause and a cheerful atmosphere – that’s what this market is all about.

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Date: 2nd & 3rd April
Time: 10am-4pm
Venue: 130E Minden Road Singapore 248819
Admission: Free
Find out more here.

10. The Gallery Experience:  KNOCKOUT!

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If you can’t ever see yourself committing to a yearlong routine of squats and burpees, here’s your one-stop fat-burning solution that will help you get in the best shape of your life.

Attend the Gallery Experience: Knockout, a free workout session organised by…. this coming weekend and you would have fulfilled your exercise quota for the rest of the year. Gear yourself up for a fun and intense workout involving Rock Boxing, Electro HIIT  and Urban Flow Yoga whilst rocking out to some upbeat tunes.

After working up a sweat, treat yourself to a well-deserved shopping spree – you might even find yourself a dress size smaller after all that intense exercise!

Date: 2 April 2016
Venue: Mandarin Gallery, 333 Orchard Rd, 238897
Admission: Free
Find out more here.

– Things to do –

1. Get up close and personal with animals at the Animal Resort

Take a break from the city by visiting the Animal Resort. You’ll be so far away from the city that you’ll start to wonder whether you might’ve crossed the border by accident. Kampung vibes will hit you hard here. Just you and the animals – what is technology again?

Home to adorable rodents, furry friends and feathered fowls, it’ll be hard not to fall in love with this rustic gem and its lovable residents. Admission is completely free though you might want to spend some pennies on animal feed at a very low price! That’s one way to buy love.

We couldn’t resist exploring the place ourselves! Read more about our trip here!

2. Lend a helping hand and give back through volunteering

Earn some good karma points this April by volunteering with Youth Corps Singapore (YCS).

Whether it’s conducting a baking class, teaching sign language, or opening your home to some furry friends; there’s bound to be something you can do to help with your specific set of skills.

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If you can’t find the time to commit this month, all hope’s not lost. Just sign up with Youth Corps Singapore to be kept updated about all their upcoming volunteering opportunities and events. Who knows, one might just fall on your day off.

3. Try out yoga… while blindfolded

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Yes, doing yoga whilst blindfolded is an actual thing. And the best thing is, you no longer need to bear the judgemental eyes of others when you can’t hold a pose longer than three seconds.

Even if it’s your first time doing yoga, friendly instructor will be there to guide you along every step of the way. So don’t worry about not having the right posture or not knowing how to get into crow pose. It’s all about the experience.

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Click here to sign up!

Address: Farrer Rd, Singapore 268836
Price: $20/person

4. Shop and give back to society while you’re at it

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Who knew  that shopping for yourself would be a way to give back to the community? And no, I didn’t make that up to feed my shopping addiction. It’s honestly possible to fulfil your material needs whilst helping the less fortunate.

For example, Out Of Print Tees donates a book to a community in need through the Books For Africa initiative every time you make a purchase. And they’ve got loads of quirky stuff for the literary geeks in the house.

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Alternatively, if sweetness is your sin – indulge in some beautifully baked treats from The Ugly Cake Shop. They’ve pledged 20% of their proceeds towards buying food for hungry children in Timor-Leste. Now you can enjoy these delectable guilty treats without feeling the guilt.

Find out more about how you can shop and give back here.

Ugly Cake Shop
Address: 535 Kallang Bahru, #01-06 GB Point, Singapore 339351
Contact: 82288300
Opening Hours: 9am-7pm, closed on Sundays

5. Plan a spontaneous island getaway

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You could be just one ferry ride away from your next great island adventure. All you need is just one day, or the weekend, to make your great escape to one of the many glorious islands surrounding Singapore.

From tanning on the sandy white beaches to exploring the mangrove swamps in a kayak, the endless number of activities on these paradise islands are a sure-fire way of making you forget about the pressing deadline of that 2,000 word essay.

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But that’s not the best part. You can actually rent a whole island just for you and your friends. Talk about being a baller! I don’t know about you, but I’m already in the midst of mentally planning my next birthday.

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To make your life easier, we’ve saved you the trouble of doing the research. Here are 10 undiscovered islands for you to escape to this month. You’re welcome.

6. Conquer your fear of heights in a tree climbing adventure

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Unleash your inner Tarzan by learning the basics of tree climbing! Nothing spells getting fit in a more unconventional way than tree climbing. Weird? Maybe. But when you can even make new friends by joining a group of recreational tree-climbers, count me in.

There are various courses for you to choose from depending on your current tree-climbing skills. From rescue protocols to knot tying to throwing techniques, there’s always something new to learn from each course, even if you’re already an expert tree-climber.

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Done with tree-climbing? Check out the other nature adventures we wrote about here!

7. Glow in the dark at a trampoline park 

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If trampoline parks seem too lame for you, this glow in the dark one will catch your attention. It’s not everyday that you get to see yourself glow, or your friends glow for that matter.

From 7pm to 9pm each day, watch the SkyHigh Trampoline Park come to life with an ultraviolet glow that’ll make you feel outta this world.  These ‘Neon Nights’ are only available for private group bookings, so rally up your friends and get to it!

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While you’re in the area, do also check out the other super fun activities Serangoon Gardens has to offer!

Address: Burghley Lifestyle Hub #01-05, 45 Burghley Drive Singapore 559022
Opening Hours: Daily, except Wednesday: 10:00am-9:00pm | Wednesday: 3:00am-9:00pm
Contact: 6635 7124
Admission: $10 – $15
Find out more here.

8. Hold a romantic picnic at a picture-perfect spot

Sembawang Park

We’ve all imagined how the perfect-est picnic would pan out: you lying on your date’s lap, soaking in the sunlight and being fed chilled quality grapes. Sadly, one problem always gets in the way, and that’s finding a good spot that isn’t too damp or too hot to set up camp.

Again, we’ve got your back. We’ve dug out 10 hipster spots for you to just laze the day away with your significant other. Impressed? Bae will be too!

Not only are these spots #dategoals, they’ll also solve all of your squad’s “where to go ah?” problems. All you need now is a picnic mat, yummy food and amazing company. Who knows. Maybe that hipster spot might become your crew’s new crib.

9. Stock up on food in case of a zombie apocalypse at these cheap food factories

Food factories tend to be located at really ulu areas, and driving there might seem like a daunting task. But when you’re bringing home a massive haul of edible treats whilst enjoying great savings at the same time, all that effort will be worth it.

Not only is everything at massively discounted wholesale prices, you can find just about anything from fresh sashimi to local pastries to Japanese snacks. You name it, they’ll have it.

Get the inside scoop on our trip to this secret food paradise here.

10. Feed your superhero addiction

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2016 is turning out to be an awesome year for superhero fans. And no, I’m not just referring to the tsunami of superhero movies that’ll be flooding our cinemas soon. With the plethora of superhero-themed activities happening in April, you’ll be spoilt for choice regardless of whether you’re #TeamMarvel or #TeamDC.

Snap a picture with the Batmobile

Come face to face with the majestic batmobile that’s currently stationed at the Westgate Courtyard. Batman lover or not, you can’t miss this opportunity to gape in awe at this massive armoured masterpiece. You can even have a photo with it specially printed when you spend a minimum of $60.

Address: Westgate Courtyard, 3 Gateway Dr,  Singapore 608532
Date: 22 March – 7 April 2016

Geek out at the Hero Toys Fair

After snapping a picture with the Batmobile, move on to Raffles City for the geekiest fair ever. The Hero Toys Fair gives you the chance to take selfies with life-sized superheroes, geek out over the posters of your favourite fictional heroes and other comic book paraphernalia.

Address: Raffles City Level 3,  252 North Bridge Road, 179103

Date: 21 March – 3 April 2016

See Captain America in the flesh

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If you’re a Marvel fan instead, then get ready to squeal because Captain America himself is dropping by Singapore. Chris Evans, the man behind one of Marvel’s most iconic characters, will be hitting up our shores on April 21st as part of the promotional tour for the upcoming blockbuster film, Captain America: Civil War.

Team Cap will be accompanied by Winter Soldier (Sebestian Stan) and Falcon (Anthony Mackie) as well as the film’s director.

I’m no Marvel lover, but I wouldn’t miss this for the world – hello, it’s Chris Evans we’re talking about! Brb, gonna swoon.

Address: Marina Bay Sands’ Skating Rink, 10 Bayfront Ave, 018956
Date: 21 April 2016
Time: 6pm onwards

A-prilly exciting month 

Judging from the myriad of exciting activities happening next month, April is shaping up to be a A-prilly exciting month. So make sure you treasure your weekends – those breaks are too few and too precious to waste on late night gaming and sleeping in.

From making a difference to pushing your personal boundaries, let’s prove the author of 20 New & Fun Things To Do in Singapore in March 2016 wrong –  the year ahead will not get more monotonous.