FOC Group Outing Ideas In Esplanade


FOC Group outing ideas Esplanade free

Adapted from image: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

When you think of group outings, be it with colleagues, classmates, or old friends, the usual long-tabled dinners come to mind. But if you’re bored of exorbitant meals or excursions to ECP or Sentosa, consider an alternative for your squad: Esplanade Theatres on the Bay. 

Yes, you’ve heard me right. In light of our nation’s birthday, programmes and performances that celebrate all things Singaporean are popping up in Esplanade this August. And get this – they aren’t just going to be entertaining, but are also free-of-charge


1.  Up your escape room game and explore a dark room


Dialogue in the dark visually impaired esplanade group outing

Image credit: Dialogue in the Dark – Singapore

Sure, you might’ve had countless cafe hopping outings with your friends, but have you tried smelling coffee in complete darkness? Held in collaboration with Dialogue in the Dark, Without Sight – Performance & Dark Room lets you experience first-hand how the visually-impaired cope with everyday tasks in pitch black rooms.

This is one sure way to bond your squad: Groups will have to communicate and trust one another as they navigate obstacles in the rooms.


Going through the pitch-dark Annexe studio space that usually hosts performances. Image credit: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

Plus, there’s an exhibition where you can try on headgear that simulates eye conditions like glaucoma and blurred vision. Finally, those of you with myopia are able to show your boastful 20/20 vision friends what it’s like to be short-sighted.

Date & Time:
9th Aug: 12.30PM & 2.30PM (Performance) | 1PM & 3PM (Experience)
10th – 12th Aug: 7PM & 8.15PM (Performance) | 7.30PM & 8.45PM (Experience)
Venue: Esplanade Annexe Studio 


2. Catch a movie outside the cinema – minus the sweat


Banting outdoor movie local film esplanade group outing free

Banting’s heroine discovering her passion. Image credit: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

 Hate pricey cinema tickets but unsure if an outdoor movie screening is worth the sweat? Don’t miss Esplanade’s FREE SG Film Screenings, held at their air-conditioned Concourse that’s perfect for shooting IG stories in comfort.

You’ll be supporting local filmmakers, too. On 11 August, catch Banting directed by M. Raihan Halim, a coming-of-age tale about a young woman’s dream to become a profssional wrestler. 

Singapore dreaming outdoor movie esplanade free group outing

In Singapore Dreaming: The famous 5 C’s. GIF adapted from: sinemaSG

And on 12 August, follow a typical working-class family and their aspirations for a better life in Singapore Dreaming (directed by Colin Goh and Woo Yen Yen). 

Better yet, a pop-up 7-11 booth will be set up near the screening on both days – you can now buy snacks without missing a single minute of the movie!  

Date & Time:
11th – 12th Aug: 9.30PM
Venue: Esplanade Concourse


3. Bop along to NDP songs – played by policemen and ex-SAF soldiers


police quintet ndp songs esplanade group outing

Image credit: Choo Yut Shing

Karaoke is boisterous fun during a group outing, but only if everyone digs the same songs. No matter how ang moh or cheena you are, National Day songs are always familiar tunes that you can sing along to – so get your ‘karaoke’ on with the Police Quintet

It’s not just a cool band name, the acoustic ensemble is actually from the Singapore Police Force and has performed for royalty such as the Sultan of Brunei. Along with guest star Abdul Thaqif Bani, they’ll be performing NDP tunes and other chart-toppers.

NDP SAF display esplanade free group outing

Dynamic Defence Displays which showcase the latest military vehicles.

Alternatively, head out to the Outdoor Theatre on National Day and look out for the fly-pasts and Dynamic Defence Displays that’ll unfold along the waterfront. To get you all hyped up, ex-SAF musicians will rev up SG spirit with marching and ceremonial tunes familiar to NSF ears.

Police Quintet Date & Time:
5th Aug: 5.30PM, 6.30PM, 7.30PM
6th Aug: 4.30PM, 5.30PM
Venue: Esplanade Concourse

Purple Light & Other Songs for Soldiers by Project W Date & Time:
9th Aug: 3.30PM, 4.45PM
Venue: Esplanade Outdoor Theatre


4. Watch a live orchestra performance by Singapore’s Hans Zimmer


SG Film music live esplanade free group outing

Image credit: Alex Oh

If you adore movie soundtracks, be sure to attend SG Film Music Live – where Singapore film composer Alex Oh will evoke the magic of motion pictures with the help of an 8-piece orchestra. 

Listen to Alex Oh’s Revelation for The Maid. Image credit: Alex Oh

The prolific composer will be conducting a medley of scores he composed for notable films of different genres, such as the comedic Taxi! Taxi!, tear-jerking My Dog Dou Dou, and even the hair-raising Singapore blockbuster, The Maid

Date & Time:
11th – 12th Aug: 7PM & 8PM
Venue: Esplanade Concourse


5. Get spooked by ghost stories about the 7th lunar month


 7th month ghost festival horror play esplande free group outing

Image credit: GIPHY

Thrill seekers and horror buffs, rejoice – jio your friends to Late Night Ghost Stories: SEVEN, a play about what happens when the Gates of Hell are opened during the 7th lunar month. 

Listen to local urban legends and bone-chilling stories told by 2 spirits as they fight it out to see who gets to return to our world as a newborn. Just make sure you’re extra cautious when you make your way home after that. 

Date & Time:
8 Aug: 8.45PM & 9.45PM
19 Aug & 26 Aug: 8.30PM & 9.45PM
Venue: Esplanade Concourse


Bonus: Enjoy discounts of up to 52% off this August 


Wah Kee Hot pot esplanade free group dinner

Wah Kee Hotpot ($30). Image credit: Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodle and Bistro

No memorable group outing lasts for just a few hours, so while you’re at it, recharge with an hour-long deep tissue massage or foot reflexology at Kenko Wellness Spa, with 52% off the second service!

Once you’re reinvigorated and looking for a place to have that almost customary long-tabled meal, check out Chef Wan’s Kitchen, Harry’s, Tomo Izakaya and Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodle and Bistro for $5.20 deals and other special offers! 

Tomo Izakaya esplanade free group dinner promotion

Image credit: Tomo Izakaya

If not, snack on tasty local treats at DJ Bakery, Co+Nut+ink, Suzette, and Toastbox with varying promotional deals. Or shop around with stores such as Souvenirs From Singapore and Poster Hub selling quirky knick-knacks and decorative art prints at discounted prices.

Suzette desserts free promotion esplanade group dinner

Teh-peng ice cream with rainbow bread from Suzette. Adapted from image credit: Suzette 

Check out the full list of promotions here
Note: Promotions are valid from 1 – 31 August 2017.

Have a blast together at Esplanade for FREE

Esplanade NDP august events red dot

Image credit: @esplanadesingapore

Esplanade is one of the busiest arts centres in the world with over 3000 performances held annually. Every month, Esplanade has free festivals and themed programmes – to celebrate SG52, this month’s theme is Red Dot August to celebrate all things Singaporean! 

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Happy faces of your squad after a fab day out.

So if you’re organising a get-together this August – or any other month – now you know where to go to spice up that ‘been there, done that’ squad-outing list and boast about it on the gram

Find out more about Esplanade’s Red Dot August

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