7 Night Activities At Marina Bay Area You Can’t Find Elsewhere

Things to do in Marina Bay at night


Bright lights from nearby skyscrapers, excited chattering as the CBD crowd and tourists alike pad through, and the wafting aroma of food – as local as satay and as posh as oysters. Congrats, you’ve found yourself in the Marina Bay area. Would it be too much of a stretch to call it the NYC of Asia?

With Marina Bay Sands smack-bang in the middle, the area certainly has a galore of celebrity restaurants, broadway musicals, and art & science exhibitions. And if anything, the energy gets more riled up once nightfall swings by. Here are 7 night activities to try around Marina Bay once the twilight hour gets started:


1. Fly an LED kite at Marina Barrage


Image adapted from: @xijielee

Here’s Marina Barrage, a green haven in the midst of Marina Bay’s architectural beauts. Many come here for wedding shoots and the occasional midday picnic/kite flying, but be warned – day activities are usually filled with slight regret and plenty of sweat. Don’t underestimate our sweltering heat, instead, head down during a breezy night to get your LED kite flying in the air.


2. Take in unique exhibitions with ArtScience Late’s 1-for-1 entry


There’s no need to jostle through the crowd at ArtScience Museum on weekends, here’s a trick to become a savvy museum-goer: they open till 10PM every third Thursday of the month. There’s even 1-for-1 entry for those interested in making their rounds at exhibitions like Wind Walkers: Theo Jansen’s Strandbeests or Marvel Studios: Ten Years of Heroes.

And since you’re there, drop by their free performances – they’ve featured everything from poetry readings to live acoustic playings.

Address: 6 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018974
ArtScience Late opening hours: Third Thursday of the month: 7PM-10PM
Regular opening hours: Mon to Sun: 10AM-7PM

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3. Admire panoramic views of Marina Bay from rooftop bars


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When nightfall hits and you need to unwind – what better way than sipping on a cocktail at one of Marina Bay Sands’ many rooftop bars? Enjoy the sweeping views from 57-storeys high at LAVO Italian Restaurant & Rooftop Bar, and order up a signature cocktail: you’ve got the likes of Coney Island Express ($25) – rum with coffee, and Penicillin ($25) – Johnnie Walker Black with lemon, honey, and ginger.

Other solid after-work choices are rooftop bars Spago and CÉ LA VI SkyBar, which are also perched high in the sky so you can enjoy panoramic views of the Marina Bay skyline.

LAVO Italian Restaurant & Rooftop Bar
Address: 10 Bayfront Avenue, Level 57, Sands Skypark Hotel Tower 1, Singapore 018956
Opening hours: Mon to Sun: 10:30AM-2AM
Telephone: 6688 8591

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4. Watch outdoor light and water show Spectra

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With streaming lights and fountain jets, Spectra is a choreographer’s masterpiece. It’s set to rousing music and a perfectly in-sync combination of water lights. You might’ve caught a glimpse while strolling by, but this light and water show at Marina Bay Sands demands your full attention.

It runs for 15 minutes but is divided into 4 acts: the first half has vibrant imagery that represents our society and the other half has a futuristic theme. Spectra plays every night at Marina Bay Sands’ Event Plaza at 8pm and 9pm, with an additional 10pm show on Fridays and Saturdays.

Address: 10 Bayfront Avenue, Event Plaza, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018956
Schedule: Sun to Thu: 8PM, 9PM | Fri & Sat: 8PM, 9PM, 10PM

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5. Enjoy musicals like The Lion King and Mamma Mia

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You’ll be humming the catchy tunes of Broadway before you know it with the Sands Theatre’s lineup of musicals like The Lion King and Mamma Mia. Opt for the Show and Dine package for a memorable date night out – with specially-curated pre and post-show menus by award-winning celebrity chef restaurants like Cut by Wolfgang Puck and The Bar at Waku Ghin.

And while Simba’s singing oh, I just can’t wait to be king – you’re already feeling like one.

Address: 10 Bayfront Avenue, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018973
Telephone: 6688 8826

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6. Join a photo walk around Marina Bay

There’s no doubt that the Marina Bay area is one of Singapore’s most vibrant and bustling spots at night – it’s also one of the better spaces to work on your night photography skills. Head over Gardens by the Bay and Marina Bay Sands during the golden hour and try taking a few reflection shots.

Use our guide to #reflectiongram spots – plenty of these are in the Marina Bay area like Marina Bay Cruise Centre and ArtScience Museum.


7. Raise money for charity with Sands for Singapore Charity Festival 2018


Image credit: @marinabaysands

Fundraising can be a lighthearted yet meaningful affair at the Sands for Singapore Charity Festival 2018, which offers a range of family-friendly activities much like last year’s turnout.

From 24 to 26 August 2018, look forward to art jamming, live music performances by local bands such as 53A, and plenty of award-winning food on table – restaurants like db Bistro & Oyster Bar and The Bird Southern Table & Bar will be linking arms with social enterprise Dignity Kitchen to cook up a storm.

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Other initiatives like the Community Chest Heartstrings Walk – a 4km walk around Marina Bay waterfront – and Play It Forward, a charity challenge, will also help do good by raising funds for charities. Money raised will go to charities like AWWA, Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN), and Cerebral Palsy Alliance (CPAS).

Also, visit attractions like ArtScience Museum, Sands SkyPark, Sampan Rides, and Digital Light Canvas – ticket proceeds from 24 to 26 August 2018 will be donated to charity!

Sands for Singapore Charity Festival
When: 24 to 26 August 2018, 5PM-10:30PM
Where: 10 Bayfront Avenue, Event Plaza, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018956

Community Chest Heartstrings Walk
When: 25 August 2018, 7AM-11:30AM
Where: 10 Bayfront Avenue, Event Plaza, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018956

Play It Forward
When: 26 August 2018, 8AM-1PM
Where: 10 Bayfront Avenue, Event Plaza, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018956

Find out more about Marina Bay Sands’ Sands for Singapore Charity Festival here!

 

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