Bored of visiting the same hipster cafes every time you need a hangout spot? 2018 has been the year of quirky new attractions which prove Singaporeans can have fun without flying abroad.
From unique bowling and arcade bars in the heart of town, to adrenaline-fuelled activities to fill up your idle weekends, here are 13 new attractions which opened in 2018 that you have to check out.
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Daydreams like river rafting amidst dinosaurs or dog sledding atop snowy mountains can now become a reality. A virtual one, that is. HeadRock VR is Singapore’s first VR theme park and offers 11 different high-tech games and rides.
Daredevils will have fun challenging themselves to the special Horror Room – an immersive adventure where you have to escape the clutches of demon spirits – and the Skyscraper game, a point-and-shoot robot game where you teetering over the edges of a hundred-storey tall building.
Read our full review on HeadRock VR here.
Address: 26 Sentosa Gateway, #01-38/39, Singapore 098138
Opening Hours: 10AM – 8PM daily. Last admission at 7PM.
Telephone: 6963 4609
Mix bowling with flashing neon lights and heart-thumping music, and you’ll get K Bowling Club. Even if you’re a bowling noob who sinks nothing but gutter balls, don’t worry: there’s a pool table, KTV booths, darts, arcade games and a bar to keep you occupied through the night.
Conveniently located at 313@Somerset, they’re open till 3AM even on weekdays. Destressing after work or school? Sorted!
Read our full review on K Bowling Club here.
Address: 313 Orchard Road, #03-27 313@Somerset, Singapore 238895
Opening Hours: Sun – Fri 10AM – 3AM | Sat & Eve of P.H 10AM – 4AM
Telephone: 6737 5313 or 9127 0313
Axes can be deadly weapons, but fret not under the watchful eye of trained “axe-perts”. They’ll teach you how to hurl axes of different sizes like it’s as easy as throwing darts. Perfect for company get-togethers to channel all that rage from workplace drama!
Address: 200 Turf Club Road, #01-32A/B & 34A/B The Grandstand, Singapore 287994
Opening Hours: Mon – Thur 12PM – 10PM | Fri 12PM – 1AM | Sat 10AM – 1AM | Sun 10AM – 10PM
Telephone: 8268 9205 or 9799 4523
No matter how much you love KTV, belting out your favourite songs in a cramped and dingy room is kind of a mood-killer. Feel like a real superstar with K.Star Karaoke’s wide range of swanky rooms.
The rooms are styled after themes like pastel ice cream shades and old-school coffeehouses. VIP rooms also come decked out with a pool table so you won’t be bored waiting for your turn at the mic.
Read our full review on K.Star Karaoke here.
Address: 181 Orchard Road, #05-01 Orchard Central, Singapore 238896
Opening Hours: Sun – Thu 12PM – 3AM | Fri – Sat 12PM – 6AM
Telephone: 6634 2801
Let your inner child run wild at SuperPark, a mega playground originating from Finland with 20 activity stations split into 3 zones: Adventure Area for kid-friendly obstacle courses, Game Arena for team sports, and Freestyle Hall where you can utilise the open areas for activities like skateboarding and gymnastics.
With unique setups like a tube slide, rock-climbing walls, and a life-sized pinball stadium, you can work up a sweat all in the name of playtime.
Read our full review of SuperPark here.
Address: 3 Temasek Boulevard, Tower 1, #02-477 Suntec City (North Wing), Singapore 038989
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 10AM – 9PM | Sat, Sun, Public & School Holidays 9AM – 9PM
lIf you’ve ever wanted to try golfing but are intimidated by the country club courses and high-SES associations, Holey Moley transforms it into a fun and casual sport open to all. A smash hit in its home country Australia, the first overseas outlet of this putt-putt playground cum cocktail bar opens at Clarke Quay in early December.
There’ll be wacky courses and Insta-worthy setups so you’ll have a blast even with zero hand-eye coordination!
Read our full review on Holey Moley here.
Address: 3B River Valley Road, Singapore 179024
Opening hours: TBC
Telephone: 800 492 2410
Nearest MRT station: Fort Canning
In celebration of loving the Earth, Marina Barrage has opened the Sustainable Singapore Gallery. Learn about the Little Red Dot’s response to climate change, dwindling water resources, zero waste initiatives, and other efforts to keep our nation’s environment sustainable.
The attractive setups in each of the 6 different zones make learning a lot more engaging than reading off a boring textbook, that’s for sure! Aside from learning the science behind eco-consciousness, the gallery makes for some solid IG-worthy shots.
Check out our Instagram guide to Sustainable Singapore Gallery below:
Address: 8 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018951
Opening Hours: Wed – Mon 9AM – 6PM | Closed on Tue
Telephone: 6514 5959
If cute and cuddly critters at the zoo just don’t cut it for you, perhaps a stroll admiring fantasy wildlife will. Diehard Game of Thrones fans will be thrilled to learn that Singapore Zoo also has a new Valley of Myths zone dedicated to dragons and beasts.
Get up close and personal with life-sized sculptures of unicorns, griffins and GoT’s legendary Viserion dragon. Through the use of animatronics technology, the mythical beasts can move about and even spout water from their mouths. Watch out for the splash zone!
Address: 80 Mandai Lake Road, 729826
Opening Hours: 8.30AM – 6PM daily
Telephone: 6269 3411
Spook yourself silly in the name of science at Phobia: The Science of Fear. One of the Singapore Science Centre’s newest permanent exhibits, it takes you through the physiological rationale behind everything that gives you the heebie jeebies.
The highly interactive exhibit lets you experience being buried alive in a coffin, forces you to crawl through a claustrophobia-inducing tunnel, and more!
Address: 15 Science Centre Road, Singapore 609081
Opening Hours: Tue – Sun 10AM – 6PM | Closed on Mon
Telephone: 6425 2500
Whatever age you may be, there’ll always be a soft spot for ball pits. Take that to the next level – literally – with Airzone, the world’s first suspended net playground.
Elevated within City Square Mall, Airzone will have you zooming down a giant slide and bouncing around some giant inflatable balls. While the mere sight of it may make your stomach flip, the nets are incredibly sturdy and can withstand the weight of up to 2 fully laden buses.
Read our full review on Airzone here.
Address: 108 Kitchener Road, City Square Mall, Level 2 (North Atrium), Singapore 208539
Opening Hours: 10.45AM – 9PM daily
NINETEEN80 is the ultimate chillout spot if you’re in need of a blast from the past. The retro arcade pub boasts of eye-catching murals and flashy decor that’ll make for stunning shots on your IG feed.
Sip on gorgeous yet tasty cocktails like the Donna Summer ($20), a tangy tropical concoction of fresh lime juice and strawberry puree, spiked with white rum.
The bar is also equipped with rows of classic arcade gaming stations, with timeless favourites like Street Fighter, Pac Man, Mortal Kombat, Puzzle Bobble and more.
Read our full review on NINETEEN80 here.
Address: 21 Tanjong Pagar Road, #01-05, Singapore 088444
Opening Hours: Tue – Thur 5.30PM – 1AM | Wed, Fri & Sat 5.30PM – 3AM
Telephone: 9183 6073
If you’re craving some action in the wilderness, swing by Bedok Reservoir’s Forest Adventure, which has undergone a revamp this year and now has bigger thrills and spills than before.
Conquer your fear of heights with the obstacle courses, featuring suspended swaying log and 4 different zip lines across the tranquil waters. To make the experience of zooming past a 300m stretch while suspended 14m in mid-air even more exhilarating, make sure to get a running head start off the platform!
Read our full review on Forest Adventure here.
Address: Bedok Reservoir Road, Singapore 479244
Opening Hours: Tue – Sun 9.30AM – 6.30PM | Closed on Mon
Telephone: 8100 7420
Our beloved Singapore Zoo goes through a psychedelic makeover with Rainforest Lumina, an enchanting night walk that transforms the premises every day come sundown.
The illuminated trail spans 1km and takes approximately an hour to complete. Along the way, there’ll be interactive exhibits, visual storytelling performances and plenty of backgrounds for your OOTD shots.
Address: 80 Mandai Lake Road, 729826
Opening Hours: 7.30AM – 12AM daily (Last entry at 10.30PM)
Telephone: 6269 3411
With all these places added to your outing itineraries, you no longer have the excuse of not knowing what to check out next. Instead of sticking to the same old routines of dinner and a movie, these new attractions are also great destinations to kick back after work, or as date ideas that are sure to impress.
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