New things to do in Singapore 2019
The year is fast coming to an end, and if you’re a working adult, there’s a very important question to address: How to clear all that extra leave, ah?
Singapore is small and we’ve already done and dusted lots of things, often more than once. But if you’re looking for something exciting to spend your leave or upcoming holidays on, below are 17 attractions that opened within this year alone. It’s time to stop returning to those same old routine spots, and have some fun at these new hangouts!
1. NERF Action Xperience – zombie shooting arena
NERF Action Xperience at Marina Square has plenty of space for you to shoot styrofoam pellets to your heart’s content. Those who love a fictional apocalyptic scenario can head to their Zombie City, a shooting arena with digital and mechanical zombies, almost like a scene straight out of World War Z.
Scene: an abandoned town
It’s not just zombies you can shoot; it’s your friends too. Form teams of 6 and head to Camp Dune for a round of Capture the Flag with unlimited NERF styrofoam pellets. After all the firing action, there’s a high elements course you can challenge yourself with and a kid’s playzone for all the young ones out there.
Read our article on NERF Action Xperience here.
The World's first Nerf Action Xperience arena has opened in Singapore, spanning 18,000 square feet!Look forward to adrenaline-inducing activites like shooting zombies, high-elements obstacle course and of course, challenging your friends in a Nerf gun war all the way. Eligible for children aged 6 to "forgot-to-grow-up".Check out our article here: http://bit.ly/nerfactionxperienceAddress: Marina Square, 6 Raffles Boulevard #01-208, Singapore 039594Opening Hours: 10AM-10PM (last entry at 7.30PM) daily
Posted by TheSmartLocal.com on Friday, October 4, 2019
Entrance fee: from $22 for 2h
Address: Marina Square, 6 Raffles Boulevard #01-208, Singapore 039594
Opening Hours: 10AM-10PM, Daily (last entry at 7.30PM)
2. Fish at AMK – Prawning under Yio Chu Kang’s MRT tracks
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One of the most wholesome ways to spend the night out is prawning with your best buds. But fun as that may be, prawning sites are known to be set in pretty ulu areas, reachable only by car. Not Fish at AMK though.
Situated right under the viaducts of Yio Chu Kang MRT, this spot has 3 large pools for prawning. For those who’d prefer to go prawning in the day, there’s no need to worry about getting burnt by the sun either as the train tracks keep the area well shaded.
Read our article prawning spots here.
Rates: $15 for 1h| $25 for 2h | $35 for 3h
Address: 190 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8, Singapore 568046
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 10AM-4AM | Sat & Sun 9AM-4AM
3. The Bicentennial Experience – free exhibition with indoor rain room
Indoor rain room
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Featuring next-level history exhibitions, The Bicentennial Experience is a limited-time event at Fort Canning. Surging in popularity since it first opened several months back, this event is already fully booked through November weekends so make sure to reserve a ticket ASAP if you’d like to visit.
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Regardless of whether you’re a history buff or not, check out their mind-blowing Time Traveller interactive showcase. Centuries of history are condensed into an hour-long interactive show with fun elements such as an indoor rain room and theatre screenings.
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Entrance fee: FREE
Address: Fort Canning Centre, Singapore 179618
Date: Until 31st Dec 2019
Time: Until 17th Nov: Fri – Sun 9AM-9PM, Mon – Thu 9AM-4PM | 18th Nov onwards: Tue – Sun and PHs 9AM-9PM, Mon 9AM-4PM
4. K.STAR Suntec – 23 themed karaoke rooms with VR games
Simpsons thematic room
With VR games, darts and a whopping 23 themed rooms to choose from, the new K.STAR outlet at Suntec City is a must-visit for all those who need a dose of karaoke to brighten up their day.
There are 5 different types of rooms here, suitable for all group sizes. Small groups can head to their thematic rooms, priced at an affordable $25/room per hour (6-8 pax) with themes like Simpson and Hello Kitty. Larger groups of up to 70 people can unlock their VIP rooms with VR games and pool tables.
K.STAR Karaoke has opened a spanking new outlet at Suntec City!With VR game pods, dart machines, neon light fixtures and 23 vibrant themed rooms featuring cartoon characters like Pokemon and Hello Kitty, here is what you can expect at K.STAR Karaoke.Find out more at https://thesmartlocal.com/read/kstar-karaoke-suntec/Address: 3 Temasek Boulevard, #02-724/725 Suntec City, Singapore 038983 (East Wing, near MacDonald’s)Opening hours: Mon – Fri 12PM-3AM | Sat & Sun 12PM-5AM
Posted by TheSmartLocal.com on Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Rates: from $25/room per hour (6-8 pax)
Address: 3 Temasek Boulevard, #02-724/725 Suntec City, Singapore 038983 (East Wing, near MacDonald’s)
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 12PM-3AM | Sat & Sun 12PM-5AM
Telephone: 6269 5188
5. Fort Canning – 9 new gardens with AR guide
Fort Canning is a blissful pocket of nature in the middle of town that most of us have already visited at least once in our lives. But it’s time for a revisit as the area has been revamped lately with the addition of 9 new historical gardens.
Red-bricked Javanese gates of Sang Nila Utama Gardens
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For those who have been sleeping through History lessons as a kid, and have no idea what you’re looking at, there is an AR guide you can follow on the BALIKSG app (iOS, Android), that’ll guide you through the area.
Kids are also bound to love the spacious playground area, featuring giant slides and even inclusive wheelchair-friendly swings so everyone can have fun.
Address: Fort Canning Park, River Valley Road, Singapore 179037
Opening hours: 24/7
6. Rotunda Library & Archive – grand art history library
Image credit: National Gallery Singapore
Recently opened in the National Gallery is the new Rotunda Library and Archive, packed with historical resources from the 19th through the 21st century. History lovers looking for a good read can expect to find more than 20,000 physical and digital items including rare publications here.
Image credit: National Gallery
Other than carrying unique books on its shelves, the place has a distinctive olden charm as well with its domed-shaped roof supported by Roman column pillars, making it quaint space to spend the day indulging in books.
Entrance fee: Free
Address: Level 3, National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew’s Rd, Singapore 178957
Opening hours: Sun – Thu 10AM-7PM | Fri & Sat 10AM-10PM
Telephone: 6271 7000
7. Hi Roller – indoor roller skating rink with disco lights
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Picking up skating can be intimidating, considering how most end up on their bums on their first few attempts. For a safe space to get started on the sport, check out Hi Roller, Singapore’s largest indoor skating rink.
They’ve classes to get you started and a separate red section for newbies to practice at, before heading out to the blue zone to join the pros. Disco lights and EDM music are added bonuses that’ll keep you pumped throughout.
Entrance fee: Adults $12 for 2h | Students: $10 for 2h
Address: Market Square @ Downtown East, E!Hub, 1 Pasir Ris Close, Level 5, Singapore 519599
Opening hours: 11AM-9PM, Daily
Telephone: 9694 4094
8. Lakeside Garden – nature boardwalks and lalang field
Lalang field grassland with a single tree in its midst
Despite our tiny land area, Singapore has plenty of nature parks to explore, but among them all, the prettiest has got to be the new Lakeside Garden. Complete with a lalang field, water play area and scenic boardwalks, this gem certainly adds some compelling points to the #westsidebestside argument.
The attractions here are all integrated with nature, with the epitome of them all being their Forest Ramble, a playground with tree-house-like structures and a giant metal slide to whizz down.
Read more about Lakeside Garden in our article here.
Entrance fees: Free
Address: Yuan Ching Road, Singapore
Opening hours: 24/7
9. Kiztopia – 18-zone indoor playground with AR games
Ninja Obstacle Course
Playgrounds are aplenty. But playgrounds with obstacle courses, trampolines, AR games, claw machines? Not so much.
Ball pit area
Standing as the largest indoor playground in Singapore, Kiztopia is a kiddie paradise with 18 different themed zones. These range from the classic ball pit to ninja warrior obstacle courses for your young ones to put their athletic abilities to the test.
Read our full review of Kiztopia here.
Here is a first look at Singapore's largest kids' indoor playground, which boasts 18 themed zones such as a 2-storey slide, ninja course and AR games!Find out more in our guide here: https://thesmartlocal.com/read/kiztopia-singapore
Posted by TheSmartLocal.com on Monday, June 10, 2019
Rates: $28 for 1h | $38 for 3h | $48 for unlimited play (Free entry for first accompanying adult)
Address: 6 Raffles Boulevard, #01-09 Marina Square, Singapore 039594
Opening hours: Sun-Thu 10AM – 9PM | Fri-Sat 10AM – 10PM
10. Avenue – swanky speakeasy bar with bowling, arcade games and pinball
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Surprisingly still under the radar, AVENUE is a swanky speakeasy bar with craft cocktails and live DJ performances. What really brings it above and beyond though, is their entertainment facilities. No one’s gonna need poker cards here with a karaoke room, several arcade games, and even a mini-bowling alley within the premises.
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Address: B1-67, Galleria Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018972
Opening hours: Wed & Thu 7PM-3AM | Fri 7PM-5AM | Sat 10PM-5AM | Closed on Mon, Tue & Sun
11. Coast-To-Coast Trail – 36KM walking trail across Singapore
Jurong Lake Gardens (start point)
Outdoor junkies are in for a new adventure with the Coast-To-Coast Trail, a new trail that takes you through across Singapore’s nature enclaves. The route is an extensive 36KM long, which can be split up and explored in sections, or done within a day if you’re up for a challenge.
Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park
Beginning at Jurong Lake Gardens, the path winds through Bukit Batok Nature Park, Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park and Singapore Botanic Gardens, just to name a few. Upon completing the journey, you’ll find yourself emerging at the finishing point at Coney Island, where you can call yourself a champ and give yourself a good pat on the back.
Coney Island (endpoint)
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Here is the trail map.
Starting point: Neram Streams at Jurong Lake Gardens
Time needed: ~8.5hours
12. Amazing Castle – playzone with life-sized Space Invaders
Originating from Russia, Amazing Castle is an indoor playspace comprising 9 different game stations with upgraded and upsized versions of classic arcade games – their Burning Surfer is a modern-day version of Space Invaders and Goons is reminiscent of Whac-A-Mole.
While kids are bound to be thrilled, adults can have plenty of fun here too, taking a trip down memory lane.
Read more about Amazing Castle in our article here.
From playing in a massive ball pit to an upgraded version of Space Invaders, challenge your friends to these familiar arcade games with a unique twist. Find out more here: https://thesmartlocal.com/read/amazing-castle-singapore
Posted by TheSmartLocal.com on Monday, June 3, 2019
Rates: from $5 per game
Address: 8 Grange Rd, #02-04A/05 Cineleisure Orchard, Singapore 239695
Opening hours: Mon – Thur 12PM-10PM | Fri & Sat 11AM-10PM | Sun 11AM-9PM*
Telephone: 6951 3056
13. Floral Fantasy – calming floral exhibition at GBTB
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For a date idea sheltered away from surprise downpours of the end of the year, Floral Fantasy at Gardens By The Bay is an idyllic spot to head to with bae. The walls, floors and ceilings are lined with flowers, providing a flower field-experience on steroids.
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The whimsical attraction is quite unlike the typical garden with quirky figurines, moving spheres of flowers as well as calming ambient music.
Entrance fee: Adults $12 | Children & Senior Citizens $8
Address: Gardens by The Bay, Singapore 018953
Opening hours: 9AM-9PM, Daily
14. Marquee – club with Ferris wheel and 3-storey slides
Breathing new life into the club scene is Marquee, a spoil-market nightclub in Marina Bay Sands to party away at. Almost like an upscale carnival, the club carries novel facilities, including a 3-storey slide and an epic Ferries wheel.
A club is only as good as its music, and this one takes it off the charts with renowned international DJs like Alan Walker and Nick Martin having played there. W&W is scheduled for the end of the year – stay tuned to their calendar to find out more.
Read our full review of Marquee here.
Here is a first look at Singapore's LARGEST nightclub which boasts an indoor ferris wheel and a 3-storey high slide!Spanning 2,300 sqm, find out more about Marquee Singapore here: https://thesmartlocal.com/read/marquee-singapore
Posted by TheSmartLocal.com on Thursday, April 11, 2019
Address: 2 Bayfront Avenue, #B1-67 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018956
Opening hours: 10PM till late on Fridays, Saturdays and all eve of public holidays
Telephone: 6688 8672
15. Jewel Changi – giant indoor waterfall, suspended net playround, and Pokemon Centre
Regardless of whether you’ve been to Jewel Changi or not, there’s always lots to explore in this humongous airport mall filled with stores, food outlets, and attractions.
After you’ve ticked off the must-dos of trying Shake Shack and exploring the only Pokemon Centre outside Japan, head up to their Canopy Park filled with attractions from suspended nets to vertical-drop slides. Beyond that, there are also photogenic spots, a basement filled with food stores, and cinema.
From the world's tallest indoor waterfall to amazing photography spots and Singapore's first Pokemon Centre, here is a first look at Jewel Changi Airport which opens to the public on 17th April 2019.More pics in our guide here: https://thesmartlocal.com/read/jewel-changi
Posted by TheSmartLocal.com on Thursday, April 11, 2019
Address: 78 Airport Boulevard, Jewel Changi Airport, Singapore 819666
Opening hours: 24/7
16. Haw Par Villa – revamped version
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After undergoing a 3-month long renovation process, Haw Par Villa has been reopened with a face-lift. It has now opened up its premises as an event venue with the likes of Halloween festivals, art markets and weddings already being held there. If you like things creepy, sign up for one of their new Journey To Hell Twilight Tours that brings you around the park at night.
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The statues and structures have also been repainted with new vibrant colours, livening up the place several folds.
Address: 262 Pasir Panjang Rd, Singapore 118628
Opening hours: 9AM,10PM, daily
Telephone: 6773 0103
17. Pinball Wizard – retro bar with pinball machines
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Bars are the perfect spot for winding down with an evening tipple. While regular ones might do the trick, those with games like the new Pinball Wizard add another avenue for a great night out.
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Whizzing you back to the 1970s, this bar has a retro interior lined with a row of pinball machines in both mechanical and electronic form, including one that is Dracula-themed. Old school pop classics of the Backstreet Boys era are also commonly heard filling the atmosphere of this space.
To refuel, grab a cocktail or two, priced at $18 each.
Address: #B1-29 Sim Lim Square, 1 Rochor Canal Road, Singapore 188504
Opening hours: Tue – Wed 6PM-1AM | Thu 6PM-2AM | Fri 6PM-3AM | Sat 6PM-4AM
Telephone: 8189 1971
New attractions in Singapore 2019
As we approach the year-end holiday period, many of us look towards far-flung destinations for fresh and exciting things to do. But there isn’t always a need to head beyond our shores to experience something novel. Singapore has plenty to do too – you just need to know where to look.
Read about other things to do in Singapore here: