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10 Things To Do In July 2023 – LEGO x BTS Pop-Up, 160KM/H Slingshot Ride & Rare Supermoon Sighting

New things to do July 2023


July may mark the end of the holiday szn, but it also marks the start of the second half of 2023. If the year has been a lil meh for you thus far, take this as a sign of new beginnings, new opportunities, and of course, new things to do so you can make the most of the next 6 months.

You can look forward to exhilarating activities such as the Stranger Things exhibition, Lego x BTS collab, and durian workshops.


1. Catapult into the air at Slingshot


Thrillseekers, here’s something for you. Slingshot has debuted next to Clarke Quay’s iconic GX-5 Extreme Swing. Hop aboard and it’ll catapult you 70m into the air at 160km/h – that’s 3 times the speed limit for cars in Singapore, FYI.

It’s crowned “the tallest catapultic ride” in Asia, so you’ll be signing up for 3 minutes of 360-degree turns and stomach drops. To bring some of the thrill back home with you, consider purchasing a video of yourself on the ride for $20 – all for the mems

Admission: $45/adult | $35/student (18 years and below)

Address: 3E River Valley Road, Block E, Singapore 179024
Opening hours: 4.30pm-11.30pm, Daily
Contact: ​​9755 3310 | Slingshot Singapore website


2. Visit Stranger Things The Encounter at Bugis+


Image credit: Netflix

It’s official. Season 5 of Stranger Things will be dropping in 2025 and we hate to admit it, but we’ve been binge-watching episodes from past seasons because we’re so excited. As fans in Singapore patiently brace through this 2-year drought, they can check out Stranger Things The Encounter

It’s a mixture of an escape room and exhibition – and guests will journey through 7 locations including Joyce’s House, Hellfire Club, Palace Arcade, and of course, Starcourt Mall. Before you leave, satisfy your munchies with some Stranger Things exclusive sundaes (from $5/scoop) and pizzas (from $11). It’s exactly what you’re thinking. You’ll finally get to know what Scoops Ahoy and Surfer Boy Pizza taste like. 

Regular admission: $39 (Weekday) | $49 (Weekend)
VIP admission: $109 (Weekday) | $119 (Weekend)

Address:  201 Victoria Street, Singapore 188067
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 2pm-8.30pm | Sat-Sun 10am-8.30pm
Contact: Stranger Things The Encounter website


3. Join a durian workshop at 99 Old Trees


Image credit: @nomnomfables via Instagram

As durian season is in full swing, check out 99 Old Trees. They have a Durian Confidence Course which gives you an all-round understanding of the King of Fruits. You’ll learn how to identify different species, cutting techniques, and even a cheat code on how to choose durian. 

Participants will also be able to try 6 different kinds of durian, durian pastries, and have unlimited servings of Mao Shan Wang. After that, take home a goodie bag with a “certified-in-durian” T-shirt, a Stinky Roll, and a durian Squishy toy. 

Address: 1 Teo Hong Road, Singapore 088321
Opening hours: 12pm-9pm, Daily
Contact: 9822 2495 | 99 Old Trees website


4. Prepare for take off at Changi Aviation Experience


Image credit: Jewel Changi

Whether you’re an aspiring pilot or just a fan of airplanes, you’re sure to get a taste of flying at Changi Aviation Experience. This flight simulator allows visitors, no matter young or old, to be a pilot for 15 minutes.

Throttle into the sky in a single-engine plane as you cruise with views of Changi Airport and Marina Bay, before landing in Seletar Airport. Just so you know, this simulator was taken from a real flight school, so it’s as legit as it gets. An experienced pilot will also be there to guide you throughout, so you get a personalised flying tutorial. 

Book the Changi Aviation Experience Bundle.

Address: 21 Airport Boulevard, Level 4, Singapore 819666
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am-8pm | Sat-Sun 10am-8pm
Contact: Jewel Changi Airport website


5.  Run to Lego x BTS Dynamite Experience at Orchard Road


Image credit: Lego

You don’t need Permission to Dance at Lego x BTS Dynamite Experience – you just need to have the moves in your DNA. 

For those who can’t wait to show off their smooth-like-butter pops and locks, you can head to the dance off experience at Record Discovery Zone immediately. There will also be a stage lined with Lego figurines of the members standing at about 1.2m tall, so show off your “smooth like butter” poses as you snap pictures with them. 

From left to right: RM, Jin, Suga.
Image credit: @cooky.jk_0901 via Instagram

There’s also a physical photo booth where ARMYs can capture a special moment with their biases

Date: 7th-16th July 2023
Time: 11am-9pm, Daily

Address: Along 391A Orchard Road, Ngee Ann City, Singapore 238873
Contact: Lego website 


6. Visit the new Thai Supermarket at Aperia Mall


When Golden Mile Complex announced its closure, we thought that would mark the end of all the authentic mookata, tom yum soup, and all things Thai in SG. Fortunately, most tenants managed to relocate, including Thai Supermarket.

At its new location in Aperia Mall, the supermarket makes a comeback with sleeker interiors and equally delicious snacks. There are also 5 new food stalls within the supermarket. These include Yung Yung, where you can buy famous yaowarat buns (from $3) with sweet fillings.

You can also expect Thai fritters such as Sweet Potato Balls ($5/12 pieces) and Thai Yam Chips (from $4) from Talad Thai Banana, just 2 stalls down from Yung Yung. 

Plethora of instant noodles from Thailand.

Address: 12 Kallang Avenue, #01-20, Aperia Mall, Singapore 339511
Opening hours: Wed-Mon 10am-10pm | Tue 11.30am-10pm
Contact: 8138 3715 | Thai Supermarket website


7. Spot the rare Supermoon on 3rd July


Image credit: Shaji Eapen Facebook

You actually don’t need expensive equipment and bougie telescopes to be an aspiring astronomer in Singapore. You can literally view a Supermoon with your naked eye this month. If you’re wondering what a Supermoon is, it’s a phenomenon that occurs when the moon orbits closest to Earth. It will then appear bigger and brighter, even without any special equipment. 

This year, there’ll be 4 of them appearing in our night skies – and the first one, named the “Buck Moon”, will rise on 3rd July 2023 at 7.13pm before reaching peak height at 1.25am. 

Technically, it will be visible from anywhere as long as the sky is unobstructed. If you’d like the best views, we advise you to camp somewhere in the east, such as East Coast Park and the Southern Ridges.

Supermoon dates: 

3rd July 2023: Buck Moon
1st August 2023: Sturgeon Moon
31st August 2023: Blue Moon
29th September 2023: Harvest Moon


8. Teleport to a world of aerial warfare at Sentosa’s Central Bazaar Air Combat



The ride simulates the power and acceleration of a real takeoff.
Image credit: Mount Faber Leisure

Though not everyone can be a pilot, anyone can live their pilot dreams through Air Combat, Sentosa’s new virtual reality experience. You’ll be taken on a ride in a fighter jet’s cockpit, cruising along as you experience the POV of a pilot through 6 different movements – Heave, Sway, Surge, Pitch, Roll, and Yaw.

The ride lasts for 8 minutes and can accommodate up to 8 guests at once. You can even ride with your kiddos as long as they are above 12 years old. However, for those who are sensitive to symptoms of motion sickness, it’s best to pop an anti-nausea pill before the ride or just watch from the sidelines. 

Price: $15/pax

Address: 60 Siloso Beach Walk, 098997
Opening hours: 10am-10pm, Daily
Contact: Sentosa website


9. Sample drinks at Capitol Kempinski’s Rum Festival



Image credit: Capitol Kempinski 

What’s your drink of choice? If rum is your answer, you’ll be excited about this one. SG’s very first Rum Festival will be launching at Capitol Kempinski, with over 20 rum brands available for tasting, including popular brands such as Bacardi, Mount Gay, and Doorly’s. If you prefer something more regional, rum from nearby countries such as Cambodia (Samai) and Thailand (Praya and Chalong Bay) will also be featured on the menu. 

Image credit: Capitol Kempinski 

Moreover, you can pop in for rum masterclasses on 8th July, and a tasting session on 9th July. Don’t worry if you get the munchies during the festival, as cocktails and snacks will be served throughout. 

Price: From $68/pax
Date: 8th-9th July 2023
Time: 12pm-7pm

Address: 15 Stamford Road, Singapore 178906
Contact: 6715 6871 | Capitol Kempinski website


10.  Unleash your inner otaku at Cosfest Classic 2023



Image credit: Cosfest Classic

Unleash your alter ego at Cosfest Classic as it returns for its 20th edition at Downtown East on 29th-30th July. This epic cosplay convention, hosted by the Singapore Cosplay Club, promises a nostalgic celebration of our beloved OGs from the world of anime, cosplay, comics, games, and music.


Image credit: Cosfest Classic

Don’t be afraid to don the most iconic costumes of your favourite characters and dive into a weekend filled with incredible performances, special international guests, and immersive activities that will transport you to another universe. Who knows, you might just get to make a light-minded friend who shares your passion for all things pop culture.

Price: From $12.50/pax
Date: 29th-30th July 2023
Time: 12pm-7.30pm

Address: 1 Pasir Ris Close, Singapore 519599
Contact: Cosfest Instagram


Spice up your month with these things to do in July 2023


Just because the holidays are over, it doesn’t mean you can’t still have some fun. In fact, it’s the perfect time to head out without the crowds – since all the students would be back at school. 

You can bid farewell to boredom this July with these new things to do. Whether you’re a thrill seeker, foodie, or an aspiring astronomer, there are plenty of options to keep you entertained.  

For more new things to do in Singapore:


Cover image adapted from: Cosfest Classic, Jewel Changi, Netflix

 

Ong Yee Ching

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