Sunday, November 4th, 2018

9 things to do over the National Day break 5/5 (5)

Don’t have tickets to the National Day Parade? These happenings in Singapore (from August 5 to 9) will more than make up for it.

1) Dance for hours without worrying about a hangover

This is not your classic Great Singapore Workout. The event promises to be the dance fitness party of the year! Groove to chart-topping tracks, burn off that plate of char kway teow and leave the venue without splurging on a ride. Put on some sunblock though – the weather forecast says it’s going to be sweltering.

9 things to do over the National Day break

Credit: Gardens by the Bay

Singapore’s 51st Birthday Bash Fitness Party

Location: Supertree Grove Lawn

Date: Sunday, August 7

Time: 4.30pm to 5.30pm

Cost: Free

2) Walk among 100 variations of the national flower

You can’t get more patriotic than this. Orchids make worthy gifts at all kinds of diplomatic meetings – even U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle have one now – so start rallying your family for a picturesque National Day outing.

9 things to do over the National Day break

Credit: The Straits Times

Orchid Extravaganza (part of the Singapore Garden Festival)

Location: 18 Marina Gardens Drive

Dates: Now till Sunday, August 28

Time: 10am to 10pm

Cost: $12 on weekdays, $16 on weekends for adults who are residents. Children and senior citizens pay $6 on weekdays and $9 on weekends.

3) Make your own eco-friendly cable car

Get crafty this weekend and make a cable car out of recycled cardboard. Don’t worry, eco-artist Didier Ng will be there to guide you along! The August 6 event also features a Zumba session, functional fitness workout and dance painting performance, where you “just need to bring your enthusiasm”.

9 things to do over the National Day break

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Let’s Lepak at Mount Faber

Location: Mount Faber Loop

Date: Saturday, August 6

Time: 4pm to 7pm

Cost: Free

4) Release your hidden auntie at a massive warehouse

Located in the far West of Singapore, the massive supermarket by NTUC FairPrice measures 80,000 square feet. Shoppers receive great discounts on groceries and household necessities. The catch? The space is usually members only – but everyone gets to visit over the National Day break.

Warehouse Club Open House

Location: 1 Joo Koon Circle, Levels 2 & 3

Dates: August 5 to 9

Time: 10am to 9pm on weekdays, 9am to 9.30pm on weekends

Cost: Depending on how much you fill your trolley!

5) Visit the elusive Kampong Mandai

While visiting the Singapore Zoo to squeal at its latest addition (i.e. tree kangaroos), be sure to swing by Kampong Mandai. Find delectable treats here like satay, banana fritters and other local desserts.

We’d recommend starting the day early. Local residents who buy a combo ticket with same day admission to the River Safari receive 51 per cent off, until the end of August.

9 things to do over the National Day break

Credit: Wildlife Reserves Singapore

Kampong Mandai

Location: Opposite the chimpanzee exhibit at the Singapore Zoo

Dates: August 5 to 9

Time: 11am to 5pm

Cost: $30.90 for an adult combo ticket to the Singapore Zoo and River Safari. Children and senior citizens pay $20.60 and $14.20 respectively.

6) Fill your bags with local brands and natural soaps

With more than 50 stalls selling everything from food to accessories and fashion apparel, this has the makings of a great hangout spot. We have our eye on handcrafted gifts by Artisans Haven and Simply4Love‘s natural felted soaps!

Esplanade Festival Village

Location: Esplanade Waterfront

Dates: August 5 to 9

Time: 3pm to 10pm on August 5 & 8, 12pm to 10pm on August 6, 7 & 9

Cost: Shop till you drop!

7) Feel like a Lilliputian for a day

Expect to feel small at Singapore’s inaugural Giant Games Festival. Contribute to an awareness campaign for disabled persons by playing blown-up versions of popular games, such as badminton with a face-sized shuttlecock or pool with a 7-metre long table!

9 things to do over the National Day break

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Singapore Giant Games Festival 

Location: The Red Box, 113 Somerset Road

Dates: August 5 & 6

Time: 11am to 7pm

Cost: Free

8) Check out an all-in-one festival in the East

Enjoy spending your time at carnivals? Then PlayLAH! is the festival for you. Organised by Singapore Expo, it features a plethora of exciting events spread across four zones. Programme highlights include interactive learning exhibits, a local food fair as well as a live National Day Parade screening on August 9!


Location: Singapore EXPO Hall 5

Dates: August 6 to 9

Time: 12pm to 9pm

Cost: $5 for a set of activity coupons

9) Pokemon GO to the cafe before it closes

If you haven’t checked out the Instagram-worthy Pokemon cafe, wait no longer. It closes in less than a week!

9 things to do over the National Day break

Credit: Shinichiro Mikuriya

Pokemon Cafe Singapore

Location: EwF at Bugis Junction, #04-05

Date: Now till Wednesday, August 10

Time: 11am to 9.30pm

Cost: Depending on how much you order!

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