Picture this: a bunch of mums daggy dancing around the office. Yep, that’s us imagining a mid-week holiday. Singapore’s National Day holiday, no less! For those of us staying put this week, there’s loads to do. Look no further for the full rundown of stuff to do on the public holiday, river cruises, quirky plays and new movies.
1. In case you’ve been living under a rock, it’s National Day on 9th August
Majulah Singapura! It’s our day to celebrate the prosperous nation of Singapore and everything it stands for – strength, resilience, unity and togetherness. Our fair island sure knows how to party, so find something that tickles your fancy, from fireworks, fighter jets, feasts and flea markets and make the most of the day.
2. It’s tokidoki cruise time
Seriously, how cute is this? Or should we say, ‘kawaii’? The ultimate in Japanese bling, lifestyle brand tokidoki has teamed up with eco-friendly cruise operator Water B to bring Singapore the world’s first tokidoki-themed boat. Join the Unicornos, Adios, Mozzarella and loads more life-sized tokidoki characters for a 40-minute cruise from Fort Canning Jetty all the way to Marina Bay. There’s never been a cuter way to soak in the Singapore sights. Cruises depart daily at 5pm, 7pm and 9pm. You can enjoy a 10% discount on tickets until 31st August and you’ll also receive free tokidoki goodies on board too.
3. Smartbutt: a seriously good play with a funny name
The legend of Bukit Merah is one of Singapore’s most loved tales – it tells the story of Nadim, a young kampung boy, who against the odds saves the kingdom from a violent swordfish attack. Perfect to reinforce the message of National Day, Smartbutt re-frames the legend of Bukit Merah and poses questions around the nuances of power and the need to stand up for what is right. Performed by 4th year School of the Arts Singapore (SOTA) theatre students, this engaging play is running on Tuesday and Wednesday and is suited to kids aged six and over.
4. Catch the existing Future World before it becomes a thing of the past
Fear not, dear readers. Future World at the ArtScience Museum isn’t going anywhere, but it is getting a re-vamp, so many of the current installations, like Black Waves and Sketch Aquarium are being retired to make way for new ones. Future World will close from Monday 12th August for a week, then the fully refreshed exhibition will launch on 1st September, including the super popular Crystal Universe and some fun, new installations. Do note, the ArtScience Museum is currently offering revised prices for Future World, as Crystal Universe is currently unavailable.
5. Take the kids to see Christopher Robin
Is there anything Ewan McGregor can’t do? He absolutely shines in this delightful tale of a grown-up Christopher Robin who’s lost his way and is then rescued by his old friends Pooh, Tigger and Eeyore. Christopher Robin is a recent release, so they’ve got loads of showings throughout the week at all of Singapore’s cinemas.
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