Here’s a list of activities for you to celebrate the nation’s jubilee year.
Happy National Day! You’ve guessed it: The whole country is all set to usher in five decades of independence and awesome life in Singapore and what better way is there than to bring the whole family out for a weekend of fun and activities? For this 50th year of freedom, we’ve put together a list of activities that’s happening over the long weekend to mark our big 5-0, given that we were given an extra public holiday and all (thank you, Mr President!). Whether you plan to catch the fireworks, brush up on your history or head to the zoo, there’s a myriad of ways to commemorate our glorious little red dot that we call home.
Visit the National Museums and Heritage Galleries
Up for a cultured weekend of tracing the roots of your country and your heritage? If museums and gallery-hopping is your kind of thing, you’ll be happy to know that most of your favourite spots will be giving free admission for all from 7 to 10 August! Walk through the majestic halls of the National Museum of Singapore, check out exhibitions at the Asian Civilisations Museum; or pop by the Malay Heritage Centre, Indian Heritage Centre or the Peranakan Museum to unleash the inner Malay, Indian or Chinese in you!
Click here to find out more about the various museums and galleries that are open for free during the National Day weekend.
Go on a joyride
As young children, we always love going on joyrides – especially if they come with a stunning panoramic view! Now that we’re all grown up, it’s hard to put our finger as to when our last ride on a cable car was… Hopping on the bandwagon of the nation’s festivities, the Singapore Cable Car is giving free cable car rides to everyone on Monday, 10 August! Now, this offer is definitely too good to pass out on considering how much the tickets cost a pop! Doors to the cable car open at 845am for the first ride so the game plan is to head out a little bit earlier that morning (since everyone will be so tired the day before from all the fireworks, parade and celebrations) and be at the head of the queue!
Operating hours for the Singapore Cable Car is from 845am to 10pm (last boarding at 930pm).
Enter the island of Sentosa
What do you get when an island dubbed as The State of Fun declares an all-out jubilee celebration? A kick*ss bash, that’s what! Over the long weekend, a variety of attractions at Sentosa will be free like the Wings of Time night show, the Sentosa Merlion and also free guided tours of Fort Siloso. On top of that, there are already ongoing SG50 promotions like fee waiver for island admission at the Sentosa Boardwalk daily as well as for cars and taxis on weekdays after 5pm (excluding PH) and discounts of various attractions like the Megazip Adventure Parl, Combat Skirmish LIVE and more!
Click here to find out more about the exciting promotions at Sentosa.
Be one with the animals
If there’s anything we love more (if not equally) than a good bowl of ice kacang and nasi lemak, it’s animals. When we got the low-down that Wildlife Reserves Singapore (Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari and the Singapore Zoo) is giving a major 50% on admission to the Jurong Bird Park and bundled admission to the River Safari and Singapore Zoo (for same-day visits), we knew we had to secure a few tickets for ourselves and our family! Imagine all the fun that you’re gonna have – from packing a picnic, checking out the adorable otters to feeding the furry creatures; it’s just like reliving your childhood all over again. And pssst… a little bird told us that you’ll also stand to receive a free SG50 animal-themed woven tote bag at the parks’ retail stores (limited to one bag per visitor), while stocks last!
Pop by the 3-day carnival at Singapore Botanic Gardens
Recently named a World UNESCO Heritage site, the Singapore Botanic Gardens is set to fill your holiday weekend with carnival spread across three days! There will be activities like traditional games and crafts, cultural arts like batik printing and you can also munch on childhood snacks like old school biscuits and kacang puteh. Watch out for performances by local artistes like Taufik Batisah, John Molina, Olivia Ong, Rui En and our favourite awesome band at the moment, The Sam Willows! Hang around for movie screenings, gain free admission to the National Orchid Garden and dine at the restos in the Botanic Gardens with menus specially prepared in light of our nation’s jubilee.
Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Rd, Singapore 259569
Head to Marina Bay Sands
Celebrate our independence day with some retail therapy at Marina Bay Sands! From 7 to 9 August, enjoy free admission to the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands. There will also be a 50% discount extended for all sampan rides (imagine yourself sitting in a small boat with someone doing all the rowing for you – think Venice sans the singing) along The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. And if you happen to know someone who turns 50 this year, give them a treat at the Rise Restaurant at 50% off the bill. One extra guest even gets to dine for free!
Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956
Explore the grounds of the gardens
One of Singapore’s pride and joy, the Gardens by the Bay is a capacious park in the middle of the city that lights up to a beautiful spectacle in the evening. With the nation celebrating its jubilee year, the Gardens is extending a host of offering including a brand-new orchid floral display showcasing Singapore stories, a SG50 edition of the Garden Rhapsody music and light show and special ticketing deals! Singaporeans also get to enjoy half price on admission tickets to the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest with free entry for Singaporean seniors aged 60 and above. Get ready to be wow-ed and be dazzled. Oh, and from the lawn at the Gardens, you should be able to get glimpses of the National Day Parade fireworks too!
Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
Sing your heart out
Besides the National Day Parade, there’s another concert in town that’s set to make its way into your hearts by paying tribute to our rich and diverse music scene. Enter the Sing50, a two-hour pop concert extravaganza that will be held at the National Stadium on 7 August. The event that marries our homegrown talents: over 70 artistes, a 1,000-strong choir, pianists and rappers all coming together to perform songs from different genres and cultures that were composed, performed or made popular by Singapore artistes. We say this is probably the concert of the year, right here! For more details on Sing50, visit here.
Go wild and get wet
Looking for a wild and wet time? Then put on your swimsuits and bring four of your girls to Wild Wild Wet, one of Singer’s largest water theme parks. When you come in a group of five, you’ll get 50% off the entry fee for the entire group – is that an awesome deal or what? Time to get your tan on girls!
Wild Wild Wet, 1 Pasir Ris Close, Singapore 519599, (+65) 6581 9128
Catch the spectacular fireworks
The yearly display of fireworks during National Day is always breathtaking and mesmerising – a part of the National Day celebrations that everyone looks forward to. But this year, the glorious year of 2015, expect a fireworks show unlike any other because hey, we only turn 50 once right? Promising to be the largest pyrotechnic showcase, the magic and sparkles will shoot off from the Padang and from the roofs of other commercial buildings in the city and of course, the main barge. So if you’d like to remember this moment in history, we suggest you keep a lookout on for our top five places to catch the fireworks post coming your way next week!