As much as we love to splurge on getaways and fun activities to fill up our time with, there are instances when we just want to have fun without having to spend too much – or even better – nothing at all. The good news is yes, it’s quite possible to entertain yourself for free! You just have to look a little harder. And because we love you to no end, we’ve come up with a list of no-charge offerings worth your time. Let’s raise our glasses to free fun!
You’re probably just as bombarded with a laundry list of must-watch movies (just like us!). But if you’re a little tight on the budget and have wiped out your entertainment funds, don’t despair! The Movie Mob is is an outdoor movie drive-in concept that screens movies based on different themes every fortnight. The cool part of Movie Mob is that you can actively vote for which movie you’d like to watch! And if you’re not driving, fret not because there’s ample space for you to pull out your mat on the lawn to sit down and relax. Best part of all? You don’t even have to spend a dime! Except for the hot dogs, popcorn or candy floss!
Movie Mob, www.moviemob.sg
Kampong Lorong Buangkok
Kampongs (villages) are almost extinct here in Singers and you’d be surprised to know that there is still one last surviving kampong on mainland Singapore and that’s Kampung Lorong Buangkok. Back in the 1960s, there were 40 families living there but now, only 13 houses remain with a mix of Malay and Chinese occupants. Step back in time to the good old days and explore the charming grounds while you still have the chance. There’s no charge to the area although you do have to be extra careful to not disturb the peace of the residents.
Kampong Lorong Buangkok, 7 Lorong Buangkok, Singapore 547557
Macritchie Treetop Walk
We’re not kidding when we say that the Macritchie Treetop Walk is one of the most beautiful places in our little red dot. It might be a bit of a challenge to get to, but the hike to get to the view up there is so worth it. Nestled in the middle of the reservoir, the Treetop Walk is a 250-meter free-standing suspension bridge that connects the two highest points in Macritchie and offers a magnificent bird’s eye view of the forest. Remember to dress light, pile on that sunblock and go armed with a camera. You’re gonna want all the shots you can get for your new profile photo with that view.
Macritchie Treetop Walk, Reservoir Road, Singapore 570000
Arty-farty Sassy Girls, you’d want to pay attention to this one. The Gillman Barracks is a contemporary art cluster that was formerly a military camp. Home to 11 commercial art galleries, five restaurants, cafes and bars, and the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, the Gillman Barracks is an art lovers paradise. The galleries feature exhibitions from emerging and established artist and entrance is mainly – you guessed it – free! There are even complimentary guided tours and walks around the capacious compounds conducted by Friends of the Museums.
Gilman Barracks, 9 Lock Road, Singapore 108937, www.gillmanbarracks.com
Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay
Now here’s an attraction that’s the pride and glory of Singers. Found all around the Gardens by the Bay, the Supertrees are uniquely designed vertical gardens with large canopies that provide shade int he day and come alive at night in a brilliant display of light at sound. Stand in awe and watch the Supertrees glow in a dazzling myriad of light display the evening. Be sure to catch the daily 15 minutes light and sound show too!
Gardens By the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953, www.gardensbythebay.com.sg
Sassy Girls, if you’re a nature lover, you shouldn’t miss this meandering walk that offers panoramic views of the city, harbour and the Southern Islands. This 10-km stretch of trails connects two hilltops and popular parks and gardens and you’ll be walking on Singapore’s highest pedestrian bridge! Don’t worry the trail is not too arduous, so you can definitely bring your baby cousin or even Mom!
Southern Ridges, Henderson Road, Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park, Singapore 099203, www.nparks.gov.sg
Singapore Symphony Orchestra at Singapore Botanic Gardens
Pack a picnic and a mat and sit back to enjoy the soothing medley of performances by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. With lush greenery as the backdrop, the orchestra holds regular performances at the park so if you’re looking to impress your date, do stop by at the Botanic Gardens to catch the orchestra to swoon and impress him!
Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569, www.singaporevr.com
Singapore Really Really Free Market
Yes – it’s possible: shopping for free! At the Singapore Really Really Free Market, you can pick up anything from books, apparels and knick-knacks all at no cost! Community and sharing is the market’s ethos so we reckon it’ll be nice for you to contribute some of you pre-loved items too. Yes girls, you can pinch yourselves if you think this is too good to be true!
Singapore Really Really Free Market, www.facebook.com/srrfm
Arts Performances at Esplanade
Fondly dubbed as “the durian” by Singaporeans because of its prickly resemblance and architecture, The Esplanade is our most premier arts centre. As soon as you step into the area, you’ll instantly feel the creative vibe and aura of the space. There are many free programmes and performances from music and dance to theatre at various locations at the Esplanade, especially at the outdoor theatre.
The Esplanade, 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981, www.esplanade.com
Trace back Singapore’s roots and marvel at our rich history and culture, and appreciate how the different races and religions communities in our country can co-exist harmoniously. Join Singapore Footprints on their free walking tours to learn more about the Lion City and even venture off the beaten track! Hosted by a team of enthusiastic young adults from Nanyang Technological University’s Tourism and Hospitality Management Club, you’ll be promised a fun, interactive and experiential time.
Singapore Footprints, www.singaporefootprints.com
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