These attractions prove that our island is small in size but big on fun activities for you and your loved ones.
TEXT: MORGAN AWYONG
Even though Singapore is just 710sq km, it’s a city-state that’s constantly evolving. From landmarks to malls and visitor attractions, change is constant, whether it’s a new attraction or one that’s been rejuvenated.
Here are seven new and revamped attractions that should be on your must-visit list, whether you’re organising a family outing or looking for a fun place to visit with your significant other.
1. T-PLAY AT HOMETEAMNS BUKIT BATOK
Recently refurbished, HomeTeamNS’ first flagship indoor playground, T-Play Bukit Batok is a 390sqm facility that is designed to engage a child’s brain development, motion coordination and sense of direction. Catering to children aged 6 months to 12 years old, updates to the transportation-themed playground include an extended ball pit, new party room area and new submarine interactive area.
T-Play was awarded the 2018/19 Young Parents SG Parents’ Choice for Kids’ Best Indoor Playground. Additional services offered include birthday party planning and excursions.
2. VAN GOGH: THE IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE
The artist Vincent Van Gogh’s remarkable art — made all the more poignant by his tragic life story — has captured hearts everywhere. So, imagine if you could now step into one of his works.
The organisers of Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience have brought their exhibition to Singapore, marking the show’s debut in Southeast Asia. Having been seen by more than 5 million visitors since 2017, the exhibition at Resorts World Sentosa will include a vast projection space, an intimate virtual reality experience, displays of his art in new forms, and an activity studio.
3. RIFLE RANGE NATURE PARK
Officially opened in November 2022, the Rifle Range Nature Park extends the existing Central Nature Park Network by 66ha. Once the former Sin Seng Quarry, the trail has been extended by 7km, offering scenic greenery that houses a freshwater habitat.
As it is home to more than 300 species of animals, you just might be rewarded with a glimpse of the Malayan colugo, Sunda pangolin and leopard cat. The eagle-eyed might even spot one of the rope bridges stretching across the canopy, designed for arboreal or tree-living animals. Have the children keep count of the 40 cute bronze squirrels located at features like the pavilions. To take it all in, we recommend the trail’s highlight – a 31m lookout deck that offers a sweeping panoramic view of the forest.
4. MR. BUCKET CHOCOLATE FACTORY
Located within the lush surroundings of Dempsey Hill, this is one chocolate factory Willy Wonka would be envious of. Its open concept Chocolate Room offer visitors a view of their chocolate makers in action. It offers dine-in offerings and a curated drinks menu using sustainably sourced cacao beans from Asia. The Creation Station lets visitors create their own chocolate slabs with their favourite toppings. The Retail Section offers a variety of treats that make ideal gifts for the chocaholic in your life.
5. BIRD PARADISE
When Jurong Bird Park announced its closure this year, entire generations were left bereft of a nostalgic icon. Opened in 1971, the avian attraction was a staple destination in every school excursion, and was once home to the world’s tallest artificial waterfall.
Come May 8, Bird Paradise will open its doors to the public. About 3,500 birds from 400 species will enjoy a new 17ha home, with eight walk-through aviaries simulating their natural habitats. Expect to see hornbills and spoonbills amid tall bamboo groves and paddy terraces, and witness penguins on land and underwater.
6. TIPSY UNICORN BEACH CLUB
With a name like that, it’s hard not to get noticed. The new 19,000sq ft beach club at Siloso Beach Sentosa offers a mix of good food and great music. A dazzling rainbow-inspired colour scheme, and plenty of stage and lighting equipment give this venue a carnival-like atmosphere. Enjoy private cabanas by the pool, food and craft cocktails that will be Instagrammable as well as live music by international and local DJs.
What if you can’t decide between skiing at the Alps in Switzerland, or surfing at Uluwatu Beach in Bali? Thanks to the people of The Ride Side, a local company that sells skates and snowboards, you will be able to do both when Trifecta opens in Somerset later this year. It aims to be Singapore’s premier ski, skate, surf and snowboarding resort, where newbies and enthusiasts can live out their sporting dreams. It will combine a large skating park with two interior spaces, with specialty stations that provide infinity waves and slopes to let users surf and ski to their heart’s content.
There’s never a shortage of things to do in Singapore, and you’ll always find new activities to try at any HomeTeamNS clubhouse.
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