20 New Things To Do In October 2021 For 2 Pax Date Activities With Bae Or Your BFF
Oh boy, here we go again. Yup, restrictions are back for pretty much the entire month now, but at this point, are we even surprised anymore? It appears that 2021 is just a repeat of last year, but if it’s any comfort, the severity of cases isn’t as bad now that a majority of us have gotten our shots. So hang in there, and hopefully this will blow over by year end and we’ll truly enter the new normal instead of grappling with constant yoyo-ing.
Everyone deserves a breather in these trying times. If you’ve gotten both your doses and are looking for something to do beyond your four walls, here’s a list of 2 pax date activities in Singapore for October 2021 so you can still keep in touch with your friends or enjoy some out-of-home couple time together, on a smaller scale.
Read on for things to do in October 2021 in Singapore!
#1: Personalise your own outerwear with a denim jacket painting workshop
Create your very own personalised outerwear with a Denim Jacket Painting Workshop by Fun Drafting, where you’ll get to paint your favourite character or preferred patterns on using fabric paint.
It doesn’t matter if you have shaky hands or aren’t great at art, as you can trace the outline of your design using a special projector before filling in your colours! This has made it possible for patrons to come up with more complex designs including Disney Princesses and Japanese-inspired motifs.
There are various jacket styles, sizes, and shades to choose from, and you won’t have to fork out extra for yours as the cost of it and all other materials is already included in the workshop fees.
As part of their opening promotion, prices for adults are $45 per person, and $89 for 2 pax ($44.50 per person). There are also family packages for those with kids.
Address: 2 Gambas Crescent, Nordcom 2, #09-35 Tower 2, Singapore 757044
Workshop timings: 10am - 1pm, 2pm - 5pm, or 7pm-10pm daily
#2: Be wowed by death-defying stunts & acrobatics at theatrical circus, La Clique
La Clique is so much more than a circus; It’s also a contemporary cabaret, live music gig, and cheeky comedy show all rolled into one. From fire eating to sword swallowing and a ton of death-defying acts that are both thrilling and graceful - including the trapeze, a flying lamp post act, and an acrobatic roller-skating duo - every segment will have you wide-eyed, at the edge of your seat.
Having caught the 1.5-hour show ourselves, we must say that it’s worth a watch. The intimate, circular set-up of the seats is such that you’ll get a good eyeful of the fun in store even if you’re at the last row. If you do, however, decide to snag a front row space, be prepared for a bit of a splash from the first steamy act! ;) You’ve been warned.
#3: Cuddle fluffy kitties at Paws Claws cat cafe
Singapore’s newest cat cafe, Paws Claws, is a little different from the rest. For one, they’re all personal pets of the owner and super pampered - so there’s no need to worry about any ethical issues that are often associated with animal cafes. Another thing is that these felines are all Ragamuffins, so every one of them is fluffy, docile, and unique-looking. Some even have folded ears, a characteristic of the Scottish Fold!
Entry is only $12 and patrons will receive a complimentary Kitty Meringue Biscuit. They do have plans to serve affordable cakes and beverages in the future, so keep a lookout for that!
Read our full article on Paws Claws cat cafe here.
#4: Embark on a sunset yacht cruise with BBQ dinner and free-flow champagne
Can’t take time off for a 3-day cruise getaway, but still need a ? Embark on a 2.5-hour Sunset City Skyline BBQ Dinner Cruise with YachtCruiseSG for just $119 per person, with a freshly grilled dinner all settled by the crew in the second half of the round trip. To amp up the experience, you can make a small top up $20 for free-flow wine or champagne. Now that’s what we call a solid deal!
On top of barbecued meat and seafood, there will also be a bento of ready-to-eat Asian dishes packed with rice. A photo souvenir will be included as part of the package too.
The yacht will disembark from ONE ̊15 Marina at Sentosa Cove and sail off to Marina Bay before making its rounds past Lazarus Island, Sisters Islands, and St. John’s Island before returning to the start point.
If you’re looking for more affordable packages or don’t require food on board, there are other yacht experiences you can book with them starting from just $50. Check them out here.
Cruise timings: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday, & Public Holidays, 6pm or 8.30pm
#5: Get spooked at the Halloween Horror Nights Exhibition 2021
The 10th edition of HHN in Singapore is a little different from previous years’. Due to current restrictions, the annual spookfest will be back this year as the Halloween Horror Nights Exhibition - where you’ll get a glimpse of how the costumes, props, and setups from the past 9 years have come to life.
It’s not quite the same as the usual haunted houses and scream zones, but hey, we’ll take it - this sure beats having it cancelled like last year. Besides, it’s rare that one gets such a close behind-the-scenes look of this intricately-planned event, so grab this unique opportunity while you can - we might not get a similar chance next year!
According to Resorts World Sentosa, this exhibition may not be suitable for those under 16 years of age so we already know it’s gonna be pretty darn intense! Keep your wits about you, and try not to pee your pants. Do note that tickets must be booked in advance.
Date: Until 7 November 2021
Time: 6pm - 10pm
Location: Universal Studios Singapore, Sentosa
Price: $49 for After Dark tickets (from 6pm) | $69 for general admission
#6: Soak in a Japanese-inspired bath at Shiruki Studio, a new contactless massage spa
Take it from the owner of Shiruki Studio himself who’s a living, walking testament of his own treatment - water therapy is more powerful than you may think. Once a competitive squash player, Zee suffered body aches and injuries as most sportspeople do, and eventually ended up with multiple slipped discs as well as torn meniscus in both knees. In fact, he even needed a walking aid at one point.
All that changed when he came across Ultrasonic Hydrotherapy, which helped repair his body and aid in its self-healing. Using the power of the same technology, he then founded Shiruki Studio, which uses hydrotherapy baths inspired by Japan’s onsens for no-contact massages, through water, heat, bubbles, and healing essential oils. In fact, he’s sworn off painkillers and antibiotics since 2001, and instead uses his baths as a fix for sore muscles and tired joints.
Still skeptical? We’ll have you know that hydrotherapy is backed by Science. How this works is that the billions of air bubbles in the water, coupled with an optimum heat, releases high levels of oxygen and negative ions that improve blood circulation, boost the immune system, better your skin condition, and even help in slimming! It’s suitable for anyone including seniors, ladies who suffer in high heels often, and diabetics with swollen feet.
Prices are surprisingly affordable - it’s only $28 for a Foot Bath and $36 for a Full Body Bath. Head down to their calming outlet in the East to experience the magic for yourself - and spot the adorable wall art featuring a Japanese macaque soaking in a tub with Mount Fuji in the background.
Address: 160 Changi Road, #02-08 HexaCube, Singapore 419728
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 12pm - 8pm (Closed on Monday and PHs)
Telephone: 9199 0321 (WhatsApp)
#7: Relive your teenage years with neoprints by Dollop Print Club
It’s finally happened, 80’s and 90’s kids. Neoprints aka purikura have made a much-anticipated comeback thanks to Dollop Print Club, the same people behind Dollop Automat Self Studio. Much like what we remember from our teenage years, these instant photo booth machines allow you to add cute stickers, borders, and doodles to your snapshots before they’re printed out as strips to divide with your friends.
At present, there are at least 3 of such booths across malls in Singapore, and prices cost just $10 for 2 strips - which works out to just $5 per person if you go in a pair.
Read our full article Dollop Print Club’s neoprint machines here.
#8: Cruise along a neon-lit track with Sentosa’s Night Luge
Sentosa’s Skyline Luge has been operating as a day attraction for years now, but their Night Luge - which ended its run a while ago - is finally back! Cruise along a mesmerising neon-lit track on a sled-like car, which you will manoeuvre by swinging its handles from left to right, and race your buddy to see who can get to the end first!
No driving licenses are required. The experience is less intense than go-karting, but adrenaline-inducing all the same - navigating your way up and down those undulating paths is made all the more exciting with the rainbow lights illuminating the way!
Night Luge sessions are held on Fridays and Saturdays from 7pm to 9.30pm. We recommend arriving after the sun sets so that the lights can shine more vibrantly against the darkness.
Address: 1 Imbiah Road, Sentosa, Singapore 099692
Opening hours: Sunday, Monday, Thursday: 11am - 7.30pm | Friday & Saturday: 11am - 9.30pm (Closed on Tuesday & Wednesday)
Telephone: 6274 0472
#9: Fix broken pottery with liquid gold at a Japanese kintsugi workshop
You’ve probably heard of the Japanese art of kintsugi, which involves fixing broken pottery with gold lacquer instead of simply glueing them back or tossing them in the bin. Find beauty in imperfections with The Healing Art of Modern Kintsugi with Gold & Behold - the first and only of its kind in Singapore at present.
In this 2-hour session, you’ll be intentionally breaking ceramic items like bowls and plates - all with slight defects and specially acquired for upcycling - and using hand-mixed gold powders and lacquer to give them a new breath of life. Your one-of-a-kind piece can then be used to hold trinkets, keys, or simply serve as decor for your home.
Slots for October are selling fast, but if you don’t manage to snag an ideal spot, keep a lookout for their upcoming schedule - more slots should be released in time to come.
#10: Cycle on the waters of Pasir Ris Beach with Singapore's first Water Bike rental
Walking on water may only be for the divine, but you can now cycle on the seas of Pasir Ris Beach with Singapore’s first-ever Water Bike rental. It works just like a regular land bicycle, but in place of wheels are a pair of long floats that allow you to effortlessly glide through water at up to 15km/h.
It’s perfectly safe even if you can’t swim, as life jackets will be provided. In any case, with the special catamaran configuration of the bikes, capsizing is virtually impossible. You’ll also be given walkie talkies for communication with your friends and the ground team, as well as a dry bag to store your valuables.
Vampires who are concerned about the sun ruining their makeup or causing burns needn’t worry - you can always opt to have a wind-proof umbrella installed to your bike for shade. In fact, a pet tandem board can also be added so your furkid (up to 30kg) can sit and relax as you pedal along.
Rates per person are $30 for 1 hour, $50 for 2 hours ($25 per hour), and $70 for 3 hours (~$23.30 per hour).
Address: 159T Jalan Loyang Besar, Campsite 1 Pasir Ris Park, Singapore 506927
Opening hours: Weekends, by appointment only
Price: $30 for 1 hour | $50 for 2 hours | $70 for 3 hours
#11: Revel in all things Mickey-related with a Disney pop-up exhibition
Mickey Mouse is bringing his funhouse to Suntec City with Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration, where tons of vibrant installations and photo spots await. These include a psychedelic mirrored room, giant bow sofa, mural gallery, and mesmerising Sorcerer Mickey's Magic Room - a dark, star-lit space that’s reminiscent of teamlab’s exhibitions.
Apart from these are also prints of the classic Mickey Mouse comics in black and white, as well as a Mickey at Disneyland zone - the closest we can get to the Happiest Place on Earth in the meantime.
Read our full article on Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration here.
#12: Spend some time in nature at Bukit Gombak Park, located on a hill
We could all do with some fresh air from time to time, and the newly-opened Bukit Gombak Park (not to be confused with Bukit Gombak Nature Park) is a new nature spot where you can get just that. Located on a hill, this tranquil space with an open lawn, a dog run, and sloping looped trek path also has a butterfly garden.
It’s a node in the Bukit Batok Nature Corridor, which forms a link between the Central Nature Park Network and Tengah Forest Corridor. If you’re up for a bit of a sweat, make your way from here to Bukit Batok Nature Park, and further on to Hindhede Nature Park and Bukit Timah Nature Reserve - or vice versa.
There’s a new Whisk & Paddle here, the cafe’s second outlet. This one’s in a glasshouse-like building which will give you views of greenery as you dine.
Address: Along Bukit Batok West Avenue 5, opposite Bukit Batok Driving Centre
Opening hours: 24 hours
#13: Admire art while getting a manicure at Singapore’s first art gallery beauty salon
Singapore’s first contemporary art gallery and beauty salon, White Pyramid Gallery & Nail Bar, has just opened their doors for a unique pampering experience that’ll have you surrounded by art - not on your nails, but all over the walls too.
It’ll certainly be a luxurious session as your hands get TLC with premium Margaret Dabbs products, while you feast your eyes on exquisite painted portraits, therapeutic nature murals, and other artwork by illustrators hailing from Singapore, South Africa, and Italy.
Manicures here cost $39 for Express and $69 for Express Gel. Alternatively, treat yourself to the Classic service (from $48) which includes a complimentary foot bath, nail sculpting, cuticle care, and a soothing massage.
Address: 232 River Valley Road, Singapore 238290
Opening hours: 11am - 9pm daily
Telephone: 8891 2852
#14: Feel like you’re in England’s countryside at this quaint cottage-like building
It’s hard to believe that this is something you can find in Singapore, but St. George's Church will transport you to England’s countryside with its cottage-like appearance and garden full of colourful blooms. All you need is to don a flowy sundress or skirt, a straw hat, and your Instagram Boyfriend at the ready for winning snapshots that look straight out of a travel lookbook.
Read our full article on St. George’s Church here.
#15: Sign up for Tiong Bahru Bakery’s new sourdough workshop
Those who are fans of Tiong Bahru Bakery’s famous sourdough bakes will want to sign up for their brand new sourdough workshop where you’ll be learning how to create your own bread - using a special 160-year-old starter given to Chef Paul when he was working at Slow Bakery in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
All materials including a starter kit and bread lame will be provided, so you can continue baking your own heavenly creations using the same recipe and the skills you’ve learnt during the workshop. The beginner class ($165.85) is an intense 4-hour one, but don’t be intimidated, as it’s designed to be detailed and hands-on while remaining noob-friendly.
There also will be a scheduled refreshment break midway, which includes Tiong Bahru Bakery’s pastries and drinks at no extra cost!
Address: 70 River Valley Road, #01-05 The Foothills at Fort Canning Park, Singapore 179037
Workshop timings: Beginner: Wednesday & Thursday 2pm - 6pm | Intermediate: Saturday 2pm - 7pm
Telephone: 6877 4865
#16: Visit Orchestral Manoeuvres, the newest exhibition at ArtScience Museum
Sound is all around us, and Orchestral Manoeuvres: See Sound. Feel Sound. Be Sound at ArtScience Museum will help you see - or rather hear - it in a whole new light. Through various types of sound art, you’ll learn how to listen more closely to what’s around you, and push the boundaries of how we can create our own music,
Some of the works on display include a piano that plays itself, unique music instruments you might not have known of before, and a rose gold metallic sculpture that vibrates as deep bass tones play, in turn amplifying those sound waves.
There’s even a cute segment with clips of cats playing pianos - created via sound manipulation from an existing serious tune, made fun.
Date: Until 2 January 2022
Time: 10am - 7pm (last entry at 6pm)
Location: ArtScience Museum
Price: $16 for Adults
#17: Learn how to play a ukulele at a high-rise skypark with scenic beach views
Looking to try something new with your partner? Pick up some sick uke skills together with a Ukulele By The Beach session at the AJ Hackett SkyPark at Sentosa, located high up at 50 metres with a panoramic view of the sea.
The one-time workshop is suitable even for those with zero music background, and despite its lighthearted nature, you’re gonna be able to strum some simple chords, get your rhythm in check, and eventually play some songs to serenade bae with by the end of it - all while the setting sun casts a golden glow in the background.
Date: Mondays, until end November 2022
Time: 5pm - 6pm or 6.30pm - 7.30pm
Location: SkyPark Sentosa by AJ Hackett
Price: $10 (fully redeemable for $10 worth of F&B)
#18: Check all the self photo studios in Singapore off your list
Ditch those awkward selfies with your outstretched arm in the frame, and have an upgraded experience at a self photo studio where you can snap cute studio-quality pictures with your partner using just a remote control. There are at least 7 self photo studios in Singapore at present, with themes ranging from black and white, to Korean minimalist, and retro-inspired. One of them even has a sunset lamp!
Read our full article on 7 self studios in Singapore here.
#19: Admire the Miffy-themed Mid-Autumn displays at Gardens by the Bay
There’s still time to catch Gardens by the Bay’s Mid-Autumn lantern installations before they end their run on 3 October. This year’s decor seems to be focused on rabbits, with a Rabbits Trail as well as a massive lantern sculpture snaking up a Supertree, featuring a pair of bunnies releasing sky lanterns as enchanting music plays in the background,
But that’s not all there is to the rabbit theme, for the cartoon character Miffy also makes an appearance in the Flower Dome, where the Miffy Gardens lie. This includes a mix of glowing lantern flowers amidst real blooms, surrounded by osthmanthus trees.
In addition to these are a romantic grove of origami crane trees, Korean hanoks, and illuminated oriental pagodas.
Read our full article on Gardens by the Bay’s Mid-Autumn set-ups here.
#20: Pamper yourself with a $30 nett full-body massage deal
Although National Day is long over, there are still NDP e-vouchers that have yet to expire. Out of the many available allows you to enjoy a $30 nett 1-hour full-body massage at LifeSpa, a spa with 3 locations including Orchard Gateway and Carlton Hotel. You get a choice out of 3 types of massages too, including one infused with avocado.
Make your booking on a weekday and you’ll be entitled to a free 15-minute Anti-Ache Therapy session (worth $85) too!
Read our full article on LifeSpa’s $30 nett massages here.
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Text by: GirlStyle SG