This February is both the season of love and prosperity, with Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year both falling a couple of days from each other. Whether you’re celebrating with your partner, family, or best friend, here are 19 things to do in Singapore to keep February 2021 gatherings fun and fresh.
Our list for this month includes a love-themed exhibition with photo spots, a light and sound show at Sentosa, and a new doggy swimming pool to dive into with your furkid.
Read on for things to do in January 2021 in Singapore!
#1: Visit Time Capsule, an IG-worthy time travel attraction at Singapore Flyer
The Singapore Flyer’s newest attraction, Time Capsule, is a multisensory time travel-themed exhibition that will take you through Singapore’s history before diving into its future. Apart from a mini light and sound show in a mirrored room, there will also be kaleidoscopic projections featuring Singapore’s unique snacks, and a chance to be swept “underwater” with fishes.
Bring your camera, for the photo opportunities here will be plenty!
Read our full article on Time Capsule at Singapore Flyer here.
#2: Take your furkid to Wag & Wild, the largest dog swimming pool in Singapore
Your furkid can easily get its dose of exercise with daily walks around the block, but we bet even animals need some spice in their usual routines. Make your paw pal’s day with a fun excursion at Wag & Wild, the largest dog swimming pool in Singapore that recently opened around 6 months ago.
Simple obstacles and mushroom fountains have been constructed as part of the pool for added fun. You are fully encouraged to enter the water and paddle around with your pup, so dive on in and have a splashing good time with your best friend!
Each 1-hour session costs $28, with admission for 1 dog and up to 2 humans (additional humans at $6/person). Shower facilities for dogs are available, while humans get a changing area - don’t forget to bring a set of dry clothes!
Address: 2 Jurong Gateway Road, #01-13, Singapore 608512
Telephone: 6749 8858
#3: Be wowed by The Mill, an all-black gothic tower with garden and Victorian-style cafe
Just looking at photos of The Mill, a foreboding, all-black gothic building at Bukit Merah, it’s hard to believe that it exists in Singapore; The towering structure looks like something you’d find in Europe instead, with ornate arches, spiked details on its roof, and a romantic-looking garden courtyard.
This is actually an office building - just imagine reporting to work here! - and they’re also home to a Victorian-style cafe which is open to the public.
Read our full article on The Mill here.
#4: Drop by Chio Books, an edgy bookstore with LED furniture and sinks as tables
Chio Books has got to be the edgiest bookstore in Singapore right now - with glowing LED furniture, artsy wall portraits, and old sinks repurposed as book displays, they’ve got their aesthetics down pat.
But it’s not just about the decor, because they also have a unique selection of hardbacks and paperbacks for you to pore over - everything from children’s titles with embossed covers, morbid nursery rhymes, and even a cheeky Spot The C*ck search-and-find book. We shan’t elaborate on that last one, but this just gives you more incentive to head down in person to see what the fuss is all about. ;)
Chio Books is a pop-up that will only be around till the end of this month, so catch them while you still can - and stock up on some reading material while at it!
Date: Until 8 February 2021
Time: 12pm - 8pm (closed for dinner from 5pm - 6pm)
Location: Nicoll Highway (City Gate)
#5: Attend a succulent bouquet workshop with bae as a Valentine’s Day project
Instead of waiting for your boyfriend to order you a bouquet of roses this Valentine’s Day, why not spend some quality time as a couple, and get hands-on making your own succulent bouquet together?
Held by Echevaria.co, a local business that specialises in succulents, this V-day succulent bouquet-making workshop comes with all the materials you’ll need, including tools, wrapping paper, and of course, the plants themselves.
Other than standing out from the crowd of ladies with delicate flowers in hand, you’ll also get to rejoice in the fact that succulents are extremely hardy and won’t wither in a matter of days. Plus, your man will probably heave a sigh of relief, knowing that he won’t have to hunt high and low for the perfect bouquet this year.
Date: 14 February 2021
Time: 9am - 11.30am or 1pm - 3.30pm
Location: NOSH Produce (Khatib) or Potta Plantta (East Coast)
Price: $150 for single ticket | $190 for couples ($95 per person). Book your tickets here.
#6: Admire adorable animal lanterns at Chinatown’s CNY light-up
Despite a scaled-down Chinese New Year this 2021, Chinatown has still come through with their annual CNY light-up. Rows upon rows of lanterns are already illuminating the streets, some with auspicious wordings and others with festive motifs like Mandarin oranges, but the ones that’ve caught our eye the most are the adorably round animal ones featuring all critters of the zodiac!
As it’s the year of the Metal Ox, you can also expect a bunch of ox-themed installations amidst the cherry blossom sculptures and lucky red lanterns. The centrepiece is a massive 10-metre ox standing atop a pile of gold coins - a symbol of prosperity for the year ahead!
Date: Until 12 March 2021
Time: 7pm - 12am
#7: Watch rainbow-hued lights illuminate Siloso Beach with Magical Shores
Magical Shores first debuted at Sentosa’s SIloso Beach early last year, but quickly came to a halt once Covid-19 restrictions kicked in not too long after. They’re finally back with their nightly light and sound show, which involves rainbow-hued illuminations dancing across the sand by the waters as relaxing music plays.
Be spellbound as the interactive light art projections shift from psychedelic wave patterns to shoals of fish - a dazzling spectacle that’s perfect for ending off a date with!
Do note that while entry is free, advance bookings are required for Fridays, weekends, and Public Holidays as a form of crowd control. Reserve your slot here.
Read our full article on Magical Shores at Sentosa here.
#8: Have a Valentine’s Day meal at a new romantic restaurant or cafe
You may have a favourite spot for date night, but it’s worth switching things up a little this Valentine’s Day especially when so many new romantic restaurants have sprouted in Singapore as of late. These include a pet-friendly Greek restaurant with river views, and Japanese private dining, and Moonbow (above), a pretty blush pink European eatery at Dempsey with floral decor.
Couples on a budget needn’t miss out, as there are also more affordable cafe options to pick from that are no less aesthetically-pleasing. These include a Western Bistro with views of horses galloping away!
#9: Snap photos with your fave oppas at Madame Tussauds’ new K-Wave Zone
K-drama lovers and K-pop stans would know the feeling of wanting to abandon all reality, run away with oppa and never come back. Not that oppa might even notice you to begin with, but y’know, a starstruck girl can dream.
Now, turn that dream into a semi-reality with the new K-Wave Zone at Madame Tussauds, where realistic life-sized wax figures of your favourite Korean celebrities stand. Currently, the likeness of Suzy Bae, Kim Woo Bin, and Song Seung Heon are here for your selfie-snapping pleasure, and who knows, more might be joining the gang in the near future.
Accompanying that is a backdrop of hanoks and a cherry tree sculpture for you to pose under for max romance factor.
#10: Go in search of the best street murals with Artwalk Little India 2021
Artwalk Little India is back for 2021 with a series of programmes celebrating Indian culture through music, dance, and art. Although the event will be a virtual one this year with the performances streamed online, you can still check out the series of murals by local artists in person at your own time.
A handy map marking out the various street art locations is available on the event site so you’ll have an easier time scouting them out.
While in the area, make a pit stop at one of the many Indian restaurants in the vicinity to fuel your expedition - as part of the event, there are some F&B discounts for eateries like Komala Vilas, Gandhi Restaurant, Banana Leaf Apollo and more.
Date: Until 6 February 2021
Location: Little India
#11: Check out the Star Wars exhibition with movie props, costumes, and artwork
Take yourself back to a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away at Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition, held at Marina Bay Sands’ ArtScience Museum. This is where fans can get up close to real movie props, costumes, and artwork related to the Sci-Fi franchise. You’ll also get to take a peek into the whole storyboarding process, which involves sketches, model-making, and even puppetry!
Read our full article on Star Wars Identities here.
#12: Get 100% of your staycation fees back in food credits at Pan Pacific hotels
Get great bang for your buck when you have a staycation at any Pan Pacific hotel, for you’ll be getting 100% of your room fees back in the form of dining credits that can be used on room service and any in-house eateries - a deal all foodies won’t want to miss.
Participating hotels and their rates are as follows:
- Parkroyal on Beach Road - $320/night
- Pan Pacific Singapore - $400/night
- Parkroyal Collection Marina Bay - $400/night
- Parkroyal Collection Pickering - $400/night
On the other hand, Parkroyal Collection at Marina Bay has its Atrium Lounge to boast of - now renovated to look like a forest oasis with giant “birds nests” you can have afternoon tea in. Read our article on Atrium Lounge here.
#13: Take bae to All Walks of Love, a love-themed exhibition with photo spots
Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and just in time for this season of love is All Walks of Love, an exhibition themed after this warm, fuzzy emotion.
Grab bae and gear up for a mini photoshoot, for this exhibition is chock-full of cute photo spots, including: A holographic room full of giant red egg, a room full of cartoon animal doodles, and a K-drama worthy telephone booth setup with a neon sign reading “You had me at hello”.
Fret not if you’re a single pringle, because All Walks of Love celebrates - you guessed it - all forms of the emotion, be it romantic, platonic, or familial. No date, no sweat, go with your bff or siblings instead! As one of the installations says, “I found love when I found myself” - so be comfortable with who you are first!
#14: Get into the festive spirit with GBTB’s Dahlia Dreams
Gardens by the Bay’s Christmas Wonderland has made way for Dahlia Dreams, the annual Chinese New Year setup in the Flower Dome. This year’s 1,4000 dahlias in vibrant shades of red are all grown in-house by GBTB’s horticulturists for the first time, and some species are as large as dinner plates!
Star as the heroine of your own period drama at the Chinese pavilions, bask under the glow of the lantern globe, and check out your fortune for the year at the 12 zodiac signages as festive music plays in the background.
Read our full article on Dahlia Dreams at GBTB here.
#15: Snap swaggy #OOTDs in front of Louis Vuitton’s famous shipping containers at ION
After travelling around the world, Louis Vuitton’s famous red shipping containers have finally made their way to Singapore, now parked right outside ION Orchard for swaggy #OOTDS. These are part of a roving showcase for LV’s SS21 men’s collection, and while you may have to wait till your ang bao money comes in to drop cash on those items, photo taking here is completely free-of-charge.
Read our full article on Louis Vuitton’s shipping containers here, with posing tips included.
#16: Read a book at the grandest library in SG with Roman columns & dome ceiling
Channelling major “Beauty and the Beast” vibes is the Rotunda Library & Archive, Singapore’s grandest library located at the National Gallery. Its prized collection of rare art-related books and journals is impressive, but what’s even more mesmerising is its royal-looking architecture of Roman columns and a dome ceiling with skylight.
Read our full article on the Rotunda Library & Archive here.
#17: Save a buck with dining deals including 1-for-1s
A drink here, a dessert there, and before you know it, you’ve racked up a hefty bill for your meal despite a seemingly affordable main course. Oh, and don’t forget GST and service charge. Ain’t that fun.
Save some bucks without missing out on the good stuff with special Debit/Credit card dining deals - including 1-for-1 prices at eateries like Marmalade Pantry, Sushi Tei, Lè FUSION, and plenty more.
Read our full article on 12 best dining deals in 2021 here.
#18: Join a couple run and get a free love charm bracelet
Fitspo couples can spend some quality time together with Seasons of Love, a Valentine’s-themed virtual race that will reward you with a free charm bracelet, with optional engraving included at no extra fee.
Pick from race categories of 3km, 5km, 10km, or 21km, and attempt the run anywhere and anytime you want during the stipulated period. You can even top up a little to get matching couple race tees!
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Text by: GirlStyle SG