Right now, many of us are still shaking off that post-CNY holiday mood...and weight gain. Though we’re march-ing into a month with zero public holidays, make sure you take a breather in between your hectic schedule and plan some post-work or weekend dates, starting with these 16 things to do in Singapore for March 2021.
This month’s list includes a sakura festival, Asia’s first drive-through AR art gallery, and a monochrome Yayoi Kusama exhibition at Gillman Barracks.
Read on for things to do in March 2021 in Singapore!
#1: Interact with AR murals at Moo Moo Park, Singapore’s first drive-through exhibition
If you’re one of those people who don’t like getting off your bum but don’t want the FOMO, cruise through Moo Moo PARK, Asia’s first drive-through exhibition, all while seated in a chauffeured electric car. Marrying art and technology, this pop-up features interactive AR murals, selfie filters, and 3D installations, in a celebration of the lunar year of the ox.
If you’d rather explore the artworks on foot for a closer look, that’s perfectly doable as well (and in fact, cheaper!). Check out the video below for a glimpse of what you can expect.
Date: Until 28 March 2021
Time: 12pm - 10pm. Check out specific timings here.
Location: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre Level 6 Carpark
Price: From $5. Get your tickets here.
#2: Learn more about cameras at the Vintage Camera Museum
Seeking out Instagram-worthy opportunities isn’t a passing trend. It’s a lifestyle, and it’s here to stay. If, like most people these days, you’re crazy over anything photography-related, visit the Vintage Camera Museum at Bugis to get your shutterbug fix.
Aside from the many snapshots you’ll take at their giant camera statue, wall of vintage models, and trick eye zone, you’ll also get to learn more about the history of cameras and how they have evolved over time.
Read our full article on the Vintage Camera Museum here.
#3: Walk through a rainbow tunnel and other interactive neon installations at Lite On!
Revel in the glow of neon lights as you make your way through Lite On!, an exhibition of illuminated art installations at Downtown East. You may have already seen Shades of Self by local art collection Spake Objekt on your Instagram feed - a rainbow tunnel that’s bathed in rainbow hues.
It’s a futuristic runway-like spectacle at night, but during the day, it takes on a soft pastel shade, making a perfect backdrop for a unique and dreamy pre-wedding photoshoot!
Other installations you can look forward to include a rainbow staircase full of bubble wrap, and a geometric “cave” that glows blue.
Read our full article on Lite On! here.
#4: Check out Yayoi Kusama’s new mirrored installations and monochrome artwork
If you went for Yayoi Kusama’s previous exhibition, Life Is the Heart of a Rainbow a couple of years ago, you’d remember it to be a kaleidoscopic wonderland of colourful dots. The eccentric Japanese artist’s quirky works are back in Singapore once again, but this time, they sing a different tune in monochromes.
Simply titled Yayoi Kusama: Recent Paintings, this limited-time free-entry exhibition at Gillman Barracks features “Clouds”, a mirrored floor installation of stainless steel blobs - one of the main highlights.
Other than that, there are also 15 black and white paintings by the artist that depict themes like love, death, relationships, and her relationship with life in general. Despite having no colour, the paintings are very much alive with emotion.
Date: Until 6 March 2021
Time: Tuesday to Saturday: 11am - 7pm | Sunday 11am - 6pm (Closed on Mondays and Public Holidays)
Location: Gillman Barracks
#5: Pretend you’re in Japan at GBTB’s Hello Kitty-themed Sakura Matsuri 2021
It’s yet another month of being stuck in Singapore, with travel plans nowhere in sight, but there are still ways to experience a “vacation” while in this sunny island - such as Gardens by the Bay’s annual Sakura Matsuri.
As with every year, the Flower Dome will be blooming with cherry blossom trees from Japan, but this time, there will be an added element of cute with a Hello Kitty theme! There will also be a furoshiki display where the art of Japanese fabric wrapping will be demonstrated alongside a picnic spread.
#6: Snap photos in a fairy light tunnel, pink house, and under an ethereal tree
Transport yourself into a real-life cartoon with Otah & Friends, an adorable otter-themed exhibition cum mini escape room game at Gardens by the Bay. Meant to look like Otah the otter’s house, the bright pink attraction has now been extended till 4th April, with new additions to boot.
One of these new photogenic zones include a fairy light tunnel that’ll make you look like you’re tumbling through outer space, Another hot photo spot is the ethereal lemon tree with an iridescent blue canopy.
Free snacks like lemonade and soft cookies will be given out as part of the experience.
Read our full article on Otah & Friends’ new additions here.
#7: Catch the “Stand By Me Doraemon 2” movie in cinemas
We know that many of you are fans of Doraemon, having grown up watching the cartoon series. 7 years after the first Stand By Me Doraemon movie in 2014, the film now has a sequel where a grief-stricken Nobita goes back in time to meet his deceased grandmother. At the same time, future Nobita who’s about to get married to his girlfriend Shizuka starts worrying about whether she’s the right partner for him.
How will the blue robot cat help his human friend, and will all the time-travelling back and forth change Nobita’s life for better or worse? Well, you’ll just have to tune in to find out! Check out the movie schedule for Stand By Me Doraemon 2 on GV’s website.
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#8: Play even more arcade games at Cow Play Cow Moo Suntec’s 2-storey extension
Cow Play Cow Moo at Suntec City is already a mammoth of an arcade, with hundreds of games, claw machines, and a massive claw machine parked right outside its Level 3 premises. As if that isn’t already enough, they’ve since expanded and taken over a significant portion of the same building’s basement with a host of Taiwan-style claw machines, music games, and carnival-style ticket games.
This extension spans across 2 storeys, with a travelator within that’ll take you to a higher level of fun. Make sure you rack up those tickets, and try your hand at scoring a giant stuffed toy from the hanging plushie conveyor belt at their prize station!
Be prepared to queue - or not, when you make a priority booking online.
Address: Suntec City Basement 1 (Beside Giant supermarket)
#9: Bond with pals over a beach or city glam picnic
Love the glamping aesthetic but don’t wish to sleep outdoors for a night? Go for a glam picnic instead! At just $11/person, this picnic experience with food will have you lounging by a bohemian teepee or lace tentage as you spend a carefree afternoon having fun with your besties. Mats, cushions, and other decorations like fairy lights will be included too.
Each session can accommodate up to 8 people as per social distancing guidelines.
Read our full article on this glam picnic experience here, booking links included.
#10: Learn to love yourself with local musical production, “Monster in the Mirror”
Loving yourself with all your flaws and insecurities is easier said than done, especially when there’s a monster in our heads telling us that we’re never good enough.
Local musical production “The Monster in the Mirror” explores this very relatable topic of self-love and acceptance through the story of Jane, a 16-year-old who is a constant target of school bullying, an overbearing mother, and the voices in her own head. With the help of a sassy Fairy God Delivery Beng, she learn to face her inner demons and fight her insecurities.
This touching and uplifting show is Singapore’s first-ever digi-musical, which you can enjoy in the safety of your home.
Date: 26 March - 4 April 2021
#11: Pick up quirky accessories from the new Beadbadwolf store
Previously operating solely as an online store, local business Beadbadwolf now has their own brick and mortar outlet at Bras Basah - and it’s an eye-catching pink space that’s full of life and vibrancy!
Apart from their own embroidered sandals and masks, you’ll also be able to find works from other Singaporean and international creators, such as calligraphy cards, clay earrings and quirky textile wall art.
Address: 231 Bain Street , #01-61b Bras Basah Complex, Singapore 180231
#12: Have a $0 staycation using your SingapoRediscovers vouchers
Nothing in this world comes free...or does it? Well, if you strategise on the usage of your $100 SingapoRediscovers vouchers, you can score yourself a free staycation - just pick a hotel that costs that amount or less! You’d be surprised - there’s quite a handful of solid options out there, some of which even come with free meals, rooftop bars, and scenic pools.
Even if you’ve blown all your tourism credits on other activities, these hotels are still worth considering for their affordable prices that barely scrape 3 digits.
Read our full article on these 10 staycations that won’t cost you anything here.
#13: Seek out lesser-known photo spots in 15 different colours
Skip the standard OOTDs, and go on a photo trail across Singapore to seek out lesser-known spots in various colours of the rainbow like pastel pink, tiffany blue, and calming grey. Ranging from staircases to a lighthouse and gothic black office tower, some of these places are hidden in plain sight, while others are gems you’ll have to specially seek out.
We’ve compiled a list of 23 places on our sunny island that cover 15 different colours and they’re sure to give your social media feed new life.
Read our full article on these 15 photo spots here.
#14: Enjoy a 1-hour massage + teppanyaki couple deal at just $40
Take a breather from work and spend some quality time with your partner with a refreshing 1-hour massage & teppanyaki meal at just $40 per person. This couple deal at HomeTeamNS Balestier (near Toa Payoh) will be running till the end of March, and comprises a shoulder massage, foot massage, and set meal with chicken, fish, prawn, or steak.
Just look at that generous helping of vegetables served with your grilled meat, and the fried egg with a perfect runny yolk!
Read our full article on this massage & teppanyaki couple deal here.
#15: Lounge on the rooftop lawn of Keppel Marina East
There’s a new picnic spot at Marina Bay, and it’s not at GBTB. Keppel Marina East Desalination Plant has just opened its rooftop garden to the public for free entry, and it’s a scenic slice of nature that’s currently only accessible by foot or bike.
While pets, bicycles, ball games, tents, drones, and kits are not allowed on the lawn, food is permitted so you can bring along a picnic mat and basket, and laze the afternoon away while taking in the fresh air. Thankfully, there’s a toilet there - so bring plenty of water ‘cause it’ll get hot in the afternoon!
Address: 1 Marina East Drive, Singapore 029996
Opening hours: 8am - 9pm daily
#16: Art jam while surrounded by cats at Wildflower Studio
Plenty of art jamming studios exist all over the island, but Wildflower Studio is giving the standard painting experience a purr-fect twist by offering Art Jamming with Cats - the first of its kind in Singapore.
Each 2-hour session will come with complimentary premium drinks like organic dark chocolate, lattes, and even Bacha drip coffee, and will allow you to interact with 3 fluffy, docile felines.
Read our full article on art jamming with cats here.
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Text by: GirlStyle SG