38 creative date ideas to shake up the usual dinner-and-movie date night routine

You know what Singaporeans like to complain about: there’s nothing to do in Singapore!

And it’s understandable. After all, being a small country, it often means that we have limited things to do.

But hey, that doesn’t mean we can’t get creative. Here’s our list of 38 date ideas, for those tired and sick of the usual dinner-movie date routine. No significant other? Round up your friends for these activities – why not?

P.S. You could even attempt to try a different bubble tea brand on every date – check our handy guide to ALL the bubble tea options in Singapore that you should know about!

1. Watch the sunset or have a romantic dinner on a cruise

A walk along the beach to watch the sunset or a dinner at a fine-dining restaurant? Pfft. Cliche.

Make your romantic date an extra special one by doing these on a cruise.

This can be effortlessly planned if you set sail with Royal Albatross, Singapore’s only Luxury Tall Ship and the largest charter yacht. They offer two types of experiences:


  • Sunset Sail – City Views (4pm to 7pm): This cruise sets sail just as the sun heads for the horizon. Imagine this: You’re taking in the sea breeze while sipping on your favourite drink with your significant other. The yacht sail past Sentosa’s white sand beaches, beautiful luxury properties, and then you see Singapore’s gorgeous cityscape. Sounds amazing, huh!


  • Dinner Cruise – Romance Under The Sails (7pm to 11pm): Enjoy an international three-course dinner against the picturesque backdrop of the CBD and Marina Bay skyline at night. The tall ship will also manoeuvre through Singapore’s Southern Islands of St John’ and Lazarus, before returning to Resorts World Singapore. Clink glasses, enjoy the view in each other’s arms, and seal the date with a kiss. Sweet!

If you ask us, we think these make the perfect romantic date ideas for a special occasion (think anniversaries, birthdays, or even marriage proposals).

Here’s a sweet deal for you: Use Discount code RAAVENUEONE to get S$10 off per ticket.

The Sunset Sail is available at S$135 nett per pax and the Dinner Cruise is available at S$195 nett per pax. Book your unique experience on the Royal Albatross website. You can also find more information on the same page.

2. Gaze at the stars in the night sky

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Thought star-gazing wouldn’t be possible in light-saturated Singapore? Get familiar with the cosmos and stars to enjoy a romantic stargazing session with your beau at the Singapore Science Centre Observatory.

Every Fri (except public holidays), 7.45pm – 10pm at the Science Centre Observatory. For more details, click here

3. Put your thinking caps on together and hop by some trivia bars

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Sure, this might not be super romantic, but it sure will be fun! Hop by bars that hold trivia nights, enjoy a pint or two, while testing each other’s (combined) wits! Better yet – stand to win attractive prizes at the end of the night, should the two of you win!

Consider SG Tipsy Trivia, which holds its Trivia Nights in different watering holes on every last Thursday of each month, at 7.30pm. It’s SGD5 to enter, and the winner gets to take home 50% of the entire pot, and runners-up 60% of what is left.

Check out SG Tipsy Trivia’s Facebook Page on details of their upcoming trivia nights.

4. Ice skating

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Relive those nerve-wrecking, clammy-palmed secondary school first dates by doing a classic – ice skating. Remember to hold hands with your beau to keep warm!

From SGD18 onwards, check out the opening hours for public skating at their website here. It is located at 2 Jurong East Central 1, JCube, #03-01, S609731, and at 5 Stadium Walk, Level 3, Singapore, S397693.

5. Go on a food hunt

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On a budget, but also wanna give your date a blast? With the list of Michelin Bib Gourmand winners released recently, how about trying out some of these inexpensive delicacies?

Enjoy greasy, tasty meals with your date and hop from place to place for a memorable date the two of you will be sure to remember!

Need a condensed list of the Michelin Bib Gourmand food places for easier short-listing? Check out our list and reviews of each of the 50 places so you’ll know where to head to with your beau.

6. Alternatively, try café hopping!

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Hate having to suffer through Singapore’s blistering heat? Go café hopping. Scared the expenses will pile up? Order a few dishes to share with your beau, so that the two of you can try more things, and spend less in total.

Not sure where to start? Check out our article on café hopping in Tiong Bahru.

7. Have a picnic at Botanic Gardens

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Hey, not all good dates involves forking out a ton of money – some can even be free! Go old-school for a picnic by the water body at the Botanic Gardens – prepare your own home-cooked meal, or if you can’t cook, just buy some food of your own for your own self-made pot-luck with your S.O.

Don’t forget to bring some bread to feed the swans and ducks in the pond!

Open daily from 5AM – 12AM, at 1 Cluny Rd, S259569. Admission is free.

8. Take an evening or morning nature stroll

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Although rather clichéd, Singapore does have many picturesque spots that are rather hidden, and not known by many. Check out hidden finds like the Kranji Marshes, with its fairy tale-like vines that create an enclave of sorts, and species of birds you never thought you would ever see in Singapore (outside of a zoo).

Other finds include the Changi Point Coastal Walk, for a sea-side walk along the creek, to catch a view of a beautiful sunrise or sunset with your beloved.

Of course, it doesn’t have to strictly be these two places, you could simply take a stroll along your neighbourhood, and who knows – you may find a hidden picturesque place the two of you hold close to your hearts.

9. Bust out some old board games @ The Mind Café

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Wanna relive some of your old childhood memories, or just try out new games with your S.O.? Go to The Mind Café, where they have tons upon tons of board games for the two of you to play – from silly trivia games, to heavy strategy games that’ll have you thinking hour over hour – we guarantee that the two of you will have a blast.

Not enough players? Bring along your couple friends for a double, or triple date, and get playing.

From SGD5 per gaming hour and person, and open from Mon – Thurs (2pm – 11pm); Fri, PH Eve (12pm – 6am); Sat (10am – 6am); Sun & PH (10AM – 2AM). Located at 60A Prinsep Street, S188664.

10. Bust out some console games

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Not so interested in traditional, old-school board games? Either play some video games at home, or if you don’t have consoles at home, go to Play Nation, a video game café, get competitive, and have a blast.

Hungry after? Get yourself some snacks from the snack bar or café!

From SGD7 per gaming hour and person, and open from Mon – Thurs (2pm – 11pm); Fri – Sat (2pm – 3am); Sun (2pm – 11pm). Located at 58 Prinsep St, S188686 (Dhoby Ghaut) and 2 Orchard Link #03-02, S237978 (SCAPE)

11. Visit a themed café together

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Does your beau like cutesy stuff? Surprise your beau by going to one of those new-fangled themed cafes that have been sprouting around Singapore like crazy.

Simply ogle at the weird, and perhaps too cute looking food, or just soak in the altogether weird experience with your bae.

Plus, there’s always a merch section where you can get a themed item of your choice for yourself, or your beau, as well as a photo booth area for the two of you to get a sweet couple pic.

12. Glide along the Singapore River on the River Cruise

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Never thought of going to touristy sites as locals yourselves? Pretend to be a tourist for a day and visit tourist sites like the Singapore River, and perhaps if you’re feeling up to it, ride along the River Cruise for a romantic boat ride where it’ll pass by key tourist spots like the Merlion, the Marina Bay Sands, Boat Quay, and so on and so forth. Tip: Consider taking it at night when you don’t have to brave the sun. The night lights also make it extra romantic.

From SGD25 per adult along Clarke Quay, Boat Quay, and Marina Bay. Want a cheaper option? Try the River Taxi for a quieter ride, without any commentary at SGD5. For more information, click here

13. Gardens By The Bay

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A rather renowned tourist site, visit the Gardens By The Bay for an indoor, scenic (albeit man-made) sight of flowers, flowers, and more flowers.

Marvel at the fantastic architecture and go through the flower domes (which changes seasonally and usually has events going on!) walk along the super high bridges, and have a blast.

Admission fees and opening hours vary according to the different areas, available here. It is located at 18 Marina Gardens Dr, S018953.

14. Cycle around Singapore

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With many bike-sharing companies making bicycles accessible (and not just restricted to cycling parks in Singapore like East Coast now!), cycle along with your bae to discover beaten off-the-track paths the both of you have never seen before, or along the sea coast to breathe in the sea breeze.

Tired after that? Eat up a storm to gain back those lost calories, because you and your bae know you two darn well deserve it.

P.S. Hate the hot afternoon weather? Try night cycling.

15. Bake together

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Looking for a change of pace, but unwilling to break the bank? How about baking together with the S.O.? Not only is it super fun (bake whatever sweet treat your hearts desire!) you get something tasty back, as a reward after!

Or if it isn’t tasty, at least the two of you can say that you’ve tried. A for effort, and all that.

Cons: It’s gonna be real messy afterwards. And yes, that means having to clean up that entire mess, oh boy.

16. Pipe all sorts of crazy designs on your own DIY cake @ The Icing Room

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This is for the lazy people who’re too lazy to bake (or are too lazy to clean up the mess that’ll inevitably happen when baking).

Inside jokes with the S.O.? Unleash your inner-child and pipe whatever crazy, insane, immature designs you want on the cake, and put some crazy, wacky decorations, while you’re at it too.

Prices start from SGD12.80 for a 4-inch cake and above. It is open from 10am – 10pm daily, and is located at Jurong Point, #B1-105, 63 Jurong West Central 3, S648331, and [email protected], #B2-58/59, 23 Serangoon Central, S556083

17. Netflix and chill… literally

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Well, we all know the old joke about Netflixing and chilling being a euphemism for… well. Surely something that doesn’t need spelling out.

But hey, if you’re too lazy to step out of the house, how about binging on some Netflix with the bae? That way you can say you’ve spent some quality, bonding time, without spending any money, and in the comfort of your own house.

Bring on the snacks, yo, or get some unhealthy food stuff to munch on via Deliveroo, Foodpanda, or whatever choice delivery services you want.

18. Fishing or prawning

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Sure, Singapore always gets flak for being so darn small, but despite that, we still do have several places to fish, or prawn.

Want a quiet, leisurely activity in a tranquil place with your partner? This is the perfect activity for that. Go to popular haunts like Pasir Ris Town Park Fishing Pond or Punggol Point Jetty, and many, many other places for some quality fishing, and for prawning – there’s one located very conveniently on the top level of Bugis+!

Best yet – you (literally) get to sow the seeds of your reward as you can grill your finds afterwards! (or, you could go the more humanitarian route and release the poor fishies and prawns from a grizzly death)

10. Pump up adrenaline with escape rooms

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Do you and your partner consider yourselves to be intellectual people? Crack your minds over mind-boggling puzzles, intriguing plots, mysterious clues and a whole bundle of nerves as you feel the time ticking away in your bid to escape the room.

Popular haunts include escape rooms like Escape Hunt, Captivate, Lost SG, and Xcape Singapore and many more.

20. Visit Singapore’s only Floating Seafood Restaurant

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Sick of the usual fine dining-movie combo? Class it up by going to Smith Marine Kelong Restaurant, an almost extinct breed of a floating restaurant, located off the coast of Singapore where they serve the freshest seafoods (like clams, lobsters chili crab, mussels etc.), directly from the sea where it is situated right on top of.

Alternatively, catch your own fish and take it home for SGD15 or have them grill it up for you in their restaurant for SGD35.

Since it is located off the coast, you’re going to have to take a bumboat ride there, which is sure to impress the heck out of your date.

How to get there? There is a pick-up at Changi Point Ferry Terminal where it is SGD100 for max 12 people. And yes, it is SGD100 regardless of how many people there are in the boat. Reservations also have to be made three days in advance so a lot of planning has to be involved. Although on the rather pricey side, we’d say perhaps this should be saved for special occasions.

It is located at Pulau Ubin Coastal Area, and is open daily from 10am – 7pm. They are contactable at 9792 7609.

21. Visit a magical, snowy wonderland @ Snow City

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Indulge your inner-child(ren) by going to Singapore’s only indoor winter wonderland – Snow City – where the two of you can pretend you’ve been temporarily transported to a cold, temperate-climate country of your choice, without the hefty cost of a plane ticket

Ride the toboggan slides, ogle at the igloo sculptures, marvel at the (fake) snowy city, build a snowman with your loved one and just indulge in all sorts of snowy, childish delights for a moment of a winter wonderland, away from the usually too sunny Singapore weather.

Don’t forget to hold hands to keep each other warm!

Admission fees start from SGD15 for one venue, and SGD25 for two per adult. It is open daily from 10am – 6pm  and is located at 21 Jurong Town Hall Rd, Singapore 609433. For more information, click here.

22. Kayak through the mangroves

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Kayaking is always a fun activity, regardless of who you go with – your BFF, family, friends – and even your beau!

Take your beau on a kayaking adventure down at Sungei Khatib Bongsu, or the Mandai Rivers, or whichever place of your choice, and take in the sights of Singapore’s breath-taking lush green mangrove waterways.

Also, if you’ve always wanted to know how well you and your date work together – this is the perfect opportunity, as kayaks are usually limited to two a pod. Make it a personal challenge not to capsize, and if you do, whatever, right? All in good fun. We have an article to share with you the best places to kayak at – check it out!

P.S. You’ll also get seriously toned arms after this, and you’ll only have yourself to thank for after that.

For more information on Kayaking destinations, click here.

23. Ride a trishaw along heritage streets

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Sick of the usual tall sky-scrapers and the hustle and bustle of the city? Whisk yourself back to the nostalgic past and indulge in something touristy – riding a trishaw with the beau.

Take in the sights of Singapore’s colourful heritage sites, whilst enjoying the company of your date, and when the moment’s right – lean in for a kiss!

For a more dynamic experience, you can also choose to customise your own experience – be it an engagement, or just a simple date.

Prices start from SGD63 per trishaw ride, for a 165 minute experience. Trishaw Uncle tours can be found all over Chinatown, but they begin at Albert Mall Trishaw Park, 1 North Bridge Road, 15-06, High Street Centre, S179094. Opens daily (rain or shine) from 11am – 9pm, with the last trishaw departing at 8pm. For more information, click here.

24. The Fragment Room

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Let’s be honest – we all (secretly) like to destroy things. Pent up frustration? Come in with your bae to have an absolute smashing time (literally), in The Fragment Room where you can just let your inhibitions fly. Break some stuff, and go wild.

It is SGD38 per person, and SGD75 for two. The Fragment Room iss open daily from 1pm – 10pm and is located at 3 Balestier Road, S329671. For more information, click here.

25. Go glamping in style

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Literally the portmanteau of ‘glam’ and ‘camping’ – glamping is the glam form of camping, for those of you who don’t like to get all gruff and dirty, but want in on the ‘fun’ part of camping.

Gaze at the stars with your lover, in the privacy of your little tent, adorned with beautiful fairy lights – truly, the very definition of romantic!

P.S. There’re proper comfy, pretty looking beds, and even a fan to keep you nice and cool!

Prices go from SGD150 for a minimum of 2 pax. The check-in time is at 3pm, and check-out is at 2pm. The Glamping Society is located at East Coast Park’s Camping Area G, and is contactable at 97897022. Check out their website here.

26. Go on a virtual adventure @ Virtual Room Singapore

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Hate the thought of getting out in the hot, sweltering sun, travelling back and forth, breaking a sweat, but really like the thought of going on a brand new adventure?

Have your very own (pseudo-)adventure through a VR experience – because thankfully, technology has marched far enough for the lazy peeps out there – that we can experience the thrills of adventuring, solving crimes, fighting baddies, and even experiencing zero-gravity scenarios, all without even having to break a sweat, or be in any real danger, for that matter.

P.S. Alternatively, for a low-budget version, indulge in a nostalgic favourite and go for an arcade-date with your bae.

Prices go from SGD44 per session on weekdays (Mon – Thurs), SGD49 on weekends (Fri – Sun, including PH), and SGD54 for walk-in. Virtual Room Singapore is located at Lucky Chinatown, 211 New Bridge Road, S059432. To book, click here.

27. BBQ Party on a Donut Float

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Sure, there’s regular barbeque that you do with your pals, down by someone’s reserved condominium, then there’s KBBQ, which is fine and dandy, and then there’s BBQ-ing on a donut float.

Which is exactly what it sounds like. Float along the coasts of Sentosa, sizzle up some juicy meats, enjoy a Margherita or two, sit back, and enjoy your own little private enclave atop the sea.

P.S. They’re not taking bookings at the moment, but will be in the future. Send them your contact information via Facebook page to be notified of future bookings. Read their Facebook page for more information.

Prices go from SGD48 for a simple Snack & Cruise, and SGD228, for a Romantic Voyage for Two. The Floating Donut Company is located at Sentosa, 46 Siloso Beach Walk S099005 and is contactable at 9756 8666.

28. Go cosmic bowling @ Orchid Bowl

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Bowling – a classic activity to break the ice. But hey, we don’t do ordinary here. We’d say take it up a notch and go Cosmic Bowling, because why not.

Get competitive with the S.O. and challenge them to a game of ball. Or if you’re particularly mean, set up embarrassing dares for the loser to do if they lose (of course, you’ll hope that you’re not on the losing side!).

Prices start from SGD4.30SGD5.50 per game, and opens from 10am – 1pm. It has six outlets in total, which you can refer to here.

29. Go scuba diving in the deep deep blue at Pulau Hantu

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If you must know – then yes, you actually can dive right here, in Singapore. No need to pay some exorbitant fee to some exotic country.

Soak in the sights and swim alongside sea creatures like clown fish, anemone fish, angelfish, get yourself a water camera for a water-selfie with your bae, and show off the great adventures you went on (without even having to leave the country!).

But if you don’t have a diving license yet, hey, consider going to diving school with your partner! Here are diving schools in Singapore to consider.

Prices go at SGD150 for two pax, and SGD180 with a dive guide. The Dive Company is located at 761A North Bridge Road, S198729. For more information, click here.

30. Go on a roll from within the ZOVB Hamster Ball

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We’re pretty sure you’ve at least spied one of these around, on land, and have secretly always wanted to try being in one – yes, even those of you who are shaking your heads right now at the screen.

Rent one of these babies and bring it to a swimming pool, create your own set challenges, and have a (childish) blast with your bae.

It is priced at SGD120 per ball, per hour. ZOVB is contactable at 6779 1031, and is located at 1 Pemimpin Drive, #03-02, One Pemimpin, S576151. For more information, click here

31. Attend a theatrical dinner for a full-bodied gastronomical and artistic experience

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Not just an ordinary 5-course dinner, AndSoForth is a series of pop-up theatrical feast which combines the gastronomical and artistic urges into one.

Expect secrets, plot twists, and drama…you won’t even know where and what you’ll be eating until they tell you on the day itself, via a series of clues they’ll give you via SMS.

Be prepared to be served by the actors themselves, who may even choose to bring you into their theatrical plot, for a truly immersive experience you and your S.O. will be sure cherish.

At SGD88 per person, and timings are dependent on availability, which you can see on their website. Requires an online booking prior to the dinner.

32. Make your own ice cream at Udders

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Who doesn’t like ice-cream? We’re willing to bet that it’s not even possible for anyone not to like ice cream; even ruthless dictators like Hitler or Stalin must’ve enjoyed a scoop or two in their free time (when they weren’t too busy terrorising people).

But hey, we’d say there’s nothing better than indulging in the sinful pleasures of ice-cream than actually creating your own, which you can do at Udders, despite it not being a very known fact.

Participate in Udders’ ice-cream workshop to learn to make your own ice-cream at home, PLUS enjoy a complimentary all-you-can-eat ice cream buffet right after the workshop. The cons? Having now the power to create ice cream at home is probably not the best thing for your gut. At all.

Prices go from SGD43 per pax, depending on the number of people in the class. Classes are open on Mon – Fri (10am – 6pm) and Sat (10am – 1pm), and is available at all Udders outlets. They are contactable at 62216436. For more information, check it out here.

33. Eat durians along the roadside in Geylang

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Durians may be loathed and hated upon by the international crowd, but so beloved by us Southeast Asians.

Indulge in a local favourite by eating durians along the roadside in Geylang, which, really, is how you should be eating durians – fresh out of the shell.

Get messy and dig in using your hands, savour the custardy goodness with the S.O, and be united with equally bad breaths after.

You’re guaranteed to find an entire row of durian shops all along Geylang Lorong, but for top quality durians, go to Fruits Top 1 Departmental store, at 608 Geylang Lorong 36, S389547, which is open 24/7.

34. Unleash your creative juices at Art Jam Cafes

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Looking for a total change of pace? How about booking a session or two at Singapore’s local Art Jam Cafes? Go to art jam places like Heartroom Gallery, where the world is your oyster – materials are fully provided for in unlimited supply (but don’t abuse it, of course!), take on sessions like acrylic painting, folk art painting, manga drawing and Chinese brush painting.

Plus, food, wine and music will also be provided as you paint, to really get you inspired as you paint!

Of course, that being said, there’re also other art jam cafes that you may consider if Heartroom Gallery is too out of the way for you!

It is SGD38 per person for 2.5 hours, and open daily from 10am – 9.30pm. It is located at Blk 44 Owen Road, #01-311, S210044, and contactable at 9672 7849. For more information, click here

35. Start Yoga or Pilates classes together

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Sweat it out with your bae by doing a calming bout of yoga or intense Pilates where the two of you can learn something new together, whilst also toning your body to get #bodygoals.

Can’t decide between yoga or Pilates? Check out our previous article on the differences between yoga and Pilates! Also, find a studio for yourself among the top 12 Pilates studios in Singapore.

36. Scrapbook your memories together

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A rather clichéd, traditional idea, but has definitely stood the testament of time. Unleash your creative juices as you and your partner. piece your greatest memories together, condensed in a cutesy book, or styled however the heck you want.

Sure, it’s hard work, but the journey’ll be all worth it when you finish it together!

37. Volunteer together at animal shelters

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Considering getting a pet with the S.O? Soften your S.O.’s heart by bringing him or her to volunteer together at animal shelters, where they’ll be getting an endless amount of furry cuddles that’ll be sure to convince the two of you to bring at least one lucky furry friend – be it a small, fluffy Pomeranian, or a loyal Golden Retriever – to their forever home.

Consider shelters like SPCA, Causes for Animals, SOSD, Animal Lovers League and other such shelters to help out these furry friends for a good cause!

Note: That being said, please think very carefully before bringing a furry friend home!

38. Adventure Challenge [email protected] (Bounce Inc)

From rock-climbing courses to obstacle courses, to trampolines that’ll send you tumbling and flying all over the place, create your own Wipe-Out challenge to see which of you completes these courses the fastest.

Admission fee is SGD26 per hour and person, with an additional SGD20 for subsequent hours. It is open on Mon – Thurs (10am – 10pm); Fri (10am – 11pm); Sat (9am – 11pm); Sun (9am – 10pm), and is located at Cathay Cineleisure Orchard, 8 Grange Road, #09-01, S239695. For more information, click here.

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