Songkran in Singapore and 9 other fun activities to do in April

We find ourselves lamenting that Singapore is boring when planning a day out or what to do on the weekends – but you just have to know where to look.

From Insta-worthy exhibitions to virtual runs themed after one of the most popular movie franchises, make sure to bookmark these pages and mark your calendars, because we’ve got a whole line-up of activities you can fill up your weekend with!

1. Gardens By The Bay – Sakura ft. Hello Kitty

If you haven’t already heard, the Flower Dome at Gardens By The Bay has been turned into a Japanese wonderland in spring – torii gates, elegant Japanese red-crowned cranes (Tancho), and gorgeous flower fields and of course, the pink sakura (cherry blossom) and mono (peach blossom) blooms.

As if the floral paradise couldn’t get any better, fans of Hello Kitty will be delighted to know that your favourite character will be gracing the Flower Dome too! Make sure to keep a lookout for her at prime photo-taking spots such as beside the rickshaw and at the outdoor tea picnic.

What’s more, share your sakura photos on Instagram with the hashtags #gardensbythebay #SakuraGBB #LEGOsg and be of the 15 pairs of lucky winners to discover your zen at the LEGO Bonsai workshop on 30 May 2021 in the Gardens! You’ll learn how to use different colours and textures to spruce up your model, while unwinding and immersing yourself in the building experience.

Catch the Sakura ft. Hello Kitty from now until 11 April 2021! Tickets to the Flower Dome are priced at S$10 for local residents, S$5 for seniors and children aged 3-12 years, and S$20 for non-residents.

The Flower Dome is located at 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Gardens By The Bay, Singapore 018953.
Find out more and book your tickets here.

2. Wild Wild Wet Songkran Water Fest

This April, Wild Wild Wet is bringing a slice of Thailand to our shores by turning the water park into a month-long Songkran celebration with pumping music, water gun battles, and more.

Arm yourself with water pistols and squirt guns and get down to business at the splash and dash, or take aim at the spinning target boards at Shiok River.

Little ones can look forward to the adorable 2D Thai-themed figurines found at the Professor’s Playground and have a mini water gun fight of their own too.

After a day of splashin’ in the sun and getting your pics at the Instagrammable photo spots, chow down on authentic Thai cuisine nearby at Siam Square Mookata, Sakon Thai, and The Basil Inn.

Join in the fun from 1 – 30 April and secure your weekday passes at S$20 (S$36 for weekends), both of which are inclusive of a S$5 Ola Beach Club Voucher.

Wild Wild Wet is located at 1 Pasir Ris Cl, Downtown East, Singapore 519599.
Find out more and book your tickets here.

3. Marvel Run Singapore

Fitness and superhero buffs, listen up! Besides all the Marvel movies you can binge on Disney+, the Marvel Virtual Run is back this year with exciting merch such as t-shirts, drawstring bags, and exclusive trophies up for grabs.

From now until 30 April 2021, simply pick and run the distance of the race category you’re entering, and because it’s a virtual race, you can clock in your runs anytime, anywhere.

Start off small with the individual 5km (S$25) category, or challenge yourself with the 25km (S$35) one instead. There’s also team challenges so assemble the squad, and complete the two-person 25-km challenge (S$55) or the three-person 25-km challenge (S$85)!

If you’ve got a little one who loves the Avengers, the parent-and-child 15km (S$50) category for kids aged six to 17 will be a great option too.

Find out more and register here.

4. Singapore Botanic Gardens

The Singapore Botanics Garden has just got a major upgrade – the Gallop extension.

The newly opened area includes a nature-themed adventure playground and two conserved black-and-white bungalows housing exhibits on Singapore’s forests and botanical art!

Dubbed the Forest Discovery Centre @ OCBC Arboretum, you’ll get to learn basic skills in identifying forest wildlife, see tree installations, and immerse yourself in nature, while the other bungalow has a selection of watercolour botanical illustrations of native species, including some extinct species on display.

The Como Adventure Grove is designed to mimic the sprawling aerial root system of a mature weeping fig tree, and we think you’ll have a great afternoon in the sun climbing and navigating your way through an obstacle course.

Singapore Botanic Gardens is located at 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569.
Find out more here.

5. Raffles Hotel – The Curious Case of the Missing Peranakan Treasure

Unravel a mystery through an immersive virtual experience set in the iconic Raffles Hotel Singapore in The Curious Case of the Missing Peranakan Treasure, the first of its kind virtual interactive play set within its iconic architecture.

From April 1 to June 30, channel your inner Hercule Poirot and investigate the missing Peranakan treasure – the crown jewel of the fictional “Treasures of the Straits” exhibition at the Raffles Hotel Singapore. Explore the hotel’s historic grounds and venture through its illustrious halls that have hosted important moments in history and piece clues together to decide how the story unfolds.

The Curious Case of the Missing Peranakan Treasure is filmed entirely on location at Raffles Hotel Singapore with a 360-degree virtual reality (VR) camera, so you unique virtual experience through immersive 360-degree views, surround sound, and augmented reality (AR) choice-based functions, and an intriguing plot.

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Unravel in the mystery from the comfort of your own home by watching it online or in real life at Raffles Hotel Singapore itself if you book a staycation package in a Courtyard Suite.

Tickets are priced from S$30-S$38 and are now available for purchase on SISTIC and Raffles Hotel Singapore’s website.

Raffles Hotel is located at 1 Beach Rd, Singapore 189673.
Find out more and book your tickets here.

6. Cats of the World Purrzzar

Celebrate all things feline at the Cats of the World Purrzar (COTW) happening on the 10 and 11 April this year!

This latest edition of COTW at UltraSuperNew Gallery will feature an Instagram Cats exhibition, a fun Purrzaar market of talented makers and artists, cat-themed workshops and a cats adoption drive.

COTW was started back in 2007 as a non-profit community project and humble showcase of cat photos from around the world, and the tradition continues in the Instagram Cats Exhibition which features 30 Instagram Cat photos for you to fawn over!

The cat-themed Purrzaar market will feature vendors including popular returnees like Momshoo, Oatsie’s Trunk, Amy Handmade Ceramics and StuffSusieMade, as well as new ones like the Cat Mama Shop by CWS, Eat To Draw, Hang With Dora, Purrballs, Mu Yu Studio and Troops on Print.who will showcase their one-of-a-kind innovative cat designs and crafts for furry friends and their pawrents! You can look forward to purchasing cat hammocks, fashion accessories, stationery, face masks and more.

In partnership with the Cat Welfare Society (CWS), partial proceeds from COTW Purrzaar market will be donated to CWS to support their causes.

Cats of the World Purzzar is located at 168 Tyrwhitt Road Singapore, 207572.
Find out more and book your tickets here.

7. Asian Civilisations Museum – Life in Edo x Russel Wong in Kyoto

Since jetting to the Land of the Rising Sun isn’t on the cards soon, we’ve got the next best thing right here at the Asian Civilisations Museum.

The exhibition takes you on a journey to Edo (present-day Tokyo and the current capital) and Kyoto (the old capital) – the former presenting lifestyles and trends in Edo from 1603 to 1868, and the latter focusing on the beauty of nature and architecture of Kyoto in today’s era.

You can also explore Japanese art and culture of the past and present through woodblock prints and photography and see the vanishing traditions of the geisha through the lens of local photographer Russel Wong.

The exhibition runs from 16 April – 19 September 2021 and admission is free.

Life in Edo x Russel Wong in Kyoto is located at Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Place, Singapore 179555.
Find out more and book your tickets here.

8. ION Orchard – Timeless Wonder

From now until 30 April 2021, marvel at ION Orchard’s latest nature-inspired light show Timeless Wonder!

Get lost in the splendor of the latest seasonal animated light show with shifting shades of dusk to dawn symbolise renewal of hope following the past year of darkness and difficulty for the world, spectacular scenes of nature, and inspirational and encouraging quotes peppered throughout.

The show will play before ION Sky’s evergreen shows – Adventures in Food Wonderland by Ang Ku Kueh Girl and Friends, which will bring you on a journey to explore your tastebuds at 2pm and 4pm, and The Transformation of Orchard Road produced by Dick Lee at 3pm and 5pm.

Simply spend a minimum of S$20 per receipt at ION Orchard to redeem an ION Sky ticket via the ION Orchard Mobile app or over at the Concierge counters.

Timeless Wonder is located in ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801.
Find out more here.

9. SoleMates Gin Run

Celebrate your thirst for gin on a fun run around Marina Bay!

Starting on the 11 April 2021, SoleMates will be holding a guided 4km scenic evening run by the bay every Sunday until 27 June where you’ll stop at three pit stops along the route where refreshing Gin and Tonic/Soda will await after you’ve worked up a thirst.

The Gin Run will feature Le Noir Marina Bay Sands as the first pitstop, followed by Brewerkz One Fullerton as the second pitstop. The route then culminates at Chimi’s where participants get to enjoy two Gins and indulge in Tacos.

Packaged at S$38 nett per pax, this awesome Sunday experience is  inclusive of a total of 4 Gins and s set of 3 tacos at the last pitstop. You will receive a SoleMates Gin Run card that will include the SoleMates running route and F&B pit stops to redeem your Gins.

Find out more and book your tickets here.

10. OPPO Painting With Light

Don’t miss OPPO’s first-ever photography exhibition that showcases works captured using the latest OPPO Find X3 Pro. ‘Painting With Light’, will be open until 16 May 2021 at the ArtScience Museum.

The exhibition takes you on a visual feast for the eyes as you look closer at your immediate surroundings through images that reflect on the fleeting moments of the familiar and everyday scenes encountered in our city.. You’ll be treated to four specially-curated series of images by the photographers, with each covering a distinctive theme.

From capturing nature’s vibrant colours found in residential areas to intimate portraits of people at night, personal anecdotes captured under sunlight and diving into macro views of recognisable food items – these photographs explore light, colour, subject and detail and reveal each photographers’ unique and idiosyncratic palette of colours.

OPPO Painting with Light is located in ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974.
Find out more here.

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