Having three public holidays this month means more time for family and friends, as well as fun days out!
From concerts to fun & games and dining, here’s a guide on what to do for the month of May, to make life a little more interesting.
We have also included activities where you can make use of your SingapoRediscover vouchers (which Singapore Tourism Board (STB) has been recently extended until 31 December 2021, so you can breathe a little now if you have yet to use your vouchers) – thank us later!
1. Singapore Symphony Orchestra Concerts
SSO Mother’s Day Concert
Having been holding various outdoor concerts at Botanic Gardens prior to the pandemic, SSO Singapore is finally back but with a rather intimate scale of audience this round. Enjoy a day out and picnic session with mum and family on the huge grass patio at Botanic Gardens, accompanied by live heart-warming strong quartet music amidst a place of beautiful greenery.
The Mother’s Day concert will be held at 6pm on 9 May at the Bandstand at Singapore Botanic Gardens.
This concert is open to the public and is free of charge. However, the audience size is capped at 100 so quickly snag a spot by registering now through the SSO website.
Update (on 6 May 2021): In view of the latest guidelines that have been issued by the National Arts Council, the Mother’s Day Concert has unfortunately been shifted online due to safety reasons. However, not to worry as the concert will still be live-streamed from the Singapore Botanic Gardens Bandstand – same day, same time. You can view it on the SSO and NParks Facebook pages.
Mozart in Minor
Immerse yourself in calm and thoughtful Mozart’s music, conducted by Hungarian compatriot Gábor Káli, accompanied by Pianist Dénes Várjon, winner of Hungary’s most prestigious cultural accolade, the Kossuth Prize as he performs Mozart’s revered 24th Piano Concerto. Exploring into different interesting depths of minor keys, this piece can be compared to the Mozartian “Odense Symphony”, whose actual composer is unknown! Complementing the two in this concert are members of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.
This piece will be performed on 7 May at 7.30pm at the Esplanade Concert Hall.
Ticket prices start at a price of S$88 and you can book your tickets here.
Mozart in Major
Also performed by Pianist Dénes Várjon and Conductor Gábor Káli is the delightful Mozart’s K.99, an all major-key programme that was written by Dénes Várjon himself when he was just 13-years-old! Likewise, this piece is complemented with a performance by members of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.
You can catch this piece on 14 May and 15 May at 7.30pm at the Esplanade Concert Hall.
Ticket prices for this concert start at a price of S$88 as well and you can book your tickets here.
2. Cable Car Sky Dining
Hop onto a cable car at Faber Peak with the fam and take off on a journey to admire Singapore’s scenery while enjoying first-class dining! Be treated to a luxurious four-course meal, of which you can choose between two luxurious menus consisting of either Singapore flavours or Italian cuisine, as you enjoy your meal above the ground, with a panoramic view of Singapore’s landscape. This is the perfect value for money deal you should snag ASAP while you can still book it with your Singapore Rediscover vouchers.
Singapore Cable Car is open from 8.45am to 8.30pm daily and is located at 109 Mount Faber Road, Mount Faber Peak, Singapore 099203.
This activity starts at a price of S$153 and is available for redemption with your SingapoRediscover vouchers, Click here to book a ride.
3. Circuit Tiki @ Sentosa
Didn’t get the chance to experience Go-Karting at Jewel Changi that was only available till the end of last year? Not to fret because Sentosa now has its very own indoor Go-karting Circuit within Resorts World Sentosa that is available till the end of June!
Get immersed in the game as you drive through a 550m long circuit with 23 different corners for you to conquer. There are two main modes that you can try – A speed of 25KM/H vehicle for novices and a 40KM/H vehicle that is actually equipped with an engine. Do note however that the advanced 40KM/H vehicle is only open to those who own a valid driving/motorcycle license.
Circuit Tiki @ Sentosa is open from 10am to 10pm daily till the end of June and is located at 8 Sentosa Gateway, RWS East Carpark (Orange Zone), Singapore 098269.
These sessions go on for 10 minutes and prices vary based on the vehicle you pick and the day that you visit. You can book a slot by calling Circuit Tiki by calling them through the hotline, 6252 0777, or simply drop them an email at [email protected]. Alternatively, you can purchase your tickets at the venue itself, subject to availability.
4. Coastal Play Grove @ East Coast Park
You have probably already heard of the Admiralty Park playground that received a lot of attention after opening last year. But, have you heard about the new Coastal Play Grove @ East Coast Park that recently opened, taking over the former Big Splash site? Well, if you have not, now is definitely the time for you to check out this huge playground that spans over 4.5 hectares.
First up is definitely the Vertical challenge and slides where you get to take part in various activities in a four-storey-high Play Tower House such as rope-based obstacles, a netplay area, and of course the slides that are available from the third and fourth floor.
For the younger ones, allow them to experience outdoor learning within nature, with programmes lined up for them. Following that, is a nature play garden where there are different sections for kids to learn more about nature and its habitats. Or beat the heat by bringing them to the Water Play Area.
There is a lot to experience here and you won’t feel it until you visit the place for yourself!
Coastal Play Grove @ East Coast Park is located at 902 East Coast Park Service Road, Singapore 449874.
Entry to this park is free.
5. Flipside @ Esplanade
If you are a fan of all things theatre or anything comical, then Flipside @ Esplanade is definitely made for you! Through this festival, enjoy performances of unconventional art forms such as physical and visual theatre, puppetry as well as circus and comedy through a series of both ticketed and free performances by both Singapore and International artists.
Take part in a juggling workshop where you will get to learn rudimentary juggling techniques (along with a complimentary set of juggling balls). Or watch a breathtaking aerial open stage performance, with 16 Singapore aerialists expressing themselves mid-air. There is definitely an activity suitable for every family, whether it be a hands-on experience or a performance!
Flipside @ Esplanade is located at various locations within Esplanade, with some activities being held online.
Prices of all the experiences and activities vary, check out the Esplanade site for the full list of prices and activities.
6. Wikicliki Exhibition @ National Gallery Singapore
Put your smartphones down as you take a walk at The Wikicliki Exhibition. Featuring six Singaporean Artists, this exhibition was created with the aim of encouraging Singaporeans to continue appreciating curated physical pieces of artwork proudly done by Artists. Technology has pretty much taken over our lives where we can easily view artwork online where we barely appreciate art pieces in museums anymore. Furthermore, this industry itself has definitely been affected by the pandemic with museum closures and strict safe distancing measures.
The exhibition is titled after Artist Debbie Ding’s constantly evolving work that has been ongoing since 2008, tracing the emerging issues over the years regarding the society’s exposure to various relevant topics such as culture, linguistics, as well as the use of technology.
With the aim of showcasing a multi-faceted experience of Singapore’s present and future with technology, the team of Artists has put together various displays of mixed media and sound installations, performance, and photography & video. Head down now to capture this contemporary art collection.
The Wikicliki Exhibition is open daily from 10am to 7pm and is located at The Ngee Ann Kongsi Concourse Gallery, City Hall Wing, Level B1, National Gallery Singapore.
Admission is free for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents.
7. Singapore Heritage Fest
Take a trip down memory lane as you explore the history of Singapore from food to places and objects. We all know about Singapore’s rich history and culture but do we really know the stories and beginnings of it all? Through the Singapore Heritage Fest, which includes a mixture of various online and offline experiences, we’ll get to experience our well-known food culture, discover past medical & healthcare practices, such as tours around the medical buildings of the past, and fun hands-on workshops.
Take part in a Kueh-making workshop and learn how to prepare and make pureed Ang Ku Kueh that melts in your mouth or find out about the stories and journey of Heng Foh Tong Medical Hall that has been running through three generations to date, on how TCM has benefitted the Lee family over the years and how they have been dealing with the pandemic. This story-telling session is done in collaboration with Theatre Today.
Check out the full list of things to do and its prices here.
8. Glam Picnic
We all went a little crazy when Jewel Changi announced its indoor glamping experience a few months back. However, you were probably a little too late to book a slot. Well, you can now make up for that experience with this outdoor glam picnic deal, that has equally nice decors. The only difference is that it’s outdoors but it never hurts to be around nature, right?
This package can host up to eight people and you will get to choose between choosing a set-up at Gardens By The Bay with a city view or a sea view by the beach. This is definitely the perfect activity for you to take a break with your friends and family while snapping a bunch of Insta-worthy pictures with the beautiful picnic set-up and scenic view.
This Glamping experience starts at a price of S$68 and can be booked on Klook using your SingapoRediscover vouchers.
9. European Film Festival
We haven’t been able to travel for over a year now and while we are all very used to it by now, it will definitely still be nice to get a little getaway from the hustle and bustle. Well, you can now take yourself on a trip to Europe through a series of 23 award-winning blockbusters through the screens at The Projector!
To kickstart the festival is a classic Portuguese film, Parque Mayer that was based on the 1930s era and will be airing for free on 12 May. Tickets are available online on a first-come-first-serve basis so fastest hands first! This comedic drama will take you on a roller coaster ride as the characters go through a series of emotions, unrequited love, personal dramas, and a battle against censorship, with many attempts to conquer it.
This film screens at The Projector, located at 6001 Beach Road, Golden Mile Tower, #05-00, Singapore 199589.
Ticket prices go for S$13.50 on weekdays and S$15 on weekends. Get your tickets here.
10. Kombucha Making Workshop
Many people have been more mindful about their health and the foods they consume in recent years, which also explains why Kombucha has been the craze recently. While it is an interesting process that can be done at home, it can also get very complicated. After all, you are growing a form of bacteria!
Well, not to worry as you can now attend a masterclass workshop conducted by kombucha brewery Craft & Culture. Through this masterclass, learn about the science and chemistry behind fermented drinks, understanding the benefits of probiotics, and of course, learning how to make your own brew as well as how to prevent mould from forming in your fermented drink. It will definitely be a very fruitful session where you will be able to make your own affordable brews from home after, no longer having to spend over S$5 on a small bottle of kombucha from supermarkets!
This workshop is held at The Fermentory which is located at 183 Jalan Pelikat, #B1-115, Singapore 537643.
This Kombucha Workshop is priced at S$135 and can be booked on Klook using your SingapoRediscover vouchers.