11 activities to get excited for this July as restrictions loosen up

With restrictions slowly easing away, more and more in-person activities are rolling out ⁠— which only means we have a brand new list of interesting activities you can check out this July.

From sailing across the sea with your furkids to having aesthetic photoshoots at a one-of-a-kind self-photo studio, here’s a round-up of activities you won’t want to miss this month. Heed our advice, though: book your tickets early as some of these are already selling out like hotcakes!

1. Catch Blackpink The Movie

Starting off the list with a bang, BLACKPINK will be making a theatrical appearance with the release of their film “BLACKPINK THE MOVIE” from 4 – 8 August at Golden Village.

In commemoration of 5 years since the girl group’s debut, the film will revisit unforgettable memories with the multi-talented quartet and showcase electrifying performances put up over the past five years. Look forward to never-before-seen interviews, exclusive messages for the fans, as well as re-edited versions of live performances from “THE SHOW” (2021), “IN YOUR AREA” (2018), and a dozen more hit songs – it’s almost as if you’re actually at a live BLACKPINK concert!

Tickets are priced at $18 each and can already be bought on the Golden Village website now. If you haven’t already snagged them yet, do so now as tickets are selling fast!

2. Create new memories at Fotomat

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Korea may be the harbinger of trendy activities to do, but that doesn’t mean we can’t experience it in Singapore. Trending all over TikTok, Fotomat Studio is a Korean-inspired self-photo studio located in Stanford Arts Centre where you can take professional black and white photos without a photographer!

How does it work? Well, all you need to do is pose with your friends or family and press the handheld shutter remote whenever you’re ready to capture the moment. With no photographers present, it means that you are free to pose however crazily you want. So whether you’re commemorating a special day or just wanting to capture a goofy moment, this self-service photoshoot is a fun activity to do with your loved ones.

A standard 15-minute session costs S$30 for 2 pax. It comes with unlimited shots and two printed photos. Any additional companions require a S$10 top-up each, but you’ll get an additional printed photo for each person as well. Additional prints are priced at S$5 each which you can pick up on-site or get delivered to your doorstep via a courier service. Make your reservations here (open a week in advance)!

Fotomat Studio is located at 155 Waterloo Street, Stamford Arts Centre, Level 3, Singapore 187962 (Mon – Sun, 11am – 9pm).

3. Go on a cruise with your furkids

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We know how painful it is for fur-parents to leave their dogs at home while they go away on vacation. But now, cast all your worries aside as you can bring your furbabies onboard Royal Albatross’ “Dog Cruise”!

Sailing each Wednesday at 6.30pm, this unique dinner cruise offers a luxurious three-course meal for both dogs and owners — with the option of dining alongside your beloved pet, of course. Look forward to treating your doggo to a scrumptious appetiser of wild New Zealand king salmon, followed by a hearty raw or cooked main course of your choice, and finally, a consommé dessert with a sprinkle of slippery elm, carefully prepared by BOM-BOM.

The Dog Cruise will grant access to two adults and one dog on a 2.5-hour sailing cruise starting at S$195, not including dog tickets which range from S$30 – S$195 depending on your dog’s size. Upon booking, all dogs will be subjected to a complimentary interview with Sunny Chong Dog Training School to deem their eligibility to sail onboard the cruise. Make your bookings here and WhatsApp or call 9007 3083 for the separate purchase of dog tickets.

4. Feed your wanderlust from home with Seasons in the Sun

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Dreaming of the perfect getaway as you wait for an (unlikely) travel bubble to open? Appease your wanderlust with Asian Film Archive’s Seasons in the Sun, a six-film programme that pays tribute to summer vacations and getaways.

Screening at Oldham Theatre, you’ll be able to catch award-winning flicks like The Power of Kangwon Province (1998), Megane (2007), Bhaji on the Beach (1993), and Before Summer Ends (2017) with your avid film buddies. A general ticket costs S$10 while students, full-time national servicemen, and senior citizens (55 years and above) are eligible for a concession price of S$9. This exclusive event ends on 10 July so grab your tickets here now!

Oldham Theatre is located at 1 Canning Rise, Singapore 179868.

5. See our nation in a different light at New World’s End

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Explore Singapore like never before with OH! Stories’ site-specific, multi-sensory walk — New World’s End.

Launching today (2 July), the audio-guided walk takes you on an emotional journey around the neighbourhood of Jalan Besar through the story of two young lovers set against the backdrop of New World Amusement Park.

For only S$35 per ticket, you get to uncover the secrets and romance between the couple, as well as explore mysterious back alleys and hidden rooms that are so thoughtfully designed, you’ll feel like you time travelled to the ’60s! So if you’re looking for unforgettable romance-filled and culturally-rich adventure, snag some tickets to New World’ End here before they are sold out!

6. Smell the flowers and create your own fragrance at the Orchid Tour + Perfume Workshop

Calling all anthophiles! Take a trip down to a beautiful botanical garden where you learn how to grow your own orchids at home. Right after that, whiff your favourite bouquets at a perfume workshop hosted by Je T’aime Perfumery Singapore and creatively concoct your own bespoke perfume with over 40 aroma oils infused with exotic orchids to choose from.

At just S$158, not only do you take away hands-on learning experiences but you also get to bring home your own pot of orchids as well as a 100ml and two travel-sized bottles of your personalised fragrance. Plus, if you have not used your Singapore Rediscover voucher, you can finally use it on this 2-in-1 tour — making it all the more worthwhile! Book your tickets here.

7. Learn the ins and outs of perfume-making at the Advanced Perfume Workshop

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Always been interested in perfume-making? You may just like Maison 21G Paris’ Advanced Atelier Workshop, which is now available at the exclusive flagship boutique that recently opened at Marina Bay Sands.

A private workshop that’s led by Maison 21G Paris’ professional in-house scent designers. Take your appreciation of perfume artistry to another level and uncover greater secrets of perfume creation at this 90-minute class for S$180 per person. Not only will you receive expert-level guidance, but you will be given two pure exceptional oils of your choice from Maison 21G’s couture range to craft your own fragrance. Take part in this sensorial experience and book a class here.

Maison 21G is located at Marina Bay Sands, L1-32, The Shoppes (Mon – Sun, 12pm – 8pm).

8. Immerse in the geisha tradition with Life in Edo | Russel Wong in Kyoto

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From now until 19 September, experience the past and present of Japan at Asian Civilisation Museum’s Life in Edo | Russel Wong in Kyoto. A collaboration between Kobe Shimbun and Russel Wong, this double-bill exhibition features woodblock prints and paintings from the Edo period as well as 40 black-and-white photographs from Wong’s 13-year-long personal project to document the vanishing traditions of geisha (‘geiko’ in Kyoto dialect).

On top of this stunning exhibition, you can also look forward to Japanese cultural workshops, tours, videos, and interactive activities both online and on-site. The first rotation of 75+ woodblock prints and paintings are currently on display till 11 July, after which a completely new set will take over till 19 September. If you purchase a ticket during the first rotation, you will be able to return to view the second set for free. Book your tickets here at just S$11 for Singaporeans/PRs and S$20 for non-Singaporeans.

Asian Civilisation Museum is located at 1 Empress Place, Singapore 179555 (at – Thurs, 10am – 7pm; Fri, 10am – 9pm).

9. Explore the largest collection of Leonardo Da Vinci’s art at Da Vinci The Exhibition

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If you’re more inclined to Western art, you’ll be happy to know that the largest collection of Leonardo Da Vinci’s discoveries in Southeast Asia ever can be found here in Singapore. This special exhibition at Singapore Science Centre will give you a glimpse of his work and legacy through more than 50 life-sized invention reproductions and 15 reconstructions of iconic fine art studies and paintings of Mona Lisa or The Last Supper.

Kids can also look forward to interactive displays and hands-on activities that draw on his crazy experiments and inventions. Tickets start from S$13 which you can also use your Singapore Rediscover voucher to offset. Get your tickets online to avoid any disappointment as the attractions are limited by capacity.

Singapore Science Centre is located at 15 Science Centre Road, Singapore 609081 (Fri – Sun, 10am – 1pm, 2pm – 5pm).

10. Enjoy workshops and literary trails at Read! Fest 2021

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Heads up bookworms, Read! Fest 2021 is back and bigger than ever! Taking place mostly online, this year’s lineup is filled with over 60 exciting programmes anchored by 12 key books and topics.

We’re talking free workshops, in-person literary trails through East Coast Park, and even talks and panels by world-renowned authors such as Elif Shafak of How to Stay Sane in an Age of Division. From myths and minimalism to work and womanhood, this festival will explore topics and bring insight to all.

On top of that, look out for the Big Book Giveaway (BBG) from 10 – 26 July at your nearby public library, where you can take home pre-loved books completely free of charge! Visit here for more details on the full line-up or to make your bookings for the festival programmes.

11. Otah and Friends

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If you didn’t catch Otah and Friends last December, you can catch them now in two brand new exhibitions your kids are going to love! Held at Gardens by the Bay and Suntec City, an interactive otter-themed experience is awaiting your arrival.

Expect new characters, extended playtime, and two new games such as finding secret tools to launch a rocket into space (Volume 2: Blast Off) or embarking on an exciting hunt for ingredients in a supermarket (Volume 3: Grocery Run). Of course, you will have plenty of photo-taking opportunities as well as a chance to pick up some adorable merchandise for the little ones. And if you’re lucky, you may run onto Otah and his friends themselves at the meet-and-greet session.

Volume 2: Blast Off and Volume 3: Grocery Run are open at Gardens by the Bay Supertree Grove (beside Supertree Food Hall), and within Suntec City’s North Wing respectively. Each ticket costs S$24 per person while groups of five will enjoy a special rate of S$19 per person. Snag them here now!

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