11 things to do with your friends and family in these upcoming weeks!

Been racking your brains trying to figure out what to do next weekend?

Whether you’re a foodie, sports fan, health nut, theatre enthusiast or fashionista, you don’t have to worry about feeling bored in the upcoming weeks because we’ve got you covered with a variety of exciting activities to try!

Read on to check out the latest happenings to plan into your calendar this October and November.

Jurassic Mile

If you haven’t heard the news or seen the pictures, Singapore’s got our very own mini dinosaur park right in the heart of Changi!

Jurassic Mile features more than 20 pre-historic life-sized dinosaurs, stretching over a 1-kilometre cycling and jogging path. You’ll get to see carnivorous and herbivorous species, defensive types as well as pterosaurs, with the tallest dinosaur standing at almost five meters high!

Jurassic Mile is the perfect outdoor weekend destination for a casual jog or biking afternoon with family and friends. Our advice? Rent a bicycle from GoCycling at the nearby HUB & SPOKE café or from East Coast Park via the Changi Coastal Park Connector.

Find out more here.

Day of the Dead celebration at MO Bar

mandarin-oriental-mo-bar-interior

Just because we’re not in Mexico right now doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the colourful Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival right here in sunny Singapore.

Albeit a toned down version, you can soak in the vibrant traditions this 31 October 2020 at Mandarin Oriental’s MO Bar, where top bartender and Altos Tequila brand ambassador Brendon Khoo will be making a special appearance to whip up three signature cocktails featuring a mix of tropical and Mexican ingredients such as grapefruit, pineapple, coconut, habanero, and even chocolate with Mexican tequila brand Altos Tequila.

The signature Altos Tequila cocktails are available from S$24 only on 31 October, 7pm – 10pm. Mandarin Oriental’s MO Bar is located at 5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square, Singapore 039797.

Perspectives Film Festival

Perspectives Film Festival (PFF) returns this year with a curation of thought-provoking indie titles and lesser-known films from up-and-coming directors – there are six Southeast Asian premieres too, by the way – all centred around the theme of ‘Truth’.

The lineup of films focuses on timely topics surrounding issues like politics, society, and media, giving you an insight on how ‘truth’ is constructed, interpreted, and manipulated through the lens of different filmmakers from around the world.

Tickets are available online from S$8 per film, or you can check out the ticket bundles of three or five films at $18 and $28 respectively.

Find out more and book your tickets here.

Pocket Gardens by Gardens By The Bay

Gardens By The Bay’s latest exhibition is Pocket Gardens, a collection of themed mini gardens scattered all around Flower Dome.

Stop and smell the flowers literally at the various nooks and crannies throughout the glass greenhouse as these mini garden displays will be changed every fortnight!

Explore the Hanging Garden with its dreamy canopy of trailing flowering and foliage plants or feast your eyes on the luscious shades of green at the Urban Oasis. There’s also an Edible Garden featuring vegetables and herbs grown for use in the kitchen!

Tickets are priced at S$9 (adult) and S$6 (children and seniors) for admission into the Flower Dome.

Find out more here and get your tickets here.

Singapore Writers Festival

Singapore Writers Festival (SWF) returns from 30 October to 8 November 2020 with a diverse lineup of programmes inspired by the theme of ‘Intimacy’, presented in a digital format for the first time.

The multilingual literary festival celebrates thoughtful discussion and a love for stories, and also encourages intercultural dialogue by bringing together writers, thinkers and participants from Singapore and overseas.

This year’s Youth Fringe programmes will touch on relevant topics like the portrayal of romantic relationships in stories through conversation session A (Teenage) Love Affair. There’s also family-friendly programming in SWF Playground including The Write Weekend, where Singapore and international authors guide budding young writers ages eight to 12 on the craft of developing stories in the form of illustrations or podcasts.

SWF 2020 will also present inclusive programmes for and with persons with special needs through collaboration with partners such as Act 3 Theatrics and Very Special Arts Singapore. In addition, subtitles will be added to all the videos produced for the festival to make them accessible for all.

With a Digital Festival Pass, you’ll gain exclusive access to over 100 programs with the participating authors via a live stream on the site.

You can also look forward to participating in hands-on workshops under SWF Classroom – beginners and seasoned writers are all welcomed. Other SWF 2020 programmes include workshops, interactive micro-sites, and programmes over emails and phone calls.

Digital festival passes are now available for purchase at $20 via SISTIC Live.

Find out more here.

AIA Health & Wellness Live

Wrap up your work week by picking up various tips during the AIA Health & Wellness Live. From tackling stress to making your favourite treat (without the guilt!), let the lineup of expert talks guide you and give you some tips!

Hear from the pros as they discuss the challenges on businesses with working from home and how should companies strike a balance with employees’ mental wellness. Find out the impact of rising healthcare cost and how should companies and you ensure that you are prepared for it should any unfortunate incident happens.

You can also join the various sessions with talks and fitness sessions brought to you by AIA Vitality partners, including Health Can be Fun, Fitbit, Fitness First, Virgin Active, and many more where you can get active together with friends and family, plus learn how you can up your fitness game to continue leading healthier, longer, better lives.

You’ll also stand a chance to win prizes after each session and AIA Vitality members will also earn 50 Vitality points per session (up to 300 Vitality points to be awarded per member).

To round off your ultimate health and wellness weekend, don’t forget to check out special deals at AIA’s eMarketplace where you can expect a showcase of exclusive deals from AIA partners, as well as a virtual gallery of arts and crafts designed and produced by the kids of Children’s Wishing Well, AIA Singapore’s adopted charity.

Find out more here.

The Macallan Experience at Raffles Hotel Singapore

Cask Entry (right) and Sensory Cinema (left)

If you’re a self-proclaimed whisky connoisseur, listen up! For a limited period of just four months from now to 10 February 2021, The Macallan Experience* will take you on an immersive, sensorial and memorable whisky journey.

With the interactive kinetic art installation inspired by The Macallan Six Pillars, this spectacularly innovative creation allows you to interact with formations as you transition and alter to different shapes representing the nature and craft of the exceptional single malt, The Macallan.

Fork out S$28 and you’ll be able to book a cinematic experience, featuring a state-of-the-art sensory cinema, and immerse in the full sensory exploration of The Macallan Sherry Oak and Double Cask expressions.

The Sensory Cinema screenings will take place from 12:00pm to 8:40pm with screenings every 20 minutes. Each ticket includes general admission and a cinematic tasting experience.

Book your tickets here.

*General admission is complimentary and is only applicable for guests above 18 years old.

SAME-SAME

An online, inclusive collaboration between No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability (Adelaide, Australia) and Diverse Abilities Dance Collective, DADC (Singapore), this cross-border dance and theatre production will focus on friendship – highlighting the experiences of differently abled performers in Singapore and Australia during these turbulent times.

Over the course of three months, seven performers (actors and dancers) from both countries got to know each other and explored the idea of SAME-SAME online. Their roles evolved from performers to reveal the sameness of what it means to be human. You’ll also get to find out what lies for them beyond the pandemic, what remains similar, what is now different, and how the differences can be resolved.

Concurrent performances will be held in person in Adelaide, Australia and online in Singapore.

Show date and times
13 November 2020
Session 1: 9.30AM SGT followed by post-show chat
Session 2: 4.00PM SGT

14 November 2020
Session 1: 11.30AM SGT followed by post-show chat
Session 2: 4.00PM SGT

Venue
Performances will be conducted online via Zoom.

Book a spot here.

ArtScience Museum presents: Planet or Plastic?

In this exhibition featuring more than 70 photographs and videos by National Geographic, you’ll walk away with a whole new perspective on the global plastic pollution crisis,

Planet or Plastic? aims to shine a spotlight on the fragility of the natural environment as a result of the global plastic waste crisis, and raise awareness of society’s dependence on plastic.

Featuring the work of researchers, scientists and artists, the exhibition traces the history of plastic from its invention in the mid-1800s to present day where, seemingly everything is made of plastic. Planet or Plastic? explores the plastic pollution of our world’s oceans and uncovers how untold numbers of marine animals die each year from ingesting microplastics, using mediums such as photographs as a means of making this urgent issue strikingly real.

You can visit the Planet or Plastic? exhibition from now until 28 March 2021.

Tickets for Singapore residents are priced at S$16 (adults) and S$12 (child and seniors).

Get your tickets here.

vOilah! France Singapore Festival 2020

vOilah! France Singapore Festival 2020 returns from now to 22 November 2020. Presented by the Embassy of France in Singapore, the festival is offering over 50 programmes that meld French and Singaporean elements in an exploration of culture, education, science, and lifestyle.

Culture

The Department for Culture, Education and Science of the Embassy of France works closely with Singaporean authorities, museums, art centres, festivals, universities, and art schools to develop partnerships and cultural projects through contemporary art exhibitions, artist residencies, performances, lectures, and conferences.

Inside Out (left) and A Virtual Voyage Through Masterpieces (right) 

From mobile photo booths to dreamlike VR animation films where you can immerse yourself in French scenery and even a historical exhibition about Clemenceau’s visits to Singapore, there’s an array of activities you can enjoy while also learning about French and Singapore culture!

Discover more events and happenings here.

Lifestyle

Gastronomy

Chef Justin Quek (left) And vOilah! French Gastonomy Week (right)

Get the privilege to cook and discuss with Chef Justin Quek, one of Asia’s most celebrated chefs and prepare a limited edition three-course or five-course fusion French Asian meal in private dining room. You can also chow down on some authentic French cuisine at these participating restaurants which are offering specially curated vOilah! French Gastronomy menus.

Le Paris-Brest-Singapour (left) and Kaya Croissants (right)

For those with a sweet tooth, you can enjoy kaya croissants (who would have thought!) at Tiong Bahru Bakery, and the Le Paris-Brest-Singapour, a choux pastry range with cream fillings made with Singapore-inspired flavours of gula melaka, coconut, and kaya.

Discover more events and happenings here.

Sports

Sports lovers, this one’s for you! In collaboration with sports brand Decathlon, you can discover French-originated sports and even try out Petanque — a leisurely game that originated from Southern France in the 20th century and station games including archery and kage football.

Kick your weekends off (literally!) with a go at The French Football Academy Singapore, where you can enjoy free football try-outs, a single 2-on-2 elimination tournament, as well as Fit Foot practice for women accompanying young players with the world champions training methods at Our Tampines Hub and GEMS World Academy.

Discover more events and happenings here.

Style and Fashion

From dialogues with renowned fashion designers and curators, to showcases by local rising designers at the Alliance Française, it’s a month-long celebration of style and expression!

Le French Design (left) and NO TIME FOR BAD TASTE (right)

If interior design is more up your alley, there’s always the Le French Design online exhibition where you can learn simple and accessible ideas for making your homes cosier, and NO TASTE FOR BAD TASTE, a carefully curated collection of French design production.

Discover more events and happenings here.

Education

If you’ve ever wanted to study abroad in France, these events will answer your questions and clear whatever doubts you have to help you make an informed decision. With the sharing sessions by French alumni and an education and career fair, now’s the time where you can learn so much about the educational landscape in France.

Discover more events and happenings here.

Science

Tackling current topics such as climate change, artificial intelligence, and research on infectious diseases, these webinars and virtual conferences might just give you a new perspective and outlook on life.

Discover more events and happenings here.

Lego Rebuild The World

Remember everyone’s favourite building blocks? Why not relive your childhood and break out those old LEGO sets out of the storeroom this weekend for a fun weekend and a good cause too!

In commemoration of the LEGO Rebuild The World campaign, you can share your LEGO builds that depict your passions in a reimagined world on Facebook and Instagram, and with every 50 submissions, the LEGO Group will give away S$2,000 worth of products to children with selected local charities! Make sure to include the following hashtags: #RebuildTheWorld, #BuildToGiveSG and #LEGO, set your posts to public, and post them by 15 November 2020.

Find out more here.

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