15 activities that will keep you busy and entertained for the coming weeks

From brand new fitness programmes launched by the Singapore Sports Hub to creative mooncake-making and kombucha-brewing workshops, here are a list of exciting activities for families, couples, and individuals you can look forward to in the coming weeks.

1. Explore Mount Faber in a guided tour

In need of a breather away from the hustle and bustle of the city life? Seek refuge in the panoramic views of the Southern islands with the Mount Faber guided heritage tour.

This two-hour tour takes you from Mount Faber Park to the peak of Faber Point, deepen your understanding of Singapore through the historical mural walls that illustrate her development from a fishing village to economic power house. You’ll also get the chance to visit the highest Merlion in Singapore!

Venture to the back-of-house for an exclusive tour of how the iconic Singapore Cable Car operates and ring the Bells of Happiness for everlasting joy and happiness with your loved ones

Finish off the two-hour long stroll with a scenic cable car ride across Mount Faber and Sentosa!

To complete the tour, you’ll also receive exclusive discounts at the Arbora Restaurant for a good meal after and at the Singapore Cable Car Gift Shop so you can bring home a memorabilia.

Tours departure every Saturday and Sunday at 10am and 2pm with prices starting at S$20 for adults, S$15 for children. More details can be found here

2. Enjoy new resort experiences at Capella Singapore

If your little ones are yearning for an exciting day out following post-September holiday blues or if you yourself are in need of a long overdue staycation, stay tuned for the flurry of activities planned by Capella Hotels and Resorts this month.

Participate in a host of delightful family-friendly activities from scavenger hunts to family yoga classes held on Sundays to kick start your weekend with a wholesome no-fuss family bonding session – all while keeping wellness levels in check.

Unleash your inner creativity with a canvas painting or Peranakan pattern handicraft workshop that encourages both the young and the young-at-heart to some spend quality time together over colourful textures.

Capella is offering an immersive Build Your Own Boba class where guests will get the chance to recreate a delicious brown sugar bubble milk tea drink complete with Capella Singapore’s very own bespoke Navegante tea.

The new programme also offers the Heritage and Art Tour highlighting the riveting stories behind art pieces displayed throughout the resort, Floral Styling Workshops which takes guests through the basics of creating the ideal bouquet, as well as Rum Appreciation sessions for the alcohol enthusiasts.

For full range of activities offered, refer to Capella Singapore’s e-brochure here.  

3. Celebrate Halloween underwater

Be prepared to be spooked this season as Halloween draws near. Resorts World Sentosa is inviting you and your little ones to get dressed in your best Halloween costume for a night spent in the depths of the sea at the S.E.A. Aquarium.

Come face to face with some of nature’s most menacing-looking creatures like the Wolf-eel and Japanese Warbonnet which might not turn out to be as creepy once you discover what makes them unique.

Kids can turn on their charm trick-or-treat your way through the photo-op stations with pumpkin buckets brim-filled with candy and have the perfect spooky moment captured at the same time.

Hunt for lost pearls as part of an exciting treasure hunt within the various underwater exhibits and stand a chance to take home a cool mystery gift!

Did we mention? Come in your creepiest costume to win Best Dressed prizes which include One-day Tickets and special passes worth up to S$222 each week! Head over to Resorts World Sentosa’s Instagram page to learn more.

Deep Boo Sea is available from now till 1 November 2020 at 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269. More details can be found here

4. Participate in community fitness programmes

With the reopening of the Singapore Sports Hub, we honestly have got zero excuses on retaining that inevitable post-circuit breaker weight gain, do we?

Members of the pubic can now revisit and get active at their favourite spots after the temporary housing project for migrant workers wrap up.

Rest assured that all venues have undergone extensive disinfections and sanitisation prior to reopening, and you can look forward to the exciting buzz of gameplay with fellow fitness enthusiasts or enjoy non-stop family fun at the Stingray Splash-N-Surf!

As the Sports Hub invites individuals of all ages to come down for daily Garmin Sports Sessions once again, new fitness programmes have also been launched. These include community programmes like the SuperTrail Weekend Speed Walk & Dash, SupaFresh Dance Movement, and Keep Fit Taiji Wellness. 

SuperTrail Weekend Speed Walk & Dash
SupaFresh Dance Movement
Keep Fit Taiji Wellness

Note that pre-registration is strictly to be adhered to keep capacity limits in accordance with the government’s safety guidelines.

The OCBC Arena, 100PLUS Promenade, Sports Hub Hard Courts, and Skate Park are now open too. More details can be found here

5. Pick up martial arts

Have you always wanted to pick up some self-defence skills but didn’t do it because of your age, gender, or even physical shape? Perhaps homegrown martial arts school Kali Majapahit can relieve you of your worries.

Toss all uneasiness aside and challenge yourself physically and mentally with Kali Majapahit’s programmes, formulated on the belief that anyone and everyone should be able to enjoy and reap the benefits of learning martial arts.

In response to increasing demand for classes, the martial arts school has opened its second dojo in the heartlands, bringing their highly personalised and targeted approach closer to even more students here in Singapore.

With a holistic curriculum that keeps one’s health and fitness levels in mind, what makes this school stand out from the rest is their focus on the development of self-confidence, self-discipline, and respect all while enhancing the physique.

The new dojo is now open and located at 767 Upper Serangoon Road #01-05, Singapore 534635. More details can be found here

6. Take part in a virtual run event

Speaking of enhancing physical fitness, join Singaporeans all over the country to clock the distance in the annual HomeTeamNS REAL Run to honour frontliners from the SCDF and Singapore Police Force.

In showing our appreciation for their tireless contributions amidst the pandemic, the 24th REAL Run continues on virtually, this year with the luxury of completing the race at your own pace, time, and running route!

Simply register for the run (10km, 15km or 24km) before 23 October 2020 and provide a screenshot of your running app with completed data to receive an event shirt or mask.

Registration is now open. Prices start at S$13.90 for the public. More details can be found here

7. Learn to brew your own kombucha from scratch

Known as the “Champagne of Life”, kombucha is often touted for its amazing antioxidant properties and probiotic benefits in skincare products.

Well, if you’re intrigued by this ingredient that has been said to address an array of health conditions, from PMS, immune system issues, and slow metabolisms to joint pain, fatigue, and hair loss, you’re in luck!

Here’s where you can learn all about this interesting beverage through a guided hands-on brewing session.

Grab a friend or two and bond over a two-hour beginner workshop that provides you with brewing kits. Try your hands at fermenting your very own batch of kombucha – with insider tips provided, of course!

Limited seats available. Event dates include 26 September and 24 October 2020 with prices starting at S$51.19. More details can be found here

8. Shop for mooncakes

Those who have been going for the mooncake fairs at Takashimaya every year may be wondering if you can still continue with your annual ritual.

Well, while it will not be exactly the same this year, Takashimaya Department Store is still keeping the spirit by bringing some of the best mooncake vendors closer to us.

From now till 1 October 2002, drop by Talking Hall at B1 and Food Hall at B2 for the best picks of mooncakes, featuring local favourites from Peony Jade, Shangri-La, Tai Chong Kok, Fullerton, and many more!

If you’re spoiled for choice and wondering where to start, here’s a comprehensive guide to all the mooncakes you’d actually want to buy this year.

Enjoy special privileges when you pay with your DBS Takashimaya credit and debit cards, while stocks last. More details can be found here

9. Meet someone new at a virtual speed dating event

Meet someone new while staying home? Totally possible, thanks to the virtual speed dating event held by Relish Dating.

This efficient and innovative way to meet like-minded singles is the perfect way to maximise the number of potential matches you’ll meet – all while being your best relaxed self.

Not to worry if you’re fretting over feelings of awkwardness in the cyberspace as a host will be available to facilitate the event. Daters will be moved two at a time into their own private chatroom where they can talk and get to know each other – just like in real life!

Sounds exciting? Here is a list of FAQs and details you might be interested in.

The next round of Virtual Dating will be held on 30 September 2020 with prices starting from S$20.47. Sign up here!

10. Catch Season 19 of KUWTK

Get back on board with the spice as a brand new season of Keeping Up With the Kardashians has premiered on 18 September.

You can now cosy up indoors this weekend for a round of reality TV drama from the celebrity sisters on streaming platform, hayu. Catch the trailer here.

Watch how the sisters cope with the impact of the global coronavirus pandemic on same day airing as the US to keep up to date with the drama.

You can stream and download on demand via hayu – and the good news is new subscribers are entitled to a one-month free trial. After that, you can continue to enjoy over 250 downloadable seasons of your favourite reality and entertainment shows at S$4.99/month.

11. Get up close and personal with wildlife

Many lament that travel restrictions have stopped them from exploring nature overseas. But guess what – we are home to a variety of wildlife and there’s no better place to watch them than at the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.

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Discover our local creatures amidst the rich biodiversity the extensive mangrove forest has to offer in the 202 hectors sanctuary that’s open for visitors daily from 7am to 7pm. Trek through this ecological jewel with trails suitable for all ages.

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Estuarine Crocodile or Saltwater Crocodile It’s not widely known that ? occur naturally in the wild in Singapore, as not commonly sighted. On a rainy Saturday in September, we spotted 2 – a shorter/smaller (younger?) and a larger one at this wetland. I don’t think either of them is the local infamous saltie Tailless ?. We had seen the larger one at the start of the trail, just after the bend past the main bridge. It was fully submerged and still as @yeoktee made out the silhouette. As he exclaimed, the reptile appeared to be annoyed and revealed its eyes and head slightly. When we returned to the main bridge, we heard a young kid squealed loudly, “There’re crocodiles here after all!!!” ? He was very excited – I totally appreciated it as that’s how I felt when we saw our first ? 1-2 years back. Excuse jerkiness of the videos as taken handheld. I decided to make this my first public posting as it’s a true reflection of #SingaporeWildlife. #SingaporeWildlife #NParksBuzz #SGBiodiversity #GwenPWLcroc

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Be sure to catch migratory patterns starting September to March as diverse sightings of shorebirds or waders flock with the season!

Or if you’re a tad lazy, observe these creatures right off your couch with these three live cameras positioned in various parts of the reserve, to get a closer view of elegant milky storks or even freshwater crocodiles!

The Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve Visitor Centre is located at 60 Kranji Way, #01-00, Singapore 739453.

12. Visit an exhibition to learn more about mental wellness

In conjunction with World Suicide Prevention Awareness Month (in September), local artist duo Hunny and Lummy are pushing for tougher conversations regarding mental and emotional health to be held, of which importance has been greatly augmented by the Covid-19 crisis.

Through their art exhibition titled ThisConnect: Threading Worlds, the artists are fostering greater public awareness one step at a time in an immersive experience featuring two works – Tipping Point and I Feel You – that touch on the themes of emotional connection, empathy, and authenticity that have become especially relevant and essential in today’s context.

“The two works are highly experiential and participatory in nature. We hope that audiences will walk away feeling inspired by the stories of courage, love and hope that we’ve documented in our art,” said Quinn, co-founder of ThisConnect.today.

Head down to DECK, located at 120A Prinsep Street, Singapore 187937 from now till 27 September 2020 to catch this exhibit, open from 12pm to 9pm daily (closed on Mondays and public holidays). More details can be found here

13. Learn more about architecture through more than 100 programmes islandwide

Taking place over six weekends from 25 September to 31 October, the annual Singapore’s Archifest is rolling out a variety of programmes ranging from pop-up experiences that reimagine the way we live, to virtual exhibitions and home-based workshops available for everyone to participate in.

With the theme of Architecture Saving OUR World, this festival invites audiences to pay closer attention to today’s most pressing issues such as climate change, global food shortage, and public health.

This year’s Archifest Pavillion winning design by ADDP Architects in collaboration with OWIU Design

Whether you’re a designer or just looking for something exciting to do over the weekend, join in and participate in a collective effort to save our world through architecture.

Manoeuvre interactive 3D spaces with virtual tours on Singapore Archifest’s website, featuring more than 10 virtual forums that encourage the public to join in conversations on the different ways responsible designs can benefit the community and ecosystem.

Virtual RIBA exhibition Space Popular

Festival-goers can also look out for physical pop-up activities all around the island.

A Maze at Tanjong Pagar
Audacity Physical Open Studio

Members of the public can also pick up new skills rooted in architecture design, covering several on-site and online workshops ranging from building digital architecture using LEGO bricks, painting landscapes in Gouache, making tensegrity structures, sketching, and starting hydroponics from home.

Full programme details can be found here

14. Learn what we can do about the global plastic pollution crisis

From the Arctic to the Antarctic, plastic waste has polluted our natural environment for decades. While it’s no news that our oceans and marine animals are faced with endless threats that could perhaps one day lead to their extinction, an urgent call for action and solution needs to be worked out.

The ArtScience Museum’s very first exhibition following post-circuit breaker measures, Planet or Plastic? shines a spotlight on the fragility of the natural environment as a result of years of the global plastic pollution crisis.

With works done by researchers, scientists, and artists interweaved into over 70 powerful photographs and videos by National Geographic, this exhibit strives to raise awareness of our dependence on plastic through visual depictions of this problem. Learn more about what we can do to build a better tomorrow.

Exhibition opens from now till 28 March 2021 at the ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018974 with prices starting from S$16. More details can be found here

15. Catch new shows on Netflix

Can’t get enough of indoor lounging? Satisfy the homebody in you with new picks of the month. Here’s what’s brewing on Netflix for all film buffs.

Fresh off the screen, The Devil All the Time is a psychological thriller film featuring star-studded cast: Tom Holland, Bill Skarsgård, and Robert Pattinson.

If you’ve got the stomach for a grisly murder or two, this one’s definitely for you! Watch the trailer here.

Keep your calendars marked for a heart-warming American LGBT drama film based on the Tony Award-winning play that changed a generation. The Boys in the Band follows a group of nine gay men in 1968 New York City whose evening birthday celebrations take a turn when a visitor from the past arrives.

The Boys in the Band arrives 30 September. Catch the trailer here.

For the foodie in us all, explore the complex history behind the world’s most beloved Mexican dish in new episodes of Taco Chronicles Volume 2, out this week.

Keep up to date with what’s new on Netflix Singapore here.

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