Singapore may be an expensive city, but that doesn’t mean it’s lacking in ‘cheap’ thrills. If summer break’s got you scrambling for fun things to do without having to spend a lot of money — then check out our list of 6 free things to do in Singapore during the school holidays.
01 • Embrace nature at the Chek Jawa Wetlands
Looking for the perfect nature getaway that has everything from beaches to mangroves? Then look no further than the Chek Jawa Wetlands! This incredible location combines six different natural habitats in one spot: it’s got a sandy beach, rocky beach, coral rubble, seagrass lagoon, coastal forest, and mangroves.
There are two separate boardwalks you can take to explore the various natural habitats. And if you’re a birdwatcher, prepare to be amazed by the 7-metre-high Jejawi Tower, offering a bird’s eye view of the entire island.
If heights aren’t your thing, fear not! House no.1 is a delightful spot too. Originally built in the 1930s by a British chief surveyor named Landon Williams, this Tudor-style cottage now serves as a visitor centre where you can learn the history of the island.
Just remember to bring your hats and sunscreen along because it’s going to be a hot, but fun day out for the whole family!
02 • Take a walk along Fort Canning Park
Tucked away in the heart of the city lies Fort Canning Park, a little patch of green amidst a sea of concrete. Surprisingly, this serene park holds fragments of history scattered throughout its premises.
With its lush greenery and countless Instagram-worthy spots, Fort Canning offers a refreshing escape from the city’s hustle and bustle, even if it’s just for a few hours.
Seeking a jaw-dropping Facebook profile picture? Make your way to the spiral staircase and start clicking. The striking contrast between the rocky stairs and the towering green trees will make your friends wonder if you’re a supermodel caught in a secret jungle photoshoot!
After some satisfying exploration, it’s time to reward yourself (and your family) with a delightful dinner at Clarke Quay — you’ve earned it!
03 • Enjoy a free concert at Esplanade
Calling all music lovers! Get ready to rejoice because Esplanade is bringing you a jam-packed lineup of arts and entertainment this June.
For a harmonious fusion of East and West, catch Charmaine Teo on the harp and Gildon Choo on the pipa in “Nature of Strings.”
Mark your calendars for 11 June because the Concourse will be lit up with the dazzling performances of jazz pianist Amanda Lee and Flamenco dancer Tania Goh in “Flamenco Meets Jazz”.
Make sure you catch the incredible Cheats, a band hailing from Manila that’s been making waves since 2015. They’ll deliver a high-energy rock show filled with mesmerising vocal harmonies and captivating instrumental interplay.
With such a diverse range of art forms on display, Esplanade is the place to be this June. Get ready to immerse yourself in a world of music and creativity!
04 • Picnic at Marina Barrage
Why overcomplicate things when you can stick to the classics and have an amazing time? That’s why a picnic with your loved ones is the perfect choice!
And what better place to enjoy it than Marina Barrage, where you’ll be treated to stunning views of the city’s skyscrapers and the iconic Marina Bay Sands.
Getting ready for the occasion is a breeze — just whip up some delicious homemade food, pack it all in a cute basket (because aesthetics matter, ya know!), grab your trusty picnic mat, and head on down to Marina Barrage.
But wait, there’s more! You can spice things up by bringing along your favourite games like Monopoly, Twister, and more.
Feeling artsy? Bring your paint-by-numbers kit and unleash your inner Rembrandt as you paint the night away.
So, gather your loved ones and get ready for a delightful picnic experience that’ll create lasting memories for you to cherish!
05 • Check out the i Light Festival at Marina Bay
Save the dates for i Light Singapore 2023, happening from 1-25 June.
This incredible light festival is the perfect opportunity for you and your family to immerse yourselves in a dazzling display of art and culture. The best part is that admission is absolutely free!
You can also indulge your taste buds at Gastrobeats, where fifty homegrown F&B vendors are serving up a tantalising array of classic and modern dishes, creating a feast for your senses.
For just $5, you can experience the transformative journey of Lightwave: Turning the Tide, which will transport you and your family to an enchanting underwater world.
Get ready to be awed and enlightened at i Light Singapore 2023 — don’t miss out!
06 • Be Blown Away by Colourful GIFs at GIF Fest 2023
Get ready to explore Asia’s largest collection of GIFs at GIFFEST III!
This free exhibition, organised by EYEYAH! and supported by the Design Singapore Council, features over 80 creations from artists across the globe — exploring the theme of imperfection through vibrant multimedia.
Located on Level 1 of the National Design Centre, the festival runs for three months until August 26th. Take the chance to immerse yourself in the world of GIF artistry and celebrate the beauty of imperfection.
Come join GIFFEST III and let the GIFs ignite your imagination!
(Featured photo adapted from: Secret Singapore, The Australian, CNA, and Esplanade )