Feeling the travel itch after being stuck at home for months? It’s time to look at Singapore with fresh eyes as we head into the final stretch of 2020. Rediscover world-renowned attractions like our Wildlife Parks or wander off the beaten path to explore the hidden corners of our sunny little island. As Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat shared: "You may be surprised by what you discover."
1. My Family Weekend by Families for Life (#FFLMyFamilyWeekend)
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Take part in three nights of Trivia, and team up with your nearest and dearest to test your popular culture know-how. Rope in the whole family – from the grandfolks to the young ones – because in a game of trivia, the more (brains) the merrier!
Hosted by Families for Life (FFL) on the evenings of 4-6 Sep 2020, Family Fun and Laughter Nights (#FFLNights) are centred around themes like food, music and movies, each trivia quiz segment is packed in between with live performances by popular local artistes like 53A, Jack & Ra and ShiLi & Adii. Trivia quiz winners walk away with prizes such as limited-edition FFL NETSFlashPay card sets and stand a chance to win the grand prize of a staycation package at Marina Bay Sands each night.
The event runs from 4 to 6 September, 8pm - 9.30pm live on FFL’s Facebook page. Participation is free. Visit My Family Weekend event webpage or Facebook page for the latest programme updates.
2. Play Tourist at Home
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Time to uncover gems in our own backyard! If your country’s one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, you know you are sitting on a goldmine of engaging encounters and captivating sights. From vibrant street art murals in our ethnic districts to ultramodern attractions like Jewel at Changi; this little island is bursting with fab new experiences waiting to be discovered. Who knows, you may find that new favourite family hangout or picnic spot on one of your jaunts!
3. Wildlife in the Parks – Singapore Zoo, River Safari, Night Safari & Jurong Bird Park
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Take a walk on the wild side at our Wildlife Parks! Little ones will get to learn about protecting wildlife in this outdoor classroom, while the rest of the family gets a break from the urban jungle. If you can’t get enough, go behind the scenes with customised virtual sessions back home for a close-up view of feathered friends at the Bird Park or majestic Asian elephants at the Singapore Zoo.
Do take note that the parks are operating at 25% of their usual capacity as part of precautionary measures taken in the current climate; so make sure you book a slot before visiting these attractions.
4. Wildlife at Large – Nature Reserves & Park Connectors
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As one of the most bio-diverse countries in the world, Singapore has a flourishing wildlife population. What better place to get a close-up look of our flora and fauna than at our Nature Reserves and Parks? From the ever-popular Bukit Timah Hill to far-flung Chek Jawa on Pulau Ubin, there is a spot of nature for everyone. Many of which are now linked by scenic park connectors, so pick a route nearest to your home and get park-hopping!
Before you leave, do remember to check out the latest COVID-19 advisories and thecapacity limit of our major green spaces to avoid overcrowding.
5. Singapo人: Discovering Chinese Singaporean Culture
Image Source: Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre
p>Here’s something for the culture vultures in the family! If you are curious about the food, language, traditions and popular culture behind one of our main ethnic groups, Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre’s exhibition explores what it means to be uniquely Chinese Singaporean. While gallery visitors will need to adhere to safe distancing measures, you can also check out their YouTube channel or Facebook page for quirky anecdotes and stories behind local Chinese traditions and heritage.
The exhibition is open from 2pm to 8pm on Mondays, and 10am to 8pm from Tuesday to Sunday. Admission is free. For more information, visit the SCCC website.
6. Silver Arts 2020
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The creative arts festival curated specially for seniors goes digital this year, with an online programme designed to engage ah gong, ah ma and the whole family! Organised by the National Arts Council, this annual event celebrates the more matured members of our community and their creative talents. Seniors can look forward to a diverse line-up of activities in English, Mandarin, Malay, Tamil and Chinese dialects, all without leaving the comfort of their own homes.
The event runs from 1 to 13 September. Remember to follow the Silver Arts Facebook page or subscribe to their WhatsApp channel to find out more.