Oct 23, 2020

22 New Attractions & Places in Singapore that Opened in 2020


I think we can all agree that 2020 has been a strange year for most of us. There have been many disruptions in our lives - things that we took for granted pre-COVID like travelling, heading to cinemas, going out with a large group of friends, or even walking right into attractions or malls wihtout having to stop for temperature checks.


But that doesn't mean there are no new activities to enjoy in this COVID year - in fact, there are actually quite a number of new places that have sprouted up this year to discover together as a family - all 22 of them! And out of these 22, there are 12.5 attractions that can be enjoyed for FREE!



Why the .5 figure? You have to scroll down (to #17) to find out! ­čść


1. Adventure HQ at HomeTeamNS Khatib


Spanning a massive 2,800 square metres across four storeys, Adventure HQ is Singapore’s largest multi installation indoor hub complete with TEN installations that cater to thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies of all levels.



The totally-sheltered Adventure HQ truly has something for everyone, starting from a combination of high and low obstacles such as a ninja course, sensory adventure trails and various rock and boulder climbing walls. But more than that, it is also home to many FIRSTS in Singapore:

- Singapore’s first indoor Roll Glider at 233m long

- Singapore’s longest indoor slide at 14m long



- Singapore’s first 165m-long indoor artificial caving

- Singapore’s first-of-its-kind 15m Cloud Climb

- Singapore’s biggest two-tiered, 16-obstacle indoor challenge rope course



Adventure HQ at Khatib is also home to Urban Climb, which consists of 24 vertical climbing walls! Read my detailed review HERE.



Address: 2 Yishun Walk, Singapore 767944

Timings:

Tuesday- Friday: 2:00PM – 10:00PM - Time slots: 2:00PM – 5.30PM | 6:00PM – 9:30PM

Saturday, Sunday, Eve of Public Holiday, Public Holiday, School Holiday: 10:00AM – 10:00PM - Time slots: 10:00AM – 1:30PM | 2:00PM – 5:30PM | 6:00PM – 9:30PM

CLOSED on Mondays

Admission:

Website


2. Changi Jurassic Mile


Parents with kids who are huge fans of dinosaurs, you might just want to take them on the newest Park Connector in Singapore... because they get to see life-sized dinosaur dioramas as they walk along the pathway.



Located beside Changi Airport Terminal 4's Carpark 4A, Jurassic Mile is part of the new Changi Airport Connector, which in turn is part of the larger Changi Coastal Park Connector Extension, and serves to connect Changi Airport to East Coast Park via a pathway where the public can walk, scoot or cycle to and fro.



There are a total of nine different species of dinosaurs on display and they are divided into the various groupings of Herbivores, Predatory, Flying and even Defensive dinosaurs.  Changi Jurassic Mile itself is not that long; it's 1km so it is definitely do-able for young kids as well. As the entire stretch is a SHARED pathway, bicycles, skate scooters, blades, and legs are all welcome.



If you are driving, the most convenient way to start your visit is to park at Carpark 4A at Changi Airport Terminal 4. From there, you will be able to see the Changi Jurassic Mile starting point.



IMPORTANT POINT TO NOTE:

For visits on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, visitors must make a booking before being allowed to enter from 9am to midnight due to safe distancing requirements. Booking for entry to Changi Jurassic Mile can be done HERE.


Read my review HERE.


Address: Starting Point beside Carpark 4A at Changi Airport Terminal 4
*Park at Carpark 4A, Level 1. The starting point is located just opposite the entrance of the carpark 
Timings: 24 hours
- Entry without restrictions on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
For visits on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, visitors must make a booking before being allowed to enter from 9am to midnight due to safe distancing requirements. Booking for entry to Jurassic Mile can be done at this website.


3. HydroDash


If your kids love splashing good fun, then they will go crazy at HydroDash, Singapore’s very first floating aqua park at Sentosa!



Floating in the sea just off Palawan Beach, HydroDash is an inflatable playground on water where kids and adults can climb, slide, leap and bounce to their hearts' content... if they can keep their balance! The entire water course is HUGE, and it is made up of four zones with varying difficulty. Suitable for kids aged 5 and up, HydroDash has a special zone (Level 1) dedicated for kids aged between 5 and 8 years old.




As for kids above 9 years old as well as adults, they are free to take on any challenges in the Levels 2, 3 and 4 zones. There are slopes to slide, walls to climb, gaps to jump over and even a sloping walkway to get to the other side - and everything is made even more challenging by the slippery floor!




HydroDash is a great family-friendly place to bring the kids if you are looking for an extremely fun day out, because it sure cannot get more fun than balancing on floating platforms while clearing steep slopes and obstacles as one navigates the slippery obstacle course!



Read my review HERE.


Address: Palawan Beach
Timings: MONDAY to FRIDAY 12pm – 6pm | SATURDAY & SUNDAY10am – 2pm & 3pm – 7pm
Admission (2-hour slot): 5- 8 years old $10 | 9 years old & above $18 | Group of 4 persons $60

4. Winter Shooting Arena @ Snow City


Run, duck and slide at the Winter Shooting Arena; the latest addition to the snow and winter experience at Snow City Singapore! A unique, fun and exhilarating experience for guests aged 14 years old and above, this sub-zero arena has also been certified as ‘Singapore’s Coldest Shooting Arena’ by Singapore Book of Records.


Strap a safety vest, wear a face mask, put on a pair of elbow and knee protectors, and get ready
to put your teamwork and precision skills to the test as you take down various coloured targets in
a snow field with your family and friends. Key highlights include Target Shooting where you load your paintball markers and get ready to shoot your targets in the shortest possible time and Close Quarter Battle where you form a team of two to five players to battle it out across the snow field!

Address: 21 Jurong Town Hall Road, Snow City Building, Singapore 609433
Timings: Tuesdays to Fridays - 10:00am – 1:00pm & 2:00pm – 5:00pm | Weekends, School & Public Holidays -10:00am – 1:00pm & 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Admission: From $21 for Singaporeans and PRs

5. Sembawang Hot Spring Park


Sembawang Hot Spring Park re-opended early this year with new cascading hot spring pools, a hot spring water collection point, educational panels, a F&B outlet and even enhanced accessibility for wheelchair users! This is Singapore’s only natural hot spring and its water used to be bottled commercially by Fraser and Neave, under the brand name of Seletaris.


The park's centerpiece attraction is the Cascading Pool where water emerges at the top at 70°C and cascades down one tier at 60°C, then 45°C and finally at 40°C at the foot of the pool. Here, visitors can rest on the built-in seats at the edge of the 40°C pool and enjoy a foot bath.


If you prefer to soak your feet in hotter water, head to the Main Water Collection Point. This area allows for different sizes of water collection containers or buckets to be used. And specially for kids, there is also an Educational Zone which consists of an interactive water play feature which allows kids to learn more about the groundwater cycle, as well as play safely with the hot spring water.


Read my review HERE.


Address: Accessible via Gambas Avenue

Admission: FREE


6. Hampstead Wetlands Park


You may know of the fun aviation-themed outdoor playground at The Oval at Seletar Aerospace Park which not only has play areas for younger & older kids, it also has a life-sized Ludo gameboard. But did you know situated just beside it, is this oasis of tranquil nature? 



Hampstead Wetlands Park is a green sanctuary that  provides a conducive environment for plants, birds and other wildlife that inhabit freshwater ecosystems. Lamdscaped like a lush English garden, it has a huge pond with plenty of lily pads - IG-worhty alert! ­čśü


The whole park is not big - you can walk along the boardwalk that runs alongside the water and hit a short gravel trail that leads you through a forested area. The whole walk probably takes about 20min in total so nothing too strenuous. 


So it's a great place to bring the kids for a short walk after visiting the neighbouring The Oval's playground!


Address: 1 Baker St, Singapore 799977

Timings: 24 hours

Admission: FREE


7. Magical Shores at Siloso

(Closed until further notice)



Magical Shores is a multi-sensory experience that transforms Siloso beach into an interactive light and sound spectacle. Whirl around and see striking visual effects change on sand instantly, or catch nature’s enchanting song and dance that illuminates the island’s greenery after dark.



Billed as Singapore's first interactive beach light art attraction and spanning 400m across Siloso Beach, the showcase comes on in 15-minute cycles featuring vivid light, sound and must effects from 7.30pm to 10.30pm every night.



Comprising of four acts, the show will bring two islets to life, which will be bathed in lights, dreamy fog and tranquil music. The trees on the islets will also come "alive" as a relaxing light and symphony completr the magical experience. Everyone can interact with light art on the sands, which are inspired by diverse elements ranging from water flow to marine creatures. Expect this to be a hit with the kids!


Read my review HERE.


Address: Siloso Beach, Sentosa
Timings: 7.30pm - 10.30pm daily
Admission: FREE (Island admission applies)

8. T-Play Khatib Indoor Playground



A 650 m2  wonderment at HomeTeamNS Khatib, this new indoor playground is the first in Singapore to be styled with a strong Peranakan theme.




T-Play has partnered The Intan, Singapore’s award winning home Museum, to transform T-Play Khatib into a Peranakan adventureland where fun, play & learning come together in a truly Singaporean spirit. Featuring the iconic Dragon Playground, it sports smart interactive spheres that engage toddlers and kids with a thematic design reminiscent of HDB Iconic Dragon Playground.



In addition, T-Play at Khatib has interactive trampolines, climbing slide tower, sport pitch, foam ball shooting arena, ninja course for toddlers and Smart Spiral Slides! 


Address: HomeTeamNS Khatib, 2 Yishun Walk, Singapore 767944

Timings: Tuesday – Thursday: 1pm to 7pm | Friday, Eve of Public Holiday: 1pm to 9pm | Saturday, Sunday, School Holiday & PH: 10am to 9pm | Closed on Mondays (Except on School Holidays & PH)

Admission: 

HomeTeamNS Family Membership (Child): Off-Peak per entry $10 | Peak per entry $10 | Below 12 months Free Entry

T-Play Member: Off-Peak per entry $14 | Peak per entry $16 | Below 12 months Free Entry

Non T-Play Member: Off-Peak per entry $20 | Peak per entry $25 | Below 12 months Free Entry

*NOTE: Each play session is 2 hours long

*Off-Peak: Mondays to Thursdays (Excludes PH & School Holidays)

*Peak: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, PH, School Holidays & Gazetted holiday – Youth Day, National Day Holiday, Teachers’ Day, Children’s Day

Website


9. Yunnan Garden



Where can you find a 5.6m-tall waterfall in Singapore? Granted it's man-made, but it still looks pretty spectacular, especially since it's part of a stormwater management system that collects and purifies rainwater.



The revamped Yunnan Garden at NTU opened earlier in Feb this year, and is huge - 12 football fields to be exact! Present-day features include enriched biodiversity, with over 1,000 new trees planted comprising of over 80 species, a 5.6-metre-tall waterfall, an open plaza for student events, Wi-Fi connectivity throughout the garden, and a boardwalk. The boardwalk connects the Garden to the newly expanded Nanyang Lake, which has outdoor fitness stations alongside it. 



Great for a stroll with the family, the garden consists of various smaller sub-gardens and trails which are centred on various themes, such as orchids, herbs, pitcher plants, national flowers and plants for cosmetics. There is also a butterfly garden and lily garden.


Address: 12 Nanyang Drive, Singapore 637721

Timings: 24 hours

Admission: FREE


10. Keppel Marina East Desalination Plant Green Roof


The Keppel Marina East Desalination Plant (KMEDP) is Singapore's first large-scale plant able to treat both fresh water and seawater.


Photo: Keppel Corporation


Located on the stretch of the Eastern Coastal Park Connector Network that bridges East Coast Park and Gardens by the Bay East, nearly 20,000 sq m of open green rooftop space is freed up for community activities and recreation. It is similar to Marina Barrage's rooftop space, but with a difference - Kite flying is not permitted, as the plant is along the flight path of Paya Lebar Airbase.



Part of KMEDP’s design philosophy is to create a green, car-free community that is cyclist and pedestrian-friendly so if you are intending to drive there, it is a little tricky. There are no carparks available at KMEDP and the nearest carpark is the Fort Road public carpark about 1.5km away. From the Fort Road carpark, it is a 15-minute walk along the Park Connector Network to reach KMEDP.


If you ae heading there by public transport, the nearest MRT station is Mountbatten MRT. From the station, take Exit B and walk towards the bus stop. You can take Bus Services 12, 14, 30, 158 and 196 and alight at the bus stop opposite the Costa Rhu Condominium. From there, it is a 20-minute walk to KMEDP.


Address: 1 Marina East Drive, Singapore 029996

Timings: 8am to 9pm daily (last entry at 8pm)

Admission: FREE

Website


11. SINGAPOń║║: Discovering Chinese Singaporean Culture


SINGAPOń║║ is the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre’s inaugural permanent exhibition that spotlights and presents the many facets of our distinct Chinese Singaporean culture through five exhibition zones.



It looks at various aspects of our culture, and  at traits originating from China which have been continued, or have evolved; and distinctive traits that have developed in multi-cultural Singapore. The exhibition will be a great place for families to learn more about our Chinese Singaporean culture in a fun and interactive way.


Activities that families can enjoy together include:

- Families can indulge in an immersive feast for the senses featuring our favourite local dishes such as ba ku teh, popiah and chili crab.

- Parents and children can challenge one another’s kopi-ordering skills and knowledge with a kopitiam-inspired tabletop game of speed and accuracy. It’s a game of who can make the most cups of coffee!

- Children will have fun opening secret doors and pulling out drawers to find out fun interesting trivia and stories! For instance, they can learn more about the Chou Chou - which would be familiar to them.


- Throughout the exhibition, children and parents alike will have fun tapping their RFID-enabled wristbands to answer questions and polls - all these responses will contribute to a customised report that offers insights to their exhibition experience, which they can print and bring home!


- In one of the zones, which is designed after the playgrounds that we grow up with, it will be a good place for parents to teach their children the origins behind some of distinctively Chinese Singaporean words we use everyday i.e. kopitiam is a fusion of Malay and Hokkien words!


Address: Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple Gallery, Level 2, Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (1 Straits Boulevard, Singapore 018906)

Timings: 2pm – 8pm (Monday) | 10am – 8pm (Tuesday to Sunday)

Admission: FREE

Website


12. Alice in Wonderland-themed Playground @ Dawson Vista



Inspired by the famed children's classic 'Alice in Wonderland', the WonderLand Playground lets kids immerse themselves in a magical wonderland, just like in the story! From swinging under the magical tree to embarking on a Mushroom Adventure, the playground has play equipment for both younger and older kids.



There are two masive play stuctures on each side of the playground. Named 'Mushroom Adventure', the larger one on the left allows kids to climb upwards via a multi-coloured and tiered structure. Once up, they have to traverse across a rope bridge to reach the other side of the structure and enjoy a quick descent down the orange tube slide!



The other structure on the right is where kids can truly pick out familiar characters and objects from the Alice in Wonderland tale. But more than that, it hides another climbing structure!



Read my review HERE.


Address: 78 Dawson Road, Dawson Vista estate, Singapore 141078

Timings: 24 hours

Admission: FREE


13. Alkaff Crescent Playgrounds


Nestled within the Alkaff Lakeview HDB flats cluster, not only are there FOUR different playgrounds, they are spread over THREE different floors! The playgrounds are connected by an over-arching theme - of water, wetlands, mountains and clouds. And when kids move from the first playground on the ground floor to the final one on the fourth floor, it is designed to give that sense of moving upwards together with nature.


WATER PLAYGROUND

Ground floor, behind Block 118A, Alkaff Lakeview



WETLANDS PLAYGROUND

Third floor, Block 115B, Alkaff Lakeview



MOUNTAINS PLAYGROUND

Fourth floor, Rooftop Garden, Alkaff Lakeview



CLOUDS PLAYGROUND
Fourth floor, Rooftop Garden, Alkaff Lakeview


Read my review HERE.


Address: Alkaff Crescent, Singapore 341118
Timings: 24 hours
Admission: FREE

14. Hansel & Gretel-inspired Candy Trail Playground @ Clementi Crest


The new cluster of HDB flats at Clementi Central has two new outdoor playgrounds for all to enjoy - one for younger kids and the other for older kids.


For kids aged 2 to 5 years old, head to the Hansel & Gretel-inspired Candy Trail Playground at Block 445 Clementi Crest. Here, they will find a host of whimsical play strutcures from a wooden plank bridge to spinning Candy Apple Trees to an Adventure Bridge.


The centrepiece of the playground has got to be the life-sized Gingerbread House and a pastry slide!


As for kids aged between 5 and 12 years old, they get to test their agility and climbing skills at the Adenturous Treehouse playground located beside Block 445B Clementi Crest.


Consisting of 2 treehouse play structures, kids can climb the Wall and Ladder obstacle, cross the Slanted Bridge, crawl through the Tunnel Bridge and finish off by crossing the Wobbly Net Rope!


Read my detailed post HERE.

Address: 

The Candy Trail playground: Block 445 Clementi Avenue 3, Ground level, Singapore 120445

Adventurous Treehouse Playground: Block 445B Clementi Avenue 3, Ground level, Singapore 122445

Timings: 24 hours

Admission: FREE


15. Therapeutic Garden @ Telok Blangah Hill Park


The new therapeutic garden features several new elements that leverage Telok Blangah Hill Park’s natural forest setting. Some of these elements include fruit tree espaliers, planting of lesser-known forest species with therapeutic effects and a 40m long viewing deck which offers an unobstructed, mid-canopy view of the forest.


Photo: NParks

In order to create a seamless transition between the forest space and the therapeutic garden, the planting within the therapeutic garden was designed to mimic the natural forest structure. The therapeutic garden has also been designed to be wheelchair user-friendly and caters to a wide range of users including seniors and those with conditions such as ADHD and dementia.


Photo: NParks


Address: Telok Blangah Green off Henderson Road

Timings: 24 hours

Admission: FREE


16. Wag & Wild Dog Waterpark


This may not be a waterpark for kids but if you have furkids at home, then this is for them!


Photo: Wag & Wild

Wag & Wild is Singapore's largest dog water park with over 19,000 square feet of space so now, you can bring along your doggies to join you in an exciting outdoor experience while taking a much needed plunge in the pools.

Photo: Wag & Wild

And yes, humans are encouraged to be with their dogs in the pool at all times and to keep their eyes on them throughout the session.

Photo: Wag & Wild

With the purchase of an entry ticket for your dog, you are entitled to two free human entries. However, you will be allowed to buy additional guest tickets at $6 per additional guest. 

Photo: Wag & Wild

Addres: 2 Jurong Gateway Road, #01-13, Singapore 608512

Timings: Weekdays 8.40am - 11am | Weekends 8.40am - 7pm (Pre-booking of slots required)

Admission: One-hour Session - 1 Dog & 2 Guests $28 (Before GST) | Additional human $6 (Before GST)

Website


17. Singapore Discovery Centre Reopening

(Opens on 31 October 2020)


The Singapore Discovery Centre will be officially reopening on 31 October 2020, Saturday with a brand new look and more exciting attractions!


New attractions include:


- Through The Lens Of Time (Permanent Exhibits Gallery)



Journey through time to experience the evolution of Singapore from our early days under the rule of the Malay Kingdom to the bustling metropolis that we are today. Discover how we triumphed through tumultuous times and turned challenges into opportunities, guided by the Singapore Spirit that continues to shape us today.


- Black Laker Laser Battlefield (Laser Tag)



Black Lake Laser Battlefield will put you through your worst fears, giving you the illusion of being transported to various inter-dimensions. You may encounter extra-terrestrial beings, creatures, and even zombies. Using a state-of-the-art laser tag equipment, you will be required to utilise skills such as tactility, teamwork, and determination to go through the most immersive laser tag arena in Singapore.


- Black Lake Facility (Escape Room)



Embark on a multi-sensorial escape room adventure across 13 rooms and 4 story chapters. The Black Lake Facility offers the largest and most immersive 2-storey escape room experience in Singapore. Crawl through tight spaces, find concealed doors and more! Unravel the stories in the various chapters and get drawn into the mysteries behind the Black Lake Facility.


- XD Theatre

The 4D simulator ride will be debuting two new thrilling films - Sky Hunt & Pinocchio.



Read my review HERE.


Address: 510 Upper Jurong Road, Singapore 638365

Timings: 10am - 10pm daily

Admission:

Through The Lens Of Time - FREE for Singaporeans & PRs | Others: Adult $10 & Child $8

Black Lake Laser Battlefield - Adult $15 | Child $12

Black Lake Facility (PER ROOM): Adult $30 | Child $24

XD Theatre - Adult $10 | Child $8

Website


18. FUTURE WORLD: Where Art Meets Science New Installations


Visitors to the highly popular FUTURE WORLD: Where Art Meets Science at ArtScience Museum can experience five exciting new digital artworks by teamLab, as part of the latest redevelopment of the exhibition.



Four new digital artworks by teamLab will be on display in the opening gallery of the exhibition, City in A Garden. They include the Southeast Asia debut of Proliferating Immense Life, A Whole Year per Year - a giant interactive mural of blooming flowers. The Sanctuary gallery will also feature a new version of Way of Birds, a stunning installation that explores the enigmatic movement of a flock of birds.



Address: 6 Bayfront Avenue, ArtScience Museum, Singapore 018974

Timings: 10am to 7pm daily

Admission: From $16 for Singaporean Adults or $45 for 2A & 2C

Website


19. Supertree Observatory

(Closed until further notice)


Supertree Observatory, in addition to OCBC Skyway, provides greater accessibility for visitors to enjoy scenic views of the Marina Bay area and the lush surroundings of Gardens by the Bay.



Located at the canopy of the tallest Supertree at Supertree Grove, visitors can soak in unblocked cityscape views at our open-air rooftop deck, enjoy light refreshments and try out immersive digital learning experiences inside the observatory space.


Address: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore 018953

Timings: 9am to 9pm daily

Admission: Singapore Resident - Adult $10, Child (3-12) & Senior (60 & above) $6 | Standard - Adult $14, Child (3-12) $10

Website


20. Doraemon’s Time-Travelling Adventures in Singapore

(Until 27 Dec 2020)


Embark on an exciting time-travelling adventure with Doraemon, the lovable robot cat, and the National Museum of Singapore (NMS)!



Besides travelling around the museum to find photo spots with Doraemon, explore some popular gadgets that were used in the past, some of which were ahead of their time and are still fascinating today!


Dates: Now until 27 Dec 2020

Address: National Museum of Singapore

Timings: 10am – 7pm

Admission: FREE

Website


21. Tayo Station Pop-up @ City Square

(Until 31 Dec 2020)



Tayo Station pops up at City Square Mall! Climb and slide down at the Foam Castle, build your colourful foam tower, aim shoot & score at the Archery and Basketball Area, indulge in fun at the interactive play tables or even dive into a whole room of balls!



Address: City Square Mall, Basement 2, #B2-47/48

Timings:10.30am to 8.00pm daily

Admission (2-hr play time): Weekday $15 | Weekend $18 (1A + 1C)

*No pre-bookings, only walk-ins

Website


22. Once Upon A Time On The Orient Express

(Opening 12 Dec 2020 to 13 Jun 2021)


Once Upon A Time On The Orient Express offers visitors a chance to embark on a fascinating journey through the history of the Orient Express, reliving the experience of travellers who boarded the train more than 100 years ago. Spanning over 2,000sqm, the pop-up attraction will feature two original train carriages classified as National Treasures of France, and a 158-year-old locomotive shipped from France to Singapore, along with 300 heritage items such as uniforms, shields, a pullman car, affiches, Louis Vuitton original luggage, priceless porcelain and more.



The attraction will also feature an exclusive Orient Express shop, Orient Express road cafe, Orient Express restaurant and lounge and escape room experience!



Dates: Saturday, 12 December 2020 to Sunday, 13 June 2021

Address: West Lawn (next to Bayfront Plaza), Gardens by the Bay

Timings: Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Sunday: 10am – 9pm | Wednesday and Thursday: 10am – 7pm | Saturday: 10am – 10pm

Admission: From $25 per pax (free for children below 3 years old)

Website



I'll update the list whenever new attractions open in Singapore, so do check back often!





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