The best things in life come free
I hear the sentiment, “nothing comes free in Singapore”, very often. However, if you are anything like me, living the life of constantly counting my coins to make sure I have enough cash for the month, or are just looking for the best ways to enjoy life in Singapore without spending too much, then you would most likely know that you have quite a myriad of options to choose from. For those of you unaware or have yet to explore this realm of possibility of “cashless joy”, here are some of my picks for fun things to do for *FREE* in Singapore:
Here is something I learnt only earlier this year: Singaporeans and Permanent Residents(PR) are allowed to enter some museums for free! You have the National Museum, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore Discovery Centre and Asian Civilisations Museum, just to name a few. And the best part? You can take your time with each because they are free all year round. You could even come back for more later on!
What’s great about the museums here in Singapore is the wide array of options available. Each museum has its own speciality but generally covers the rich history of not only Singapore, but the world with exhibitions, programmes and festivals showcasing both local and foreign culture all year round. So, on top of admiring the exhibitions, one can also expect a lot of hands-on experience and interaction in order to truly appreciate the diverse cultures being showcased in the museums.
Even if you are not a big fan of History, the museums will definitely have something in store for just about every type of person. And, since it’s free and all, just a short reminder, you can just come and visit one to try. Absolutely no charge!
Gardens by the Bay
If there is anywhere you have to come and see in Singapore, it has to be Gardens by the Bay. Situated off the coast of Marina Bay, lays Singapore’s very own horticulture sanctuary. It boasts a selection of over 1 million plant species housed within the gardens and is home to the monstrous Supertree Grove. Those are the large, glowing tree-like structures you see whenever Gardens by the Bay is mentioned by anyone.
Just walking around the place is a great way to calm your minds as you immerse yourself in Mother Nature’s sweet embrace–and for $0! It’s no wonder this is TripAdvisor’s number 1 pick for attractions in Singapore.
Watching movies is great! Weekend movie ticket prices are not so great. If you feel the same way, allow me to introduce you to MovieMob, a great way to watch movies for free!
MovieMob offers movie-goers a unique outdoor experience that is both refreshing and nostalgic of the 1960s drive-in theatres idea for anyone willing to attend their screenings. However, if you do not have a car, fret not, as a simple mat and radio will be enough for the perfect under-the-stars movie picnic experience.
Details of the screening times, venues and movies are different every time, so do make sure to follow their facebook page here for updates!
Your Local Library
Fancy staying indoors in a nice, cool place than going out into the Singapore’s blazing hot weather? Then consider visiting your local library!
As Sir Francis Bacon puts it, ‘knowledge is power’, and what better way to exemplify this power by outsmarting the scorching sun and staying indoors to read some books. Sure, it sounds like the tamest activity to do but you know what? In our ever-moving fast-paced society, who would not want a break even for just a little bit and maybe even read a book or two?
These are just some ideas you can do for free in Singapore. All in all, considering the size of our little red dot, I believe the absolute best thing to do for free is to explore. Go outside, enjoy the breeze and maybe even go for a little walk. Try everything; you never know what you might discover!
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