Though it looks like the haze is going to stay for now, that doesn’t mean you have to be cooped up indoors. By Sharifah Nursyafiqah
It is the haze season again – a time of chugging water, strapping on masks, and taking refuge in air-conditioned places. The haze has put a damper on many outdoor activities, but all is not lost! Sure, we might have to put off the treetop hikes and picnics at Botanic Gardens, but here’s five places you can go to have a good time, without putting on an N95 mask.
1. Challenge yourself in an escape room game
Bugis Village, 160A Rochor Road, Singapore 188435
The concept of an escape room game is simple: players are locked in a series of themed rooms, and have to get themselves out by solving clues and puzzles. Yet with the number of escape room games in Singapore on the rise, you can be sure that these challenges are anything but easy! Grab a group of gutsy friends, choose the type of escape room experience you want to have – like escaping from a deadly virus outbreak, or from supernatural beings – and put your puzzle-solving skills to the test.
2. Take a trip to one of our many museums
National Museum of Singapore
93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897
Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
2 Conservatory Dr, Singapore 117377
Art Science Museum
6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974
Make your way to the National Museum of Singapore, which reopened the doors to its permanent galleries earlier this month after a year-long revamp. Take a walk back in history as you explore over 1, 700 artefacts, some dating back to the World War II era! While you’re at it, check out the other incredible museums in Singapore. The Lee Kong Chian Natural history museum has amazing fossils, including three incredible 150-million-year-old diplodocid sauropod dinosaur skeletons, or uncover the mysteries of the ocean in the Art Science Museum’s The Deep exhibition.
3. Scale new heights with indoor rock climbing
#B1-01 Kallang Wave Mall, 1 Stadium Place
You might not be able to run outside, but you can still give your muscles a good workout with this acitvity! Located in Singapore Sports Hub, Climb Central is the tallest indoor air-conditioned sport climbing venue in Singapore. This is one activity that is great for children and beginners as well, and all you need is comfortable sports attire and a pair of socks. Entry for adults is $30, inclusive of rental of climbing harness and shoes.
4. Slip on a pair of skates
Level 3, JCube, 2 Jurong East Central 1
Ice skates, that is! Try skating at the Olympic-sized ice rink in JCube, priced at $21.50 per adult for a 2-hour session (includes rental of skates, gloves and socks). Keen to pursue the sport more seriously? They offer skating lessons for all skill levels, and also host various tournaments on ice, such as hockey, speed skating and ice curling, that you can witness. Alternatively, groove to disco music and flashing lights as the rink lights up every Friday and Saturday for Disco Night!
5. Beat your friends at a new board game
The Mind Cafe
60A Prinsep St, Singapore 188664
When was the last time you sat down with a group of friends to play a board game? Sure, you might be able to play these at home, but the huge variety of games available at The Mind Cafe is definitely worth the trip down to Prinsep Street. For $2 an hour per person (Sunday to Thursday) and $2.50 on Friday and Saturday, you can grab as many games as you want from the board game library, and get playing! Feeling peckish? The cafe dishes up a variety of meals and small bites for you to munch on as you experiment with new games. Check out the full list of games available for play here.