Interactive, entertaining, fabulously fun and educational best describes these tourist attractions that belong in a league of their own. Interested in science, history or myths and legends? Then include theme attractions on your list of "must-visit" places in Singapore!
Learn about pewter making in Ming Village and explore how this city manages to make room for heritage at the URA Gallery. Or join other families at NTUC Lifestyle World for shopping and entertainment all under one roof!
If you thirst for excitement, get ready for some crazy adventures at Cinemania, Singapore's first experiential theatre of the 21st century. Here you can enjoy hair-raising stimulating rides that bring you right into the action of a movie!
This dynamic simulation theatre features a state-of-the-art sight and sound system, and a gigantic screen designed for specially produced high speed film. The stunning audiovisual effect is heightened by a sensurround soundtrack and computer synchronized motion seats which combine with real wind to create an unbelievable ride experience.
Two movie rides are currently being screened, which will be regularly updated throughout the year. Each ride lasts for four to five minutes.
Be it wheezing through Haunted Mine or riding the Kid Coaster in the bedroom of a child, it will be an unforgettable experience. Just hold on tight to the seat for your life and prepare to scream.
Getting there: Take NEL to Harbourfront Station and then take the Sentosa bus from Harbourfront Centre Bus Terminal. On Sentosa, take either the Blue or Green line bus. By monorail, alight at M1
First built in 1937, Haw Par Villa holds 25 clusters of the original statues and figurines which tells the intriguing stories of Chinese mythology, legends and Chinese values. Described by various visitors as "fascinating, delightful, bizarre and entertaining", Haw Par Villa is like no other place in the world. Dramatising Chinese legends and folklores, the colourful statues and figurines immortalise moral values and Chinese cultural heritage for generations to come.
Open: 9am - 7pm(daily)
Getting There: Take SBS bus 200 from Buona Vista MRT Station (EW21), SBS bus 10, 30, SMRT Bus 188 from World Trade Centre, SBS bus 143 from Orchard Road or SBS bus 51 from Chinatown.
The art of porcelain-making reached its pinnacle during the Ming and Qing dynasties of ancient China. The Ming Village allows visitors to own a little bit of this colourful history. It makes excellent reproductions of the finest pieces of that era using age-old techniques. Here, the complete traditional process from mould-making and handthrowing to glazing, hand-painting and firing is all housed under one roof. Visitors can watch the craftsmen at work and choose from an extensive selection of porcelain on sale.
Pewter-making classes and porcelain-painting classes are also available. These classes are suitable for adults and children aged 12 years or more. Bookings need to be made at least 3 days in advance. Call Ming Village for details.
Getting There: Take the MRT to Clementi Station (EW23), then take a taxi or SBS bus 78. Alternatively, it takes 20 minutes by taxi from Orchard Road. Click here to view MRT route map.
Food, Drinks, Shopping and Entertainment, All Under One Roof
Food enthusiasts, shopaholics, and fun seekers now have a new place to hang out. Offering a comprehensive mix of more than 40 food & beverage, entertainment and specialty retail outlets, Downtown East's Food & Entertainment Zone promises to enchant both young and old.
Welcome to the land where the fun never ends!
Located within NTUC Lifestyle World - Downtown East, Escape Theme Park is one of Singapore's newest theme park that is catered to all ages. It promises thrills and excitement, with the highest water ride in Asia - the Flume Ride and the 360-degree Cadbury Inverter.
For food lovers, there is an international spread of culinary delights ranging from Seafood, Thai, Indian, Malay, Japanese, Western to Italian restaurants. The outlets include popular fast food, fancy restaurants, bubble tea joints and snack outlets.
For the shopaholics, there are more than 15 different shopping and entertainment outlets here, Downtown East is a mini lifestyle arcade where shoppers can find almost anything under the sun. The shops with their array of products and services cater to the needs of casual shoppers as well as resort guests.
Location: 1 Pasir Ris Close, Singapore 519599
Getting there: Take the MRT to Pasir Ris Station (EW1) and take SBS Bus 354 from the bus interchange or walk for 5 minutes to reach NTUC Lifestyle World.
Come See, Hear, Touch and Discover for yourself the milestones and achievements of Singapore through our hi-tech and interactive exhibits.
Be dazzled by the technology, large format 3D/2D shows, robotics and the highly entertaining displays that will leave you coming back for more. It is an experience for the young and old to enjoy, relive and explore.
So hurry on down to the Singapore Discovery Centre: Where the Adventure Never Ends.
Location: 510 Upper Jurong Road Singapore 638365
Getting There: Take the MRT to Boon Lay station (EW27) and transfer to SBS bus number 193.
30 minutes drive from the city, exit at PIE (exit no.40) or AYE (exit no.20). Free parking.
The world-acclaimed Singapore Science Centre has one of the country's largest collections of educational exhibits devoted to science. It houses more than 850 interactive exhibits, depicting the wonder and beauty of science.
After a SGD 38 million revamp exercise, new facilities have been developed at the Science Centre. These include a new main entrance, a fully covered linkway joining the Science Centre and the Omni -Theatre, a Kinetic Garden, and an Annex Building.
Blending the sciences with the art, the Kinetic Garden is Asia's first outdoor interactive garden of science. It comprises 35 interactive sculptures, exhibits and displays set within a pleasant garden environment. Water features in the form of waterfalls, ponds, fountains and water misters provide the entire Garden with a cooling environment for you to enjoy the exhibits.
Apart from the main exhibition galleries, the Omni-Theatre is also one of the central attractions of the Centre. The 5-storey high and 23 metre diameter hemispheric giant screen and sophisticated sound systems promise audiences a thrilling cinematic experience.
The Omni-Theatre also houses an 18-seat Virtual Voyages Simulation Theatre which allows viewers to experience science phenomena visually and physically by means of a 15-minute adventure story.
Location: 15 Science Centre Road Singapore 609081
Getting There: Take the MRT to Jurong East Station (EW24/NS1) then take SBS bus 335.
Cycling is a favourite pastime of many Singaporeans due to the many roads and walkways available. Trails like the ones in Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and the Clementi off-road cycling track allow mountain bikers to scratch that off-road itch.
The G-Max Reverse Bungy, Singapore's first extreme high adrenaline experience, is located at Clark Quay. Designed and developed in New Zealand 8 years ago, the G-Max is a totally unique experience.
The ride involves up to three people being seated in a specially designed open air steel reinforced capsule. This is attached by US-approved bungy cords to 2 towers. The cords are tightened and then released catapulting the capsule up to 60m in the air at speeds of 200kph. The ride lasts for about 5 mins.
With the many bowling alleys available in Singapore, this sport is enjoyed by the young and old. Especially with the fast paced lifestyle of many Singaporeans, bowling allows players to work out in a comfortable environment, without working up too much of a sweat.
Horse racing in Singapore has a long and illustrious history, with its beginnings in 1842 with the formation of the Singapore Sporting Club by a group of racing enthusiasts.
In 1924, Singapore Sporting Club changed its name to Singapore Turf Club, in line with a more clearly defined role. During its varied and colourful past, the racecourse grounds had been used for an array of activities ranging from polo matches to the landing of the first aircraft in Singapore.
Since then, the Club has moved to its current premises in Kranji, with the $3 million Singapore Airlines International Cup being included in the prestigious World Series Racing Championship.
Don't want to climb a skyscraper to catch a glimpse of Singapore's central hub? Then drop by URA Gallery and catch an amazing bird's eye view of Singapore's central area, and see the fascinating 11 by 11 metre architectural model, the only one of its kind in the world. Spread over two levels, URA Gallery is Singapore's version of a city exhibition that captures our planning efforts in a nutshell.
Experience 180 years of Singapore's history in 90 seconds or better still, build your own Downtown with interactive model blocks. Before you go, don't forget to try your hand at being a planner for the day, with our Planner's Challenge and tell us your favourite haunt in our poll on favourite places in Singapore.
Check out how we want to make Singapore a great place to live, work and play in. Find out what's coming up next, what can Singapore be 40 years into the 21st Century. With more than 50 hands-on exhibits, a visit promises to be an enjoyable self-discovery.
Location: The URA Centre, 45 Maxwell Road, Singapore 069118
Getting There: Take the MRT and alight at Tanjong Pagar Station (EW 15). Click here to view MRT route map.