One of the best parts about living in Singapore is that it is sunny all year round. There are plenty of beaches and outdoor swimming pools to dive into as well as gardens and rainforests you can look forward to exploring.
The best part of all, there are also plenty of places and things to do when you prefer some fun out of the sun. Aside from chilling out in the many shopping malls that are located all over this lovely island, do check out these six other ways to keep cool in this fine tropical island city.
Whip Out Your Ice Skates …
… or rent a pair if you don’t have one! Get out of the hot sun and onto the ice, then glide your way to a cooler you. There is not one, but three, ice-skating rinks in Singapore.
Do your figure 8s at Kallang Ice World (located at Kallang Leisure Park), a competition-worthy ice-skating rink that offers lessons for both beginners and experts.
The Rink at JCube is an Olympic-sized ice skating rink that has been host to international ice hockey and ice curling tournaments as well as speed- and figure-skating competitions. It has a gallery that can seat up to 460 people and even has restaurants that offer rink-side dining if you enjoy gawking at skaters while you eat.
Marina Bay Sands has a smaller, 600 m2 synthetic rink, so it’s not technically ice-skating. But the ‘ice’ has apparently been tested to create a skating experience that is as close as possible to real ice; skating lessons are available here, too.
Make A Snow Angel
Did you just move to Singapore from somewhere cold and are desperately missing the touch and feel of snow? Well, you will definitely want to pay a visit to Snow City, the only permanent indoor snow centre in Singapore. Here is where you can tube down a whopping three-storey high, 60m long snow-covered ramp (not for the faint-of-heart). There is also a snow fun house where little kids can fiddle with snow and have a chance to experience snowfall. Snow City is located at 21 Jurong Town Hall Road.
There are plenty of beaches lined across the mainland and a couple in Sentosa—we do live on an island, after all! Cool off by taking a dip in the sea, and by sipping some fresh and thirst-quenching coconut juice, right out of the husk.
Alternatively, get thoroughly soaked at one of the many water-play areas and swimming complexes all around the country. The Jurong East Swimming Complex, for instance, isn’t just a pool to swim laps in. It has three water slides of varying lengths and heights, a lazy river, a kids’ play area and an awesome wave pool.
Or, simply go all out and visit the Wild Wild Wet water theme park, which is replete with a myriad of heart-pumping slides, an exciting white-water raft ride and a 335m long lazy river that you can float on and slowly feel your worries roll away.
Watch A Movie
Popcorn anyone? Get cool and get entertained at the same time at one of the 257 movies screens in Singapore. It’s a popular pastime for locals (millions of people head to theatres every year) and is one you could probably get used to. In fact, you should consider splurging on a Gold Class ticket and get the satisfaction of a massive screen with the comforts of home.
With a Gold Class ticket, you may order food, snacks and drinks at your seat, and the order will be served to you. You will be seated on spacious and comfortable reclining loungers and a warm blanket is provided in case you get cold—just be careful not to get too comfortable that you fall asleep!
Head To The Library
If you are an avid reader, you can spend hours at one of Singapore’s regional libraries, and as you will see, these libraries are not run-of-the-mill.
One of the largest public libraries just so happens to be the newest. Opened on 12 January, the library@harbourfront is located on level 3 of Vivocity. The 3,000m2 library houses 200,000 books and embraces the latest in technology such as virtual reality sessions for adults, and augmented reality books that aim to create a more interactive learning experience for children.
But, personally, nothing can beat the panoramic view of the water and the island of Sentosa as you relax with your magazine or book.
If you live in the eastern region, definitely pay a visit to the Tampines Regional Library, a massive library that has three floors of books, an exercise bike and more.
Knock Down A Few Pins
A fun way to beat the heat and let off some steam is to toss a heavy ball at a bunch of pins. You burn calories without really breaking a sweat, and it’s one of the few fun indoor activities you can do that doesn’t involve any screen time.
Plus, this is a great social activity for friends and for families. Turn the game into a little healthy competition to up the excitement a little more or change it up and try glow-in-the-dark bowling; imagine neon disco lights and pop music, and bowling with incandescent balls that knock over luminous pins!