To celebrate SG50, the Singapore government has declared a long Golden Jubilee weekend from 7 to 10 August 2015. And to encourage Singaporeans to stay in Singapore to celebrate National Day, while spending a memorable weekend with family and friends, a lot of establishments are offering free visits and promotions during this period.
Singaporeans and local residents will receive goodie packs, free admission or cheaper rates to many attractions, and enjoy great offers at retailers So that everyone can celebrate SG50 with a blast!
Here are some of our top picks.
ActiveSG Swimming Pools & Gyms
The children can now check out their swimming styles in the different swimming pools and gyms in the whole of Singapore for free from 7 to 10 August.
For a limited period, purchase 2 full-priced adult tickets and be entitled to another ticket (adult or child) FREE! This means you pay only S$50 for 3 tickets! Find out more here.
Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
From 6 to 10 August, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay will offer free programmes such as dance and music performances by home-grown talents, talks and workshops, art installations and a bazaar featuring local entrepreneurs. Find out more here.
Gardens by the Bay
From 7 to 10 August, the celebrations come into bloom with a floral depiction of the Singapore Story at Gardens by the Bay and a special SG50 edition of the Garden Rhapsody music and light show at 7.45pm, 8.45pm and 9.30pm. Singaporeans can also enjoy 50% discount on admission tickets to the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest from 9am to 9pm.
On 7 and 8 August, 8am-11am, enjoy a family picnic at the Marina Barrage organised by Families for Life (FFL) – a collaboration between Families for Life, RSAF, PUB and NParks. There will be fun-filled activities and programmes for all families such as the Black Knights aerial display, performances by the SAF Music & Dance Company, food trucks, childhood games, inflatable bouncy castles and a Families for Life mobile café. Registered families will receive a “Families for Life” picnic bag.
In addition, there will be a live screening of NDP on 9 August (4pm to 8.30pm) on the Green Roof where audiences can watch the celebrations.
Marina Bay Sands
Get your free admission into the ArtScience Museum and Marina Bay Sands Skating Rink. There will also be a special 50% discount for Sampan rides along The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.
There will be a variety of exhibitions at the museum which include Dreamworks Animation and The Deep, which features more than 40 deep-sea specimens in a pitch-black environment; and a photo exhibition on the Singapore STories: Then, Now, Tomorrow, presented by The Straits Times. Find out more here.
7 & 10 August 2015, 4.30pm
Plastic is one of the biggest man-made killers of maritime life. Learn about the different types of plastic and their impact on our oceans, and upcycle a plastic object to create your own deep sea creature.
Make your own glowing Angler fish
8 & 9 August 2015, 4.30pm
Using a UV LED light and a battery, decorate your own Angler fish template and create a simple circuit to make it light up, while also learning all about this fascinating creature and other bioluminescent life from the ocean depths.
Claymation 8 August 2015, 2.30pm
Understand first-hand this fascinating form of animation and create a short film by moulding your own clay character.
The Magic of Animation
9 August 2015, 2.30pm
Learn about the fascinating beginnings of animation through demonstrations, and make your own thaumatrope or flip-book to take home with you.
Workshops In addition, there are workshops offered at the ArtScience Museum, charged at $5 per person. Suitable for children aged 4 and up, these workshops can take up to 20 visitors and tickets can be purchased on the day at the B2 museum retail outlet. Registration begins 15 minutes before workshop begins at the workshop space.
Museums, Heritage Galleries & Visitor Centres
Take this chance to bring the little ones to our Singapore musuems,heritage galleries and visitor centres for free from 7 to 10 August. They can learn the history and cultural aspects of Singapore during their visits to National Museum of Singapore, Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore Philatelic Museum, Singapore Sports Museum, Newater Centre and more. Find out more here.
National Parks Board
NParks will be offering a series of free outdoor concerts in their parks, featuring a mix of performances by well-known local talents and community groups until the end of the year. Catering to both young and old, these concerts will bring nostalgic melodies to the parks with a wide repertoire of jazz, classical, evergreen classics and local favourites. Find out more here.
Singapore Botanic Gardens
As part of NParks’ SG50 Concert Series in the Park, the Singapore Botanic Gardens has lined up a list of interesting programme from 7 to 9 August. There will be a carnival held throughout the three days, featuring nostalgic activities celebrating shared memories as well as the rich cultural and botanical heritage of the Gardens. Find out more here.
SAFRA Kidz Amaze
Kidz Amaze is so fun that one visit simply isn’t enough. Purchase a 7-entry pass at just $50 (U.P. up to $89.95). Find out more here.
Science Centre Singapore
Enjoy free admission to Singapore Science Centre ticketed KidsSTOP, Snow City, Human Body Experience, and the Omni-Theatre from 7 to 10 August. The children will bound to have a fabulous time experiencing snow and going though the human body trail. Find out more here.
Sentosa Bring the family to our very own island Sentosa which offers a variety of free attractions during the long weekend.
9 August, 10am – 6pm: Free guided tours of Fort Siloso (last entry 5:30pm)
10 August, 8:45am – 10pm: Free Cable Car rides from HarbourFront Station or any of the cable car stations on Sentosa Island (last boarding 9:30pm)
From July to 10 August, there will be a feature of sand scupture of iconic moments or monuments in Singapore over the past five decades. There will also be discounts on various attractions, such as $5 off Megazip Adventure Park, $5 off Combat Skirmish LIVE, etc. Find out more here.
Singapore Art Museum
7 – 9 August 2015, 10am – 7pm
71 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189555
Join in for fun, and engaging hands-on activities and programmes organised for everyone in the family.
Wildlife Reserves Singapore (Jurong Bird Park, River Safari and Singapore Zoo)
From 1 to 31 August, Singapore residents can enjoy:
Visit the Jurong Bird Park,Singapore Zoo and River Safari at 50% off the admission tickets.
What’s more, visitors to the four wildlife parks can enjoy a free SG50 animal-themed woven tote bag (worth $3) at the parks’ retail stores from 7 to 10 August. Find out more here.
Photo: Wildlife Reserves Singapore
Wild Wild Wet
Enjoy 50% off the entry fee for a group or 5 and above in the months of July and August. On 9 August, Singaporeans can also enjoy the Family Package at $50 (2 adults + 2 Child). Find out more here.
There are also a number of hotels coming up with offers for Singaporeans in support of the nation’s 50th birthday.
Carlton Hotel celebrates Singapore’s golden jubilee in the month of August. Book the perfectly positioned hotel that is close to the Padang and enjoy 50% off the Best Flexi Rates with 50% off buffet breakfast rate during your stay on the weekends in August. Find out more here.
Marina Mandarin Hotel
Marina Mandarin Hotel is offering discounts at its dining outlets – AquaMarine, Peach Blossoms and Cafe Mocha. For example, a buffet lunch at AquaMarine (usual price: more than $60) now costs $50 for citizens. Find out more here.
Pan Pacific Singapore
Pan Pacific Singapore is offering all Singaporeans and local residents a memorable SG50 staycation. Book now and indulge in complimentary breakfast for two and daily cumulative credit of SGD50, which can be used across hotel-operated dining and wellness facilities. Find out more here.
Stay in the spacious Horizon Club Premier Room for three nights for the price of two. The package, which lasts till 31 August, includes access to the Horizon Club, a private area open daily from 6am to 11pm which serves breakfast and evening cocktails.
The Shangri-La chain is also offering 50% off every second night for stay till 30 September. Find out more here.
Studio M Hotel
Enjoy a massive saving of 33% with our exclusive stay 3 pay 2 special! Find out more here.
Special SG50 discount eCoupons
From food to fashion to gadgets and more, enjoy great discounts and exciting promotions galore simply by printing out ecoupons offered by a wide range of merchants. These offers are available in conjunction with the official National Day Parade 2015 discount booklet distributed in the NDP Funpacks. Available online from 8 July 2015. Find out more here.
Singtel subscribers can look forward to an array of goodies from 7 to 10 August, including:
Free unlimited local data for all Postpaid Mobile subscribers
Free preview of over 150 Singtel TV channels
50% off Video on Demand movies via Singtel TV
50% bonus value for hi! Top-ups to Main Account for Prepaid Mobile customers
50% cashback on selected offers when you pay with the Dash app
If you are a StarHub TV customer, you are also in for a treat as StarHub is offering a special SG50 free preview for five weeks from 9 July, 12pm till 11 Aug, 12pm. Get to watch the latest English entertainment from the US, Asian dramas, movies and variety shows and more. See details here.
Free Bus Rides!
No car? Don’t fret. Travelling by public bus will be free on National Day (9 August), so you can travel all around Singapore – from East to West and back again – with the entire family without incurring any transport cost. The free travel offered by SBS Transit and SMRT on Singapore’s 50th birthday will encourage people to attend National Day celebrations island-wide. Find out more.
Get Fit for Free
From 7 — 10 August 2015 as part of the Singapore’s 50th birthday celebrations, True Group is extending FREE ACCESS for you, your family and/or friends to work out at any True Fitness, True Yoga & Bikram Original Hot Yoga centres. Be spoiled for choice and get to enjoy varied exercise options from yoga, dance, spinning, aerobics classes this National Day weekend!