8 things in Singapore that are more fun to do at night

Forget “the early bird catches the worm”, here are eight reasons why you should hit the sack later.  

8 things in Singapore that are more fun to do at night
8 things in Singapore that are more fun to do at night
11 Nov 2015

8 things in Singapore that are more fun to do at night

Singapore isn’t exactly a city that never sleeps, but with Singaporeans clocking an average of 6 hours and 32 minutes of shuteye each night, according to a 2014 report on The Wall Street Journal, we definitely rank high on the nocturnal list.

Thanks to 24-hour spas and eateries, and bars and clubs that open till the wee hours of the morning, there’s always a reason not to hit the sack… yet. But we are not here to tell you about those places because we’re sure you already know about them. 

Over the next few weeks, Toggle will turn the spotlight on Singapore’s “nightlife” and nocturnal creatures as part of our Night Owl series, so without further ado, here are some activities that you might want to check out, because they are more fun to do in the wee hours.

Hit the tourist attractions
Hit the tourist attractions
11 Nov 2015

Hit the tourist attractions

Ever since I saw rom-com flick Mannequin starring a young Kim Cattrall as a mannequin who comes to life after hours, in the 80s, I’ve fantasised about living inside a department store. And when Night at the Museum was released in 2006, the setting changed to museums. 

Now that can be a reality with attractions like the ArtScience Museum and the S.E.A Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa organising sleepovers.

More than just having after-hours access to exhibits, these staycations offer visitors an intimate adventure of discovery that is unlike any other. If you are keen to give one a try, the Singapore Zoo has an upcoming camp for families which includes exclusive tours and a sleepover with the beasts. Just make sure you bring a kid along.

Photo: Resorts World Sentosa 
 

Fun runs
Fun runs
11 Nov 2015

Fun runs

Fun runs are all the rage in Singapore now with cartoon-themed and even shirtless runs on the calendar. You name it, there’s a race for it. But if you ask us, night-themed runs are the most enjoyable. Not only is it cooler to hit the pavement at night, the runs are more, well, fun, some with post-race parties, pyrotechnic displays and booze to boot.

The upcoming Illumi Run, back for a third year, will see participants get splashed with glow water, while the Electric Run, with its LED lights and pulsating music, transported runners into an electric wonderland. The Jurong Lake Run last year even had photo booths and outdoor movie screenings.

With participation fees close to S$100, these runs don’t come cheap so might as well have a rave while you’re at it. Speaking of rave …

Photo: Illumi Run

Bowling
Bowling
11 Nov 2015

Bowling

Sure you can bowl in the day, but why settle for regular bowling when there’s glow-in-the-dark bowling? Cosmic bowling which marries bowling and clubbing - think psychedelic bowling lanes, party music, disco lights and glowing pins and balls minus the expensive cover charge - is a sensory overload. Come in glow-in-the-dark clothes and glow stick “glasses” for maximum effect. Cosmic bowling is available at Orchid Bowl @ The Chevrons, SAFRA Yishun* and Tampines on Fridays and Saturdays from 10pm to 3am (2am for Yishun).

Photo: Orchid Bowl @ The Chevrons

Taking a stroll down Orchard Road
Taking a stroll down Orchard Road
12 Nov 2015

Taking a stroll down Orchard Road

Orchard Road may be known for its great shopping but from mid-November every year, the Christmas light-up takes centrestage at the shopping street. This year, Orchard Road will transform into a magical world of kaleidoscopic displays from Nov 14 to Jan 3. Designed by Dick Lee and Yang De Rong, this year’s creative concept revolves around bells and baubles. 

Take in the beautiful lights and soak up the festive atmosphere while strolling down Orchard Road. There will be nightly performances from 7 pm-10 pm from Dec 18-23 in front of ION Orchard and Wisma Atria and special performances on Dec 5, when Orchard Road is closed for Pedestrian Night.

The Christmas light-up will be on daily from 6.30pm to midnight (2am on Fridays and Saturdays), and 6am on Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

Photo: Orchard Road Business Association

Outdoor film screenings
Outdoor film screenings
11 Nov 2015

Outdoor film screenings

Despite the proliferation of state-of-the-art cineplexes in Singapore, I still prefer watching movies the good old fashioned way – at drive-in cinemas.

Call me an old soul but there’s something about watching movies under the stars that makes the film extra enjoyable. While we no longer have drive-in theatres here - the one in Jurong closed in 1985 - alfresco movie screenings such as the DBS Movies By The Bay are a close alternative. This free monthly screening at Marina Bay is held on the third or fourth weekend of the month and you can even vote for the films screened on Facebook.

MovieMob also holds regular screenings that take place all over the island. The location is kept top secret and only revealed a couple of days before the screening (we heard the next one in early December is going to be a drive-in!), so check their Facebook page for updates.

Photo: DBS Movies By The Bay Facebook

Visiting Gardens by the Bay
Visiting Gardens by the Bay
11 Nov 2015

Visiting Gardens by the Bay

The flora and plants may be the stars at Gardens by the Bay, but when night falls, all eyes are on the artificial trees, the Supertrees. Twice nightly, the 16-storey high steel trees come alive with sound and light in a dazzling show, Garden Rhapsody, against the backdrop of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. During this ten-minute light show, music is streamed from speakers from various corners of the Supertree Grove, resembling ‘live’ musicians performing in surround sound. The performances are free and change quarterly so there’s no excuse not to pop by every few months! 

However, the best time to head down is from Nov 28 to Jan 3 next year, when Gardens by the Bay is transformed into Christmas Wonderland, an annual yuletide fair complete with gorgeous Italian Luminarie light sculptures, indoor snow, skating rink, rides and even a festive market. Admission is free.

Photo: Mark Chan 

Shopping at Mustafa
Shopping at Mustafa
11 Nov 2015

Shopping at Mustafa

Anyone who’s been to Mustafa Centre will know how intriguing and out of control this place can be. A department store, supermarket, jeweller, travel agent and money changer, all rolled into one, it’s got everything you can imagine - or not.

But shopping at this 24-hour mall can leave one a little frazzled. The narrow aisles are jam-packed with stuff and the place is perpetually crowded, even on week nights. But come the wee hours of the morning, the buzz dies down and you feel that you can actually breathe in the store. Not only that, parking along the roads is free at night and traffic, both human and vehicular, at Little India is less crazy, though jay walkers still very much exist.

And when you are done, pop by one of the eateries for a late-night prata and teh tarik because there’s nothing better than some hot tea and grease in your tum before you drift off to slumber land.

Ghost busting
Ghost busting
11 Nov 2015

Ghost busting

The Hungry Ghost Festival may be over but that doesn’t mean all the spirits have returned to the netherworld and ghostly adventures have to stop. Gather a few brave friends and your nerves for some ghost hunting at popular hotspots like the eerie Old Changi Hospital and Bedok Reservoir Park (too many abandoned buildings and suicides here!) or sign up with the Singapore Ghost Hunting Club for a guided ghost tour.

If you are too scared, then just snuggle in bed and watch Toggle’s Celebrity Spooky Tales, at night with all the lights turned off, of course. We guarantee it will creep you out!

Photo: Singapore Ghost Hunting Club 

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