Plan an SG50 getaway
If you haven’t been able to snag tickets to the National Day Parade or aren’t keen to nudge elbows, hips and knees with the mob at the Padang, all is not lost. From the best spot to catch the fireworks to special events island-wide, our guide offers tips on how you can join in the celebrations over the Golden Jubilee weekend.
Organise a family picnic
The long weekend over the National Day holiday means more time for family. Grab the kids, a full picnic basket and head to Marina Barrage for fun activities under the sun. On the mornings of 7-9 August, Families for Life is organising a medley of performances, as well as food trucks, games and even bouncy castles. On National Day itself, settle down on the Marina Barrage Green Roof where you can listen to the nearby celebrations and watch a live screening of the National Parade, which takes place from 4pm. For more activity programmes around the Marina Bay area, check out the SG50 website.
Take a journey through 50 years of local design
Travel through time at the National Design Centre with the Fifty Years of Singapore Design exhibition, which showcases the works of local designers and artists from 1965 to the present day. The show takes you on a chronological journey, evolving from the nation’s first steps, when there was no design scene to speak of, to homegrown designers now taking to the international stage. The enlightening exhibition serves as an historical refresh for those of us who tend to overlook Singapore’s creative space.
Frolic on the beach
If you’re looking to get a tan and take a dip to escape the heat, head to Sentosa Island. Here you will find the ‘Sands of Time’ 3D sand sculpture stretching for 100 metres along Siloso Beach. Follow the sculpture formation as it chronicles Singapore’s history right up to the present day. If a toppling sandcastle was the only thing you’ve ever been able to create from crumbly grains of sand, you’ll be amazed at what the professionals can do.
Snag the best spot for fireworks
Fireworks displays will light up Marina Bay for the National Day Parade. If you don’t feel like jostling with the crowds on the ground, seek refuge 33 storeys high. The world’s highest micro-brewery restaurant, LeVeL33, is a sweet spot to watch the glittering pyrotechnics alfresco. The only apt cocktail to match the view is none other than the Singapore Sling. Pair this with local favourites – we’re talking cereal prawns, chicken rice arancini and smoky beef and hazelnut satay.
Enjoy a 3-for-2 nights stay
In the midst of all the action, you’ll want an ideal place to retire and rejuvenate, as you weave in and out of the ongoing festivities. We suggest booking a weekend stay at M Hotel Singapore in the heart of the Central Business District, which has Marina Bay and other national celebration sites within easy reach. If the heat of the celebrations are likely to overwhelm you, retreat to Studio M Hotel Singapore, where you’ll find a relaxing enclave within its high-ceilinged studio lofts.