It is that time of year when roads and malls are quieter, and Singapore feels somewhat like a different city. But if you are the restless sort, there will still be ways to entertain yourself around town during the Chinese New Year holidays, which give everyone a long weekend from 19 to 22 February in 2015.
Fun with the family
Troop down to Chinatown, to check out night lights along New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street (now till 19 March).
Firecrackers are banned in Singapore, but there will still be fireworks. On 18 February, the Sands SkyPark and Event Plaza are some of the many vantage points around Marina Bay Sands where you may witness fireworks display by the River Hongbao carnival happening on the Float@Marina Bay.
River Hongbao | Photo Credit: Liew Tong Leng
If you love nature, check out the floral display themed 'Asian Tales', at the flower dome in Gardens by the Bay. There are sculptures of goats and floral showcases inspired by Chinese folklore, legends and fairytales, all told through flowers and plants. They make great subjects for photography enthusiasts.
Amazon River Quest at River Safari
The ongoing Kings of the Skies Showat Jurong Bird Park is another option, where you get to witness the ancient art of falconry, a sport once held in noble regard.
Head down to Sentosa for a game of Laser Clayat Fort Siloso, where you get to play make-believe war games and fire infrared beams at reflective and reusable clays. It gets your adrenalin going no matter how inexperienced you are.
For those who are super active, take a trip to the Marina Bay Sands Skating Rinkthat was christened by World Champion and Olympic Medalist Michelle Kwan, which is open 11.30am to 8.30pm. End your day at any of the restaurants in the area after your workout.
Art and theatre
The good people who produced ‘Awful Egyptians and Terrible Tudors’ have come together to shape another classic called 'Horrible Histories: Vile Victorians' that will be happening from 20-28 Feb in conjunction with 'KidsFest! 2015', promising a fun day out with the children.
For the seniors in your family, they may enjoy a slice of Singapore history, back to a time when dancing girls, comedians, acrobats and magicians were a big part of local nightlife, as Great World Cabaretopens on Chinese New Year day.
'Great World Cabaret' trailer
The show, a collaboration between theatre company Dream Academy and Resorts World Sentosa, stars Seong Hui Xuan as the iconic Rose Chan, Aisyah Aziz as Malay folk singer Kartina Dahari, and Joanna Dong as singer Sakura Teng. It will also feature stand-up comedians such as Mark Lee, Hossan Leong, Judee Tan and Sebastian Tan, who will perform for a week each during the show’s run. Singapore illusionist JC Sum will also stage illusions as part of the show.
You’ve watched the movie, now check out the props. The Asian Civilisations Museum has on display 12 zodiac animal "heads" donated by Hong Kong acion star Jackie Chan, made for his 2012 movie ‘CZ12’. The sculptures were designed by a Taiwanese artist and were cast in bronze.
Not too far away on 26 Seah Street stands Mint, the Museum of Toys that carries vintage toys from more than 40 countries and is owned by a Singaporean collector. The collection is one of the finest in the world and is valued at over S$5 million.
Rub shoulders with celebrities (or just their wax figures) at Madame Tussauds in Sentosa. Get up close with life-like models of Stephanie Sun, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, JJ Lin and Michael Jackson. Here are six things to do while there.
The Chinese New Year weekend will see two gents from the United Kingdom performing at Kyo, first for Dangerously Disco featuring Pete Herbert (20 Feb) and then Loop featuring Paul Woolford (21 Feb) the following night.
Pete Herbert - 'In the Disco Last Night'
For Herbert's set, expect a mix of Balearic house and everything in between. Woolford is on his sixth year of Sunday residency at Space in Ibiza, and you might know him by his aliases "Bobby Peru" and "Special Request", the latter probably coined from the awesome interaction he whips up with his audience.
More for party animals over at Zouk, with Recess with Lincey and Zushan (21 Feb), a newly launched theme night at the club’s main room.
Check out our comprehensive events calendar to find out what else is there to do during the Chinese New Year break.