A quarter of the year has already flown by, and you’ve yet to start on some – maybe a lot – of all those resolutions on your list. We help slow things down this long weekend, with our leisurely Easter guide for 2013. For those not celebrating this holy Christian festival,there are other ways you can participate and relax. So let your hair down and look out for places to eat, things to do and acts to watch this week.
What to do:
The Forest Adventure at Bedok Reservoir Park is certainly a special way to spend your long weekend. With four zip lines and 34 kinds of obstacles, the Grand Course promises 2.5 hours’ worth of heart pumping adrenaline. There’s a milder course available for your kids (if they are between ages 5-10). It has 16 crossings and finishes off with a fun zip line. Especially for the kids this weekend (29-31 Mar), an Easter Hunt will be included on top of finishing the course. They will also meet Mr Bunny and get in touch with their creative side with an egg painting session.
Forest Adventure | Address: 825 Bedok Reservoir Road | Tel: 81007420 | Opening hours: 9.30am – 6.30pm | Grand Course: $42 (adult) | Kid’s Course: $30 for 1 hour (includes Easter Hunt); extra $5 for egg painting session
Dance the night away
The Mansion throws its first ever Easter party this Saturday, 30 March. Italy’s DJ Giuseppe G and DJ SiFi from UK will be creating nothing short of an eargasm for the socialite and beautiful crowd. The bar will be keeping up with their double deal specials, with 2 for $20 housepour Spirits and Beers, 2 for $240 Perrier Jouet Champagne and 2 for $300 Absolut Elyx Premium Vodka.
30 March, 10pm onwards | Address: #01-01/03 Pacific Plaza, 9 Scotts Road | Tel: 67342276 | Free
Check out a free concert in the park
To wind down this Sunday evening and finally end off your Easter weekend this year, consider making a trip down to West Coast Park for NAC-ExxonMobil’s Concert-In-The-Park series. Bust out your mats and picnic baskets as percussion bands like Nadi Singapura and Singapore DhoL Federation take the stage for your entertainment. Fringe activities such as balloon sculpting and face painting will be ongoing, together with a craft project organised by POPIN, a craft collective of artists, designers and creative individuals. Did we mention you can enjoy all this for free?
31 March, 4-6.30pm | Address: West Coast Park (Grand Lawn, near Car Park 3) | Tel: 63469400 | Free
What to see:
Looking for some quiet tunes this Good Friday? Sean Lam from Concave Scream has embarked on a solo project under the name Hanging Up The Moon. Recording tracks almost exclusively in the wee hours of the morning, his compositions are gentle but filled with introspective lyrics that will make your mind wander. Together with good friends Dean Aziz (Concave Scream), Leslie Low (The Observatory) and Victor Low (Affixen), Lam will be taking the stage at the Esplanade. ‘The Biggest Lie In The World’, his second album, will be performed for the first time that night.
29 March, 9.30pm (1 hour, no intermission) | Address: Recital Studio @ Esplanade, 1 Esplanade Drive | Tickets: $25 from Sistic
Pulling a U-turn from the sounds mentioned above, The Script will also be performing this Good Friday, at the Indoor Stadium. These boys don’t need an introduction; you – or your daughter – probably know all the words to songs like ‘The Man Who Can’t Be Moved’. Expect to hear songs from their latest album, including ‘Hall Of Fame’, their collaboration with Will.I.Am. After three albums filled with countless hit singles, we have faith that the Irish boys will give you an unforgettable start to your Easter weekend.
29 March, 8pm | Address: Singapore Indoor Stadium, 2 Stadium Walk | Tickets: $98 from Sistic
What to eat:
Have a feaster Easter at The White Rabbit
Tucked away slightly off the Dempsey area, The White Rabbit is an obvious place for Easter brunch ($108, adults; $58, kids age 6 to 11) with the family. The place also makes for good photos after the hearty feast. The buffet includes a breakfast station, seafood bar, carving station and a dessert spread. While you indulge, your kids will be entertained by Easter themed activities at the Rabbit Hole. If your tots are under six, they get to dine for free. Our advice: book as early as you can.
31 March, 2 seatings: 10.30am-12.30pm and 1-3.30pm | The White Rabbit | Address: 39C Harding Road |Opening hours: Tue-Fri noon-2.30pm, 6.30pm-10.30pm; Sat-Sun 10.30am-2.30pm, 6.30-10.30pm|Tel: 66816442
Or just go local
Yummy carrot cake
If you’d much rather spend your money on humble local food, but still keep the spirit of Easter somewhat intact, we recommend going out for fried carrot cake, or “chai tow kway” as we know it. Located at the Redhill Food Centre, Fu Ming Shu Shi is top on our list of best fried carrot cake stalls in Singapore. Prices start from $2. Just a plate of this fresh from the wok, a friend to share it with, and a glass of homemade soya bean milk – you’ve got yourself a comforting Easter afternoon ahead.
Address: #01-49 Redhill Food Centre, 85 Redhill Lane | Opening hours: Mon-Sat 3pm-1am; Sun 6am-1am, closed on ad-hoc basis
Chow down on Easter eggs
Indulge in some rich desserts themed around the Easter holiday this year. Canele presents a collection of macarons, Easter eggs and other sweet treats that sound as delightful as they look. One of their creations, the Baby Rabbit ($5), is described as “an adorable litter of chocolate bunnies in dark, milk and white chocolate”. The Easter collection is available until 31 March.
Also see: What and where to eat this Easter
Address: 350 Orchard Road, #05-21 Shaw House (and various locations) | Opening hours: Daily 11am-10pm | Tel: 67355855
For more ideas on more things to do this weekend, don’t forget to check out our comprehensive events calendar. Have a great weekend everyone and see you back here next week.