Love it or hate it, the rainy season is here. But don’t let a little rain dampen your spirit (or plans!). Here are 10 unique things to do in Singapore even when it’s raining!
While it can be tempting to just stay at home, a rainy day also sets the ambience and urges us to slow down and appreciate the finer things in life. Think enjoying a film in an indie cinema, watching a live music show, or even getting your tarot cards read!
Whether you’re planning for wet weather activities or just prefer staying indoors, here are 10 fun things to do in Singapore on a rainy day — especially for art lovers!
1) The Projector — watch a film at Singapore’s only indie cinema
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Stepping foot into The Projector is like stepping into an indie film. Its burst of technicolour and retro flair leaves you entranced, excited for your next big-screen adventure. With a plethora of offbeat and renowned films screening here such as the locally made Tiong Bahru Social Club and Wong Kar Wai’s Chungking Express, it’s definitely a sanctuary for film buffs!
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For a limited time only, you can also immortalise your trip to The Projector with a photo strip for S$4.
Cost: From S$9.50
Opening hours: 4PM – 8.30PM (weekdays), 1PM – 8.30PM (weekdays and public holidays)
How to get there: 5min walk from Nicoll Highway MRT (Circle Line, exit A)
2) Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle — make your own pottery
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Surround yourself with nature and marvel at the extensive array of pottery at Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle. Trust us, you’ll want to bring something home.
If you prefer to create your own, sign up for a pottery workshop! Have the rain as your backdrop and soundtrack while you make your own piece of pottery — a therapeutic experience for sure.
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Cost: From S$34
Opening hours: 9AM – 5PM
How to get there: From Boon Lay Interchange, take bus 199 and alight at the 6th stop (Bef Lor Danau). Walk across Jurong Eco Park and you will see the Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle
3) The Music Parlour — have a jamming session
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Music enthusiasts, this one’s for you! Live out your rockstar dream by renting out a studio at The Music Parlour for a jamming session. It doesn’t matter if you’re a skilled musician or not, it’s all about letting loose and having fun!
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Ps: Don’t worry about not owning an instrument as you can also rent one at just S$1/hr!
Note: By appointment only (book a slot beforehand)
Cost: From S$15/hr
Opening hours: 10AM – 10PM
How to get there: 3min walk from City Hall MRT (exit B)
4) Motion Art Space — create art using gravity
Unleash the artist in you as you take art jamming to a whole other level. Combining both science and art, Motion Art Space is a creative studio where you can experiment with paint. From pendulum painting to spin painting, try your hand at some unique techniques as you create your very own masterpiece.
A fun way to add colour to a dull and rainy day!
Cost: From S$69/pax
Opening hours: 11AM – 8PM (Mon – Fri), 10AM – 8PM (Sat – Sun)
How to get there: 10min walk from Bugis MRT (Exit E)
5) 7una 7avenda — get your aura and tarot read
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For the unfamiliar, tarot cards and aura photography are tools that help provide insights into one’s current situation and urges them to reflect on their thoughts and emotions.
If you’re up for something more mystical, you can get yours read at 7una 7avenda. Just make sure to keep an open mind!
Note: Services are via appointments only.
6) Artefakts — attend a craft workshop
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Sure, art jamming is a fun way to unleash your creativity, but there are many other ways you can do so as well! At Artefakts, there’s a variety of craft workshops you can explore and try your hand at — from linocut printmaking to rubber stamp carving and paper marbling! Perfect for those who wish to explore different forms of art!
Cost: From S$75
Opening hours: 10AM – 12PM (Sat)
How to get there: 5min walk from Mountbatten MRT (Circle line, exit B) at the Goodman Art Centre
7) Praisehaven Mega Family Store — thrift for second-hand goodies
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If you’re a thrifting newbie, check out Praisehaven! Like that iconic Macklemore song, ‘Thrift Shop’, all you need to pop some tags is S$20. In fact, the items here go as low as S$5!
What I love about this store is the diversity of items you can find. It has everything from clothes and jewellery to accessories and household items, so you won’t leave disappointed or empty-handed.
If you’re lucky, you might even get your hand on some vintage designer pieces!
Entrance free: Free
Opening hours: 11AM – 7PM (Mon – Thurs), 11AM – 8PM (Fri – Sun)
How to get there: Praisehaven is right next to Hillview MRT (Downtown line, exit A)
8) Esplanade Theatre — visual arts and live music
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What makes Esplanade a place worth exploring is that it’s not just a trip — it’s an odyssey. Your journey begins as you enter the 85m long tunnel from CityLink Mall, where artworks line the walls of the tunnel. Take the time to appreciate the visual art installations and creative works that surround you.
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At the end of the tunnel lies the Esplanade, where you can enjoy live music performances at The Concourse and The Outdoor Theatre. After which, end the night with drinks at the nearby bars!
Entrance free: Free
Opening hours: 8AM – 10PM
How to get there: 7min walk from Esplanade MRT (circle line, exit D)
9) Yixing Xuan Teahouse — Learn about tea while appreciating a hot cup
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We might love our teh os and teh bings, but not many of us are familiar with the origins of tea. Over at Yixing Xuan Teahouse, learn to appreciate the art of tea brewing while savouring an array of Chinese tea.
Cost: From S$50/pax
Opening hours: 10AM – 8PM (Mon – Thu), 10AM – 9:30PM (Fri – Sat), closes 7PM on Sun
How to get there: 4min walk from Tanjong Pagar MRT (exit A)
10) RetroCrates — Sift through a collection of vinyl records
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In the second level of an unassuming shophouse lies RetroCrates. This cosy store houses crates and crates full of vinyl records, with genres ranging from pop and rock to 70s and 80s music.
Whether you’re an audiophile or a hobbyist, it makes for a fun activity to sift through crates of vinyl records, in search of new artists or a record to bring home.
Entrance fee: Free
Opening hours: 12PM – 6PM (weekdays), 10AM – 7PM (weekends, public holidays, and school holidays)
How to get there: From Dakota MRT (Circle line), take Bus 16 from the Old Airport Rd Bus Stop — B81181. Alight 4 stops later at Aft Duku Road. It’s a 3min walk to RetroCrates
11) Singapore Science Centre — fire up those neurons and get inspired
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If you think the Science Centre is only for kids, think again. Paying homage to curiosity, the Science Centre takes on science with playfulness, giving us exhibitions that are both fun, lucid and IG worthy as well!
Cost: From S$2
Opening hours: 10AM – 1PM, 2PM – 5PM (Fri – Sun)
How to get there: From Jurong East MRT, take Bus 66 or 335 to Science Centre
Rain or shine, this city has a lot more to offer than you’d think. All you need to do is to give it a chance. Get out there, try something new and explore places you’ve yet to discover. By doing so, I promise you’ll rediscover the charm of Singapore.
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Know of any other artsy things to do in Singapore? Share with us in the comments! 🙂