Are you tired of the usual weekend routines – movies, shopping malls, dining and the likes? If you are feeling bored of the usual routines, check out our recommendations for something new for this weekend!

1) Botanic Gardens

http://www.visitsingapore.com/see-do-singapore/nature-wildlife/parks-gardens/singapore-botanic-gardens/

Gardens by the Bay have overshadowed our beloved Botanic Gardens since its opening, but if you have grown tired of the crowds at Garden by the Bay, check out Botanic Gardens instead! Named as a UNESCO Heritage Site, our Botanic Gardens have more than just flora and fauna on offer. Within the lush gardens, there are tours and concerts held at different parts of the garden every weekend.

Here are some events which are going on:

Beyond Ginger Exhibition

From: Now to 08 July 2018
Time: 9am to 6pm DAILY (Closed on last Tuesday of every month)
Venue: CDL Green Gallery, adjacent to Botany Centre Level 2

#VoiceOut Concert by the Gardens

Date: 28 April 2018
Time: 5pm to 7pm
Venue: Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage

Learning Forest Tour

Date: 28 April 2018 (Repeats every last Saturday of the month)
Time: 9am
Venue: Learning Forest

Jazz Association Singapore (JAZZ) Presents: Celebrating UNESCO International Jazz Day

Date: 29 April 2018
Time: 6pm to 7.15pm
Venue: Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage

2) Sungei Buloh Wetlands

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If you have never been to Sungei Buloh Wetlands, or do not know that it even existed, it is the best chance for you to head there this weekend. Grab your nature-loving friends and make a trip down to the wetlands for unique wildlife right here in Singapore. This nature reserve is around for decades, but a recent revamp comes with a new extension that includes a coastal boardwalk and a mid-canopy walk. However, please be prepared to come face to face with critters such as large monitor lizards, mudskippers, herons, horseshoes crabs and other insects. If you are lucky, you may even spot a crocodile or two as you make your way into the mangrove trees!

Address: 301, Neo Tiew Crescent
Opening Hours: 7.30am to 7pm DAILY

Heritage Walks

3) Chinatown Heritage Tour

https://chinatownheritagecentre.com.sg/discover.html

The younger generations of Singaporeans like us have no idea how tough life was back then. If you wish to learn more about Chinatown, join the Chinatown Heritage tour organised by the Chinatown Heritage Centre. Participants travel back in time to Singapore’s early pioneers and get a chance to look at the recreated homes of the early residents in Chinatown. An eye-opening tour for both the young adults and children, this is a tour that you wouldn’t want to miss.

Date: DAILY
Time: 1.30pm to 2.15pm / 4.30pm to 5.15pm
Cost: $20 per adult / $16 per child (7-12 years old)
Venue: Chinatown Heritage Centre

4) Haw Par Villa

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This park invokes nightmares and fearful shudders for children in the 1970s and 1980s. It is the only Asian cultural park in the world. The 8.5-hectare park is built in 1937 by Aw Boon Haw, the millionaire philanthropist who invented Tiger Balm. Within the gates of this park, you get to see statues from famous Chinese Classics such as Journey to the West and the Eight Immortals. You will also see gory stuff – images of torture in hell. There are also two tours that you can go on if you are afraid to go on your own!

Tours:

1) Finding your Tao in Haw Par Villa
Date: DAILY
Time: 10am
Venue: Haw Par Villa Visitor Centre (please arrive 15 minutes earlier)

2) Twilight Tour: Journeys to Hell – Death and the Afterlife

Date: Every Friday (excluding Public Holidays)
Time: 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Venue: Meet at Haw Par Villa MRT outside Exit A (please arrive 15 minutes earlier)

Address: 262 Pasir Panjang Road
Opening Hours: 9am to 7pm (last entry at 6pm) / Ten Courts of Hell: 9am to 6pm (last entry at 5.45pm)
Cost: Admission is free

Farm Life

5) Kampung Buangkok

Blast To The Past: Visit Singapore’s Last Kampong Before It Disappears Forever

If you think that all traces of kampung life are gone from Singapore, visit Kampung Buangkok! It is the last kampung in Singapore and is nestled within HDB enclaves! Less than 30 families are staying there now, with cats, dogs, and chickens roaming freely around the kampung. There is also exotic wildlife in the surrounding foliage around the kampung! It is slated to be redeveloped by the government soon, so make a trip there before it is gone forever!

Address: 5 Lorong Buangkok
Time: Please go during the day as this is a functioning kampung.