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Sometimes it’s great to stay home with your partner to catch up on the latest episode of your favourite K-drama series, especially if you’ve had a long-drawn-out week. But on days where you’re feeling adventurous, heading to your go-to restaurant followed by window shopping after just doesn’t cut it anymore.

So before you lament that Singapore is boring, there may be some unknown hidden gems that make for great dates. Here, we round up 7 novel date ideas to surprise your partner with and help relieve the tedium of a tough work week.

Art jamming @ Streaks and Strokes

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Ever wanted to paint but dreaded the hassle of buying the supplies and cleaning up after? Now, you can bring out your inner artist and get as imaginative as you want at one of the many art jamming sessions available in Singapore.

Whether you’re letting your creative juices flow on a plain canvas for a one-of-a-kind living room wall art or on a reusable tote bag for your groceries, a fun afternoon out painting may be just the date you and your partner could use. From as low as $19.90 for 2 hours, you can express yourself on canvas (or even a t-shirt) with unlimited watercolours and acrylics while getting some art direction from a skilled instructor.

And even though the paintings may not be as artistic as Jack’s portrait of Rose in Titanic, you are bound to have a fun-filled, romantic time.

Visit: Streaks and Strokes. 29 Tai Seng Avenue #06-09, Natural Cool Lifestyle Hub, Singapore 534119. Tel: +65 8587 8884

Board games @ Experience Point

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If you and your date are looking to get competitive over cards or board games, the classic Uno and Monopoly Deal may not cut it anymore. Head to one of the many board game cafes in Singapore and pick from the seemingly endless number of board games – it’ll be tough not to get overwhelmed by the choices.

Our favourite go-to place for board games is Experience Point, where you have to get the gears turning in your head even before you enter because the key to get in lies in correctly solving a riddle. Once inside, you can take your pick from the classics like Jenga or unique games such as Dungeons and Dragons. The best part: it’s a great date idea for those on a budget as it’s $4/hr or $12 if you’re looking to spend the whole day there.

Visit: Experience Point. 803 King George’s Avenue, #02-190, Singapore 200803. Tel: +65 9183 1725

Learn ceramics @ Mud Rock Ceramics

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While buying kitchenware like bowls and cups from Ikea may seem like the easy, affordable choice, nothing beats sipping your afternoon Earl Grey from a mug that you made from scratch. Get your hands dirty with your date as both of you learn the basic techniques of ceramics and apply your newfound knowledge to create just about anything you wish to.

From beginners to advanced programmes and even ad-hoc classes, there’s just about something for everyone. While clay is a medium that you may take a while to get used to, we’re sure the sense of satisfaction you get when your work is complete will be worth all that messy clay in the beginning.

Visit: Mud Rock Ceramics. 85 Maude Road, Singapore 208357. Tel +65 6291 1186

Cooking classes @ ABC Cooking Studio

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There’s just something about homemade meals that make us feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Of course, if executed poorly, home cooking could also mean a messy kitchen and burnt muffin tops. That’s where cooking classes come in. It’s hassle-free – no buying of ingredients needed, no leftover baking soda that you’ll never use again and most importantly, no cleaning up after.

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you and your date can choose to bake anything from a rich gâteau au chocolate cake to a yuzu white chocolate mousse cake. Appetising dishes such as Japanese Hamburg Steak and Cheese and Bacon Fondue bread are also available if you’re craving something savoury. Prices start at $35 for trial lessons, so you won’t be breaking the bank for this date.

Visit: ABC Cooking Studio. 391A Orchard Road #03-12 Takashimaya S.C. Tel: +65 6694 6259        

The Bubble Tea Factory

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From now till 18 December 2019, you and your date can head down to *SCAPE to enjoy Singapore’s first interactive, multi-sensory bubble tea exhibition. This saccharine adventure through the different photo zones is something well worth the $24 entrance fee ($28 on weekends), especially if you’re a dedicated bubble tea lover.

Not only are you promised colourful Instagram-worthy shots, but there’s also a huge purple ball pit reminiscent of chewy taro pearls and an array of bubble tea-themed merchandise to add to your collection. At the end of your visit, you’ll even get a free cup of bubble tea to conclude your journey on a sweet note.

Visit: The Bubble Tea Factory. *SCAPE Underground Orchard, 2 Orchard Link, Singapore 237978.

Axe throwing @ Axe Factor

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If you’re looking to unleash your frustrations and let off some steam, don’t go to your partner – it might not end too well. Instead, grab your date and head to Axe Factor, where you can ventilate by hurling axes at a target board. At just $30/person, you’ll be able to test your axe throwing skills and compete to be the first to hit the bullseye.

Getting the throwing technique right may take a few tries, but once you get it, you’ll probably be hooked. It’s a perfect date idea if you’re looking to do something adventurous but want to keep cool indoors.

Visit: Axe Factor. The Grandstand, 200 Turf Club Road, Singapore 287994.

Mini golfing @ Holey Moley Golf Club

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Contrary to popular belief, golf isn’t a sport reserved only for country club members or people who are experts in swinging the ball right off the teeing ground. Rather, it’s a sport that’s perfect for first-timers on a weekend date, especially when there’s a labyrinth of themed courses to explore. You’ll find these picture-perfect themed courses at Holey Moley, a mini golf club and a bar all in one.

From just $20/person for a 9-hole session, you and your date will be able to follow the ball through a Pac Man-themed course and a hawker centre-themed course for a fun local twist, just to name a few. And if you’re looking to fill your bellies after all that hole-in-one action, just head to The Caddyshack Bar and tuck into their cheesy pizzas and signature cocktails.

Visit: Holey Moley Golf Club. 3B River Valley Rd, Clarke Quay, Singapore 179024.