Valentine’s day is right around the corner, and while having the perfect present for your significant other is lovely, having a special date planned is of utmost importance. After all, couples who seek something special on the romantic holiday would find a regular dinner-and-movie run rather unexciting.
But contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to pay through your nose to go on a romantic date. Here are seven wallet-friendly ideas of activities you can do with your partner on Valentine’s Day.
1. Add a splash of colour
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If you and your muse have a bit of an artistic streak, Art Jamming is definitely the way to spend a relaxing afternoon together. Sit yourselves down at some easels and let your imaginations take the lead. Artify Studio’s Liberty Art Jam sessions offer unlimited paint supplies and light refreshments on the side. All you’ll need is a reservation and just a little bit of inspiration.
Damage: Honour system where participants “pay as they wish”
Where: 200 Jalan Sultan, #08-05, Textile Centre, Singapore 199018. For more information, visit https://www.artifystudio.com/
2. Row, row, row your boat
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Nature lovers and gym rats alike are sure to perk up at the thought of rowing out into open waters with their loved one. Head down to the Water Sports Centre to rent kayaks or canoes, which you can use to have a charged race in the Kallang Basin! Pedal boats are also available for those who prefer a more leisurely and relaxed boat ride.
Damage: Prices start at $10.80/hr per person
Where: Water Sports Centre, 8 Stadium Walk, Singapore 397699. For more information, visit https://www.sportshub.com.sg/
3. Light up the night
Who hasn’t seen those stunning pictures of silhouettes against vibrantly projected colours and glittering lights all over Instagram? The ArtScience Museum’s wildly popular Future World digital installations are interactive and pretty awesome, but make sure to also check out collections like Minimalism: Space. Light. Object. and All Possible Paths.
Damage: $16 to $19 per person
Where: 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974. For more information, visit https://www.marinabaysands.com/museum.html
4. Hook up in style
Photo: Fun @ Fish’s website
Want the fun and satisfaction of hooking a big catch, but desperately want to avoid the sweltering heat of the outdoors? At Fun @ Fish’s Bugis+ outlet, Singapore’s one and only air-conditioned prawning and lobster fishing venue, you can have the best of both worlds. Now you can catch and cook those delicious prawns with your beau, without worrying about sweating off your makeup!
Damage: $18/hr per person
Where: 201 Victoria Street #07-05, Bugis+, Singapore 188067. For more information, visit https://www.funatfish.com/
5. Bounce your cares away
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Remember the carefree days of playing on trampolines as a child? Recreate those memories with your date at AMPED Singapore – where over 5,000 square feet of trampolines, foam pits and even a ninja warrior course is available. The best part? You’ll get to burn off tons of calories while having fun!
Damage: $12 to $18/hr per person
Where: The Herencia, #02-11, 46 Kim Yam Road, Singapore 239351 and Level 2 Sports Hall, Yo:Ha, 200 Jurong East Ave 1, Singapore 609789. For more information, visit https://ampedsingapore.com/
6. Snack on a homemade picnic
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Instead of booking a dinner reservation and splurging on a pricey meal, why not forgo the packed restaurant altogether and have yourself a good ol’ picnic?
We’d recommend bringing along a spread (wine and cheese, if you want to be fancy) to enjoy on a big blanket at The Botanic Gardens. After all, the UNESCO World Heritage Site often has free concerts to enjoy and plenty of picturesque sitting spaces to choose from.
Where: 1 Cluny Rd, Singapore 259569. For more information, visit https://www.nparks.gov.sg/SBG
7. Cycle by the waterfront
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It’s always delightful to explore places with your partner, and it only gets more enjoyable on a bike! While there are many parks and trails worth trying out in Singapore, Woodlands Waterfront is a unique spot not to be missed.
Overlooking the sea, the sizeable park has a 1.5 km-long waterfront promenade, a beautiful jetty (that offers a great backdrop for snapping wefies) and even a restaurant with a view. A great way to leisurely while away the time with someone you love.
Where: 6A Admiralty Rd W, Singapore 759956. For more information, visit https://www.nparks.gov.sg/gardens-parks-and-nature/parks-and-nature-reserves/woodlands-waterfront-park