Need more ideas on where to bring your significant other? We’ve got you covered with this budget guide to dating in Singapore.
This is the second article in a two-part series on budget dating in Singapore. Read Part I here.
1. Get a bouncy workout
[Photo Credit: AMPED Trampoline Park Facebook]
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It’s a proven fact: couples who sweat together stay together. All the more reason then for you to plan an adrenaline-fuelled “exercise” date – no, not at the gym or on the field, but at an indoor trampoline park.
Even if your honey isn’t an exercise bunny, he/she will likely love the fun activities available at the Amped Trampoline Park: think 5,000 square feet of interconnected trampolines, dodgeball courts, slam dunk lanes, and a foam pit. For the more adventurous, there are also tumble tracks, a rock wall and high performance mats. It’s a great chance to try a new activity with your partner, let your inner child out, and get a good workout at the same time.
Tip: According to a NASA study, trampolining is 68% more effective than running and provides equal benefits in a shorter timeframe (a 10-minute jump on a trampoline is apparently equivalent to a 30-minute run). So consider this your workout of the day – one date, two benefits.
Where: Amped Trampoline Park | $9 to $15 an hour, depending on outlet
2. Watch films under the night sky
[Photo Credit: Films At The Fort]
Are you and your date movie buffs? If so, check out Films At The Fort, a popular annual open-air cinema event set in the natural amphitheatre of Fort Canning Park, which sold out during its debut in 2013. This year, the event will be held from 14 to 23 August. The diverse film programme ranges from cult favourite Wall Street to romantic melodrama The Broken Circle Breakdown to award-winning documentary Virunga, so you can be sure to find something to suit your date’s taste.
Tip: Although the good folks from The Providore will be onsite to serve up a full menu, we recommend you bringing along your own food and drinks (except alcohol) to help keep the date costs down. Don’t forget to also bring along cushions for extra comfort, otherwise you’ll have to fork out $11.50 per inflatable back-rest cushion at the event.
Where: Fort Canning Park | $27.80 per film ticket; purchase 5 or more tickets to any one film to receive a 20% discount.
3. Hit a home run
[Photo Credit: Homerun Baseball Facebook]
We’re talking about baseball. Or, to be more specific, Singapore’s first automated indoor baseball batting cage, located in the heart of Pandan Gardens. This is where you can unleash your superhuman strength, perfect your swings and work on your batting accuracy, and do so without sweating it out under the hot, hot sun.
If you’re concerned about safety, don’t be. The machines, which are specially imported from Japan, can be tailored according to your skill level. You’ll be safe so long as you stand within the designated area.
Tip: Come here with your date after a long hard day at work to unwind and let off some steam. You have the option of either pitching or batting, so feel free to mix it up a little, or even have a friendly competition with your date. Winner gets to pick dinner venue later.
Where: Homerun Baseball | Prices start from $20 for 6 tokens. $50 gets you 17 tokens and a free membership, which comes with additional perks.
4. Make art, not war
[Photo Credit: Arteastiq Social Painting Studio Facebook]
Just as dating is forging a relationship with your partner, why not create something else meaningful together, like an artistic masterpiece? Do so at Arteastiq, a boutique tea house which, true to its namesake, doubles up as an art jamming studio.
Here, feel free to let loose your imagination and go wild with a paintbrush. The canvas, unlimited acrylic paint, canvas, palette, easel etc. are all provided for, together with one free beverage, so you can hide out here doodling for hours while chatting with your partner. If you feel peckish after, just hop over to the chic lounge side for a spot of afternoon tea.
Tip: To make the day more memorable, exchange your masterpiece with your date and keep it as a memento of the fun time you two spent together.
5. Act like a hamster
[Photo Credit: Seriously Sarah]
Of course, we don’t mean act like one literally. Rather, get ready for zorbing, a super duper fun adventure that originated in New Zealand and is now finally available in Singapore. What’s zorbing, you may ask? In a nutshell (pun intended), zorbing, also known as orbing or globe-riding, is a recreational sport whereby you’re secured inside a clear, transparent inflated orb (similar to a traditional hamster ball) and then rolled downhill. Say whee!
Each roll down takes anywhere between five to 10 minutes, depending on how fast you want to roll. Just be prepared to feel your guts and every other internal organ flip upside down as you gain momentum with each roll. Think a pirate ship amusement ride, but with the feeling amplified multifold – it’s an activity definitely best suited for daredevil and adrenaline junkie dates.
To ramp up the excitement factor, try zorbing with your date in the same ball (it entails a lot of wriggling, screaming and laughing), or even zorbing on the water.
Tip: A word of warning: skip the heavy breakfast or lunch, or you may find yourself green around the gills.
Where: Old Holland Road for land zorbing | $50 per adult for 2 roll downs; $18 for every additional half hour or one roll down
Have you tried any of these activities, or do you have any more fun budget dating ideas to share? Let us know in the comments box below!