Five things to do this weekend (Jan 27 – 29)

End off your Chinese New Year celebrations on a high note.

Fitri Mahad

Probably the only person that likes to hear the koels go ‘uwu’.

Published: 27 January 2023, 2:09 PM

End off your Chinese New Year celebrations with an underwater dragon dance, lantern displays and win some prizes with an online quiz!

Here are five things to do this weekend (Jan 27 – 29):

1. Visit the River Hongbao festival on its final weekend




The annual Chinese New Year festival River HongBao is set to end on Jan 28. 

Held at Gardens by the Bay, visitors can expect a myriad of physical and virtual events including 18 displays of giant lantern sets.

The star of the festival is the nearly 30m long Dance of Spring lantern set, nestled within the Dragonfly Lake. There will also be displays of the iconic God of Fortune and 12 zodiac animals.

Visitors can also participate in amusement rides and games, including a double-storey carousel ride.

The festival is open from 2.30pm to 10.30pm. Admission is free for all visitors and prior registration for tickets is not needed. 

2. Witness an underwater dragon dance




Singapore’s only underwater dragon dance is on display at Resorts World Sentosa’s S.E.A Aquarium from now till Feb 5.

The daily show is at 3.30pm and is part of a series of programmes, titled Spring in the Sea, that celebrates the Chinese New Year.

Visitors that journey through the Trail of Fortune can also fill up a clam-shaped activity sheet by collecting eight embossed stamps of the eight “auspicious” marine animals. These include the Butterfly Fish, Poison Arrow Frog and Foxface Rabbitfish.

These stamps can be collected at several unique displays scattered throughout the aquarium, which have embossing machines installed on them. Each display is set up near the exhibit of an auspicious aquatic animal and provides some background information on them.

S.E.A. Aquarium’s Bountiful Wonders package is available at $46 per adult and $36 per child aged four to 12. The package also includes a S.E.A. food and beverage voucher and a S.E.A. Aquarium retail voucher – both worth $8 – and an admission ticket.

3. Gaze at 3D-printed artworks and virtual reality designs




A new exhibition, Circular Futures: Next Gen, will showcase how digital design and manufacturing techniques can address the problem of plastic waste.

Held from Jan 6 to Apr 9 at the National Design Centre, it features 3D printed artworks by the Architecture Intelligence Research Lab (AIRLAB) and designs by graduate students of research laboratory formAxioms at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). 

Visitors can expect to see decorative works like chandeliers and stools as well as prototypes that can serve as potential solutions to food challenges such as vertical farm structures and floating farm pods. 

In addition, the student-created designs at the exhibition can be interacted with through a Virtual Reality headset to give visitors an idea of how technology can help design a sustainable future.

The National Design Centre opens from 9am to 9pm daily, and admission to Circular Futures: Next Gen is free.

4. Tour a mental health-themed museum pop-up




Educational platform EYEYAH! is holding a pop-up museum consisting of 40 artworks at Temasek Shophouse till Feb 4.

Titled “Look Deep”, the programme intends to create more awareness on mental health challenges and prompt open conversation around the topic.

Made by contemporary digital artists from Singapore and 10 other countries, the artworks explore what anxiety looks and feels like, its causes, positive and negative anxiety, how to overcome it and resilience.

Beyond the pop-up, animations of the artworks are being showcased at ArtScience Museum’s MENTAL: Colours of Wellbeing.

Admission to the pop-up is free. Opening hours are 8am to 9pm on Mondays to Fridays and 11am to 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

5. Attempt the Budget Quiz and stand to win prizes




The 13th edition of the Budget Quiz, conducted by the Ministry of Finance (MOF), will run from Jan 16 to Feb 3, with prizes up for grabs.

The quiz has two participation categories – the Open Category for the general public, and the Student Category for students in Secondary Schools, Junior Colleges, Centralised Institutes, Polytechnics, Institutes of Technical Education and Autonomous Universities.

Participants will have to complete all 10 multiple-choice questions in the quiz before they can register for a chance to win a prize in the final draw. The quiz may be attempted multiple times, but only one registration will be allowed for the final draw.

MOF will announce the winners on Feb 10 on its Budget Website and via email notification. The budget quiz can be accessed via MOF’s website.

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