Five things to do this weekend (May 26-28)

Highlights include a life-sized Transformer statue and a travel-themed exhibition.

Seif Umar

Published: 26 May 2023, 3:26 PM

With the June holidays just around the corner, there are plenty of “school’s out” events and activities lined up.

Here are five things to do this weekend (May 26-28).

1. View a life-sized Transformer at the ArtScience Museum

From May 26 to 28, fans of the Transformers franchise can view and take photos with the 4.5m-tall Mirage statue, which will stand at the entrance of the ArtScience museum.

The life-sized Autobot statue will grace the red carpet world premiere of Transformers: Rise of the Beasts on May 27, alongside director Steven Caple Jr, producers Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian, and cast members Anthony Ramos, Dominique Fishback and Tobe Nwigwe.

The red carpet event will take from 6pm to 8pm outside the ArtScience Museum.


Mirage is voiced by Pete Davidson in the movie. PHOTO CREDIT: PARAMOUNT PICTURES

2. Enjoy theatre and circus performances at the Esplanade

The Esplanade is hosting a series of circus, comedy and puppetry events as part of the Flipside Festival between May 26 and Jun 4.

Returning for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic, the 10-day festival – which showcases circus arts, music, humour, and technology – will feature a mix of local and international artists hailing from seven countries such as Canada and France.

Some of the festival’s features include spectating high-flying aerialists for free at the Aerial Open Stage at 8.45pm on May 26 and 8.15pm on May 27 and 28.

The performance will feature 13 Singaporean aerialists performing on apparatus such as the hoop, hammock, pole and silks.


First launched in the festival’s last edition in 2019, Aerial Open Stage showcases the talents of aerial arts practitioners in Singapore. PHOTO CREDIT: ROGAN YEOH


Other events to be showcased include Circus 101 by Bornfire Circus and Bakéké (Bucket), by French artist Fabrizio Rosselli. 


Circus 101 allows visitors to challenge themselves with circus activities such as plate spinning and juggling. PHOTO CREDIT: ESPLANADE – THEATRES ON THE BAY

3. Explore a travel-themed exhibition at National Museum

The Now Boarding: Experiencing Singapore Through Travel, 1800s – 2000s exhibition will feature over 600 artefacts about how Singapore has been presented to and perceived by travellers since the 1800s.


A trishaw, a popular mode of transportation in Singapore in the 1920s (left) and Raffles Hotel uniforms worn by guards since the 1990s (right). PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/CHLOE THAM


The exhibition is located in the basement of the National Museum of Singapore and is open 10am to 7pm from May 27 to Nov 19. Last entry to the exhibition is at 6.30pm.

Admission is free for Singaporeans and permanent residents, while tickets are priced at $18 for tourists and foreign residents.

4. Learn more about Singapore’s natural heritage with NParks’ Festival of Biodiversity

Organised by the National Parks Board (NParks) and biodiversity initiative the Biodiversity Roundtable, the annual Festival of Biodiversity will feature a range of booths, talks and programmes aiming to celebrate community efforts to conserve nature in Singapore and deepen appreciation of it.

There will be 30 booths where visitors can learn more about Singapore’s natural heritage and local biodiversity from organisations and partners like the Animal Concerns Research and Education Society, Singapore Wildcat Action Group and WWF-Singapore.


The festival will also feature two speaker sessions that are part of the festival’s NParks Spotlight Series, where professionals will share more about Singapore’s native biodiversity. PHOTO CREDITS: FACEBOOK/NPARKS


The Festival of Biodiversity will be held from 10am to 8pm on May 27 and 28 at Heartbeat@Bedok.

5. Attend a card making workshop at the Singapore Zoo

As part of celebrations around its Golden Jubilee on Jun 27, the zoo will hold a plethora of activities starting from May 27.


Singapore Zoo welcomed close to 60 million visitors over the last five decades. PHOTO CREDIT: MANDAI WILDLIFE GROUP


Visitors can look forward to sustainability workshops such as the Happy ZOObilee Recycled Card Making Workshop by Studio An from Fridays to Sundays from May 27 to Jul 16 between 10am to 4pm. 

Held at the Pavilion by the Lake, participants can learn how to make recycled paper out of scrap papers at $15 per workshop, with $2 off when they bring their own materials.

Entry tickets to the Singapore Zoo are at the discounted prices of $45 per adult, $32.40 per child and $20 for senior citizens until Aug 27. Non-resident tickets are at $50 per adult and $36 per child. 

The zoo is also offering a special ZOObilee bundle at $86 for one adult and one child.

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