Paint the town red this weekend

Promotions you can take advantage of this long NDP holiday.

Justin Hui
Justin Hui

Published: 3 August 2015, 12:00 AM

As the long National Day holiday approaches, a crazy amount of programmes and promotions have been lined up for you to unleash your inner kiasu Singaporean.

Check out these offers, and make the best use of the long weekend while you celebrate Singapore’s 50th birthday!

SG50 per cent off

Jurong Bird Park

Singapore residents get 50 per cent discount on admission during the entire month of August. Visitors to the four wildlife parks – Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari and Singapore Zoo – on Aug 7 to 10 can get a free SG50 animal-themed woven tote bag at park retail stores (limited to 1 bag per visitor, while stocks last).


High flyers show at the Jurong Bird Park
Photo credit: Wildlife Reserves Singapore


Marina Bay Sands

Sampan rides along The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands are going at half price over the long weekend. More importantly, Singaporeans and PRs can also enjoy free admission to the ArtScience Museum and Marina Bay Sands Skating Rink (Terms and conditions apply).

Gardens by the Bay

Singaporeans enjoy 50 per cent off tickets to the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest from Aug 7 to 10. You should also catch the special edition of the Garden Rhapsody music and light show at 7.45pm, 8.45pm and 9.30pm.


Night shot of the Garden Rhapsody
Photo credit: Gardens by the Bay


50 per cent discount still not enough? How about 100 per cent free!

Science Centre Singapore

Free admission over the weekend, even for attractions like Snow City, Human Body Experience, KidsSTOP, and the OmniTheatre.


Free entry to the island via the Sentosa Boardwalk, where you can enjoy the following attractions at no charge:
Wings of Time night show, Friday 8.40pm
Sentosa Merlion, Saturday 10am to 8pm (last entry 7.30pm)
Guided tours of Fort Siloso, Sunday 10am to 6pm (last entry 5.30pm)
Free Cable Car rides, Monday 8.45am to 10pm daily (From HarbourFront Station or any of the cable car stations on Sentosa Island. Last boarding 9.30pm)

Madame Tussauds Singapore

Anyone over the age of 50 enters for free in the month of August. While that does not refer to most of us, it is a good opportunity to introduce our parents (and grandparents) to One Direction, whose wax figures are here only until early October.


If grandma becomes a fan, she might even pay for your ticket to the next 1D concert #score
Photo credit: Madame Tussauds Singapore



Free entry to the following museums, most of which have special activities and programmes lined up The National Museum of Singapore (SINGAPURA: 700 Years exhibition, with outdoor film screenings on Friday and Saturday night), Peranakan Museum, The Malay Heritage Centre, Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, Indian Heritage Centre, Asian Civilisations Museum (Unearthed: Singapore at 25 exhibition which displays contents of a time capsule buried in 1990), and many more.

No tickets to NDP? Watch the parade at these venues instead!

Marina Barrage

Live screening of the NDP (4pm to 8.30pm) on Aug 9 on the Green Roof. The venue will also be host to The Families for Life picnic on Aug 7 to 8 (8am to 11am) that will feature carnival activities, a Black Knights aerial display, inflatable bouncy castles, and a mobile café.


Watching the parade at the Marina Bay for free
Photo credit: PUB


Botanic Gardens

Singapore’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site will hold a three-day carnival from Aug 7, which  will culminate in a live screening of the NDP on Sunday. The concert at Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage will feature local acts, such as Rui En, Olivia Ong, Taufik Batisah, Corrinne May and The Sam Willows.

Grab your picnic mats for a celebration in the park
Photo credit: NParks


And that is not all!

A detailed listing of the Jubilee Weekend events and activities can be found on the “Celebrate SG50” app for iOS and Android, which includes access to special retail and F&B promotions.

Have a great, long, and very Singaporean weekend!

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