9 Really Free Things To Do In Singapore On The Weekends
While it’s often thought that Singapore is an incredibly expensive city to live in or visit, there are still plenty of affordable alternatives and even free things you can do to spend time with family or friends.
With the long weekend coming up, here’s our round up of fun and chill things you can do in Singapore without spending a cent — other than on public transport and food of course 😉
Explore Singapore’s last kampong
Singapore’s a city with towering and glimmering skyscrapers but did you know there’s still a kampong in our midst? Oh yes, the last surviving kampong, Kampong Buangkok is still around and will bring you back to the yesteryears of Singapore. Retaining all the traditional elements of a typical kampong, this is one place you should visit before it gets modernised. While there, don’t forget that you’re wandering around homes where people still stay in — so respect their privacy as you explore the area.
Singapore may be tiny with limited space but there are still plenty of farms on sprawling land areas you can make a visit to. From Bollywood Veggies in the west to D’Kranji Farm Resort and Hay Dairies in the north, these are just some of the places you can head to for a free farm visit and interact with the animals or learn all about the farm processes. Bring kids along and they’ll definitely be in for quite a treat, learning all about where their breakfast eggs and milk come from.
Visit museums for a heritage weekend
If you’re a fan of the arts, then spend your weekend visiting all the different museums that Singapore has to offer. We may be small but our range of museums are pretty big. From the National Museum of Singapore to the Singapore Art Museum and Asian Civilization Museum, these places are where you’ll get to view incredible installations and exhibitions that’ll bring you down the island state’s storied history.
Shop at Singapore Really Really Free Market
You read that right. There’s a flea market in Singapore that prides itself for being really really free. No joke. Whether you’re a local or a tourist, head up to this market and expect to snag some really interesting finds and souvenirs. Literally pick up any preloved item or goodie you want and you don’t even have to haggle. Everything is up for grabs at this Really Really Free Market pop up.
Stroll around Singapore’s parks
Singapore isn’t called a Garden City for no reason. From Gardens by the Bay to Botanic Gardens, Coney Island Park and all the other neighbourhood parks, there’s just a whole lot of greenery to go around. Besides that, Gardens by the Bay has also been touted as one of the most beautiful parks in the world with its Flower Dome and futuristic Supertrees. While Botanic Gardens was just named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Take a free walking tour of Singapore
The best way to explore any place is always on foot. Join one of the many walking tours in Singapore and explore the various cultural enclaves or places of significance with a local expert. Not only would it be a walk down memory lane of the country’s past, it’s also a great way to meet people and mingle. Even if you’ve already been to places like Little India, Chinatown and Kampong Glam, these tours will definitely give you a different and refreshing look into the area.
Enjoy a concert at the Esplanade
Music lovers rejoice! You don’t always have to fork out large chunks of money to catch good music anymore. With free concerts at the beautiful Esplanade, you can always spend time by the riverside and groove to some tunes. It’s a fantastic way to spend the weekend and also learn about talented, up-and-coming bands or performers you might not have known about before.
Chill with a movie under the stars
Why spend money heading to the cushy cinemas when you can lounge under the stars and catch movies on a big outdoor screen? Follow Movie Mob for information on where their latest pop up cinema will be and grab seats in advance — since it’s a free event, seats tend to be snapped up fast. So the next time you’re thinking of an affordable date idea, opt for a movie under the stars while snuggling with your other half in comfort.
Check out Haw Par Villa
Often forgotten, this site provides a unique journey into Chinese folklore and mythology. While it’s mostly visited for its rather gruesome depictions of Chinese folklore’s 10 Courts of Hell, there are still other aspects of the site that are worth exploring. With intricate statues and structures in place, this is one site to visit if you’ve yet to go. Take some time out of your weekend and bring the entire family down for a look-see you won’t forget.