New (and Improved) kid on the block?
If you attended school in Singapore, chances are that you’ve been on an excursion – or two! – to the Singapore Discovery Centre. Do you remember the talking robot, or the nostalgic McDonald’s outlet filled with years and years of Happy Meal toys?
Ah, many happy days were spent at the Singapore Discovery Centre. And now, there’s really no better time to pay another visit – because it has just reopened with a brand spanking new look after six months of renovation!
What can you expect?
Escape room extravaganza
Bust out your moves in a new escape room-esque experience, where visitors will take on the role of secret agents on a top-secret military mission. Each team requires two to five people, where you’ll have to band together to solve puzzles in order to move from one room to the next. Expect multi-sensory elements such as UV lighting and touch sensors; will you make it out in one piece?
Did we also mention that this escape room is the largest multi-storey escape room in Singapore? Called the ‘Black Lake Facility’, each game costs $30 for individuals above the age of 13, and $24 for children between the ages of three and 12. Each game will take approximately one hour to complete. You’ll be able to choose one of the four story chapters available, with each chapter telling part of an overarching story.
Tag, you’re it
Engage in an exhilarating shoot-out against your friends at the new laser tag arena, where each player will be armed with a laser gun. The ‘Black Lake Laser Battlefield’ features the state-of-the-art HELIOS2 laser tag mechanics to allow for better accuracy and ease of use, as well as interactive projection mapping. Complete with ‘bullet-proof vests’ and neon lights, the whole experience feels a lot like an indoor session of paintball – but taken to a whole other level.
Each game costs from $12 to $15 per person, and offers three categories to choose from: extraterrestrial, post-apocalyptic, and cyborg.
Walk through history
Singapore Discovery Centre has also revamped its permanent gallery, ‘Through the Lens of Time’, which showcases the Singapore Story. Dating back to the 14th century, the gallery sheds light on events such as the Japanese Occupation. Check out the theatre that has been decorated to resemble a bunker, or the large screens that offer a more immersive viewing experience.
Do note that only half of the gallery will open to the public in mid-November, with the other half being slated to open mid of next year. Admission is free for all Singaporeans and Permanent Residents; tickets otherwise cost $10 per adult, and $8 per child. There will also be guided tours from 21st November 2020. Stay tuned for more updates – there’s word that augmented reality and holograms might be used!
Pedal your heart out
Now, you can have fun both indoors and outdoors – head to the Singapore Discovery Centre’s lake to rent a pedal boat for a splashing good time. Available in two-seater($5) and four-seater ($10) boats, these pedal boats make for a great activity that’s suitable for the whole family.
Add a little pop of colour
If you prefer a little more adrenaline, the Crossfire Paintball might be just up your alley. Comprising Singapore’s first and only multi-tiered paintball arena, the paintball experience pits teams against each other – as they navigate a natural battlefield filled with various obstacles.
Each game lasts for 90 minutes, and costs $28 per person.
Play while you eat
Be spoilt for choice at the Wild Thyme Café, which boasts a menu that has been specially designed by celebrity chef Charlie Tham. From 31st October to 14th November 2020, their opening special even allows you to enjoy two main dishes at the mere price of $9.90! Indulge in the ‘Japanese Chicken Cutlet Curry Rice’, ‘Penang Big Prawn Mee’, or the ‘Pan Seared Salmon with Basil Cream’.
In partnership with the Mind Café, Wild Thyme also offers a wide repertoire of board games to play with. For $15, visitors can enjoy two hours worth of board games, on top of free-flow drinks and snacks. Do note that this is only available from 2pm to 8.30pm daily.
Singapore Discovery Centre is moving towards their goal of becoming an energy-free building – with the help of 2,325 solar panels. If you’d like, you can even see these panels up close by taking a walk on the Floating Platform Walking Trail, complete with views of the SDC and SAFTI tower to boot.
What are you waiting for?
Cancel all your weekend plans and book your tickets in advance here!