The March school holidays are coming to an end; why not end the last weekend with a big hurrah?
Bookmark these things to do for a fantastic weekend perfect for all ages:
1. Hershey’s Amazing Chocolate Machine at Changi Airport
Calling all fans of chocolate! Make a beeline for Changi Airport Terminal 3, where Hershey’s Amazing Chocolate Machine awaits in all its glory from 12 March to 3 May 2021. Modelled after the giant Hershey’s store in New York City, the multiple chocolate-inspired installations give Terminal 3 a sweet makeover, with activities to look forward to and more!
Stock up on more Hershey’s chocolates than you can eat at the stunning Amazing Candy Machine, which offers eight different varieties in 3 metre-tall dispensers. Go trigger happy with many photo corners, including giant stacks of pancakes doused with Hershey’s chocolate sauce, as well as life-sized Reese’s peanut butter cups. Alternatively, pick up the world’s largest Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar – they weigh around 2kg! – at the retail store. Before you leave, grab a Hershey’s Bucket of Happiness, customise it with stickers, and fill it up with your favourite sweet treats.
2. Cat and the Fiddle café
If you love cheesecake, you’d be well familiar with the Cat and the Fiddle brand. Known for churning out delightfully creamy and decadent cheesecakes, Cat and the Fiddle wows with its large variety of flavours, including some local-inspired ones. Think: Pandan Gula Melaka, Tiramisu, Durian, Milo Dinosaur and more!
Previously only functioning as takeaway kiosks, the brand opened its first café on 9 March 2021. Located in Woods Square in Woodlands, the 32-seater café offers their famous cheesecakes, on top of outlet exclusives such as cheesy soft serves, and homemade waffles. Even better, their opening promotion runs till 21 March 2021 – here’s your last chance to enjoy this! – where you can flash their Facebook or Instagram post to enjoy certain promotional sets. You’ll also be able to enjoy a complimentary soft serve cone with purchase of a whole cheesecake.
3. St John’s Island & Lazarus Island
Escape reality to a sunny island paradise – if only just for a day. Explore the Southern Islands on two wheels, by renting a bicycle from a pop-up bicycle rental store on St. John’s Island. Available from 13 March 2021 for three months, Gogreen Bicycle Rental will offer bicycles, two-wheel step pedals, as well as beach tents, for rent.
The price is admittedly a little steep: A bicycle costs $30 per pax; the two-wheel step pedal costs $30 per pax; the beach tent costs $25 per pax; with a bicycle and beach tent bundle going at $80 for two pax. However, it’d all be worth it – take a whirl along the Green Trail and Seringat Island, or lounge on Lazarus Beach. Do note that each rental is only for five hours, specifically from 11am to 4pm.
4. Gardener’s Day Out
Get back to nature in the comfort of your very own home! Taken online this year, Gardeners’ Day Out is NParks’ signature event. Held on 20 March 2021, the event offers plenty of activities to do! View an online floral arrangement demonstration, or watch both a chef and home cook whip up a feast revolving around one main ingredient.
There are lots to do for kids as well: have your kids learn how to transform food waste into art by converting excess or tough vegetables into stamps. You can even combat the humid weather by having a popsicle making session with your kids! There are other guided tours and workshops as well; unfortunately, registration is closed for this round. Do stay tuned to NParks’ website for more information on future months’ instalments!
5. Paw-verbs on the Lawn
Have a paw-fect time at the Malay Heritage Centre, which has collaborated with Japanese artist Juno to put up a cute exhibition on its lawn. Popularly known for his Instagram account (@mofu_sand), Juno creates impossibly cute feline illustrations in all shapes and positions. This March, he’s bringing his creations to life, where 30 of his illustrations will be recreated as standees on the MHC lawn.
The standees will be accompanied by 10 commonly used Malay proverbs that contain a reference to cats, such as ‘malu-malu kucing’, which is used to call a person that’s putting on a shy front. Available from 10 March to 30 May 2021, the standees are part of a whole roll-out of activities, including storytelling sessions and more.