We get it. You’ve done the sightseeing, parks and adventure playgrounds in Singapore and if anyone mentions another day out to Pulau Ubin you won’t be responsible for your actions. But despite our island being small, there are exciting ever-changing activities taking place in the face of the current challenges. Here are just a few of our favourite things to do in Singapore this November. From art, books and science, to creative fun for the forthcoming kids’ school holidays, there’s plenty on offer. Enjoy!
Photo: Gina Allain/Munupi Arts Centre
Take a trip to Tiwi
For a taste of indiginous art, ReDot Fine Art Gallery is hosting the first international online solo shows of work by Delores Tipuamantumirri and Alison Puruntatameri, who hail from the Tiwi Island of Melville, just 80 kilometres north of Darwin.
Banapa pays homage to the Tiwi people of the Pirlangimpi community. Delores is all about traditional geometrical designs associated with the local people, whereas Alison showcases stripes, lines, patterns and shapes that resonate with the tribes’ traditional customary rituals and body paintings. Log onto redotgallery.com to view.
Art meets science
Dive into art and science at Da Vinci The Exhibition: Be Inspired to Innovate. See more than 50 life-size replicas of the artist’s inventions and 15 reproductions of his acclaimed fine art studies (including Mona Lisa and The Last Supper) which demonstrate how he’d blend science and art together through optics, illusion, nature and human anatomy. There are ten themed zones: don’t miss the interactive photo-ops which could provide a bit of laughter while learning. The Annexe, Science Centre Singapore, 15 Science Centre Rd, 609081. Through to January 2, 2022. science.edu.sg/davinci
On a nature mission
This summer, MSIG launched the MSIG Biodiversity Mission 2021, sending participants on a fun and interactive-based mission to explore Singapore’s mangroves, mudflats, forests and more. The idea is that you download the interactive app and complete the local nature trails which are changed every few months (new ones dropped early November). Answer questions about your surroundings as you go, while collecting points for every trail challenge taken on. Upon completion you receive an AR filter, which you can use to shout out your accomplishment on Facebook or Instagram. Each trail lasts around one hour and there are prizes for the top scorers. Find out more and download the app at exploredistrict.com/event/msig-biodiversity-2021
Read all about it
Stuck for stocking fillers? Head to The Book Barracks, a bookstore and exhibition run by Books Beyond Borders, where 100 percent of net profits go to help fund schools in Nepal. Founder Randall Chong singlehandedly started the initiative in 2017 after a solo backpacking trip to Nepal, and after years of hard work has created a cosy space filled with plants, fairy lights, and shelves full of preloved adult and children’s books. Right now, The Book Barracks is a weekend bookfair slash exhibition, where visitors book a slot online before heading down for a rummage. Books Beyond Borders, 41 Jalan Pemimpin, 03-01E, 577186. Open Fridays 2-7pm, Sat & Sun 11-7pm, walk-ins not accepted. RSVP at booksbeyondborders.org/collections/events
Lights, camera, action!
If you’re wondering how to entertain the kids during the forthcoming school holidays, may we suggest some very cool hands-on workshops exploring photography and film. Children aged 5–12 are invited to join the creativity at Objectifs Juniors programme at Objectifs Centre For Photography and Film to learn about visual storytelling, make new friends, and practise teamwork and problem solving.
Kids will get to dress-up and use props to become “life-sized animations”; learn how to storyboard a superhero story; plan, rehearse and shoot a music video for YouTube; and use their phones to take imaginative photos (as opposed to staring at Roblox).
From 24 November to 17 December. Objectifs, 155 Middle Rd, 188977. objectifs.com.sg/kids-2021/#register