1. Museum-hop for free
In case you didn’t know, Singaporean citizens and PRs can visit the National Heritage Board’s (NHB) eight national museums and heritage institutions all year round for free! The eight include the Asian Civilisations Museum, National Gallery Singapore, National Museum of Singapore, The Peranakan Museum, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore Philatelic Museum, Indian Heritage Centre and Malay Heritage Centre. All you need to do is bring along proof of identification, such as your NRIC, or a MOE-issued EZ-link card or student/staff pass if you’re a teacher or student. Visit the NHB website for more information.
2. Picnic in the heart of Marina Bay
Spend a relaxing afternoon lounging while taking in a breathtaking view of the city skyline at Marina Barrage. This spacious hot spot for both locals and tourists is a great place to literally fly kites, a great way to keep the kids entertained!
3. Catch a free movie screening
There are actually more than one outdoor cinema in Singapore that allows you to catch a film — there’s six, to be exact. However, some are payable and ticketed, so don’t get caught out. The free ones are MovieMob, Movies at Sentosa, and Be My Kaki Bus.
Simply find out when the next screening is on, and if the film tickles your fancy, grab your loved ones and head down to enjoy the show under the stars. Blankets and snacks are always a welcomed addition too, and bring a portable fan!
Photo: Marina Bay Singapore
4. Watch free concerts at the Esplanade
Art fiends, listen up. While Singapore’s iconic arts centre hosts many ticketed events, there are also copious free things to watch too, including dance shows, theatre performances and acoustic sets. To make it as easy for you as possible, they’ve even added a ‘free’ category to their website. Simply tap on the link, browse what is on offer and then turn up to enjoy the fun. Free fun, which is even better.
5. Enjoy free light and music shows at Supertree Grove
The iconic and picturesque Gardens by the Bay not only holds fun and free things to do during the day, they have the Garden Rhapsody light and sound show every day at 7.45pm and 8.45pm at the Supertree Grove. Changing monthly, the shows are 15-minutes of spectacular music and lights in synergy, creating a lovely and memorable thing to admire with your family.
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6. Get a workout at free hiking trails with scenic views
For a challenging jog, hike or just a gentle stroll with friends and family, nothing beats the great outdoors. Being active and surrounding yourself with nature has nothing but positive effects on you, so head to MacRitchie reservoir to enjoy both. From the TreeTop Walk to the wild macaques, get lost in the jungle, breathe in the fresh air and enjoy some downtime with your favourite people. Or go solo for much needed me-time. Here are some other scenic trails around Singapore to check out!
7. Have your own Instagram photoshoot in Haji Lane
The shops and coffee houses in Haji Lane may cost to enjoy, but the street art and perfect Instagram backdrops are entirely free. An absolute must-visit for locals and tourists alike, Haji Lane is an indie strip with a laid back vibe that feels like you’re stepping into a street in Bali. If you have a few dollars to spare on a coffee, we highly recommend the Selfie Coffee cafe (at 11 Haji Lane). For around $8 to $9 max, you can get your photo printed onto the foam of your iced latte. Say no more.
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8. Take a stroll along the beachfront
When sun is about to set, where better to find yourself then strolling along a white sandy beach, hand in hand with your lover? Luckily, we have Sentosa to offer us just that, for free. Try walking from Vivocity across the boardwalk down to Siloso Beach — it’s a very scenic and breezy 10-15 minute walk. At the beach, you can stroll until the end by the fort, or lay a blanket and enjoy the view.
9. Feed the animals at Farmart
Simple, rustic and nostalgic, Farmart at 67 Sungei Tengah Road offers free animal feeding and a chance to get up close and personal with your favourite furry species. From goats to tortoises, animal lovers and kids will be thrilled by the variety of animals to see here. Farmart also offers animal tours and casual hawker food dining. What a great way to spend an afternoon! Check out these other places around the island for animal lovers too.
10. Shop at a totally free market (yes, it’s all free)
Surely there’s a catch? A free market? To just take things? For free? Absolutely.
Singapore’s really really free market is a great initiative started to bring communities together, to close the loop on consumerism and encourage recycling. All goods and services are shared free and nothing is for sale. Anyone with stuff or skills to share are welcome to set up a stall, and if you find something you want, you’re welcome to have it.