Dreamers Shaw Theatres Balestier opens with free-seating beanbags for kids, there’s a new playspace Chaos Lab with immersive science fun, plus, Nintendo to open its first pop-up store in Singapore!
Here’s welcoming another month of exciting new happenings! Staycations are definitely in the plans for us this year end, because Mandarin Oriental has reopened after a 6-month transformation, and Pullman Singapore has opened its highly anticipated Hill Street extension! Also, new heritage hotel 21 Carpenter is slated to open this quarter. Plus we absolutely love IKEA’s new space-themed collection too, is it time for a room makeover? P.S. two new playspaces open, and Nintendo’s very first pop-up store is giving us all the nostalgic feels!
Nintendo Pop-up Store at Jewel
Fans of Nintendo, mark your calendars because the brand that brought you Super Mario and Animal Crossing is opening its very first pop-up store in Singapore at Jewel Changi Airport! It’ll also be the first time that merchandise of these games and more will be available to fans outside of Nintendo’s Japan stores in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. Get your wallets ready because you’ll definitely want to purchase these adorable Super Mario tableware, tumblers, tote bags, and apparel featuring different game characters. The pop-up is happening from 17 November 2023 to 1 January 2024, and shoppers who spend a minimum of $80 in a single transaction will receive 1 of 6 limited-edition Singapore-themed postcards while stocks last! More information here.
Deets: 17 November 2023 – 1 January 2024
Nintendo pop-up store, Jewel Changi Airport, #04-220/221, 78, Airport Boulevard, Singapore 819666
Wacky Chaos Lab: Slime, Ball Pits and Neon Paint!
Promising an immersive and exciting experience for parents and kids, Chaos Lab finally arrives in Singapore in November 2023 at Changi Airport Terminal 2, featuring a one-of-a-kind, lab-themed indoor playspace! Following its success in Melbourne and Sydney, Chaos Lab Singapore will feature 11 interactive activity stations revolving around science themes and theories to ignite imagination and adventure amongst our little Einsteins! Play with illuminating AR Sand, build sand sculptures and watch them light up with layers of colours thanks to a motion sensor projector! Get messy at the Slime Station to make your own take-home slime and then jump around the Bubbling Ball Pit. There will also be new installations introduced for the Singapore edition – the Dr Splat’s Chaos Lab and Pneumatic Pressure Pipes segments, where guests will be greeted with immersive light reflective murals and will also get to hone their quick reflexes by catching aerially transported balls! Get tickets from $30 kids/$9 adults here. Exact launch date TBC.
Chaos Lab Singapore, Changi Airport Terminal 2, Airport Boulevard, 60, Singapore 819643.
New Kid-friendly Shaw Theatre Dreamers at Balestier
We’re so excited for the new kid-friendly theatre at Dreamers Shaw Theatres Balestier that opens 4 October! They opened their first kid-friendly theatre in Shaw Theatres Jewel, and it was a huge hit with parents of active young kids. Dreamers Shaw Theatres Balestier will be Singapore’s first free-seating cinema hall with beanbag loungers instead of theatre seats. Featuring a ball pit and plenty of toys to keep the kids occupied, parents can enjoy their movie while the kids hop on and off their seats. With ambience lighting and a lowered movie volume, this kid-friendly movie experience is perfect for a fun family bonding time. Until Dec 10, ticket prices for movies at Dreamers at Shaw Theatres Balestier are discounted. Adults get $3 off regular ticket prices while children above 90cm and below 13 years old receive $2 off regular children’s ticket prices. Find out how to get free cinema tickets for kids here.
Deets: Dreamers at Shaw Theatres Balestier opens on 4 October. Get your tickets here.
Dreamers at Shaw Theatres Balestier, 360 Balestier Road, Shaw Plaza, #04-04, Singapore 329783
Harry Potter Theme Park Coming to Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi
Potterheads, we have some exciting news! A brand new Harry Potter theme park is set to open in Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi! Gear up for a magical experience that will “bring Harry Potter to fans like never before”. While details are still limited for now, we’re incredibly eager to know how this new instalment will differ from the already popular Harry Potter attractions around the globe. Keep your eyes peeled on this space for more information.
Harry Potter Themed Land, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi
Surf, Skate, Snowboard and Ski at Trifecta
Heads up! There’s a new adventure ‘playground’ for kids (and adults!) opening on 28 October, where you’ll get to surf, skate, snowboard and ski. Located in the heart of Singapore next to Somerset Skate Park on Orchard Road, Trifecta is a huge sports venue that will feature high-tech, state-of-the-art machines that guarantee a memorable day out for the whole family. Snowboard and ski with the virtual reality ski simulator machines, or surf at Asia’s largest and deepest standing wave pool with waves as high as 1.5m! Show off your moves at the skate arena featuring 10 types of skate bowls, then head over to Two Men Bagel House to refuel before your next activity. More info on Trifecta including ticket pricing here.
Deets: Trifecta opens on 28 October 2023. Kids must be at least 6 years old to participate, and all kids under 15 years old must be accompanied by a grown-up. Everyone under 18 years old must have a waiver form signed by a parent/legal guardian to participate.
Trifecta by The Ride Side, 10A Exeter Road, beside Somerset Skate Park & Somerset MRT, Singapore
New Heritage Boutique Hotel, 21 Carpenter, Opens Soon
Here’s another hotel to add to your list for year-end staycations! Nestled between Clarke Quay and Chinatown, 21 Carpenter promises an inviting blend of contemporary style and the timeless charm of its surrounding neighbourhoods. Get ready for an unforgettable getaway for the whole fam, as the hotel comes complete with top-notch amenities, such as a stunning rooftop infinity pool, a tranquil garden terrace on the third floor, and a unique bistro and bar led by the renowned Michelin-starred chef, Andrew Walsh. We absolutely love how the natural light fills up the hotel lobby, featuring commissioned artworks created by talented local artists. The modern heritage design flows seamlessly into the spacious and sunlit rooms and comes fully equipped with essentials for a comfortable stay.
21 Carpenter, 21 Carpenter Street, Singapore 059984
Hit musical ‘& JULIET’ premieres this week
& JULIET, the Tony-Nominated Broadway Musical, is hitting Singapore this September and showcases the timeless 16th-century classic remixed with the irresistible pop hits of the early 2000s, creating a modern and empowering twist on Juliet’s story. Look forward to a mesmerising experience as Juliet embraces women’s empowerment and embarks on a journey of self-discovery as Shakespeare’s legendary love story meets 21st-century sensibility. Don’t be shy to get off your seat and groove to some of the last decade’s most iconic hits, including favourites from Westlife, Britney Spears, Katy Perry, and so much more!
Get 20% off & JULIET tickets here.
Deets: & JULIET, 21 September – 15 October 2023, Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands
IKEA launches a new space-themed AFTONSPARV collection for little adventurers! Do you have a little dreamer who wants to be an astronaut? Kids can hop into the 135-cm tall rocket-shaped cardboard tent ($29.90) and embark on an adventure to outer space. Pick up adorable alien plushies and astronaut soft toys to accompany them for the ride or marvel at the stories they create with the five-piece space-themed finger puppet set ($10). There’s also an AFTONSPARV space rug ($49.90), glow-in-the-dark starry night tie-back AFTONSPARV curtains ($39.90 per pair) and KURA bed tent ($49.90). The AFTONSPARV collection is available in IKEA stores island-wide from 28 September and online from 1 October.
IKEA, multiple locations including Alexandra, Tampines and Jurong, Singapore
Mandarin Oriental reopens after a revamp
Just in time for year-end festivities, Mandarin Oriental Singapore has unveiled a whole new look following its renovation, after it closed its doors in March earlier this year. The 510-room property now features modern interiors across its rooms, lobbies and F&B spaces, all cohesive with elements that are “Exceptionally Singapore”, so guests can expect stylish Peranakan influence (think batik!), vibrant greenery and more. Families looking to staycay here can look forward to dining at embu, an all-day dining restaurant with a tailored kids’ buffet and a playground!
Mandarin Oriental Singapore, 5 Raffles Ave., Singapore 039797
Tipsy Unicorn Beach Club Opens
Tipsy Unicorn Beach Club at Siloso is a new beach club with a 19,000 sqft space with indoor and outdoor areas, private cabanas, daybeds and VIP lounges. The main pool features a stage for performances (making this the only beach club in Sentosa to feature live bands), sunken pool cabanas and an ocean-view main bar area. It seems one mainly for adults as Tipsy Unicorn aims to provide its signature Tipsy experience featuring curated entertainment acts, fitness, and fun activities beyond just live bands and a beautiful beach setting. Expect electrifying events that’ll take over your weekend plans, with festivities starting this very weekend!
Tipsy Unicorn Beach Club, 36 Siloso Bch Walk, #01-01, 099007
The World Of Nickelodeon Playspace
There’s a new pop-up indoor playspace ‘The World of Nickelodeon’ at Let’s Play @ Marina Square. Look out for immersive exploration themed around Nickelodeon characters with multiple bouncy castles and ball pits. Kids can put out fires with water guns like Marshall or drive an excavator like Rubble. Have a go on the TMNT Ninja Training obstacle course, make bubbles powered by bicycles at the SpongeBob Games Zone and play with playdough at Dora’s Colouring Hub. Plus look out for meet-and-greets with characters like the Paw Patrol pups! Fun for ages 2-6, but ages 3-5 will get the most out of it. Tickets are from $28.
Deets: 23 September 2023 – 14 Jan 2024, Let’s Play @ #03-208/209 – Marina Square, Singapore
Wunderground Festival: Pet Playground, Performances, Retail
Wunderground is a pet-friendly event taking place this October and features more than 70 F&B stalls, a dedicated pet playground, retail booths with homegrown brands, tarot readings, and much more. The event will take place at Tampines West and will also feature exciting art installations around the huge event space.
Deets: 6 – 15 October, Mon – Fri, 3pm – 10pm; Sat & Sun, 12pm – 10pm, Tampines West Open Plaza
Pullman Hotel opens new Hill Street hotel
Opening its doors on 1 October 2023, Pullman’s new 350-room hotel is built on the heritage site of the former Hill Street Telephone House. It will feature a vintage rail-inspired interior, with elements such as a sleeping cabin, luggage installation and antique-style elevators. Rooms will come furnished with modern amenities, such as in-room sensors, smart TVs and Nespresso machines. You’ll want to keep this hotel on your staycay list for a weekend getaway this October because Pullman Hotel has a list of exclusive perks lined up for its first two months, including a complimentary buffet breakfast for two persons daily, 10% savings on room rates and more! Plus if you have a kiddo under 6 years old sharing an existing room with you, they get to enjoy a complimentary breakfast!