This month, we’re excited for staycations at Singapore Zoo, the opening of SkyHelix Sentosa, a new hotel in Orchard, the newest double stroller you have to check out, and more!
New month, new finds! In December there’s lots popping up in Singapore – from overnight stays at the Zoo and River Wonders to the opening of SkyHelix Sentosa, a new vertical playground at Timbre+ Eastside, Babyzen’s latest double stroller innovation, Christmas gifting for a good cause, the new Sex and the City HBO series premiering this month, and more!
i12 Katong reopens
i12 Katong has just reopened following an extensive renovation and we’re so stoked! There’s a whole host of new shops and F&B, including Lululemon, PS. Café, IPPUDO, Cold Storage Fresh and more. Not everything is open quite yet, but the mall is already buzzing with activity – so if you’re in the area, make sure to pop by!
i12 Katong, 112 East Coast Rd, Singapore 428802
Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts comes to HBO GO on 1 January 2022
Potterheads unite! Announced last month, the Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts retrospective special invites fans on a magical first-person journey through one of the most beloved film franchises of all time as it reunites Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, and other esteemed cast members and filmmakers across all eight Harry Potter films for the first time to celebrate the anniversary of the franchise’s first film, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Additional Harry Potter film alumni joining the memorable tribute include Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Ralph Fiennes, Jason Isaacs, Gary Oldman, Tom Felton, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps, Mark Williams, Bonnie Wright, Alfred Enoch, Ian Hart, Toby Jones, Matthew Lewis, Evanna Lynch, producer David Heyman and filmmaker Chris Columbus, Alfonso Cuarón, Mike Newell and David Yates. Watch the trailer above for a sneak peek!
Stream Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts on HBO GO from 1 January 2022.
New attraction: SkyHelix Sentosa opens 15 December
Singapore’s highest open-air panoramic ride will finally open on 15 December, and it’s the first ‘green’ attraction on Sentosa! The SkyHelix Sentosa is a carbon-neutral gondola ride that’ll give you breathtaking 360° views of Sentosa and its surrounds as it gently rotates 35m above ground. Your feet will dangle in mid-air while you enjoy a cool drink in hand! The ride’s apex is 79m above sea level, making it one of the highest vantage points on Sentosa. Tickets for SkyHelix Sentosa are now available for purchase on Mount Faber Leisure’s website, and each ticket includes a standard non-alcoholic beverage or an exclusive SkyHelix Sentosa souvenir.
How much: $18/adult and $15/child (4-12 years old)
Tickets for Spider-Man: No Way Home on sale now
2021’s most anticipated Marvel blockbuster is finally coming to cinemas from 15 December and movie tickets have just gone on sale! Get booking right now at a cinema near you – because we know spoilers will appear on social media almost immediately after the first screening!
Children’s Museum Singapore to open in 2022
Get ready to unleash your inner child at Singapore’s new dedicated children’s museum! Formerly the Singapore Philatelic Museum, Children’s Museum Singapore will open its doors in December 2022 with the aim to provide hands-on opportunities for children to learn about heritage and culture through play. There will be plenty of exploratory, multi-sensory exhibitions – watch this space as we update you on the latest news in the coming months!
New staycation alert: Staycation at Singapore Zoo
Singapore Zoo has just launched Staycation in the Wild, a wildlife overnight adventure for the whole family! For a limited time, the unique 2D1N experience is the perfect way to rediscover Singapore Zoo. Check in, enjoy the planned activities at the Singapore Zoo for the day, enjoy a hearty dinner before wandering through Rainforest Lumina. Then unwind in air-conditioned dome tents for the night and wake up beside the tranquil Upper Seletar Reservoir before heading for breakfast and wrapping up the enchanting experience with a special meet and greet session with a mystery animal ambassador. If you prefer getting up close with aquatic animals, River Wonders’ Staycation with the Manatees will also be available!
When: 16 December 2021 to 19 March 2022
Where: Singapore Zoo and River Wonders
How much: $1,499 per dome (up to 4 pax) includes air-conditioned dome, park admission to Singapore Zoo, Guided Tour & Animal Encounters, set dinner at Forest Lodge and Breakfast Set at Forest Lodge
Innovative double stroller option: Babyzen YOYO connect
If you’re a fan of the ultra-compact, highly functional and stylish Babyzen YOYO², you’ll love the YOYO connect as your family grows! This new accessory revolutionises double strollers, doing away with the often heavy and large double strollers available on the market today. In a single click, YOYO² turns into a double stroller with YOYO connect, a unique accessory that hooks onto the back of the stroller. YOYO² and YOYO connect are so slender and manoeuvrable that they provide surprising freedom. They effortlessly get around, shape-shift, and fold and unfold in a breeze. There are a myriad of combinations too, whether you’re after identical seats or bassinets, a 6+ seat and bassinet, or need to pop on a compatible car seat! When you’re out and about and find the YOYO connect isn’t in use, it easily folds and hooks onto the back of the YOYO². Try it out for yourself, available at Pramfox, Motherswork, Isetan, Tangs, First Few Years, Little Baby & Family, Takashimaya and select Mothercare stores.
voco Orchard Singapore to open January 2022
Formerly Hilton Singapore, voco Orchard Singapore will open its doors to locals and tourists alike in the heart of town. The hotel will tap into the history of the area – did you know Orchard Road was previously home to pepper farms, nutmeg plantations, and the namesake fruit orchards? You can look forward to dining at the hotel’s four iconic restaurants and bars – Opus Bar & Grill, il Cielo, D9 Cakery and Iggy’s – while the rooms are designed with sustainability in mind thanks to high-quality bedding made from 100% recycled materials and large eco-friendly bathroom amenities from Apotheke, a plant-based organic skincare company from New York. We can’t wait to get a sneak peek of it when it opens on 1 January 2022!
voco Orchard Singapore, 581 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238883, www.ihg.com/voco/hotels/us/en/singapore/sinor/hoteldetail
Food park Timbre+ Eastside opens (with a new playground!)
Timbre+ Eastside has just opened at the Expo and it’s Singapore’s first sustainable food park, home to 30 food and retail stalls, innovative kerbside pick-up, and community facilities such as a playground, cyclist pitstop, as well as live music and entertainment! The centrepiece of Timbre+ Eastside is a Children’s Playground for kids to burn off some energy! Located within an air well, it allows for better ventilation and light to filter through the whole venue. Kids can have fun climbing the vertical playground while parents dine with the kids in view.
Timbre+ Eastside, 1 Expo Drive, Outside Singapore Expo Hall 5, Singapore 486150, timbreplus.sg
Christmas gifts with a good cause: Her Rise Above
This Christmas, Her Rise Above has created a Christmas Catalogue showcasing a range of unique treats and festive bakes made by women in challenging situations. Founded by Dimple Sanghi and Sapna K. Malhotra, Her Rise Above is a volunteer-led initiative based in Singapore seeking to impart the necessary skills and business acumen for disadvantaged women through mentorships, enabling them to eventually be able to support their families in a more holistic way. Over the short span of 3 years, the initiative now works with 39 ladies. Items on the Christmas Catalogue include festive hampers, yummy bakes, jams and chutneys, crafts and greeting cards, and more!
And Just Like That… (Sex and the City) on HBO GO
Sex and the City’s follow-up series, And Just Like That… will debut on HBO GO on 9 December! The ten-episode series makes up the new chapter of the groundbreaking HBO series Sex and the City, from executive producer Michael Patrick King, and follows Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) and Charlotte (Kristin Davis) as they navigate the journey from the complicated reality of life and friendship in their 30s to the even more complicated reality of life and friendship in their 50s. Get access HBO GO online or the mobile app via the App Store or Play Store ($9.99/month).