When you’re in a temperate climate like Singapore, it can rain anywhere, anytime. You were probably considering a full day at Gardens By The Bay or perhaps at Marina Barrage, to be greeted by a torrential downpour as you exit the station and now you are stuck at Marina Bay Sands with no idea of what to do.
West End musical in Singapore
Let’s watch a show or two at the Mastercard Theatres if the weather report states that the rain isn’t looking to stop anytime soon. It regularly hosts world-famous musicals and performances such as Singin’ in the Rain, Wicked: The Musical, Cirque Adrenaline, The Lion King. Look out for pre-show menus before you head to the shows. They are often offered at some of the restaurants in MBS. As pre-show menus are different from the shows, check out the website for the list of restaurants at the Marina Bay Sands
Ice-skating rink with no puddles
The ice-skating rink really isn’t ice at all! Don’t be fooled by the “fake” ice though – we hear it’s way more slippery than the real thing! You’ll be glad to know MBS’ state-of-the-art skating rink about one-third the size of an Olympic rink is made out of high-tech plastic pseudo-ice that feels like ice and even looks like ice. At just S$10 for adults and S$8 for a child (inclusive of skate rental), you’ll get an hour’s worth of ice-skating fun! It is in the middle of a high-end mall like MBS but as you can see, is not as expensive as you think.
- Location: The Shoppes, Canal Level, B2
- Operating hours: 11:30am – 8:30pm (Closed for maintenance from 5pm – 6pm)
- Admission (per hour) – Adults: $7 Child (aged 12 and below): $6
- Additional hour – Adults: $5 Child (aged 12 and below): $3
- Skate Rental – $3
- Socks – $6
Play with food at FabCafe
Sitting right at the entrance of the ArtScience Museum lies the FabCafe. Aside from their food items like laser-cut macaroons, FabCafe also hosts regular programs, workshops, and lectures that encourage people to come together with their well-prepared creative juices and learn more about as well as experiment with the cafe’s 3D printing facilities and digital fabrication tools. The place sells small bites and lattes, just like any other typical cafe you could find. It will enhance your whole Art-Science experience because the items on this menu manage to combine art, technology and of course, food, into delicious bite-sized delights. Must-tries include their very photogenic rainbow cheesecake and their lattes, which are popular even at the FabCafes overseas, even as far as Barcelona!
- Location: First level of ArtScience Museum, right in front of the lift lobby.
- Operating hours: 10:00am – 07:00pm daily.
CÉ LA VI Singapore
CÉ LA VI boasts a restaurant, bar and nightclub. It easily became Singapore’s Best Nightspot in 2016. Everything here is amazing, and what’s there not to be when you’re on the 57th floor of a luxury hotel? Some facts: It is formerly known as Ku De Ta. And it is exactly the kind of restaurant you would go to, eat and write about afterward. If you’re looking to just admire the views, you can head directly to the Skypark if the rain stops!
- Location: SkyPark at Marina Bay Sands, Tower 3
- Operating hours:
- Lunch: Weekdays: 12:00pm – 03:00pm (last seating at 2.30pm), Weekends: 12:00pm – 03.30pm (last seating at 3pm)
- Dinner: Sundays – Wednesdays: 06:00pm – 11:00pm (last seating at 10.30pm), Thursdays – Saturdays: 06:00pm – 11.30pm (last seating at 11pm)
- Club: Weekdays: From 11:00am, Weekends: From 12:00pm
What’s more? professional DJs come down regularly to make your experience all the better. As if the food and 360-degree views of the city weren’t enough! Do not forget to reserve a table during the evening to get a magnificent view of the sunset to accompany your meal!
MBS Sampan Ride
For the ones who can’t afford the very expensive plane tickets to Venice, head over to B2 for a local twist of the romantic gondola ride, the MBS Sampan Ride. With a little imagination, Venice doesn’t seem that far away anymore! It’s interesting to know that the Sampan is actually one of the earliest forms of transportations in Singapore! Here visitors can hop on a 20-minute ride and the ever-so-friendly uncle will paddle you through the canals.
- Location: The Shoppes, Canal Level, B2 (Ticketing counter: B2, Retail Concierge)
- Operating hours: 11:30am – 8:30pm (Last ride: 8:15pm)
- Price: $10 per person
Celebrity chef restaurants
There are award-winning celebrity chef restaurants such as CUT by Wolfgang Puck (that serves some of the best steaks around if you’d ask me), db Bistro & Oyster Bar by Daniel Boulud (perfect for the seafood lovers) and more are hard to miss, and definitely worth the splurge. It’s amazing to witness a gathering of Hollywood’s best celebrity chefs under MBS’s roof! And good news, most of these restaurants have amazing lunch deals daily that are surprisingly affordable, so do look out for them!
The ArtScience Museum is the world’s first art and science museum and even snagged a feature on Telegraph’s list of The World’s Coolest Design Museums. Picture-perfect ops in this exhibition include the Light Ball Orchestra, where big lighted balls change sound and color every time you touch them (as you can imagine, this is a huge hit with the kids) and the main star of the exhibition, Crystal Universe. Since this is the most popular part of the exhibition, be prepared to wait to take a good picture. Who wouldn’t want a picture of themselves surrounded by thousands of dazzling lights?
Local food to satisfy your stomach
MBS has a ton of food options and a fair share of which serves amazing local cuisine. You should try the traditional local twist of the American favorite: Eggs & Toast to Singaporean delights like Nasi Lemak and Laksa, you’ll get your local food fix in no time. If you want cheap options, head over to Toast Box where you can get the best local breakfasts. Must try? Their Thick Toast Sets that will have you craving for more even to the very last bite! Have your table filled with a whole bunch of local delights from Mee Rebus, Nasi Lemak, Chicken Rice, Nasi Padang at 1983 – A Taste Of Nanyang. And of course, be sure to complete your meal with the satisfying Nanyang Coffee, for which the cafe is known for.
- Location: The Shoppes, Canal Level, B2-62
- Operating hours: Sundays – Thursdays: 7:30 am 11:00 pm. Fridays – Saturdays: 7:00am – 11:30pm.
1983 – A Taste Of Nanyang
- Location: The Shoppes, Galleria Level, B1-01
- Operating hours: 7:00am – 11:00pm daily
Showcasing over 200 artifacts and replicas of all things space-related, this info-packed exhibition will have even non-space lovers entertained. The good news is that the guests can get up close and personal with the stories, achievements and even the people and their imagination that were behind some of history’s biggest accomplishments. But remember to look out for “astronauts only” items like the space food, space suits, and even space cameras!
1001 luxury shops under one roof
Currently the most luxurious mall in Singapore, MBS houses top international names like Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, and Salvatore Ferragamo. Truly a shopper’s paradise, if you’d ask me. It’s literally impossible to ignore the temptation in the bright glass windows calling out to you every time you walk past. MBS offers personal shopping services for the fickle-minded ones, or for the ones who just want a second opinion on what to buy. As it knows that with so many luxury shops under one roof, a personal shopper could be what you need. However, if you’re looking to spare your wallet some damage, choose from a handful of more affordable alternatives like Zara, Bath & Body Works, World Of Sports Victoria’s Secret and more!