Our little sunny island can sometimes be too boring for couples who have seen and done it all. If you’ve been dating each other for awhile, cafe hopping, watching movies, and riding a bicycle through Coney Island may seem too cliché by now.
If you’re trying to steer away from cringe-worthy, characterless dating ideas, here are some other things you could do that will, hopefully, add a little more spark to your relationship and spice up your precious time together.
1. Make Personalised Pottery Gifts
Get you hands dirty in wet clay as you recreate the romantic scene from the movie ‘Ghost‘ where your hands intertwine together. Hmm..Okay, maybe not.
At Mud Rock, you can attend weekly pottery class with your craft loving partner, or join an ad hoc trial lesson for $70/pax. You can learn the art of ceramic while honing your skills at being patient with one another.
At the end of each lesson you could present your work of art as a personalised gift. Aww…how sweet is that?
Mud Rock: 85 Maude Road, Singapore 208357 | Tel: 6291 1186 / 6523 3880 | Website
2. Volunteer At An Animal Shelter
You can spend your hours together pouring out your love by volunteering at Animal Lovers League if you’re dog lovers, where you can contribute in both big and smalls way in feeding and walking the dogs and cleaning the shelter, or help out at adoption drives.
If you’re cat lovers, the Love Kuching Project is a place where you’d be flooded by soft and warm kittens while you spend your time playing and helping out at the shelter.
3. Make A 3D Agar Agar Cake
Learn to make an agar agar cake at Bake Fresh Studio, not just an ordinary gelatin cake but one that’s decorated with edible Tsum Tsum and layered in rainbow colours on the inside!
Other baking workshops include Kawaii Deco Tartlets, ombre and rosette cakes, and Rilakkuma Cookies. All of which looks too cute to be eaten.
Bake Fresh Studio: 1 Tanjong Pagar Plaza, Singapore 082001 | Baking Classes | Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday usually 10.30am till last class, Closed on Monday
4. Spa Amidst Nature
Aramsa The Garden Spa within Bishan Park has a soothing botanical environment that will rejuvenate your body and love as you indulge in their Couple Bliss Package.
It includes a 75 minutes body treatment, a choice of drink, specially decorated suite, and other perks. Here’s where you can be one with nature while enjoying a much needed quiet time together at the spa.
Aramsa The Garden Spa: 1384 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, Bishan Park 2, Singapore 569932 | Tel: 6456 6556 | Website | Operating Hours: Monday – Thursday: 11am – 10pm, Friday – Sunday: 10am -11pm
5. Day Trip To Off-Shore Islands
Experience what it feels like to have a “private beach” all to yourself — pristine with sparkling clear waters, Saint John’s Island is one of my favourite beaches in Singapore. If you have extra moolah to spare, you could charter a yacht. Otherwise, hop on the ferry and while your day away basking under the sun. You may want to bring along food and drinks as there are no nearby kiosk.
The ferry goes to nearby islands too, like Kusu Island and Sister’s Island. Your day will be packed filled when visiting these islands.
How to get there: Ferry schedule
6. Shop At IKEA
IKEA is like a playground for adults, so much things to see as you meander through the lanes and showrooms. You could draw inspirations and plan for your new home, and perhaps purchase a furniture or two.
The craft section is like a black hole, it draws me in all the time, beckoning me to buy every item available. When you’re done shopping, pop by the cafe for a hotdog and some wings.
7. Attend Flower Arrangement Classes
Is your missus crazy about flowers? Can she name every wild and exotic flowers she sees?
If your answer is “Yes” to the above questions, chances are that she might enjoy a flower arrangement class to make her own centrepiece or hand bouquet. Better still if you sign up for a workshop on a special occasion and give her your uniquely crafted bouquet handmade by you.
The Bloom Room is where you can unleash your creativity, put together a jar of flower or festive wreath. Workshops starts from $150.
The Bloom Room: 315 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427566 | Tel: 6447 0217 | Website
8. Pick Up Watercolour Calligraphy
Watercolour calligraphy is becoming a popular hobby these days, and if the both of you are art nerds you’d be in for a fun-filled, colourful time of doodling and creating masterpieces.
You could take up classes at Natalie Studio or Soul Deelight where you can learn to paint floral wreaths and hand letter love quotes to each other. Otherwise, look up online tutorials to learn the basics without burning a hole in your pockets.
9. Midnight Bowling
For the North-Eastern couples, the new glow in the dark bowling alley at SAFRA is opened till late night, keeping your heart pulsating with adrenaline and electro-pop music blasting in the background.
The new-age bowling alley has interactive scoring system and customizable Selfie Grids to take pictures using the built-in camera of the SuperTouch LCD bowler consoles. If you’re feeling bored in the wee hours, going for supper will not be the only activity on the list.
10. Dress Each Other Up For A Week
A pretty legit excuse to go shopping for a brand new wardrobe! But if you’re dating with a budget in mind then just work with what you already have. This activity could go both ways — you may look like a clown or discover your partner’s talented hidden fashion sense. Hopefully, the latter because I wouldn’t want to be seen in mismatched patterns.
11. Row Down The Kallang River
You could “dayung sampan” down the Kallang river in your choice boats, from a top deck canoe for the adventurous or a cutesy paddle boat with a shelter over your head to explore the vicinity.
Rental starts at $10.80 per pax for an hour, and $12 per pax for two hour. I’d say go for the two hours rates, which is relatively value-for-money.
Water Sports Centre: 6 Stadium Walk, Singapore 397698 | Boat Rental Hours: 7am to 7pm, Last boat rental at 5pm | Rental Rates
12. Scale A Rock Climbing Wall
For Adrenaline junkies, take your partner to the Climb Central to scale the highest indoor climbing walls in Singapore, which is situated at Kallang Wave Mall.
Add a little more challenge by racing each other up the wall and compete to be the first to reach the top.
Climb Central: #B1-01 Kallang Wave Mall, 1 Stadium Pl, Singapore 397718 | Tel: 6702 7972 | Opening Hours: (Weekdays) 11am – 11pm, (Weekends, Public Holidays) 9am – 9pm | Website
13. Go Prawning
Relive yesteryears when prawning was one of the hippest activities to do when we were teenagers. Head to Hai Bin Prawning at Punggol where you could order a beer and some snacks from Banyan Beer Garden Bar, while waiting for the prawns to bite the bait. Then grill it on the spot after returning the rods.
It’s opened 24/7, yet another late night dating spot to run to when you’re too bored staying at home or going to the movies.
14. Mega Adventure Park
Zip-line across Sentosa island over the lush greenery and sea, snap some pictures along the way and have a balling good few seconds.
And if you’re game for a free-fall, the ParaJump is a 15 meter drop from the top of the MegaZip tower. Now, your partner isn’t the only thing that will take your breathe away.
Mega Adventure Park: Imbiah Hill Rd, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098967 | Tel: 6884 5602 | Opening Hours: 11am – 7pm | Facebook
15. Stargaze At Science Centre Singapore
Share a quiet, romantic moment under the starlit sky at the Science Centre OBservatory (SCOB), where astronomy and constellations tug at your heart strings.
You could join the constellations and draw imaginary patterns in the sky while you laying side by side. Apart from the Friday stargazing sessions, the Live Planetarium Show happens at 8pm at the Omni-Theatre. Hop on to its Facebook Page to be updated on its observatory sessions.