What to do for National Day 2020 in Singapore
Who else is excited for the National Day long weekend that’s coming right up?! Singapore turns 55 years old this year—cue confetti and fireworks—and it’s time to plan up a whole line up of festivities from 8 to 10 August in celebration!
This year’s NDP will be like no other, amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. For one, our NDP Singapore Together Packs come equipped with hand sanitizers, face masks and a thermometer which will come in handy for all.
This time, we’ve the option of taking the birthday party online, in the comfort of our homes. We’ve rounded up our top things to do for National Day 2020. As Nathan Hartono croons, here’s to my home, to my homeland.
#1. Sing Majulah Singapura as the State Flag is flown across heartlands for the first time
The National Day Parade will kickstart at the padang on Aug 9 at 10:20am and we can watch it LIVE. The President will be leading the National Anthem while the State Flag will be flown across the Padang and to different heartland locations (see picture above).
#2. Catch @ Home, Truly and take Instaworthy pics at the National Museum of Singapore
Visit the National Museum of Singapore, Exhibition Gallery 2, entitled Home, Truly: Growing up with Singapore, 1950s to the Present which depicts the lives of nine-year-old Nadine and her beloved Gong Gong (grandfather in Mandarin) about living and growing up in Singapore. Admissions are free for the month of August.
While you’re at it, watch the NMS building come alive with a beautiful National Day 2020 façade projection from 7:30pm to 12 midnight daily in celebration of the nation’s 55th birthday.
If you prefer to stay in, you can also immerse in NMS’s @ Home, Truly: A Digital Experience, to relive nostalgic memories and experiences that are uniquely Singaporean — all from the comforts of your living room!
Check out the full list of programs happening at the National Museum of Singapore.
#3. Join Singapore’s favorite Ah Lian, Michelle Chong, live from the Sports Hub
Catch Michelle Chong in this 55-min live show from the Singapore Sports Hub, together with other celebs like Pornsak and Royce Lee. What to expect: Premium Lian jokes, K-pop dance routines and sweat-it-out fitness seshs with KpopX Fitness instructors.
Watch the National Day Fiesta by the Singapore Sports Hub.
#4. Celebrate the Singaporean way — food!
We all know what foodies Singaporeans are — many of us are more than willing to queue for hours at our favorite restaurants and cafes to wind down during weekends. We’d also queue in the heat at hawker stalls serving up piping hot, local delights like fried carrot cake, char kway teow and hokkien noodles that we deem queue-worthy.
This year, take the chance to line up gastronomic adventures for you and your loved ones with these National Day dining deals. We recommend the Sofitel’s Oh-so-local 4 course dine-in set menu ($55++ per pax) comprising locally sourced delights which comprises desserts like Ondeh Ondeh ice-cream. Top up another $55++ per person for free flow of Tiger Sling, Kaya Martini, Tiger Beer, House wines and proseccos.
Option: skip the queue and take advantage of these great dining deals and order in takeaways! There are various National Day Specials to order in and enjoy in the comfort of your home too. If you prefer to whip up a homecooked feast, stock up your kitchen with these organic online grocers.
#5. Solidarity light-up @ National Gallery Singapore
Celebrate diversity, compassion and kindness through art this National Day at National Gallery of Singapore. The gallery will feature projects of 60 artworks by local artists in Singapore, depicting the artists’ perspectives on the nation in relation to current realities. The light-up takes place from 7pm to 12 midnight daily from now till 30 August. Admissions are free in the month of August as part of the National Day celebrations.
Stay-in option: Immerse in art by browsing the National Gallery of Singapore’s artwork collections online in your loungewear in the comforts of your home.
#6. Shop and #supportlocal at Capitol Singapore
Get your hands on some delicious locally made goodies from Chatsworth Cookies and Dan’s Bites, loaf cakes from Nothing Fancy Co. and cocktails from Hopscotch (Bandung cocktails, anyone?).
Indulge in retail therapy that is uniquely Singapore to show some #SGpride —Wildhearted’s Curry Puff notebook, Panmizu’s miniature magnets like CNY goodies and plain toast, CYC’s Made to Measure masks are also for sale.
There’s also a slew of makan options at Capitol Singapore to order and deliver to your doorstep from the Arcade at The Capitol Kempinski.
Promo: Spend $55 in a single transaction and redeem a $5 Capitol Singapore and CHIJMES voucher!
#7. Battle zombies virtually
If you’ve just caught the latest Train to Busan II, why not harness the zombie-killing skills you picked up and try it out for yourself in VR?
Zero Latency VR have just the thing. Fight your way through waves of zombies for a crowd hungry for mayhem in Undead Arena (think: Hunger Games) or be in the center of a thrilling zombie shootout as zombies take over the city in Outbreak Origins (think: The Walking Dead).
Just remember to go in a group of five — Covid-19 restrictions withstanding — even in zombie battles. An off-peak ticket will normally set you back $48 per pax, but they have a 30% promotion ongoing right now!
Promo code: Use promo code YAYNEWGAME for 30% off online bookings. Valid till Aug 14.
Book at Zero Latency website
#8. Have a splashing good time at Wild Wild Wet with 1-for-1 day passes
With rides like Vortex, Singapore’s first high-speed 360 deg extreme loops ride, the Kraken Racers slides and the meandering Shiok River, it’s gonna be a good time guaranteed.
From Aug 8 onwards, you can purchase 1-for-1 day passes at Wild Wild Wet online. Adult and child tickets cost $24/$18 for off-peak and $32/$24 for peak accordingly.
#9. Indulge in retail therapy at Naiise’s NDP Sale
From now till 16 Aug, Naiise is having their National Day Sale, with up to 70% off sale products! #Supportlocal with homegrown clothing brand Salient Label, local soap maker Alletsoap and calligraphy prints by Leah Design.
Get your hands on adorable, uniquely Singaporeans goodies and gifts like this Merlion Chou Chou Plushie dressed in the iconic Singapore girl kebaya and this SG Our History A4 Folder in the spirit of National Day.
Shop at NDP Sale 2020 at Naiise website
#10. Order in, Netflix and chill with Singaporean TV shows
Watch popular TV series that has arrived on Netflix shores like The Little Nonya, depicting the life of a Peranakan family in Malacca, starring Jeannette Aw. Or watch The Ultimatum, a Singaporean Chinese drama starring Zoe Tay, Li Nanxing and Fann Wong, classics like Phua Chu Kang and award-winning Singapore films like Ilo Ilo.
#11. Book a staycay promo at The Fullerton Hotel
Long weekends call for staycays to treat yoself and wind down from your usual hectic work schedules.
Enjoy a one night stay at The Fullerton Bay Hotel’s luxurious Deluxe or Premier Room, offering panoramic views of the Marina Bay; a romantic 4-course set dinner and bottle of house wine served in-room; breakfast for two at La Brasserie as well as late check-out at 4pm the next day ($616, U.P. $940).
Book via Klook to enjoy this promo.
#12. Hike at MacRitchie’s TreeTop Walk
Spend the morning hiking through through the forest at MacRitchie Reservoir to get some fresh air that you’ve been missing out on during this stay-home period. The TreeTop Walk — a 250-metre suspension bridge with beautiful lush rainforest views — may just do the trick to soothe your mind.
The MacRitchie TreeTop Walk opens 7am to 5pm daily.
#13. More shopping therapy at Shopee’s National Day Sale
What to expect: daily flash vouchers, sales of up to 80% and a finale sale happening 8 to 10 August 2020. Brands like Nestle Food, Milo, Nescafe and Maggi Singapore will be having discounts so book the dates if you’re interested!
Check out the Shopee National Day Sale.
#14. Watch the NDP evening show live
This year’s NDP will be broadcast live from The Star Performing Arts Centre with a much smaller live audience. The show is specially designed to cater to the majority of Singaporeans who will be watching from their homes. Expect heartwarming, relatable films as Royston Tan helms this year’s NDP as creative director.
The evening NDP show will also pay a tribute to A Stronger Singapore, in recognition of the turbulent times we face this year amidst the crisis brought about by the coronavirus.
Tune in to the evening NDP show on TV from 7pm to 8:20pm.
Lots to do during the National Day holidays, so take your pick and enjoy the festivities! Happy 55th birthday Singapore 🇸🇬
Jolene lives for avo toasts, yoga and is a little more OCD than she cares to admit. She never fails to start her day with morning coffee and is very partial to flat whites. She is obsessed with interiors and homeware, and is currently taking her RYT 200h yoga teacher training course as an aspiring ashtangi.