6 Free & Affordable Date Ideas For Animal Lovers In Love

Embark on an un-fur-gettable adventure together.

By Mandy Lim Beitler        13 March 2024

Do you and your significant other share a love for all creatures great and small? And looking for exciting and heartwarming dates that are light on the wallet? From spending time with cuddly cats to volunteering with majestic therapy horses, this list has something for every animal enthusiast couple. So ditch the ordinary and get ready to embark on an un-fur-gettable adventure together.

Visit Singapore’s largest pet fair

PetExpo 2024

If you’re a couple of pet lovers looking for a heartwarming date this March, then PetExpo 2024 is a no-brainer. Singapore’s biggest pet fair, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, is where it’s at. The exciting three-day event celebrates all things furry and feathery, with endless opportunities to bond over adorable animals.

Browse through aisles of pet-related goodies, from treats and toys to stylish accessories to pamper your pooch or kitty with. Learn from experts at workshops and talks, be entertained by talented pets, or even find your new fur-child at the adoption drive. Whether you’re a seasoned pet parent or just starting your animal adventure together, a paw-sitively delightful experience awaits you and your date.

SAFRA members pay only $4 for a 1-day pass (or $10 for a 3-day pass) to PetExpo 2024; more info at safra.sg/promotions/petexpo-singapore

15 to 17 March at Singapore Expo Halls 5B & 6, 1 Expo Drive; petexposg.com

Celebrate 10 years of River Wonders

River Wonders

Our beloved baby giant panda Le Le may have returned home to China, but there’s new reason to visit River Wonders, because it’s time to dive into its 10th anniversary celebrations. Embark on an educational adventure together, playing River Wonders Explorer Bingo while learning fun facts about the park’s diverse residents. Complete a row and redeem a pin as a memento.

Besides the mainstay River Feeding Trail Keeper Talk, don’t miss two new sessions available for a limited time only. Meet the giant hiding in the Mekong River and witness the wonders of the Amazon. You might even get to feed a ‘water monkey’ – the incredible silver arowana that can leap like one! End your date on a sweet note with panda-themed treats or limited-edition River Wonders macarons.

SAFRA members enjoy up to 40% off admission rates to River Wonders till 31 March 2024; more info at safra.sg/promotions/mandai

Til 14 April at River Wonders, 80 Mandai Lake Road; mandai.com/RiverWonders10

A purr-fect art jamming experience

Wildflower Studios

Cat cafes are pretty common these days, but Wildflower Studio has a unique three-in-one experience for cat lovers. Currently occupying a cosy space just three minutes from Little India MRT station (they’re moving to a bigger venue soon), you can unleash your inner artist in an art jamming session, interact with an adorable cast of adoptable cats, and help support a worthy cause at the same time.

Wildflower Studio fosters felines, helping them find fur-ever homes while providing patrons with a purr-fect date. Choose a guided art session with feline inspiration, or simply relax and mingle with its friendly residents and fosters for just $20. Who knows, you might just leave with more than a masterpiece – you might find a paw-some new family member!

For more art jamming fun, head to Canvas Art @SAFRA Choa Chu Kang & Toa Payoh. SAFRA members enjoy discounted rates; more info at safra.sg/canvasark/art-jamming

Wildflower Studio, 56A Niven Road; Tel: 8101 4990

Playtime with pugs

What The Pug

Craving a memorable date filled with cuteness and cuddles? Then look no further than What The Pug, Singapore’s first and only pug cafe. Nestled in the heart of Haji Lane, the quirky space boasts a playful atmosphere, pug-themed decor and, most importantly, a horde of affectionate pugs that promise to steal your heart the second they tumble out of the gate.

Ranging from $20 to $28, depending on the day of your date, each ticket gets you a drink and 45 minutes to shower these chonky bundles of joy with love (they love giving it back). You can also purchase healthy treats for some extra kisses if you like. Either way, you’ll leave with a smile on your face and a Polaroid wefie with your pug of choice.

Or save up for fur-st class dining aboard a dog-friendly cruise on the Royal Albatross. SAFRA members enjoy 15% off dining cruises; more info at safra.sg/promotions/the-royal-albatross

What The Pug, 80 Haji Lane; Tel: 6293 3350 

Rise and shine with the kids

Hay Dairies

Calling all you early (love)birds! Escape the city and reconnect with nature at Hay Dairies. Singapore’s one and only goat farm welcomes visitors to get up close and personal with these charming caprine critters. Witness the fascinating process of goat milking from 9am, where the surprisingly gentle creatures patiently queue up for their turn.

Then explore the farm at your own pace and observe the goats as they relax in their barns. They’re highly sociable, so don’t be surprised if some peek out to make your acquaintance! For a truly interactive experience, purchase some alfalfa hay and feed these friendly animals. After your visit, treat yourselves to fresh original or chocolate goat milk and browse unique souvenirs like handmade goat soap.

Hay Dairies, 250 Neo Tiew Crescent; Tel: 6792 0931

Volunteer with therapy horses

Looking for a meaningful way to connect with your better half and able to set aside a couple of hours weekly for at least 10 weeks? Consider volunteering together at the Riding for the Disabled Association Singapore, the only local charity offering free equine-assisted therapy sessions for persons with mental and physical disabilities.

By becoming a side-walker, you’ll directly support these individuals as they participate in life-changing therapy sessions that improve confidence, motor skills, and social interaction. No prior horse experience is needed, and training is provided. It’s a chance to give back, connect with the amazing horses, and make a real difference – together.

RDA Centre, 5 Jalan Mashhor; Tel: 6250 0176

Here are more date ideas for nature-loving couples and those who just want to kick back and chill.

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