In the blink of an eye, we’ve hit the middle mark of the year. Perhaps it’s time to reflect on our 2022 resolutions to see just how far we’ve come.
All in all, June’s set to be a good month – with events that have been on hiatus during the pandemic coming back to life and the kids getting excited for the school holidays, especially now that travel is back on the cards.
Foodies will love the new entries in Singapore’s F&B industry, too – whether it’s the second outpost of a wildly famous bakehouse or a Hong Kong hot pot restaurant loved by A-list celebrities and locals alike.
Mark your calendars – these are the best new things happening in Singapore this June.
Things To Do
Father’s Day celebrations @ SAFRA
Celebrate the hero of your family with a line-up of fun events and activities at the SAFRA clubhouses this Father’s Day. Post a message dedication to your super dad at the message board at all six SAFRA clubs, or redeem a mug with a minimum spend of $15 nett and customise it for dad at the mug painting workshop.
There’re also tours and outings where you can spend some father-child quality time, such as an educational tour of the Power 98 radio station, and a visit to the Sustainable Singapore Gallery at Marina Barrage. Aspiring shutterbugs can sign up for the Parent & Child Visual Media Workshop and Photo Trail at Sentosa – it’s definitely set to be a great bonding session!
SAFRA members get special privileges. More info at www.safra.sg/whats-on/fathersday
SAFRA Lil’ Stars 10th Edition
After a two-year break, SAFRA Lil’ Stars is back in front of a ‘live’ audience at SAFRA Toa Payoh! Open to kids aged 5 to 12 years old, let your little ones’ talent shine in a song or dance item, in either solo performances, with family members, or even in groups with their friends. Each participant will receive a Celebratory Fun Pack and finalists will also enjoy a complimentary photoshoot. There are attractive prizes worth over $500 to be won! Registration is open till 21 June on the mSAFRA app, and at any of the SAFRA clubs’ Customer Service Counters. Heats will be held on 25 June and Finals on 2 July.
More info at www.safra.sg/whats-on/safra-lil’-stars-2022
Kidz Amaze June Perks
Over at Splash @ Kidz Amaze SAFRA Punggol, don’t miss the Minions Mini Fair happening from 16 to 26 June. Fans can shop for Minions merchandise such as a steam eye mask, skipping rope, children’s bowling play set, swimming vest, cookies, body wash and more. And if you spend a minimum of $30 on Minions merchandise, you’ll get a free play session with a giant inflatable 1.75m Minion! There will also be free activities throughout the day, such as colouring and games, to keep the kids occupied.
16 to 26 June, Splash @ Kidz Amaze SAFRA Punggol
Sign your kids up for some endless fun this June holidays, at Kidz Amaze’s two-day holiday camps at their outlets at SAFRA Toa Payoh and Splash @ Kidz Amaze SAFRA Punggol! Children will learn to create their own art masterpiece, get their hands on making pizza and learn to bowl like a pro, among other activities. The camps will take place on 15 to 16 June and 21 to 22 June and registration closes one week before the respective camp start dates. To register, simply approach the respective Kidz Amaze outlets.
15 to 16 June and 21 to 22 June; more info at www.safra.sg/KAPromo
After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, iLight Singapore is finally making a return. The Marina Bay precinct will come to life with this year’s edition, ‘Spark of Light’, anchored on the colour violet.
Expect immersive artworks by local and international artists which are intriguing, yet also focus on environmental sustainability. Through the installations and artworks, festival-goers are encouraged to have conversations and reflect on how society can change our consumption behaviours for a more sustainable future while investing in the planet. Don’t miss installations that would make beautiful backdrops for your IG feed – such as ‘Eyes of the Sea’, ‘Collective Memory’ and DBS’ Live More, Waste Less Installation: ‘Waste Not, Want Not’.
Till 26 June; more info at www.ilightsingapore.gov.sg
Not sure what to do on rainy days? Get your kids to the only indoor drone arena in Singapore, ThrottleUp. Located at yo:HA Commercial @ Tampines, it’s perfectly suited for Easties to fly their drones – especially since most of the east is a no-fly zone for drones.
Indoor spaces at the co-living space have been transformed into a cool LED drone track. You and your kids can take part in the drone workshops to learn the basics and also experience mini drone racing. If you’re an advanced drone pilot, take up a challenge at the LED drone track and brush up on your piloting skills at ThrottleUp Arena.
yo:HA Commercial @ Tampines 6 Tampines Street 92, #02-02 Singapore 528893
Saturdays and Sundays till 26 June (by appointment only)
Royal Caribbean SAFRA50 promotion
Set sail on your three- or four-night voyage on Royal Caribbean International’s Spectrum of the Seas, Asia’s first and largest Quantum Ultra Class cruise ship! In celebration of SAFRA’s 50th anniversary and due to popular demand, SAFRA50 Best Guaranteed Rates are now extended till 17 June 2022. SAFRA members enjoy additional savings on top of prevailing discounts and promotions by Royal Caribbean. Special rates are only available on seven selected sail dates. For all booking enquiries, please contact the Royal Caribbean team via their booking hotline at 8339 8743 / 9863 5476 / 63050 033 or drop them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your SAFRA membership ID.
Read more about what you can expect on your Spectrum of the Seas cruise here: 5 Reasons Royal Caribbean Singapore’s Spectrum Of The Seas Is The Perfect Family Vacation
Till 17 June; eligible sail dates and more info at www.safra.sg/promotions/royalcaribbean-sg
Discover Western Australia
Thinking of a nearby yet unique destination for your next vacation? Western Australia, a quick 4.5-hour flight away, has a wide range of experiences and adventures for lovers of the outdoors.
You’ll never run out of things to do here. Zip down the Swan River, get up close and personal with Western Australia’s quokkas on Rottnest Island, or embark on a culinary adventure in the Southern Forests. Or work for your food and get your hands dirty as you go on a truffle treasure hunt at Manjimup, the largest producer of Superior Perigord Truffles in the Southern Hemisphere.
If you’re more of a water person, jet boat through the majestic Horizontal Falls, often referred to as one of the greatest natural wonders of the world.
More info at www.tourism.wa.gov.au
Bookworms, this one’s a lesser-known secret you should know. Hidden in Wheelock Place is Zall Bookstore, which has a cafe, art gallery, event spaces and more than 30,000 books on Chinese literature, humanities, history and philosophy. In a city that gets a little hectic sometimes, Zall Bookstore is a peaceful refuge in the midst of everything.
Founded by Chinese poet Yan Zhi who has published 18 books, the Singapore store is the Zall franchise’s first overseas outlet. Your kids will love the massive kids’ collection and reading area, while you can have a leisurely read while tucking into a delicious cake at the cafe. Don’t forget to visit the in-house gallery showcasing a collection of creative artworks and thought-provoking paintings.
501 Orchard Road, #02-18 Wheelock Place, Singapore 238880; Tel: 6232 7550
Stüssy & Nike collaboration
Fans of Nike’s Air Force 1 will love this collaboration by Stüssy & Nike, which is producing three renditions of the iconic footwear silhouette: a white tumbled leather with a white embroidered hook-and-loop strap; The Fossil Hemp version (which features a tonal embroidered swoosh and tonal embroidered ‘Stüssy’ hook-and-loop strap); and the Black Luxe Leather version.
The footwear are set to be released alongside the next iteration of their co-branded apparel: Think timeless logo-branded t-shirts, sweatshirts, and beanies you can wear anywhere.
Available at Dover Street Market Singapore, 18 Dempsey Rd, Singapore 249677 and on the DSMS e-shop
SAFRA50 50 Cents Treats
The SAFRA50 fun continues with 50 Cents Treats from participating F&B outlets at all six SAFRA clubs till 30 June 2022. Treats include curly fries from Jack’s Place, 1 plain prata and 1 cup of teh tarik from Springleaf Prata Place, mushroom soup from Subway, a Hawaiian Personal Pan Pizza from Pizza Hut and many more. Limited to the first 1,000 unique redemptions per SAFRA club, on a first-come, first-served, while stocks last basis.
Uncle Fong Hot Pot Restaurant
Chongqing-style eatery Uncle Fong Hot Pot Restaurant, known for its snaking long queues in Hong Kong, launches its first outpost in Singapore’s Great World. Try Uncle Fong’s soup base made from scratch with five premium ingredients: Chongqing Shizhuhong Chilli, Sichuan Hanyuan Pepper, Refined Beef Tallow, Sichuan Pixian Bean Paste, and Yunnan Yellow Ginger. Besides the usual array of hotpot favourites like fresh meats, seafood and vegetables, you can also tuck into novelty ingredients such as homemade ebiko prawn paste, well-marbled US prime beef short rib, Wulong potato noodles, and more.
1 Kim Seng Promenade, #B1-108/109, Singapore 237994; Tel: 6232 7800
Mr Holmes Bakehouse
San Francisco bakehouse Mr Holmes Bakehouse has opened its second Singapore outpost right in the CBD. The new store is decked out in pink neon lights, patterned tiles, and stylish solid wood furniture – perfect for your next TikTok.
But of course, the star of the show is their famous cruffin. The new store boasts a new cruffin menu with limited-edition flavours such as raspberry mocha, coconut cream and – wait for it – sundried tomato and bacon jam. One thing’s for sure, each one is perfectly flaky and deliciously buttery, just the way we like it.
Not feeling a cruffin? Choose from the pastries and savoury sandwiches on the menu, alongside a solid coffee selection.
9 Battery Road, #01-01 MYP Centre, Singapore 049910; Tel: 6509 0195
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