Why stick to dinner and a movie just because you’re parents? These themed date ideas are a lot more fun, plus, they are a great opportunity to relax and bond.
IF YOU’RE OUTDOORSY
Great date idea – Pulau Ubin for cycling and dinner
Sweat it out together on a four-hour bike ride through idyllic Pulau Ubin (www.nparks.gov.sg) Take the bumboat from Changi Point Ferry Terminal – the ride is just 15 minutes and costs $2.50 per person, each way.
Right by the jetty, in the centre of town, are several bicycle-rental shops. There, you can get everything from a mountain bike to a tandem one for $8 to $15 for a full day. The route is pretty straightforward, but do ask for a map that will direct you to important sights and landmarks, such as Chek Jawa Wetlands and the granite quarry. Along the way, spot heritage trees, rubber plantations, wild boars, old kampung houses, and flourishing mangroves. After the ride, tuck into an early dinner and enjoy the sea breeze at one of the few kelong-style seafood and zi char restaurants there.
IF YOU’RE ARTY
Great date idea – Painting, cocktails and dinner
Located at Sentosa’s Quayside Isle, Museo (http://mu-se-o.com/en) combines a tea lounge and painting studio. Come sunset, the lounge transforms into a bar and casual fine-dining restaurant.
Start the evening at the art studio, where you’ll have everything you need to create your own masterpieces, including canvases, brushes and acrylic paints. A bonus: you get to bring your paintings home. While you’re channelling your inner Picasso, sip on Museo’s famous teas or signature cocktails, and chill out to funky background tunes. When you’re done painting, retreat to the restaurant and feast on exquisite gourmet bites served in glass jars called mezzanines. The sea view and laid-back vibe give Museo a romantic, holiday atmosphere.
IF YOU’RE FOODIES
Great date idea – Gourmet food shopping and an outdoor picnic
Pick out your favourite picnic foods together – think artisan breads and cheeses, freshly baked pies, cupcakes, and perhaps a bottle of wine – then find a quiet, shady spot in one of our many picturesque parks. Both Fort Canning Park and Hort Park (www.nparks.gov.sg) offer plenty of shaded areas, or check out Bay East Garden at Gardens by the Bay (www.gardensbythebay.com.sg), which has wonderful city skyline views, green lawns, and swaying palm trees you can picnic under.
IF YOU’RE MUSICAL
Great date idea – Brunch and an afternoon music recital
Singapore has no shortage of trendy brunch spots. But if you’re after a place that’s cosy and conducive to conversation, check out the stylish Da Paolo Bistro Bar (www.dapaolo.com.sg) at Rochester Park, which is famous for its red wine braised pork belly pizza; Pantry At The Stables (www.themarmaladepantry.com.sg), which serves delicious French toast with fruit and ice cream; or the Spanish-influenced Sabio By The Sea (http://sabio.sg) at Quayside Isle, which dishes up hearty brunch fare like steak with eggs and grilled mushrooms, and offers spectacular views of the marina and yachts. Top off your daytime date with an afternoon musical recital at the Esplanade (www.esplanade.com.sg)
IF YOU LOVE THE SEA
Great date idea – Sail out into the sunset on your personal yacht
If you don’t mind splurging, why not charter a yacht for a romantic sunset cruise? Companies like Something Special (www.somethingspecial.com.sg) offer such packages, which include a captain and crew to assist you, canapés, dinner and drinks, a trip past the Marina Barrage and Singapore Flyer, and a cruise through St Johns Bay. You can also try White Sails (www.whitesails.com.sg) or Neo Yacht (www.neogroup.com.sg). If your taste is a little more low-key or you are on a budget, you can charter a bumboat at Changi Point Ferry Terminal. For just $50, you can enjoy a ride along the coastal shores of Singapore. Bring your favourite snacks and hop on.
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By Sasha Gonzales, Young Parents, February 2015