1. Workout At Asia’s First Brain And Fitness Hub: Sparkd
Getting fit isn’t just about physical health, it’s all in the mind too. Sparkd is a new gym concept in town that uses the latest technology from the US and Europe to stimulate targeted areas of the brain while engaging in body movements. It’s no longer mind over body: But mind AND body. The sessions here are designed to challenge you physically and mentally, it’s what they call “dual-tasking”! (Think: Doing burpees while solving math equations, hence boosting neurological and cognitive functions.) Your body will be challenged to move in complex ways while engaging the brain to complete an activity at the same time. (Trust us, this seems easy but it’s definitely a fun challenge!) This trains the brain to be more resilient, responsive and adaptive.
Don’t worry if you think it’s a little too scary for your little kiddo. The exercises are scalable to every individual. The equipment and technology can also be “gamified’, where cognitive activities are programmed to be like a “game”. The best part? It’s designed for everyone; it even has kids sessions for parent-child duos who wish to give this unique challenge a go.
Check out its latest group class special:
Enjoy unlimited group classes for $59 per week. Or, if you’d like to really get in there and train, try its 3-session monthly package for $99. (Group classes accept up to 10 pax per session.)
“Sparkd was born from my desire to help people fight cognitive decline, MCI (Mild Cognitive Impairments), dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease and other brain disorders, but it evolved into helping everyone because of the massive scope of the technology covering all populations. I spent years probing into loads of information. I wanted to create something that is aspirational for people beyond their imagination, where they can take control of their health and life span.”
– Anna Milani, CEO & Founder of Sparkd
Asia’s First Brain And Fitness Hub: Sparkd
Open Mondays to Fridays (7 a.m. – 9 p.m.), Saturdays (8 a.m. – 12 p.m.; post-12 p.m. by appointment only) & Sundays (appointment only)
Group classes (adults/kids, up to 10 pax per session, 45mins): Single sessions ($42), Introductory group class ($99 per month). Visit here for full class details.
Sparkd, The Herencia, #04-23/24, 46, Kim Yam Rd., 239351
2. White Lodge’s NEW Phoenix Park Early Learning Centre: Personalised Tour
White Lodge International Preschool & Childcare invites you to join them in a personalised tour of its brand new annex located at its Phoenix Park campus in May!
Located on the ground floor of a colonial building, the White Lodge Phoenix Park Early Learning Centre has two spacious classrooms, an open multipurpose area and a dedicated outdoor space offering a wide range of sensory play opportunities. The area is specifically designed for children between the ages of 18 months to 3.5 years with a child centred play-based curriculum on offer, which compliments the existing White Lodge curriculum. Set in leafy surroundings, the space has age-appropriate bathroom facilities and a wide range of books, toys, and resources to provide a stimulating and nurturing environment.
White Lodge’s Phoenix Park Early Learning Centre: Personalised Tour
4 – 14 May 2021; Choice between half day (8 a.m. – 2.15 p.m.), full day (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) and extended day (8 a.m. – 6 p.m.) programme
Book for your personalized tour by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 6255 4230
White Lodge Phoenix Park Kindergarten, 310 Tanglin Rd., Luxe SG Holdings, Phoenix Park, 247975
3. Mother’s Day Special at Miss Fitz
On 9 May from 11 p.m. to 4 p.m., Miss Fitz is organising the perfect day for the special ladies in your life. Check out their four-course set lunch menu ($58+) and five-course set lunch menu (%78+) for a decadent lunch. Plus, it comes with Bubbles and a Mother’s Day spritz cocktail or mocktail. Miss Fitz has curated a special Mother’s Day cocktail called “I-A-PEACH-IATE YOU” made with peach, prosecco, vodka, lemon & thyme syrup and fresh lemon. Don’t worry, it comes in a mocktail form too for the little ones.
4. Dale Chihuly: Glass in Bloom
Visit this new exhibition in Gardens by the Bay created by American artist Dale Chihuly from 1 May to 1 August, best known for his amazing installations of blown glass. His work will be the first major garden exhibition in Asia, so you can’t miss out! These magnificent large-scale installations and sculptures will blow your mind away. Plus, the Flower Dome’s will change their flower displays with a beautiful range of colours ranging from red, pink, orange, white blooms of begonias, roses and hydrangeas.
Dale Chihuly: Glass in Bloom
Open Mondays to Fridays (9 a.m. – 9 p.m.), Saturdays and Sundays ( 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.)
Tickets for Flower Dome and Cloud Dome for $20 are available. Access to all exhibition areas, including Conservatories, and Outdoor Gardens & Gallery, from $27.
Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marine Gardens Drive, 018953
5. Singapore HeritageFest 2021
From 3 May to 30 May 2021, the National Heritage Board hosts its 18th edition of the Singapore HeriageFest! This year the festival explores and commemorates lesser-known stories about Singapore’s healthcare and food heritage history. With on-site and online experiences, there is something for everyone. Learn about the history of our medical buildings and even attend workshops that highlight Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda and their uses today.
6. Tonalities: The Ink Works of Cheong Soo Pieng
From 14 May to 30 May 2021, this exhibition showcases Cheong Soo Pieng, Singapore’s pioneer art master and one of the most innovative Chinese artists of the 20th century. Dive into his entire body of ink work that show different periods during his lifetime. For example, his Bali trip inspired his lifelong curiosity for Balinese figures and motifs. This exhibition also uncovers never before seen artwork from Cheong Soo Pieng’s final years!
7. Wellness Gluten-Free for Family Gatherings
Eating gluten-free doesn’t have to be difficult. This class, led by Chef Lynette Foo, will teach you key skills in gluten-free cooking. Plus, the dishes you’ll make sound absolutely delicious, suitable for a family gathering. You’ll prepare pesto, pea and prawn patties, roasted pumpkin and couscous salad, dukkah crusted chicken schnitzels and finally banana walnut bread. Not only tasty, but these dishes are also nourishing for the soul with low sugar, sodium, fat and dairy products.
8. Bettr Try Both: Kopi & Coffee
Obsessed with Singapore traditional Kopi? Learn more about this heartwarming local favourite and the myths behind traditional Nanyang Kopi. This behind the scenes workshop will also teach you the skills behind latte art and traditional Kopi. To add to the fun, Bettr Barista will host a “Close Up” game where you get to experience what it’s like to serve kopi! Bonus: participants get a 10% discount for coffee merchandise.
Bettr Try Both: Kopi & Coffee
8 May and 31 May from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Fees are $54 per person or signup for both Brewology Basics and Bettr Try Both: Kopi & Coffee at $88 (usual price $97)
Bettr Barista Coffee Academy, 9 Harrison Rd., 04-01, 369651
9. Geylang Serai Hari Raya Light Up
This annual Geylang Serai light show returns with 40 beautiful installations that stretch out from Paya Lebar Quarter to Sims Avenue. Until 23 May 2021, every evening, from 7 p.m. to midnight, visit these stunning lights in celebration of Ramadan. This year’s theme is “Celebrating the Kampung Spirit” in light of social unity during the pandemic.
Geylang Serai Hari Raya Light Up
Until 23 May (7:00 p.m. – 12 a.m.), open until 6 a.m. on 12 May
Wisma Geylang Serai, Engku Aman Rd., 409223
10. Singapore International Festival of Arts 2021
From 14 May to 30 May, SIFA 2021 is back, becoming one of the first international arts festivals to be opened since Covid-19. There are over 60 shows and 300 performances, celebrating artists of different technological mediums. Programmes such as Singular Screens, curated by Asian Film Archive, honours diversity in Singapore and around the world.
Singapore International Festival of Arts
Open Mondays to Sundays (10 a.m. – 10 p.m.), check SIFA 2021 programmes for specific event times
Fees are free and ticketed
The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Ln., 179429
11. Once Upon A Time On The Orient Express
Visit Garden by the Bay’s Once Upon A Time On The Orient Express installation which showcases the fascinating history of the 158-year-old Orient Express train. You can relive the experience of travellers who boarded more than 100 years ago through the two original carriages in this attraction. Other historical items like uniforms, shields, Pullman car, Louis Vuitton original luggage and porcelain are all on display. Plus, you can get your food cravings at the Orient Express road cafe and Orient Express restaurant and lounge as well as shopping at the Orient Express shop.
Once Upon A Time On The Orient Express
Till 13 September. Open Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays (10 a.m. – 9 p.m.), and Wednesdays to Thursdays (10 a.m. – 7 p.m.), and Saturdays (10 a.m. – 10 p.m.)
Tickets from $25 per person (free for children below 3 years old)
Gardens by the Bay, West Lawn (located next to Bayfront Plaza), 18 Marine Gardens Drive, 018953
12. Un-Explored Old World Wine Tasting
Check out premium wine in this two-day walkabout tour of 100 selections of old-world wine with cheeses from France. Learn more about the several wine regions of France and Italy as well as the differences between wines according to soil and climate. A well worth trip to taste a range of delicate and decadent white wines, red wines, sparkling and of course sweet wines.
13. Sky High Walker
Experience hawker-style food with sky-high views at CÉ LA VI. Celebrate renowned Singapore chefs and hawkers with street-style food include Bee Kee Truffle Wanton Noodles, Krawpow Thai Street Food, BURGS by Project Warung and more! Views and good food? What can go wrong!
By Isabel Wibowo, April 2021 / Images: Courtesy of the respective events’ social media pages and/or websites credited. Text for Sparkd: Adapted from Melody Chong.
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