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The best indoor things to do in Singapore on a rainy day

Rain or shine, the indoors are as fun as the great outdoors

Cam Khalid
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Cam Khalid
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Izza Sofia
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Nothing better than a cold and rainy day in bed watching Netflix with a hot cup of tea in hand. Watching heartwarming movies while snuggling up in bed seems pretty ideal in the cool weather but what happens when cabin fever hits and you wish to do some activities but the rain is cramping your style? Here’s a list of backup plans that you can enjoy while staying indoors in comfortable air-conditioning. They include indoor playgrounds, flower gardens, visiting museums and more. Scroll down for more great ideas to do in Singapore even when it's pouring outside.

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Learn new skills at these workshops
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Learn new skills at these workshops

Get your creative juices flowing at a pottery class and bring home a one-of-a-kind ceramic piece to add some personality to your home. Am I Addicted is a Korean pottery studio and vegetarian café that offers one-off sessions and longer courses (if you're so inclined) where you can pick up handbuilding and wheel throwing skills at their accessible studio in Capitol. Or for something really unique, try out tufting at Singapore's first tufting studio Tuft Club. Using yarn, a tufting gun and with the help of a projector, you can create rugs and other fluffy works of art. 

It's hotpot weather
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It's hotpot weather

Perfect for rainy days, a bubbling hot pot meal always satisfies and nourishes. From the flavourful broth and an extensive range of ingredients to a host of side dishes and customisable sauces, the hot pot experience offers an irreplicable sense of communion between friends and loved ones. All made better by being indoors in the rainy weather. Here are our favourite spots in town for some hotpot or steamboat. 

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Get inked... maybe permanently

Get inked... maybe permanently

Been toying with the idea of getting a tattoo for forever? Take advantage of a rainy day to spend some hours indoors – at a tattoo studio, getting the tatt of your dreams. Check out some of the best tattoo artists in Singapore if you're ready to manifest some permanent body art. If you're still hesitating, then henna, jagua ink and other temporary body inks might just be for you. Here are ten best henna artists in Singapore that you can turn to with your wildest designs. 

Release your inner frustrations in a safe space
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Release your inner frustrations in a safe space

Next time you’re having a crappy day, vent your frustrations at The Fragment Room. The rage room allows you to literally smash any objects you wish to release all that pent up anger. Each session at The Fragment Room provides you with items such as plates, cups and vases, and electronics like TVs and radio sets. Just suit up, and have a smashin’ good time! Another axe-cellent way to vent your anger is trying out a new sport - axe throwing. At Axe Factor, you can attempt to test your aim and hit the bullseye with an axe as many times as you like.

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Reel it in at a rooftop indoor fishing spot
Fish @ Bugis+

Reel it in at a rooftop indoor fishing spot

Another activity that’s tucked away in air conditioning comfort is prawning. Fish @ Bugis+ has a rooftop indoor prawn fishing spot that is also family-friendly. There’s a tiny pond built for kids to fish in and a bar for you to grab a drink while admiring the skyline.

Get drunk at the home of Singapore's most iconic beer
Tiger Brewery Tour

Get drunk at the home of Singapore's most iconic beer

While Tiger Beer isn’t a foreign brand in Singapore,  have you ever wondered how Tiger Beer is made? You can now take a tour of the Tiger Brewery and discover the fascinating history while learning each step of the brewing process. The guided visits also allow you to see how the beers are packaged. There’s also a 45-minute, unlimited tasting session at the end and you try your hand at tapping your very own pint of beer.

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Fly a jet at Flight Experience Singapore
Flight Experience

Fly a jet at Flight Experience Singapore

Take off on a completely unique adventure at the Flight Experience centre on Raffles Avenue. Here, you get some pre-flight training and fly on an ultra-realistic Boeing 737-800 simulator. A licensed pilot is also there to guide you through take-offs, cruising and landings. Choose over 24,000 airports and fly over some iconic cities either at night or day, including Hong Kong’s harbour airport and the Manhattan skyline. Packages start from $175.

Let your kids go wild at indoor playground Kiztopia
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Let your kids go wild at indoor playground Kiztopia

Families with active tots can also have some fun at the various baby-safe indoor playgrounds around the city. One of them is Kiztopia, where your little ones can spend the entire day running around and exploring different games. From obstacle courses, train rides to giant slides and VR experiences, it truly is a little piece of heaven for your toddlers.

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Indulge in a book
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Indulge in a book

Stick your nose between the pages of a fictional bestseller or learn something new from a non-fiction pageturner at one of the city's cosiest reading spots or public libraries. Check out libraries such as Library@Orchard, Library@Esplanade, or Library@Harbourfront, which are decked with modern interiors and an extensive list of titles that include magazines, video, and audio. If you’re in the heartlands, head over to Tampines Regional Library which boasts a running track and indoor playground.

Unleash your inner kid
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Unleash your inner kid

Adulting can be overwhelming at times. But fret not, you can let loose at some of the city's indoor playgrounds – think trampoline parks, obstacle courses, rock climbing walls, and even a mini-golf arena. Go on and parkour, free-run, bounce and flip around, all in the name of fun at awesome trampoline parks including Bounce and Amped. And if you're a member of HomeTeamNS, gather your army of adrenaline junkies for Adventure HQ at Khatib Clubhouse which features a 233-metre-long roll glider, a 14-metre-long slide, a 165-metre-long artificial cave, a 15-metre cloud climb, and a two-tiered, 16-obstacle indoor challenge rope course. 

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Secure seats to a live show
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Secure seats to a live show

Good news: plays, dramas and musicals as well as live performances are back on stage. Keep your eyes peeled for plays at the theatres including Singapore Repertory Theatre and Ngee Ann Kongsi Theatre, as well as music performances at the Esplanade and Victoria Concert Hall. Other theatre companies that are worth checking out also include Pangdemonium, Wild Rice, and The Theatre Practice. Whether online or offline, there are always performing arts events dotted around the city to showcase fresh talent, so you'll always be entertained on a rainy day.

Enjoy a tipple (or two)
Photograph: Jigger and Pony

Enjoy a tipple (or two)

Whether you sip or quaff, enjoy a tipple (or two) and drink the bad vibes away with some friends at the city's top bars including those that chart 2021's World's 50 Best Bars list –Jigger and Pony, Manhattan, Atlas, No Sleep Club and MO Bar. From joints stocked with quality vino, speakeasies hidden behind unmarked doors, dens devoted to whisky, craft beer breweries, and much more, we doubt you'd stop at one drink – just make sure you have a safe ride home.

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Play on ice, ice, baby
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Play on ice, ice, baby

If you’re yearning for a winter holiday, lace up your skates and immerse yourself in the cold at indoor ice skating rinks like Kallang Ice World and The Rink at JCube. Alternatively, you can experience an amazing winter wonderland here in Singapore at Snow City. Have a snowball fight, slide down a 60-metre snow slope, engage in a paintball shoot-out in a snowfield or strap into a bumper car and drift on the ice!

Show off your best moves
Photograph: HiRoller Indoor Skating Rink

Show off your best moves

Whether you're jumping on the Tik Tok trend-wagon, or revisiting a popular pastime, HiRoller Indoor Skating Rink in Pasir Ris offers state-of-the-art experiences on both inline and roller skates – think disco lighting and thumping music. It's also a great spot to introduce the kids to both inline and roller skates. You won't even have to worry about your kids falling flat on their faces – there are inline skating athletes and certified instructors to guide them through the glide.

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Take a trip to the airport
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Take a trip to the airport

Changi Airport is known for being one of the world’s best airports for a good reason, and with Jewel Changi Airport, you've got a solid excuse to visit even if you're not catching a flight especially in these times. Here's where nature, play and over 280 retail and dining options including the much-raved burger stand Shake Shack, Pokémon's merch store, dessert haven Läderach and A&W's highly-anticipated comeback, come together under one roof. Also marvel at the gorgeous attractions such as the Shiseido Forest Valley and HSBC Rain Vortex or keep yourself and your little ones entertained for the day with the Canopy Park and Manulife Sky Nets.

Put a record on
Photograph: Swee Lee

Put a record on

There's something about crate-digging that will have us spending hours doing so. Finding a record, gently dropping the needle onto its groove, and hearing that initial crackle before the mahogany-rich sound takes over is an ethereal experience music lovers swear by. It escorts listeners through a rapturous sonic journey in a unique, multi-dimensional way. These record stores not only put your selection in a bag or on a record player, but also dish out a fresh cup of Java, ice-cold beers and small bites to keep you all fuelled up for all that browsing.

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Keep the ball rolling
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Keep the ball rolling

Skip the great outdoor golf course for Holey Moley where you can drink, feast, and also enjoy a competitive (or not) game of mini-golf. Attempt the putting hole Upside Down which takes on all the deliciousness of a hawker centre dinner – with a literal twist. Otherwise, switch the golf ball for the bowling ball at the city's various bowling alleys. Dance to the latest pop hits at the neon-lit K-Bowling. While you are scoring those strikes and spares, check out the darts and an arcade right beside it, ensuring you’ll be having a ball of a time indoors.

Let your creative juices flow
Photograph: Breezedeck Art Jamming

Let your creative juices flow

In this fast-paced concrete jungle, it's good to swap vigorous activities for relaxing ones every now and then. Freestyle painting is a therapeutic way to destress sans the crazy crowds. It doesn't matter if you're Picasso reincarnated or your best drawing was that of a stick figure, most art jamming studios will guide you through the process. They also come equipped with an arsenal of art tools and blank canvases, so all you have to do is stretch those fingers and create your very own masterpiece.

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Challenge a friend
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Challenge a friend

Fancy some cheap thrills? If you prefer brains than brawns, test your board game skills at cafés where there are 700 varieties to choose from. But if you want to mix 'em both, team up for one of the city's escape rooms where you'll have to beat the clock and solve a variety of puzzles to escape. Otherwise, round up the crew for a game of laser tag at LaserOPS or prepare for a shootout with blasters loaded with darts at NERF Action Xperience. If you prefer flying solo, defeat the baddies of virtual reality at Headrock VR or Zero Latency.

Play tourist for a day
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Play tourist for a day

If there’s one thing Singapore takes pride in, it’s the myriad of tourist attractions we have scattered across the island. Head down to Gardens by the Bay and marvel at the beauty of nature at attractions like Cloud Forest, Flower Dome and Floral Fantasy or snap a picture with your favourite celebs in full wax form at Madame Tussauds. Discover underwater life at the S.E.A Aquarium where you can get up close and personal with sharks, manta rays and even jellyfishes. The underwater world carries over 1,000 species across 50 different habitats, so have a day of fun meeting various marine life at the aquarium. 

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Get some work done at a café
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Get some work done at a café

Sometimes, being all cooped up in an office cubicle for hours can drive even the calmest of us mad. And though working from home can be the comfiest option, it might not be as productive. Venture beyond your friendly, neighbourhood Starbucks and settle down with free Wi-Fi, power points, and a good cuppa at these quiet cafés to get your productivity game on. And if you're looking for a more indulgent alternative, book a night's stay at any one of these hotels offering working staycations.

Shop and eat your way through a mall
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Shop and eat your way through a mall

Whether you’re a shopaholic or a foodie, there’s a mall for both. Singapore’s cornucopia of shopping centres house lifestyle shops, fashion boutiques, specialised stores, restaurants, as well as cleverly curated multi-concept stores that are ace at shaking up your retail therapy session. The good news is that most malls are located in close proximity to or above an MRT station so you can stay dry even without a brolly.

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Get your culture fix at a museum
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Get your culture fix at a museum

When it comes to museums in Singapore, there's more than meets the eye. With a broad spectrum of genres, spanning from state-of-the-art science, vintage memorabilia, cultural artifacts and historic treasures with interesting backstories, our museums feed curious minds. Try the National Museum of Singapore, Art Civilisations Museum, or go for an experience that's much more clandestine at a secret museum. Another highlight is the ArtScience Museum home to interactive eye-catching exhibits that all you shutterbugs will love.

Stroke your chin at an art gallery
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Stroke your chin at an art gallery

Here's one for the artsy types – art galleries such as National Gallery Singapore, Goodman Arts Centre and those at Gillman Barracks house gorgeous masterpieces by both local and international artists. While some captivating art exhibitions are permanent, the temporary displays are worth checking out too – if only for the 'gram.

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Catch the latest blockbuster
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Catch the latest blockbuster

If Netflix and chill at home won’t do, you can opt for a new box-office screening at the cinema. For the ultimate movie experience, there's the IMAX theatre at Shaw or catch an under-the-radar indie flick at alternative film venues like The Projector, Oldham Theatre and The Screening Room.

Burn calories at a gym
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Burn calories at a gym

Going for a run in the rain can be quite risky. For safety reasons, opt to break a sweat indoors. Encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle, Singapore is never short of places to keep you active. Enjoy a good view of the city skyline while whipping that body into shape at indoor gyms and fitness studios such as Virgin Active at Tanjong Pagar Centre and Gravity at Capita Green.

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Bliss out at a spa
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Bliss out at a spa

In need of some rest and relaxation? Take advantage of the cool weather by pampering yourself at a spa. From luxury therapies to pocket-friendly massages of various types, these spas offer relaxing full-body rubdowns, revitalising treatments, invigorating scrubs, or rejuvenating facials perfect for a gloomy day pick-me-up.

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