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The best things to do in Singapore in April

No April Fool's joke – you can still catch music performances online and art displays to offline this month

By Cam Khalid

There's always a couple of things to look forward to this month – April Fool's Day, Easter, and even World Penguin Day. But while we navigate through uncharted waters this month, we can take this opportunity to shake up your routine and try something new (or an old hobby you've abandoned for long). Beyond Easter-themed afternoon teas and egg hunts, take this time to embrace the joys of staying in.

This month, Esplanade broadcasts music performances at its centre online with Esplanade Offstage, and the Sungei Buloh Reserve turns on its webcams for home audiences to observe local wildlife. You can even explore museums around the world including Singapore via virtual tours on Google Arts and Culture.

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Esplanade Offstage
Photograph: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

Esplanade Offstage

Music Singapore City, Raffles Place

The show must go on – line. Esplanade takes its performing arts programmes online with Esplanade Offstage. At the comfort of your cosy pad, you can watch exclusive broadcasts of selected music performances by local and regional acts at the centre for free. These include other videos, stories, and podcasts on other arts too. Hit the play button on Haruka Nakamura Piano Ensemble and Aspidistrafly's first avant-garde joint showcase, Mandopop duo StellaVee's catchy pop tunes, Metropolitan Festival Orchestra and DJ KoFlow's genre-defying performance, and more.

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
Photograph: Nparks

Observe the wildlife of Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

If you're wondering how our local wildlife are doing, explore Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve through its Animal Cams. The three cameras focus on the view from the main bridge, the biggest bird hide in the reserve and the pond. If you're lucky, you might even see otters frolicking by the water, migratory birds feeding or even freshwater crocodiles making its way down the river. This NParks initiative aims to bring nature closer to you. And even if you didn't spot any wildlife from the webcams, there's something incredibly soothing watching these live streams.

The Natural History Museum
Photograph: Kafai Liu on Unsplash

Virtual art exhibitions to explore from your couch


Trying to find something to keep you occupied while in self-isolation? Hey, you don't have to watch endless series on Netflix if you don't want to. Did you know that you can explore virtually every major museum in the world online? That's made possible with the existence of online platform Google Arts and Culture and local virtual tour companies like Haroko Studio, as well as online exhibitions hosted by the galleries themselves. Culture vultures can now feed their minds without even leaving their couch.

Staying in?


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