Need a mood-lifter during this period of “heightened alert?” Keep boredom at bay by visiting these newly opened outdoor attractions. By SAMANTHA FRANCIS.
Fresh air and the warmth of sunshine on your skin could be the antidote to what The New York Times calls “languishing”, a feeling marked by the lack of joy and motivation in life. Said to be the dominant emotion of 2021, it’s been attributed to the ongoing pandemic and its accompanied uncertainty.
Now that Singapore is in a month-long state of heightened alert to curb rising COVID-19 cases, you might find yourself confronted with a growing sense of boredom. With new measures in place, like social gatherings capped at two and the cessation of dining in at F&B establishments, there’s no better time for some quiet self-reflection and one-on-one time with a loved one.
Tear yourself away from the screens and head out to these newly opened outdoor places for some quality time spent in the midst of mood-lifting nature—just don’t forget to stay safe and keep your masks on.
A dinosaur trail surrounded by greenery: Changi Jurassic Mile
While Changi Airport’s Terminal 1 and 3, as well as Jewel Changi Airport, are temporarily closed until May 26, you can still explore the east side of Singapore via the Coastal Park Connector. Cycle, jog, or enjoy a leisure stroll from East Coast Park all the way to Changi Beach Park Car Park 7. The 15km park connector runs along Aviation Park Road and Tanah Merah Coast Road.
Along the way, you’ll find the Changi Jurassic Mile, a new path connecting Changi Airport and East Coast Park. Designed as a family-friendly attraction, the 3.5km route is home to a permanent outdoor display of over 20 dinosaur models—all arranged so that they blend seamlessly into the surrounding greenery. Highlights include pre-historic creatives across both carnivorous and herbivorous species, including those that can fly and a towering T-Rex. Fun facts about each of the dinosaurs are displayed on side of path, offering an educational and immersive experience for visitors. When night falls, some of the photo spots also light up with neon dinosaur signs, offering opportunities for a selfie or two.
More information here.
A fun adventure playground for all ages: Coastal PlayGrove
The space occupied by the now-defunct Big Splash has been taken over by a new playground featuring a four-storey-tall Play Tower and vertical climbing nets. Setting the bar high for playgrounds, the 4.5-hectare beachside play zone is reminiscent of its predecessor with water features such as wading pools and jet fountains. Standing at 16 meters, the Play Tower is currently the tallest outdoor play structure in Singapore. Inside, a massive network of colourful ropes and mini high-element courses await.
Meanwhile, thrill seekers will enjoy the pair of giant slides, at 7.3m and 11.9m respectively, which will take you right back to the ground from the top of the Tower. The area also has a nature playground, which is segmented into three zones for visitors to explore. Follow whimsical log trails and walk on balancing beams to photo-worthy tepee huts or climb on fallen logs to get a closer look at the native shrubs. Don’t miss out on the bamboo tunnel, a peaceful spot resembling Japan’s well-loved Arashiyama Forest.
More information here.