With Mother’s Day just around the corner and Father’s Day soon to follow, there’s no better time to treat your parents by taking them for a day out. Leave your passports at home, because contrary to popular belief, there are plenty of places in Singapore that your Volkswagen can take you to. Read on to find out about these destinations that your parents would appreciate!
Farm factor: Farmart Centre.
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Begin your day in the western side of Singapore by disconnecting from the city and technology at Farmart Centre. Despite its rather rural location, the variety of exhibits here makes the slight trek off the beaten track worth it – get some animal therapy cuddling up to the farm animals, or go on a farm tour around the neighbourhood. A retail section is also available for mum to take home some tasty souvenirs!
67 Sungei Tengah Road, Singapore 699008
Floral fundamentals: Gardens by the Bay.
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Hop into your Volkswagen and head towards central Singapore to Gardens by the Bay. Apart from being a showcase of horticulture and garden artistry while entertaining and educating visitors with seldom-seen plants, it’s a great destination to escape the heat thanks to the ingenious design that keeps it cool. With 3 gardens – Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden – spanning a sprawling 101 hectares, picture opportunities are aplenty for memories of the visit.
18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Cruise control: Singapore River Cruise.
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Onboard this traditional bumboat, a guide will help you better understand the past and present of the Singapore River as you cruise through it. Take in the sights of bustling Clarke Quay, the traditional shophouses of Boat Quay, and the architecture of Marina Bay Sands. Here’s a tip – start your cruise in the early evening, when the weather’s cooler and the nightlife begins.
Multiple locations including Clarke Quay and Bayfront South
Accessible antiques: Katong Antique House.
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If your parents are huge fans of old school collectibles (like a certain classic Bug!), they’re likely firm believers that ‘old is gold’. If so, escape the heat and relish in the comfort of your Volkswagen during the short drive east to Katong Antique House – this labour of love for owner Peter Wee serves as part-shop, part-museum showcasing Peranakan history and culture. A fourth-generation Baba Peranakan, Peter can keep you enthralled with tales of Peranakan history as you browse through the collection of antiques and artefacts.
208 East Coast Road, Singapore 428907
Dining at dusk: Coachman Inn Restaurant.
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Located inside Changi Sailing Club, dinner at this laid-back restaurant with a stunning view of the sea will be a great way to end the day. Start your dinner just before sunset to catch the receding sun while tucking into local, western and seafood dishes in the al-fresco area of the restaurant.
32 Netheravon Rd, Singapore 508508
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