Insider's Picks: Alternate Venues To Celebrate National Day To Avoid The Crowds And Road Closures

National day in Singapore is coming up, and the spirits are high. As August 9 draws near, some may be put off by the tough, patriotic crowds that will gather at Marina Bay, cheering amid spectacular fireworks and soaring jets. Of course, for these people who would rather avoid the big crowds and inconvenient road closures, head on down to these alternate venues:

FAMILY-FRIENDLY ‘SO SINGAPORE’ SENTOSA

Head across the bridge to the stunning Sentosa island, and celebrate everything Singaporean at ‘So Singapore’. Also perfect for families, take a trip to the past as you have fun at the Heritage Carnival (Aug 4 – 13). From local sweet indulgences like Peranakan kueh and chendol, to special performances on Saturdays including Chinese opera, a wushu performance and Peranakan folk songs, be spoilt for choice as you take part in all things Singaporean, even if you are not at the actual National Day parade. Come night time, wait for the iconic Merlion to light up in a dazzling array of colours, visual effects and music.

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AMAZING WILDLIFE AT SINGAPORE ZOO AND JURONG BIRD PARK

For the month of August, local residents of Singapore can enjoy an exclusive promotion, taking 52 percent off combo tickets to two parks. Whether you go for the Singapore Zoo and River Safari, or the Singapore Zoo and Jurong Bird Park, a trip to the stunning wildlife arena is one worth having – even on National Day.

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A CULTURAL FEAST FOR THE EYES

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From now till September 3, admire iconic structures around the world with a twist. The fascinating exhibition, titled Piece Of Peace: World Heritage Exhibit Built with Lego Bricks features impeccale structures built from tiny lego bricks. from Moscow's famous Saint Basil’s Cathedral to the stunning Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, stray from the crowd whilst indulging in a cultural feast for the eyes. See if you can spot the seven fresh replicas of world-famous ASEAN heritage sites, especially our very own Singapore Botanic Gardens.

RAGE ON AND LET IT ALL OUT

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The Fragment Room's damaged furniture and dismantled furniture is no cause for alarm. The newly opened rage room experience -- Singapore's very first -- allows customers to smash and break objects to their heart's content. You could be curious to know how it feels to smash something like a laptop, or to literally rough things up. Just don your protective gear, and you're ready to go.

CHECK OUT A STUNNING MUSEUM

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The Parkview Museum boasts a stunning space with a gorgeous six-metre-high ceiling. Don't miss the On Sharks and Humanity, which will be on till September 9. The contemporary art, which the private gallery showcases, are more than thought-provoking artworks where some almost touch the ceiling. Admission is free.

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