When it rains it pours.
If you’re in Singapore right now you’ve probably become well acquainted with your umbrella, with November through January the rainiest months of the year. Don’t let the gloomy weather stop you from enjoying the city – there are plenty of indoor attractions for these rainy days!
Museums are an obvious choice for whiling away a rainy afternoon and Singapore has some excellent options. A visit to the National Museum of Singapore will fill you with facts about this city-state’s history and the museum also is hosting a special exhibition of European art masterpieces until February 2012. For a museum with a broader scope, the Asian Civilizations Museum offers an overview of the art and cultures of Thailand, Malaysia, China, India, and other Asian nations. If contemporary art and film are more your thing, the Singapore Art Museum has a diverse collection and is a few steps away from Bras Basah MRT station for easy access during a downpour. In-depth exploration of any one of these museums and the beautiful colonial buildings they occupy will take a few hours and all have on site cafés.
A walk around Chinatown can be enjoyable even in the rain. The neighbourhood’s attractions are quite close together and the characteristic ‘five-foot ways’ – overhangs from the roofs of traditional shophouses – help keep you dry as you dash from one sight to the next. If you need to get a solid roof over your head, slip inside the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple for some enlightenment or the Chinatown Complex for cheap shopping and a hawker food feast.
Wet weather means much smaller crowds at Sentosa so a rainy day can be a perfect opportunity to visit the island’s indoor attractions. The best of the lot is Underwater World with a walk-through aquarium tunnel and a touch pool where you can pet starfish and manta rays. Underwater World is fully enclosed except for the dolphin show, which may be cancelled during heavy rain. The new Marine Experiential Museum is fun regardless the weather and its half history, half computer game style appeals to all ages. Lastly, many minor attractions such as Images of Singapore and 4D Magix Theatre are indoors, but I wouldn’t recommend making the trip to Sentosa just for these.
Travelling with kids? Board games are a classic solution to rainy day boredom so, assuming you don’t have Scrabble in your suitcase, head to Mind Café which boasts Singapore’s largest selection of board games. Mind Café has three locations and charges by the hour, though promotions often mean free gaming when you buy food and drinks. Kallang Leisure Park offers three rainy day solutions in one location with a bowling alley, ice skating rink, and movie theatre, plus a bunch of family-friendly restaurants. Movie theatres showing English-language movies can also be found in malls in the Orchard and Bugis areas.
Tanya Procyshyn is a freelance writer and photographer. With a passion for unusual destinations, she has camped alongside Komodo dragons and shook hands with soldiers in North Korea.
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