Singapore might be a fast-moving city, but on weekends, take the opportunity to slow down and go on unique explorations or take fascinating classes. You might view the Little Red Dot in a different light!

1. Find out where your fresh seafood comes from

The day’s catch of fresh fish

Foodies will enjoy the opportunity to experience the hustle and bustle of a fishery port

Meet the fishermen, fish mongers and others people responsible for bringing the seafood you eat to your table as you go on the early morning tour of the Jurong Fishery Port. Organised by Hai Sia Seafood, you can immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of this fast-paced but little-known aspect of Singapore’s food industry. Here, you get to admire the fresh catch and even witness lively price negotiations. The guide will also offer tips on how to select the best seafood, so you’re better equipped the next time you head to the market.

2. Explore Singapore’s first marine park

Did you know Singapore’s waters are home to more than 250 species of hard corals and over 100 species of reef fish? Sign up for National Parks Board’s (NParks) guided tour of Sisters’ Islands to learn more about the rich biodiversity at Singapore’s first marine park. While you’re at it, you might just catch a glimpse of some seahorses, or other similarly cute and rare creatures.

Adventurous explorers with the necessary dive experience and qualifications can also explore the two dive trails located here. The trails showcase an array of reefs, with stations where divers may participate in simple NParks’ Citizen Science programmes along the way.

3. Learn to be a mermaid

A mermaid swimming in water

For a quirky way to get a core muscle workout, sign up for mermaid classes at the Singapore Mermaid School

If you can’t get enough of the aquatic world, going to mermaid school is the perfect excuse to spend more time in the water. Sign up for mermaid classes at the Singapore Mermaid School, where you’ll learn how to swim like this mythical underwater creature – complete with a shimmery, prosthetic tail. The classes are not just for whimsical fun; you can expect to give your core muscles a solid workout as you frolic in the water. Classes also start with a short and informative session about mermaid myths and legends, so you’ll gain a deeper appreciation for this unique activity as you bond with other members of your ‘pod’.

If you can’t get enough of the aquatic world, going to mermaid school is the perfect excuse to spend more time in the water

4. Help keep an ancient art alive

A Chinese opera singer putting on makeup.

Take your painting skills up a notch by learning the traditional art of opera makeup

Immerse yourself in the increasingly rare art of Chinese opera by taking a hands-on workshop on opera makeup. You will learn the secrets of dramatic Teochew opera makeup techniques at this makeup course conducted by a professional opera makeup artist with over three decades of experience. Not only is this a quirky form of face painting to discover, you’ll also be doing your part to keep this ancient art form alive. As a bonus, you’ll be able to take plenty of interesting photographs to post on Instagram to show others how creative your weekend escapades are!


Whether you’re interested in learning a new skill or discovering a lesser-known aspect of Singapore, these unique activities are a great way to spend your free time. What other uncommon weekend pursuits have you discovered on our sunny isle?