Escape rooms are pretty much passe, and karaoke just doesn’t cut it. So the next time you and your friends are looking for some unique activities to do (be warned: it isn’t ‘chill’ per se), check out some of these virtual reality game rooms that have been sprouting up all over Singapore.

Hado Singapore

Hado Singapore

We kick off the list with the mildest VR experience, though by no means less fun. For those afraid of jumping head first into an unknown realm, Hado Singapore provides a solution by introducing virtual elements into the real world instead – think dragons, mushrooms, and fireballs etc. Marketed as “techno sports”, they offer augmented reality instead of a fully immersive VR experience. The upside is that you don’t have to worry about motion sickness; and as you won’t be connected by cables, you’re free to move around and experience the activities. They offer three different games: dodgeball (but with fireballs instead!), monster battle and Hado shoot. It is one of the more affordable options on the list, priced at $20-23 per person for all three games lasting 30 mins in total.

Address: *SCAPE #02-15, Singapore 237978
Opening hours: 12pm – 9pm (Mon to Sun)
Tel: 6634 4668

HeadRock VR

HeadRock VR

With 11 different VR attractions spanning different themes, HeadRock VR is the place to check out if you’re hoping to spend hours lost in distant worlds. Full-fledged adrenaline junkies can have their spine tingled by plunging into the depths of hell – or more accurately, molten lava – from a jaw-dropping height of over 1000m on the Flying Dive ride. If you’re more of an extreme sports person, navigate through overflowing river rapids on Jungle Rafting, supposedly a crowd favourite, that won’t require you to have a change of clothes after. Or experience a blistering snow storm with the Storm Blizzard installation – a world’s first of its kind – that will see its debut in tropical Singapore. No winter, no problem. Admission tickets are sold as a bundle, allowing you access to seven ($65), five ($50) or three ($35) rides at a go.

Address: Resorts World Sentosa #01-38-39, Singapore 098269
Opening hours: 10am – 8pm (Mon to Sun)
Tel: 6963 4609

Sandbox

Sandbox

Sandbox offers a hyper realistic experience, using haptic technology to bring in the added sense of touch along with untethered movement. Bring a party of up to six people to play in one of two games: Curse of Davy Jones or Deadwood Mansion. With movie quality motion capture, actions are seamless and they themselves have compared it to the “Holodeck” from Star Trek. The games are priced at $29-40 per person for about half an hour of gameplay.

Address: Orchard Central #05-31, Singapore 238896
Opening hours: 1pm – 10.15pm (Mon to Thurs), 11.30am – 12am (Fri), 10.30am – 12am (Sat), 10.30am – 10.30pm (Sun)
Tel: 9832 5988

Virtual Room

Virtual Room

Touted to be the best collaborative or team-based VR game room, Virtual Room sets itself apart from other VR places by offering each player their own room to play in. Following their first sci-fi release, players must now work in teams of up to four and time travel all the way back to ancient Egypt to solve puzzles together in order to save the world. Prices here are slightly steeper at $44-49 per person, but you get 45 minutes of game time so the math works out to be about the same, really.

Address: Lucky Chinatown B3, Singapore 059432
Opening hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon to Sun)
Tel: 6966 8060

V-room

V-room

Located in the heart of Jurong East, V-room offers over 30 games, featuring horror, shooting, puzzle and multiplayer games. A suitable option for a casual game or two with your friends, it is by far the most affordable of the lot here as well – each cosy room fits two to four people and only costs $12-15 per person for an hour. You can consider coming here as an introduction to VR gaming, or just to get a quick VR fix that won’t break the bank.

Address: JCube #02-11, Singapore 609731
Opening hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon to Sun)
Tel: 6904 4045

Zero Latency

Zero Latency

Perhaps the biggest arena in Singapore, Zero Latency offers a staggering 4000 sq ft warehouse for you and your friends (up to eight players, no less) to play in. Cordless, you are free to move around without fear of bumping into a wall three arms’ length away. This is accompanied by a perfectly weighted controller and a headset with 2k resolution to provide the ultimate VR experience. Four games are offered here, ranging from zombie to space themes. The priciest of the lot, it’ll set you back about $48-70 per person, but the extensive game play and fully immersive environment makes it tempting to try it out at least once.

Address: Suntec City Mall #03-346, Singapore 038983
Opening hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon to Thurs), 11am – 11pm (Fri), 10am – 11pm (Sat), 10am – 10pm (Sun)
Tel: 6931 0331

A version of this article first appeared on SG Magazine.

More related stories: There’s Now A VR Theme Park In Singapore (And It’s Opened By Seungri!), Get Your Geek On At These Good Ol’ Board Game Cafes In Singapore

JCube Christmas Market

It’s finally December, and that means it’s time to celebrate all things Christmas! From festive markets to outdoor carnivals to musical treats, there are plenty of exciting events to soak in the festive cheer.

NOW TO 26 DEC: CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND 2018

01-Christmas-Wonderland

Expect dazzling illuminations, festive delights and a myriad of fun activities at Gardens By The Bay’s annual year-end extravaganza, Christmas Wonderland 2018. Aside from the debut of Asia’s largest luminarie mirror maze, one can also look forward to kinetic light installations, live performances and carnival games – guaranteed fun for the entire fam!

Tickets from $4, visit Christmas Wonderland for more information.

NOW TO 31 DEC: LOOP

02-LOOP

Join in the green movement at Singapore’s first and largest pop-up event. A month-long lifestyle festival held on the grounds of Esplanade Park, LOOP brings together over 100 local craft makers, F&B vendors and eco-friendly beauty brands in hopes of promoting sustainability. Besides getting your eco fix, there will also be hands-on workshops, movie screenings and sunset yoga sessions to keep you entertained throughout. Who knew going green could be so fun?

Admission is free, visit LOOP Singapore for more information.

NOW TO 1 JAN 2019: A UNIVERSAL CHRISTMAS

03-A-Universal-Christmas-01

Immerse yourselves in the festive celebrations at Universal Studios Singapore as it transforms into Elf Town, where you’ll meet Chester Chestnut, Sugarplum Mary and more of Santa’s helpers all decked out in their holiday best. Don’t miss out on the Santa’s Snowy Sleigh Parade and Santa’s Christmas Light-Up Party that will provide you with plenty of photo opportunities for the ‘gram!

Tickets from $72, visit Universal Studios Singapore for more information.

5 DEC: THE WEEKND LIVE IN SINGAPORE 2018

04-The-Weeknd

Of course, we can’t forget about the plethora of gigs taking place. First up, R&B star The Weeknd will be staging his first-ever concert in Singapore as part of his Asia tour at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Known for his addictive electronic tunes, get ready to groove along to his repertoire of chart-topping hits including ‘Starboy’, ‘Can’t Feel My Face’ and ‘The Hills’.

Tickets from $118, visit Singapore Sports Hub for more information.

7 DEC: CHARLIE LIM LIVE IN CONCERT

05-Charlie-Lim

Arguably one of the most successful acts in the local music scene, homegrown singer-songwriter Charlie Lim makes his return with his latest record CHECK-HOOK – which he will premiere at his upcoming concert at The Star Theatre. Alongside the new tracks, fans will also get to enjoy re-imagined pop tunes from his past discography as well as special guest performances from Weish, Yung Raja, Fariz Jabba and more.

Tickets from $58, visit SISTIC for more information.

12 DEC: SHANGELA IS SHOOK (R18) 

06-Shangela-is-Shook

Fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race are in for a divalicious treat. Brought to you by LA Comedy Live, American drag queen Shangela is making a special stop in Singapore for her Shangela Is Shook Tour (R18) at Shine Auditorium. Having been the only contestant to compete in all three seasons of the Emmy-award winning reality show, there’s no doubt that the All Stars 3 star is ’bout to slay her debut show.

Tickets from $78, visit SISTIC for more information.

13 DEC: THE KEVIN HART IRRESPONSIBLE TOUR 2018 

07-Kevin-Hart

This man needs no introduction. Best known for his iconic role in the recent hit Jumanji, the actor-comedian will be bringing his stand-up antics to Singapore with his latest comedy tour. Here for a one-night-only show at Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre, the funny man promises a night of side-splitting acts that will leave you in stitches!

Tickets from $98, visit APACTix for more information.

14 & 15 DEC: STAR WARS A NEW HOPE FILM CONCERT

08-Star-Wars-A-New-Hope-in-Concert

Enjoy a live orchestral soundtrack with more than 70 musicians performing to the fourth installment of the Star Wars franchise at the Esplanade Theatre. Composed by five-time award-winning composer John Williams, buckle your seat belts as you make the hyperspace jump to a galaxy far, far away.

Tickets from $125, visit SISTIC for more information.

14 TO 16 DEC: SINGAPORE DOG FESTIVAL 2018 – A CANINE CHRISTMAS

09-Singapore-Dog-Festival-2018

Who says our furry friends can’t be part of the festive fun? There’s now a Christmas-themed night market made specially for the pups at The Grandstand, where dog lovers and their canine companions can enjoy a host of activities such as sharing sessions, educational talks and more. It’s truly going to be a woof-derful Christmas!

Admission is free, visit Singapore Dog Festival for more information.

15 DEC: IU 10TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR CONCERT 2018

10-IU

From her bubblegum princess days (think ‘Boo’ and Marshmallow’), to the multi-talented singer-songwriter she is now, IU has come a long way. In celebration of her decade-spanning reign, the K-pop powerhouse is set to hold her long-awaited maiden show at The Star Theatre. If you’re an UAENA worth your salt, you’d know that her concerts never disappoint (her Seoul concert lasted over five hours) so we can’t wait to see what performances she has prepared for us!

Tickets from $148, visit APACTix for more information.

22 DEC TO 24 MAR 2019: PRUDENTIAL MARINA BAY CARNIVAL

Prudential Marina Bay Carnival

Adrenaline junkies have much to look forward to at this year’s edition of the Prudential Marina Bay Carnival. Back for its sophomore installment after a highly-successful run, the carnival returns with 50 thrilling rides and games across the 23,000 square metres event space. That’s not all; visitors can also check out its vibrant array of festive programmes happening all the way till 2am on Christmas Eve. No better way to ring in the Christmas cheer!

Admission is free, visit Marina Bay Carnival for more information.

Informatics Jan 2019

We may be 25 days away from Christmas, but it’s never too early to get into the merry mood. From 30 November to 26 December, Singapore’s annual Yuletide extravaganza Christmas Wonderland will be making its return to Gardens By The Bay – complete with an exciting lineup of festive performances, delectable grub and delightful attractions set against a dazzling backdrop of light structures. Before making your trip down, here are 8 things you can look forward to!

#1  Enjoy savoury delights and sweet treats at the festive market

10-Reasons-to-Get-Festive-at-Christmas-Wonderland 2018-01-Savoury-Food

But first, food. Get chomping away at The Festive Market where you can tuck into a mouthwatering selection of savoury delights such as the Truffle Lobster Roll Croissant from Street Food Circus SG, and Cheezy Truffle Nachos from Chocho Nachos. For those with a sweet tooth, there are also tons of sugary treats to feast on including the signature Japanese Souffle Pancakes from Out In The Woods, and handcrafted churros from Churros Republic.

#2 Take home unique crafts from local craftsmen

10-Reasons-to-Get-Festive-at-Christmas-Wonderland 2018-03-Unique-Crafts

Food options aside, The Festive Market also offers a myriad of artisanal finds that range from beautifully handcrafted jewellery, to one-of-a-kind sock toys. If you fancy getting gifts with a personal touch, these handmade goodies are sure to please even the most fickle-minded person on your list.

#3 Savour wallet-friendly gourmet cuisine by award-winning chefs

Slice of SAVOUR

Who says you can’t enjoy an authentic gastronomic experience for cheap? Here at Slice of SAVOUR, you get to sample a curated selection of French, Italian and Chinese cuisine from esteemed chefs from just $6! Finish off your gourmet meal with creative beverage concoctions or jolly-tasting artisanal cocktails crafted by Three Wisemen.

#4 Check out the light up of Asia’s tallest luminarie Christmas tree (and largest mirror maze)

Luminarie Mirror Maze

The highlight of Christmas Wonderland is undoubtedly the luminarie light sculptures, each piece decadently decked out in gold. Besides witnessing the 21-metre Christmas tree in its towering glory, another attraction not to be missed is the seven-storey high mirror maze. Sprawling over 314 square metres, this illuminated labyrinth is one we don’t mind getting lost in.

#5 Catch your favourite local acts at Yuletide Sessions

10-Reasons-to-Get-Festive-at-Christmas-Wonderland 2018-06-Yuletide-Sessions-Singers

To help ring in the festive cheer, Christmas Wonderland has also invited an exciting lineup of local musicians – including Joanna Dong of Sing!China fame and more of Singapore’s finest talents – to serenade audiences in a series of intimate semi-acoustic performances.

#6 Skate the night away under the stars

Outdoor Skating Rink

Lace up your boots and skate to your heart’s content at the outdoor skating rink, which is imported straight from Switzerland! It also features an lit-up Christmas tree nestled in the middle of the rink, which makes for a magical photo spot amidst the dazzling lights.

#7 Step right up for the carnival games and kiddy rides

10-Reasons-to-Get-Festive-at-Christmas-Wonderland 2018-10-Carnival-Games

Ready to challenge the seemingly unbeatable carnival games? Besides the traditional game stalls, there are also kiddy rides, gingerbread inflatable houses and other new attractions to add to the fun. Games start from $4 and rides cost $6 – simply exchange some tokens and begin your quest to win those adorable plushies!

#8 Stand a chance to win attractive prizes at lucky draws

10-Reasons-to-Get-Festive-at-Christmas-Wonderland 2018-08-Win-Prizes

Aside from getting to enjoy the many sights and sounds at Christmas Wonderland, all visitors will get a chance to win prizes in the grand draw which includes a Genting Dream cruise holiday, and a 3D2N trip to Bali, Pattaya or Penang. You’ll also be able to participate in an instant win where you can win various Christmas Wonderland experience worth up to $30! Truly the season of giving.

Photo credits: Christmas Wonderland

Christmas Wonderland 2018 is happening from 30 November to 26 December, 4pm to 11pm at Gardens by the Bay. Admission tickets start from $6, and can be purchased at www.christmaswonderland.sg.

Post Divider Leaderboard-Teenage Subscription

Looking for something to do this weekend? Head down to the Whimsical Food Fair at Marina Square to feast on sweet treats and savoury delights that are oh-so Instagram-worthy. Happening from 22 to 25 November, you’re in for a ‘gram-tastic time as you indulge in good food and good vibes. Overwhelmed for choice? We took a taste test around the fair to bring you five must-try items that you simply can’t miss!

#1 Earl Grey Choco-Lava (The Wicked Cream)

Up-Your-'Gram-Game-at-the-Marina-Square-Whimsical-Food-Fair-01-The-Wicked-Cream-Co

Nobody does gourmet marshmallows best like The Wicked Cream. A must-order is their Earl Grey Chocolate Lava, which comes with a fluffy roasted marshmallow poof and a syringe filled with oozy chocolate sauce. It’s available chilled or hot, but we recommend getting yours chilled as it can get really messy when the marshmallow starts to melt. Oh, and remember to snap a photo before the poof gets out of shape!

#2 Mermaid Cupcake (Twentygrammes)

Up-Your-'Gram-Game-at-the-Marina-Square-Whimsical-Food-Fair-02-Twentygrammes

What’s better than a cupcake? A DIY mermaid cupcake! For those with a sweet tooth and want to try your hand at designing your own cupcake, Twentygrammes lets you do just that. You’ll get a small tray of colourful sprinkles, a mermaid tail and a cupcake with frosting – go on and do your magic!

#3 Assorted Churros (Loco Loco)

Up-Your-'Gram-Game-at-the-Marina-Square-Whimsical-Food-Fair-03-Loco-Loco

For those who fancy churros with a local twist, check out Loco Loco for their signature handmade churros with uniquely Singaporean flavours including ondeh ondeh, chilli crab and the ever-popular salted egg yolk. Our favourite? The ondeh ondeh churros that come coated with a dusting of cinnamon powder, drenched in gula meleka sauce and topped with freshly grated coconut. Shiok!

#4 Doubly Twin Cup (Street Food Circus)

Up-Your-'Gram-Game-at-the-Marina-Square-Whimsical-Food-Fair-04-Street-Food-Circus

Most people would flock to Street Food Circus for their Insta-popular Circus Ramen, but don’t miss out on their Doubly Twin Cup either. Perfect for those who enjoy the best of both worlds, sharing’s a lot easier if you and your friend can’t decide on a flavour. They offer a wide assortment of innovative combinations, but we recommend going for the rainbow concoction if you want extra aesthetic points.

#5 Starlite Milkshake (Rainbow Works)

Up-Your-'Gram-Game-at-the-Marina-Square-Whimsical-Food-Fair-05-Rainbow-Works

What’s a visit to Whimsical Food Fair without getting your unicorn fix? This gorgeous unicorn milkshake by Rainbow Works is so adorably pink that even Pinkie pie herself would want seconds. It’s head to toe IG-ready, decked in sugary pink goodness that includes marshmallows, fruity pebbles and a pink balloon. All that it’s missing is a close-up!

Photo credits: Marina Square Singapore

Whimsical Food Fair 2018 is happening from now till 25 November 2018, 11am to 9pm at Marina Square Central Atrium; admission is free. Click here for more information!

Post Divider Leaderboard-Teenage Subscription

Nothing spells fun more than a good ol’ board game sesh. With attentive staff, a great selection of games plus a solid menu of brunch items, here are some of the best ones in town to check out with your best mates.

Experience Point

Experience Point

Tucked away in Little India just minutes away from Lavender MRT, Experience Point is a no-frills, almost minimalistic cafe devoting its efforts towards the curation of tabletop games. Here, you’ll see a decent variety of games, about 200, including card games, pen-and-paper roleplaying games, and more. However, unlike other board game cafes, Experience Point has all but scraped the classics and dove straight into obscure titles involving murderous abbey monks and competitive knitting. But fret not, they will still personally handpick options suited to your tastes. They carry games like Limpeh Says, the local version of Cards Against Humanity, too.

Address: 803 King George’s Ave #02-190, Singapore 200803
Opening hours: 6pm – 11pm (Mon to Fri), 12pm till late (Sat & Sun); Closed on Wed

[email protected]

Games@Pi

Located smack in the centre of Singapore, this underrated, unexplored games haven proves the point that Ochard Road is more than just upscale malls and boutiques. At [email protected], it’s all fluorescent office lighting and racks upon racks of games for sale or rent. Together with the staff, you can browse and learn more about the scene. The retail area is out front, while the back area is dedicated to casual plays and tournaments alike. Pick a few to try, and if you fancy, purchase the games here too. Regular patrons appreciate the fact that [email protected] are very up to date with their offerings.

Address: Midpoint Orchard #03-01, Singapore 238852
Opening hours: 12pm – 10pm (Mon to Sun)

King and the Pawn

King and The Pawn

On the second floor of a shophouse along Purvis Street is homey 55-seater King and the Pawn. With a solid menu of hearty grub, locally-roasted coffee and laidback vibes – and best of all, no imposition of a time limit, this is one of our favourite hangouts. All the cafe asks for is a “cover charge” of $8 per person (Tues to Thurs) and $13 (Fri to Sun) for whoever’s playing. Easy crowd favourites include Riff Raff , a game that tests your dexterity by having you balance tiny game pieces atop a precariously swivelling ship; and Cards Against Muggles – a clear Harry Potter twist on the notorious Cards Against Humanity (also available) – that’s bound to have Harry Potter fans and non-fans alike in stitches. Try the Tomato and Roasted Grape Bruschetta that comes with a generous tub of feta cheese; as well as the aromatic Truffled Honey Croque Madame.

Address: 24 Purvis Street Level 2, Singapore 188601
Opening hours: 5.30pm – 11.30pm (Tues to Thurs), 5.30pm – 2am (Fri), 11am – 2am (Sat), 11am – 10pm (Sun)

Mind Cafe

Mind Cafe

For 12 solid years, the longstanding Mind Cafe has seen many a gathering of board game geeks and casual groups. Conveniently situated at Dhoby Ghaut, it boasts an impressive list of 500 games with classics like Snakes & Ladders and Monopoly. As the go-to cafe for the uninitiated and experts alike, do not expect the games to be in pristine condition but depending on the purpose of your visit – including team building – your group can even enjoy having its own personal facilitators. The basic fee is $5 an hour but other packages that come with free flow drinks and snacks from Old Chang Kee and Polar will see hours of mindless noshing and gaming.

Address: 60A Prinsep Street, Singapore 188664
Opening hours: 2pm – 11pm (Mon to Thurs), 12pm – 6am (Fri), 10am – 6am (Sat), 10am – 2am (Sun)

Play Nation

Play Nation

A cash-only, fun-loving cosy space, Play Nation, with a wide variety of board and console games, closes late at 11pm earliest. It has expanded to four branches, two in the Orchard area and one in Tampines – east siders take note; and most recently, the newest one in the Philippines. Each store is a different concept, but all equally welcoming, with jaunty beanbags, a smorgasbord of Insta-worthy cafe grub such as pancakes, eggs benedict and open bagels; and beverages, as gaming accompaniments.

Address: 58 Prinsep Street, Singapore 188686
Opening hours: 12pm – 11pm (Mon to Thurs), 12pm – 2am (Fri), 2pm – 3am (Sat), 2pm – 11pm (Sun)

Settlers’ Cafe

Settlers' Cafe

Settlers’ Cafe’s veritable list of 600 board game titles is its biggest draw. Being in operation for 15 years, this much-raved about halal-certified space has its loyal fans. Ambience is made cosy with low lighting, low-slung furniture and the nostalgic oak racks of well-worn games. A strong contender with the younger King and the Pawn, Settlers’ Cafe will serve you a heaping plate of fries along with other snacks that come in sharing portions. Sip a cuppa as you contemplate your next move, or order from the thoughtfully curated menu. Try the Seafood Laksa Pasta, the Pistachio Rose Cake or the Matcha Lava Cake. Here, you can have your cake and eat it too.

Address: 39 North Canal Road Singapore 059295
Opening hours: 6pm – 11pm (Tues to Thurs), 2pm – 1am (Fri), 1pm – 1am (Sat), 2pm – 8pm (Sun); Closed on Mon

A version of this article first appeared on SG Magazine.

More related stories: 5 Local Cafes Every Minimalist Lover Needs To Check Out6 Character-Themed Cafes You Need To Visit In Singapore

Informatics Jan 2019

Get the Juicy Bits Delivered Fresh To Your Inbox