Having made its debut to much fanfare at the Bayfront Event Space last December, the Prudential Marina Bay Carnival has successfully played host to a 1.4 million-strong crowd of adrenaline seekers across the four-month extravaganza. Back for its sophomore run from now till 24 March 2019, this year’s edition boasts 50 thrilling rides and attractions spanning over 23,000 square metres (that’s the size of four football fields), alongside a refreshed lineup of festival grub, fun workshops, music performances and more! If you’re heading down this weekend, here’s what you can expect.
Three new rides
Besides the classic mainstays of rollercoasters and vikings, there are also three spanking new rides in addition to its lineup: Wave Swinger, Freak Out and Jumper Jumper. The highlight attraction is no doubt the Wave Swinger, a swing carousel that is decorated with mural paintings of iconic landmarks such as Gardens by the Bay and Marina Bay Sands – which makes for a super photogenic backdrop if you’re here for the ‘gram.
The other two attractions are just as thrilling, but Freak Out takes the cake when it comes to upping the scream factor. As its name suggests, try not to freak out as this gut-wrenching ride sends you spinning in all directions (not for the faint-hearted).
For a more family-friendly option, hop on the Jumper Jumper – the carnival equivalent of a fidget spinner that takes you round and round on a whirlwind adventure.
More fun and games
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Aside from the solid repertoire of rides available, you can also look forward to an array of fun-filled programmes to keep you entertained throughout – think food challenges, themed dress contests (more on that later), open mic sessions, interactive workshops for all ages and more. While you’re there, don’t forget to keep an eye out for a Chewbacca Santa roving the festival grounds!
Come dressed to win
Although admission is free, you’d still require a good amount of credits for the rides and games. Well, here’s an easy way for you to score more perks: simply come decked out according to the theme of the month, and the first 150 visitors donning the craziest outfits will walk away with bonus credits. Not only will you be the coolest kid at the carnival, you’ll also get more bang for your buck!
Enjoy live performances
What’s a carnival without a good soundtrack? Be treated to stunning live performances by homegrown music acts such as Among Four, Daniel Sid and DJ Gainzter, who are set to bring the house down with their addictive tunes. How’s that for supporting local?
Feast to your heart’s content
Feeling peckish after the rides? Pop by the F&B tent where you can indulge in a variety of lip-smacking fare – from hipster-approved meatballs served in a bucket at Sofnade, to classic All-American burgers found at Burg Nerds. With action-packed thrills, delicious grub and all-around good vibes, there’s plenty to play, eat and do at Prudential Marina Bay Carnival!
Prudential Marina Bay Carnival runs from 22 December 2018 to 24 March 2019, 4pm to 11pm daily (extended hours till 2am on New Year’s Eve). For more information, head over to www.marinabaycarnival.sg