Remember the good ol’ days when a trip to the amusement park meant cotton candy, the smell of popcorn and peanuts, trying to win a plushie at the carnival games and screaming our heads off to thrilling rides?
You can relive the nostalgia at the Prudential Marina Bay Carnival – dubbed Singapore’s largest carnival – but better hurry, coz March is the final month to experience the fun before it ends on April 1st.
Open since December 2017 at the iconic Marina Bay Singapore, the carnival covers an impressive 25,000 sq meters of space. That’s equivalent to 3.5 football fields!
There’s plenty to see and do in this giant wonderland, whether it’s exciting rides, carnival games or delicious cuisine. There are over 40 rides and games, some brought in exclusively from European countries for the very first time.
Hop aboard the Star Flyer, a towering ride that offers visitors an uninhibited 360˚ view of the Singapore skyline from a height of 35-metres while experience the sensation of flying. Then there’s the Booster Maxx, an adrenaline-pumping ride which stands at a whopping 55 metres above ground rotating at a speed that can reach 96km/hour under eight seconds.
Families can also enjoy timeless classics such as the Log Flume, which has gentle turns beforing heading down to a big splash at the end, the Das Fun Schiff pirate ship that takes riders on a voyage as the vessel soars high above while swinging back and forth, and the Apple Coaster where the little ones can buckle up and get their first taste of a rollercoaster ride.
No carnival would be complete without skill games and plush toys as prizes, and there are over 30 carnival game stalls to choose from, featuring classics such as the Ring Toss, Bottle Stand, Basketball hoops, and more. Personally for this writer, there’s nothing more romantic than to go on a date with your s/o and have him win a plushie for you. 😛
Visitors can also look forward to a rich and varied line-up of programmes, from an eclectic collective of youth bands and DJ performances to ventriloquism acts and carolling groups. Go indie and immerse in the adrenaline and energy from homegrown musicians such as pop punk artiste Falling Feathers, petite powerhouse Kexin Tay, hip-hop rapper TheLionCityBoy, and rising star Jasmine Sokko as they reel in the crowd with their blistering sets and repertoire.
Last but not least, an awesome carnival demands awesome food, the likes of fairground favourites such as curly fries, sizzling sausages, warm melted raclette, churros and freshly-popped buttery popcorn.
Intrepid gourmands will be spoilt for choice, as there will be everything from Michelin-starred offerings and gourmet burgers and hotdogs, to a delicious array of Japanese treats. For local foodies, expect items like Cendol Soft Serve and Lemongrass Chicken Rice Bowls.
The Prudential Marina Bay Carnival opens daily from 4pm to 11pm. Admission is free, while credits for rides and games can be purchased on-site or online at marinabaycarnival.sg.
**Photos courtesy of Prudential Marina Bay Carnival