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Five original dating ideas for couples in Singapore

If you didn't find love in college as the Social Development Unit wants you to, or didn't have time to think about dating in the early years of trying to give your career a jump start, you may find yourself suddenly strapped for ideas on how to have a fun date with that fun person you met on a website for dating in Singapore.

A date doesn't always have to mean a movie and dinner. Here are some original ideas for a great date that will take you beyond the typical date night at the movies or a ride on the Singapore Flyer. And you don't need to break a bank to have a fun date in the city.

Offbeat Ideas for Dating in Singapore

1. Catch the Night Festival

Every year the Night Festival gives you an excuse to bypass the usual drinks and dinner at Clark Quay. Head to the National Museum on the night of the festival and watch it transform into a vivid playground of performances and art under the beautiful night sky.

2. Social Painting

Social painting has become a popular trend for dates, but the best part is that it is never the same for any two couples. Simply head over to the Mandarin Gallery's Arteatisque on a Monday night and spend 3 hours painting together for 60 bucks. It can be a great way to spend a first date, where you can feel intimate expressing yourself on canvas with your date nearby, without intruding on her personal space.

3. Ice Skating

Whether it's just the two of you, or even better, if you're in a group, you can bring your own gloves and socks and head to an ice skating rink. You're never too young or too old for skating, so though the rink is a full of teens and high school groups, anyone can have fun. And it will cost you around $17 for skate rental and 2 hours around the ice.

4. Farm Hopping

You will need a car for this, and a willingness to get your hands a little dirty. But there can be lots of fun in getting to know another person while mucking about in farm dirt or milking a goat. Head to Lim Chu Kang and you will find plenty of farms to explore. You can milk an animal at a goat farm, buy some organic vegetables to cook up a delicious dinner together later that night, or get a fish reflexology treatment at a fish farm for the fraction of a price it will cost you at a city spa. And most of the farms don't charge anything for entry.

5. Stargazing at the Observatory

Head to the Science Center Observatory and spend an evening looking at the stars. Since Singapore is close to the Equator, you get a wider view of the night sky, with a number of constellations from both the southern and northern hemispheres often visible. You can simply lay down on the grass and watch for a shooting star. Or use hi-tech telescopes to get close up views of your favorite planets and galaxies at the Omni-Theatre Building on Science Center Road.

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