Thrill seekers, this one’s for you: The Marina Bay Carnival is open for business and there’s one particular ride that’s going to scare you stupid. .
It’s official. Singapore’s biggest carnival, The Marina Bay Carnival is open to everyone, starting today! Sure, there’s lots of things to check out in town like the Christmas markets, the return of MAAD at Red Dot Design Museum and various pop-ups happening this month, but the carnival is one event not to be missed – coming from someone who has already taken all the rides, and played all the games several times for the sake of research – and may have jeopardized some friendships to win a medium-sized plush unicorn or two.
Located in the Marina Bay district, the carnival is spread out across two different locations: the Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade (next to Marina Bay Sands) and the Promontory (next to NTUC Centre) so heads up to those planning to go – wear comfortable shoes (and clothes) because there will be a wee bit of walking around. Don’t worry, both arenas are equally exciting.
It ain’t no carnival without the game booths! So be on your best athletic form, you’ll be hitting ‘em tin cans, shooting those hoops, fishing the fishies, throwing those hulas and more to get the jumbo-sized teddy for your beau, the giant donut for your room or keep the child-sized stuff Yoda for yourself. Our team did partake in some very, very, very competitive sportsmanship last night to win enough toys to start a makeshift toy store – three unicorns, two giant cats, Peppa Pig’s dad, a pink dolphin, assorted sea creatures, dogs and more. Save to say, we’re all still friends after some tantrums here and there. We think. Anyway, here are our accolades:
And of course, the highlight of the Marina Bay Carnival is the rides. All 22 of them. Just a warning, these aren’t your regular kiddy rides. These are legit rides that will make even seasoned thrill seekers scream. Trust me, I took the totally classic, totally traditional Viking ride and spent the whole time with a cramped facial expression, closed eyes, and a sudden appreciation for a higher power. From the mild-looking Star Flyer (a carousel that spins around where riders’ legs dangle above the fairgrounds) to the monolith that is 55m-tall Mach 5 – basically a giant hammer that swings. There’s plenty of rides and game booths to enjoy – until 1 April 2018 – so go crazy… at your own risk!
The Marina Bay Carnival, 15 Dec 2017 – 1 Apr 2018, The Promontory and Bayfront Event Space
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