Singapore may be the Lion City but if you are thinking of having some roaring fun, you can also enjoy some tiger-themed activities around the island.
To quote William Blake, “Tyger Tyger, burning bright, In the forest of the night;” here are some places to visit and activities to enjoy if you are out on the prowl for some tiger-themed activities in Singapore.
Tiger-themed Activities in Singapore
Tiger Mural at Rail Mall
Painted on the wall of a shophouse at the Rail Mall is a tiger hunt mural by Yip Yew Chong. It shows a time in the past when tigers used to roam around the island. The Rail Mall is also a good starting point if you wish to take a walk along the Rail Corridor. Get more details here.
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Bukit Timah Nature Reserve Visitor’s Centre
At the foot of Bukit Timah Hill is the visitors’ centre. While Rail Mall has a painting of a tiger, the visitors’ centre has a glass display case with tiger specimens that will give you a sense of what it must have been like to encounter one of these majestic beasts while walking around the forests of Singapore.
Tiger Balm Gardens
Haw Par Villa at Pasir Panjang Road is also known as Tiger Balm Gardens, named after the popular ointment upon which the Aw brothers built their wealth. In fact, Aw Boon Haw’s name means “gentle tiger”. When visiting Haw Par Villa, look out for statues of tigers and leopards (the latter representing his brother Boon Par) around the gardens. Get more details about Haw Par Villa.
Tigers at Singapore Zoo & Night Safari
Pay a visit to the tigers at Singapore Zoo. Normally home to the white tigers, you can look out for special appearances of Sulong the 10-year-old Malayan tiger at the Tiger Trek on 5 and 12 February 2022. Alternatively, head to Night Safari to pay a visit to a Malayan tiger family, including brothers Sali and Arhaa who were born on 27 December 2020.
Boschbrand (Forest Fire)
One of the most dramatic representations of tigers in Singapore can be found at the National Gallery Singapore. The picture, Boschbrand, by Javanese painter Raden Saleh depicts a pair of tigers on a hunt but overtaken by a blazing inferno. Kids can learn more about it here with this guide, or pay a visit to the National Gallery Singapore to view it.
Tiger Brewery Tour
Head out west to see how beer is made at the Tiger Brewery. The paid tours take place from Fridays to Sundays and you will get to witness the brewing process and packaged. Pay a visit to the Tiger Tavern to sample the fresh brews. Children under 18 are admitted only if accompanied by an adult and those 5 years and under are admitted for free. Get more details here.
Tiger Street Lab
If you prefer your Tiger beer with food, head to Jewel Changi Airport where you can savour food together with beer at Tiger Street Lab. Choose from bar bites to Asian fusion pastas to locally inspired food. Tiger Street Lab also has a kids menu, but no alcohol of course!
In the past, there used to be tiger-themed playgrounds around Singapore. These heritage playgrounds are now gone. Nonetheless, if kids want to have fun playing on a tiger-themed playground, you can head to Jumptopia: Wonder Garden at the Bayfront Pavilion, Gardens by the Bay. Go for a bounce on Tiger’s River Cruise for a great time and enjoy the other 7 bouncy castles. Now on till 3 July 2022.
Tigress at Universal Studios Singapore
Making her debut at Universal Studios Singapore is Tigress from Kung Fu Panda. A member of the Furious Five and ally of Po, strike a pose her in the Tiger Kung Fu style before 13 February 2022.
Hunt for Tiger Butterflies
For a challenge, head out to hunt for the Common Tiger butterfly at one of the butterfly gardens around Singapore. It has orange and white wings which give it its name. Spot it fluttering about bushes and shrubs in the parks and gardens.