In the busy life Singaporeans lead, it is especially difficult to spend quality time together with our family. Between eating dinner at different times, working late and socialising with friends over the weekends, we most probably count spending time at home as “family time”, which isn't necessary the case when all you do is sit in front of the TV. Here's a list of great family activities you can enjoy , while saving money by using the right credit cards for them.
Visit the Magical Gardens By the Bay
Tourists all over the world would never miss going to the amazing Gardens By the Bay, so why should you? The lovely “high-tech” gardens can be enjoyed free of charge, with a nightly light performance that changes with the seasons. Other than the outdoor gardens, one shouldn't miss the indoor conservatories as well. Be awed by the largest glass greenhouse inside the Flower Dome, or learn about rare plants in the cool and moist conservatory of Cloud Forest. The latter also features a 35-metre tall mountain of lush greenery and the world's tallest indoor waterfall. If you use credit cards from OCBC, you can also enjoy 15% discounts on local admission rates to One Conservatory or Two Conservatories. Not only that, purchase of one adult OCBC Skyway admission ticket comes with a free child ticket, so your entire family can enjoy the view without breaking the bank.
Fun Day Out At Sentosa
Sentosa present a myriad of choices for whatever fits your fancy. Whether it is enjoying some water fun at Adventure Cove Waterpark, a day of thrill and adventure at the Universal Studios or getting mesmerised by the 100,000 marine animals on display at the S.E.A Aquarium, you've got yourself and your family covered for the entire day! Visiting these attractions can be expensive, especially when you are going with the whole family, so make use of any Mastercard to get you the following privileges:
- 15% off S.E.A Aquarium Adult Pass
- 15% off Adventure Cove Adult Pass
- 10% off Universal Studios Singapore Adult Pass
If you are game for Halloween, they are offering a 10% discount on Halloween Horror Nights for 6 Admission passes and one free drink for each person until 31st October. Also, any Maybank credit cards can get you a “buy 2 Get 1 Free” deal at Sentosa.
Fulfil your Kids' Ambitions at Kidzania
Kidzania is an indoor park with a role-playing concept made for kids, allowing the child to explore the world as an adult. They get to experience city-life, starting from their arrival at the airport to visiting the city and even earning their keep! By playing a role “working” in the city, children get to experience the adult's world of making a living and even paying for their purchases with their ATM card. At Kidzania, Maybank Credit Card members get to enjoy:
- 15% off admission tickets from Monday to Thursday only, excluding Singapore school holidays, eve of public holidays and public holidays (Valid from 15 August to 17 November 2016)
- 10% off admission tickets on all other days
- 15% off regular-priced KidZania Singapore merchandise
Luxury Staycation at Bintan
No time to take your family on a family trip? Well, instead of a staycation, you can opt for the best of both worlds – a short trip in Bintan. Bintan offers a great compromise between checking into an airport and simply staying in a hotel room right at home.
Recent hospitality developments in Bintan saw some nice resorts and holiday concepts coming up, one of which is Montigo resorts. Located just a 30 minutes' boat ride away, Montigo Resorts offer the comfort of home on vacation. Indulge in simple pleasures such as fishing, cruising along the mangrove and cycling around a traditional “kampong” village.
The premise offers one bed-room villas for small families or book a 4-bedroom villa, complete with ensuite bathroom with jacuzzi, a private infinity pool, and butler services. Book with your OCBC Frank credit card to enjoy 20% off best available room rates, 15% off ala-carte spa treatment and 10% off Food and Beverage for dine-in at any of the restaurants at Montigo Resorts.
Celebrate With A Family Meal
A family that eats together stays together. With our busy schedule, it is hard to find families here in Singapore sticking to the tradition of enjoying a home-cooked meal everyday with the entire family at home. Dinners are either eaten at the office in front of the computer, in front of the TV or eaten alone at the dinner table when no one's around. Thus, many Singaporean families make an effort to organise a family meal over the weekend by eating out, or celebrate a special occasion or birthday in a restaurant.
This is when credit cards can really be a great help for your pocket. Knowing how much a foodie Singaporeans are, almost every bank in Singapore offer some great discounts on dining for their credit cards. Some of our favourite credit card dining programmes include Citibank Gourmet Pleasures which offer an 8% cashback on dining all year long on its Citi Cash Back Card, the Amex Platinum card for its special Far Card membership and the OCBC 365 for its dining rebates.