It’s true that the weather in Singapore is hot every day of the year because it is situated near the equator. However, you may be surprised to find that there is snow in the Lion City. Within Singapore’s Science Centre, you will find the city’s first indoor snow center, the Snow City.
A project participated in by the National Trades Union Congress and the Science Centre of Singapore, this indoor snow center was built over an area of 3,000 square meters to give the Singaporeans their own experience of snow in a fun and educational way. The project cost $6 million. The two-level structure opened its doors to the public in the year 2000.
For a small admission fee of $14 per adult (senior citizens get a $2 discount), you can enjoy an hour of playing in the snow. You may pay $27 if you wish to stay for 2 hours. The fee includes free use of Snowtubes. All visitors will be provided with jackets and boots upon entry. However, you are not always assured that you will get the proper size of apparel because that would depend on what’s available. If you wish to bring your own clothes, you may do so as long as you abide by the rules set for the required proper clothing. Gloves may be rented. Lockers for your belongings may also be rented for just $1.
Here are some house rules you need to take note of. To be allowed entry into Snow City, you should be wearing long pants. If you are not wearing pants, you can rent their waterproof pants for just $4. If you are going to use the boots they provide, you must wear socks. If you didn’t bring socks, you can buy a pair for a small price. Cameras, food, and drinks are not allowed inside the snow center. And finally, visitors are not allowed to do skiing or snowboarding at daytime.
Snow City is open every day from 9:45am to 5:15pm. The operating hours are extended until 6pm during holidays. Give yourself an allowance of 30 minutes for the purchase of tickets, as the line can get quite long. Before going inside the snow area, make sure you are already wearing proper winter attire.
When you are all set to enter, you will be taken to the Air Lock, an area with a temperature of 10 degrees Celsius. Here, your body will be able to adjust to the lower temperature gradually before you go into the colder snow chamber. After spending a few minutes in the Air Lock, you will now be allowed to enter the Snow Chamber, which is kept at a temperature of -5 degrees Celsius.
This 1,200-square meter room is covered with snow, and the amount of snow on the ground is kept at 400 millimeters deep. The main activity in this room is “snowtubing”, which involves going up the three-storey high slope and sliding down on an inflatable tube. There’s a separate place where smaller children can play – the Snow-Play Area.
If you want to experience dining with a winter ambiance, you can go to Alpine Lodge on the second level. Snow City is definitely a fun place for people of all ages.