15 2pax dating ideas from $6/pax instead of sleeping at home all-day

by Natalie Lim

Again. I sit at home, looking at my partner starting another round of NBA 2K21. At this point, I’ve swiped through most of my friends’ IG stories and binged through enough Korean dramas to know that I desperately want to do something other than rotting at home.

“But B, there’s nothing to do during Phase 2 what.” A rebuttal I’ve heard for the umpteenth time. If you’re tired of excuses, this is an article on 2pax dating ideas — specially curated for you to show him/her that there IS something to do.

Paint by numbers ($5.90/pax)

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By now, we’ve seen enough posts and articles on art jamming in Singapore. While undeniably adorable, it just isn’t realistic for couples who don’t have an ounce of Picasso in them — we’d probably end up painting stickmen and a sun at the corner of our canvas. Who’s with me?

To simplify this for you (and myself), try your hands on Paint By Numbers instead. The kit holds a picture of a scene you’d like to recreate, conveniently already on a canvas with provided painting materials. 

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All you have to do is paint the spaces according to the labelled numbers and there you have it — a completed masterpiece you can call your own.

Since it takes hours and only costs S$11.75, it’s a 2pax dating idea that’s both affordable and provides lots of fun. 

Get your painting kit here

Kommune by 82Soho ($10/pax)

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Photo: Kommune by 82Soho

A relationship is all about compromises. Since they’re so in love with gaming, take them to Kommune by 82Soho, where you’ll be treated to a private gaming pod for 2pax.

There are a variety of private gaming pods to choose from. Some are equipped with cushy beanbag chairs and coffee tables, while others come decked with high-tech wide-screen monitors and ergonomic mice and chairs. 

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Photo: Kommune by 82Soho

Now, you can choose to see what Dota 2 or Call of Duty is all about, or simply challenge your partner to a board game.

There are over 60 titles of board games, and there’s even a Playstation 5 pod — no need to spend $xxxx for your anniversary gift when rates here are kept at an affordable price of S$10/pax for 2 hours on Mondays to Thursdays, and S$12/pax on Fridays to Sundays.

Make your private gaming pod booking here.

Kommune by 82Soho
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📍 277 Orchard Road, #03-18 Orchard Gateway, Singapore 238858
🗓️ 11.30am–11pm (Daily)

New VR museum ($10/pax)

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Haters would say that Sword Art Online (SAO) is the most basic anime of all time, but I can’t help but ship Kirito-kun and Asuna-san together. From there on, Virtual Reality (VR) has been an advancement in technology that intrigues me, and if you and bae feel the same, visit the VR Gallery at the ArtScience Museum to be transported to a whole new dimension.

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The brand new gallery is a permanent exhibition at the museum, where you’ll get to sit in a comfy egg pod and don a VR headgear. The cutting edge technology would then shift you to a new immersive world with impressive cinematics and a series of stunning VR artworks. 

To make the experience more interactive, you’re also given handheld controllers which’ll help you navigate the system. Tickets are priced at S$10 per pax.

Book your tickets here.

ArtScience Museum
Website
📍 6 Bayfront Avenue, Level 4 VR Gallery, Singapore 018974
🗓️ 10am–7pm (Daily)

Play co-op games like Stardew Valley ($15 per pax)

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There are tons of games out there that operate on a co-op or multiplayer basis, but it’s no fun when they’re way too hard. Landing a combo or an ulti takes skill and as much as we’d like to join our partner in these battle arenas, we wouldn’t want to drag them down.

For a better 2pax dating idea, something less intimidating would be Stardew Valley, a farming simulation game that’s available on platforms such as Steam for S$15. The game can be played solo or co-op, allowing players to build a farm together, raise animals and crops, and even fight monsters in a mine.

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Photo: Stardew Valley Wiki

Couples can even get married in-game and attend festivals together. As a fellow player, I can guarantee more than 50 hours of fun together — just make sure your partner feeds the chickens on time or they’ll die.

Get Stardew Valley here.

Challenge yourselves to win the board game, Pandemic ($27.99)

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Sigh. It’s easy to point fingers at KTV patrons or other irresponsible people for Phase 2, but truth be told, it doesn’t matter when all we can do is stay home.

Instead, bring yourself to an alternate universe where this Pandemic can actually be cured. The cooperative board game requires a minimum of two players, where it depicts several major population centres on Earth.

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On each turn, a player can use up to four actions to travel between cities, treat infected populaces, discover a cure, or build a research station. Taking a unique role within the team, players must plan their strategy to mesh with their specialists’ strengths to conquer the diseases. 

While challenging, this 2pax dating idea will provide hours of fun and racking your brains out.

Get the board game here.

Themed outdoor puzzle hunt (From $39/pax)

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If you’ve conquered more escape rooms than what your fingers can count, take the challenge up a notch by participating in a themed outdoor puzzle hunt. Organised by Ransack, you’ll be uncovering clues and solving puzzles as you explore various zones of the city — so you’re guaranteed to work up a sweat.

Photo: Ransack

There are three adventures to choose from, where you can either cooperate to uncover the password to unlock the king’s vault or put on your detective hat and solve a murder in Chinatown.

Choices made during your adventure depicts how the story goes, so don’t fall into the hands of the serial killer!

Book your adventure here.

Private rooftop movie screening ($50/pax)

Photo: The Sundowner

Going to the theatres just isn’t the same anymore when you’re not allowed to consume food and beverages — what’s the fun in it when you can’t snack on popcorn while watching Scarlett Johansson in action?

For those itching for a romantic movie night, opt to visit The Sundowner, a home-based movie screening service instead. At S$50/pax, you can chill on their farm-based Rooftop Lounge with a clear view of the night sky.

Photo: The Sundowner

Since a movie screen, projector, and WiFi will be provided for you, all you have to bring is your laptop. There’s even a barbeque pit if you’re up for some grillin’.

Each session is 1 and a half hours long and includes two complimentary cocktails or mocktails.

Make your booking here.

The Sundowner
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📍 705A E Coast Rd, Singapore 459062
🗓️ 10am–7pm (Daily)

Couple massage (From $55/pax)

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Love can be shown in different ways and sometimes, they even come in the form of arguments – especially if the both of you are staying together. 

For those that love your partner to bits but would also like to tear them into pieces, consider being confined together in a couple massage room – that way, the both of you can enjoy peaceful downtime and leave the premises feeling rejuvenated…and hopefully angerless.

Since there are couples all over Singapore, there’s no one massage place we recommend. Instead, we’ve done the homework for you in this article of 10 couple massage places, so you can choose the one most convenient for you.

See this article here.

Take a ride at Universal Studios Singapore ($56/pax)

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Universal Studios Singapore (USS) is the one place that takes us away from reality. After all, how can one be serious when you’re surrounded by dancing minions and screaming your lungs out on a roller coaster ride?

For the adrenaline chasers, USS is offering discounted entry tickets at the price of S$56 (U.P. S$75), in place of National Day. The promotion will run till the end of August 2021, but we recommend purchasing your tickets in advance since the amusement park operates at limited capacity now. 

Get your tickets here.

Universal Studios Singapore
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📍 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
🗓️ 12pm–7pm (Fri–Mon), Closed Tues–Thurs

Korean-style self-taking photo studio ($65/2pax)

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Taking pictures together are a norm for all couples, but sometimes, these pictures are oddly framed and may even make you look disproportionate. Especially when all you have is one shaky and extended arm to fit yourselves into frame.

At STUDIO03 ROOM, that won’t be an issue anymore. The Korean-style self-taking photo studio provides you with professional-looking studio shots, all taken with a DSLR and proper equipment. For those who are shy of strangers taking pictures of you, you’ll be glad to know that you’ll be the one controlling the camera.

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All it takes is a click of a remote button controlled by you, so you can time and position yourselves properly, and get unlimited RAW photos returned along with one edited shot. Just strategically hide the remote when posing and voila, your pictures will look as if they’re professionally taken by a photographer.

A 15-minute session for 2pax costs S$65, which breaks down to S$32.50 per person. Gone were the times you’d scramble for a cringey, too-much-filter neoprint. A relationship like yours deserves full professional attention. 

STUDIO03 ROOM
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📍 1 Jalan Dusun, #02-10, Singapore 329363
🗓️ Schedule your appointment here.

Hotel staycation (From $72/night)

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You may have used up your SingapoRediscover Vouchers, but do you really need another excuse to go for a staycation? Some may argue that this 2pax dating idea is just an upgraded version of Netflix n’ Chill, but a change of environment does do you some good. More so when it’s a place outside of home.

Besides infinity and rooftop pools, these staycation places we’ve scoured for you also feature loft houses, resort-like facilities and indoor/outdoor bathtubs. There’ll be plenty of activities to do, creating memories that cannot be replicated at home.

See our article on staycation hotels here

Visit Hakken

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 Tbh, with all of us spending so much time at home, it’s no surprise that 2021 has sprouted a new wave of anime lovers. If you and your partner have formed a bond over titles such as Jujutsu Kaisen or Attack on Titans, it’s time to demon slay your way to Hakken at Vivocity.

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Filled with over 700 officially sourced anime merchandise such as accessories, collectibles, figurines, plush toys and stationery, you can expect cult favourites such as Jujutsu Kaisen, Attack On Titan, and even old-time favourites such as Re:Zero.

This 2pax dating idea lets you see your favourite characters in real life, and you can even bring home some of them. If bae isn’t giving you attention, mini-sized Levi would be glad to give you his all day. 

Hakken (Vivocity outlet)
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📍 VivoCity, 1 Harbourfront Walk, #02-37, Singapore 098585
🗓️ 12pm–9pm (Sun–Fri), 11am–9pm (Sat)

Ice cream-themed Disney Tsum Tsum pop-up at Suntec City 

Photo: Goldwood Souvenirs

If things have not been sweet and smooth sailing for your relationship, consider heading to the ice cream-themed Disney Tsum Tsum pop-up at Suntec City, where you’ll get to frolic in a Disney wonderland, take pictures with your favourite characters, and collect mini figurines. 

Whether it’s the googly-eyed Mike Wazowski or the Little Green Men aliens from Toy Story you’re a fan of, cut-outs and decorations of these iconic characters are peppered all over the place. 

Photo: Goldwood Souvenirs

If taking pictures for keepsake isn’t enough, you can purchase a jar filled with your favourite Disney Tsum Tsum figurines to keep. Priced at S$28 for a small jar and S$40 for a large, you can pile up as many figurines as you’d like — as long as it doesn’t overflow like your love for bae.

The Disney Tsum Tsum pop-up will take place from now till the end of August 2021, making it a great 2pax dating idea for Phase 2.

Disney Tsum Tsum pop-up at Suntec City
📍 3 Temasek Blvd, Singapore 038983, Suntec City ( B1 Fountain Court, in front of Cow Play Cow Moo)
🗓️ 11am–10pm (Monday–Thurs, Sun) 12pm–11pm (Fri, Sat)

Picnic by the beach

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Camp out at East Coast or West Coast Park for a change of scenery, instead of glueing your eyes to the TV while eating delivery food.

Besides the much needed fresh air, couples can also make fun visits to grocery stores to get prepacked food or ingredients to make dishes from scratch.

Some convenient items to bring would be sushi, sandwiches and perhaps, a prebaked lasagna. All you need is a picnic mat and you’ll be able to dine under the stars.

Jurassic world-themed half marathon

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A relationship with no chase is equivalent to a T-rex settling for just chicken nuggets for its entire life. If you’re in for pursuing bae all over again, consider signing up for Jurassic World Run, a 2pax dating idea that involves virtual dinosaurs chasing after you.

Coming to Singapore from 26 July to 30 September 2021, your task will be to escape the fictional Jurassic World of Isla Nebular with AR features to complete the virtual experience. 

Photo: Jurassic World Run

Distances include 5km, 10km and 21km — the longer the run, the deeper your adventure gets. The virtual run allows you to pick your preferred time and place, so you can head to your nearest park connector or running trail to complete the challenge.

Simply download the MOVE by LIV3LY app (iOS | Android) to enjoy all the AR features during the run. To make things more exciting, finishers of all categories would also get an exclusive finisher’s tee and an e-certificate. The 10km and 21km runs unlock medals that’ll be sent right to your doorstep after the race.

Sign up for Jurassic World Run here.

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