10 Fun Spots for Kids (and Kids at Heart!)
Keep the kids occupied at these play-friendly places
(SPOT.ph) Whether you're a parent looking for a new hangout you can bring the kiddos to, or someone who is looking for a fun spot to spend your well-deserved and much needed me-time at, these 10 fun and kid-friendly spots in the city should give you your kick. Take your pick.
(Rates and schedules are subject to change without prior notice.)
1. Active Fun Building
If your kids seem to bounce off the walls - and drive you up the wall sometimes - let them expend their seemingly boundless energy at this indoor play center. Active Fun has a padded "play frame" with a stupendous slide, hanging bridges, trampolines, and tunnels for big kids as well as a soft area with a ball pool, small slides, and an open space for tiny tots. Parents and yayas, meanwhile, can lounge and eat snacks beside the play area as they wait for the kids to tire themselves out.
ADDRESS: 9th Ave. corner 28th St., Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Active Fun also has branches in Westgate Center, Alabang; SM North EDSA; and Fun Ranch, Ortigas.
TEL. NOS.: 869-0800 and 869-9509
EMAIL ADDRESSES: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
P125: first 30 minutes
P150: 1 hour
P60: 30-minute extension
Weekends and holidays
P140: first 30 minutes
P175: 1 hour
P75: 30-minute extension
Adult caregivers: P125 each (entrance fee)
Photo by Mommy Fleur
2. Terra 28th
Just across the Active Fun Building is this 8,344-square-meter park that can definitely bring out your inner child. Frolic in the arong Pinoy area and teach your little rascals how to play patintero, habulan taya, piko, luksong baka, and holen. You can also have a family picnic or go for a jog together (with your dog, too, if you’d like). Other major attractions are the interactive art installations: "The Musical Steps," where you can tap on a step to make music, "Rest and Play Ribbon Sculpture," a playground set, and "Color Me Chameleon," which lets kids play around with different colors.
ADDRESS: 28th St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Photos from Revel Magazine
3. Museo Pambata
This staple of school field trips merits a more intimate, more extensive visit. Here's why: the jury of the Children's Museum Award gave it a special citation in Luxembourg in April 2012, the only non-European museum to be given such an honor. Let your kids spend a little more time playing in the theme rooms where they can learn about the human body, the rights of the child, environmental issues, different cultures, possible careers they can pursue, and more.
ADDRESS: Roxas Blvd. corner South Drive, Manila (behind Quirino Grandstand)
TEL. NOS.: 523-1797 to 98, 536-0595
EMAIL ADDRESS: firstname.lastname@example.org
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Tuesday to Saturday)
Lunch break from 12 to 1 p.m.
1 to 5 p.m. (Sunday)
The museum is closed on Mondays and selected official holidays.
Children and adults: P100
Museum workers and teachers: free
Manila residents with valid IDs: free on Tuesdays, 50% discount on other days
Photos from the Museo Pambata site.
4. City Kart Racing
Got a mini Schumi aspiring to be the Philippines' first F1 champ? Let him practice and burn some rubber at City Kart Racing, a go-kart facility open to kids at least four feet tall (so they can reach the pedal). Adults, both beginner and pro, can also race, of course; races last for 12 minutes on the 600-meter kart track. And don't worry about the equipment, since the go kart, the helmet, and the suit will be provided. When you and your kids get tired of racing each other, you can go for a quick refuel at the in-house restaurant.
ADDRESS: 7th Level, Car Park, Park Square 1, South Drive, Ayala Center, Makati City
TEL. NO: 856-9155
Monday to Thursday: 3 to 10 p.m.
Friday to Saturday: 10 a.m. to 12 midnight
Sunday and Holidays: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Per race (12 minutes long): P590 per head
For first-timers: P750
Inclusive of racing license valid for one year worth P160, suit, helmet, and safety briefing
Photo from City Kart’s Facebook page
5. La Mesa Ecopark
Time to switch off those gadgets! Let your kids experience the great outdoors. Go trekking, running, biking, boating, swimming, camping, picnicking, and fishing - and that's just for starters - at the La Mesa Ecopark. This 33-hectare public park has a saltwater swimming pool, considered safer than the chlorinated kind, as well as picnic grounds, a butterfly trail, flower terraces, a paintball field, zip line, mini forest, and an eco trail. Spending a day here goes a long way in helping preserve and protect the La Mesa Watershed - a primary water source of the Metro and its carbon-dioxide sink.
ADDRESS: La Mesa Dam Compound, Greater Lagro, Quezon City
TEL. NOS.: 430-4051, 430-5207 (telefax)
EMAIL ADDRESS: email@example.com
OPERATING HOURS: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Dec. 25 and 31
Above 3 feet: P50
3 feet and below: free
QC residents (with valid proof of residence): P40
QC students (with valid ID): P20
QC senior citizens (with valid ID): free
Non-QC senior citizens (with valid ID): P20
Photos from Radikalfool’s Flickr photostream
6. The Mind Museum
Touted as the first world-class science museum in the country, The Mind Museum makes science fun with over 250 interactive exhibits housed in five galleries. For your little Einstein, this would be paradise on earth - but then the usual curious kiddo would definitely have fun learning all about the universe, our planet, different life forms, the atom, and technology. Guides dubbed "the Mind Movers" also add value to your three-hour-long visit with fascinating science stories. Our advice: Ask your kids to soak up as much science as they can to make the most out of their visit.
ADDRESS: JY Campos Park, 3rd Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
TEL. NO.: 909-MIND (6463)
EMAIL ADDRESS: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday to Sunday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Closed on Mondays
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
12 to 3 p.m.
3 to 6 p.m.
6 to 9 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday only)
Children and private-school students (up to college): P450
Public-school students (up to college) and teachers: P150
All-day pass: P750
Children below two feet: free
Photos from the Mind Museum’s Facebook page
7. The Lost Eden
This Eden is actually found in Sucat, Parañaque. A brainchild of the Bio Research founder, The Lost Eden educational and recreational park is heaven on earth for your little NatGeo fans stuck in the concrete jungle. Check out the butterfly farm and watch the butterflies' metamorphosis; the Rainbow Tree House that was built on a 200-year-old tree; the Vegi-Map of the Philippines which shows the country's crops; the longest aquarium strip in the country, which is home to many freshwater ornamental fishes; and the Honey House Gallery, which gives visitors a peek into a beehive. There are more sights to see, but the guided tours last only one-and-a-half hours each. That only means one thing: Your junior explorers will beg you to come back.
ADDRESS: 8362 Dr. A. Santos Ave., Sucat, Parañaque City (near Manila Memorial Park)
TEL. NO.: 826-3535 to 38 local 134
EMAIL ADDRESS: email@example.com
OPERATING HOURS: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Saturday
ENTRANCE FEE: P180
Photos by Jayvee Ferndandez
8. Manila Ocean Park
If you haven't already gone, take your water babies there this weekend. More than just the Oceanarium, which is the showpiece marine-life exhibit, the Manila Ocean Park has other kid-friendly attractions: a ride on a glass-bottom boat that lets them check out the fishes up close without having to go underwater, and the Marine Life Show starring sea lions, to name a few. Plus: Stressed-out 'rents would love the Fish Spa, where "doctor" fish will exfoliate your legs and feet.
ADDRESS: Right behind Quirino Grandstand (along Roxas Blvd., Manila)
TEL. NO.: 567-7777 locals 118, 119. amd 123
EMAIL ADDRESS: firstname.lastname@example.org
For the admission rates and the schedule of each attraction, go to http://www.manilaoceanpark.com/attractions.php
Photos by Rodolfo P. de Guzman, Jr.
9. Nido Fortified Science Discovery Center
Got a junior Galileo or Newton at home? He'll definitely fit right in at this museum, where visitors can watch a movie that will immerse them in outer space at the interactive 3D Planetarium. The NFSDC also has galleries that tackle technology, the fruit of science - think robots, computers, and cars - and environmental issues and their impact on the planet. That sounds like heavy stuff, but the NFSDC makes it all seem like fun and games for your kids, so the lessons will surely stick.
ADDRESS: Southside Entertainment Mall, SM Mall of Asia, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City
TEL. NO.: 556-0331
EMAIL ADDRESS: email@example.com
Monday to Friday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday to Sunday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Walk-in Rate for Adults and kids: P 330
Ticket includes unlimited access to the galleries and one (1) Planetarium show
Kids 2 feet and below: free
Photos from the NFSDC Official Site.
10. Fun Ranch
"Kids rule here," its slogan says. Proof: theme-park rides, the Playdium indoor play area, and the kiddie go-kart track, but adults won't feel left out. You can hang out for a while at the restaurants in Fun Ranch, while your wee ones take on the rides (supervised by Yaya, of course) like the Ferris wheel, the carousel, and the Fun Ranch Express. Fun Ranch isn't all just fun, though. It's also home to some establishments catering to art, music, and academics for kids.
ADDRESS: Frontera Verde, Ortigas Ave. corner C5, Pasig City
TEL. NO.: 836-9387
EMAIL ADDRESS: firstname.lastname@example.org
ADDRESS: Westgate, Filinvest, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
TEL. NOS: 706-3019, 706-2887, 687-2870
EMAIL ADDRESS: email@example.com
Photos taken from the Fun Ranch Facebook page.