10 Fun Indoor Activities You Can Try in Manila
It's the rainy season! But who says you need to go outdoors to have a good time?
(SPOT.ph) There are days when you want to get out of your house to do something fun, but the weather just keeps getting in the way. Don’t fret! There are plenty of fun things to do in Manila that don’t require you to spend hours under the blazing sun or relentless rain (all in the span of one day). All you really need is a lot of enthusiasm.
Solve a mystery
Address: Unit 9-A JW Plaza Building, 195 E. Rodriguez Jr. Avenue, Quezon City; and 2/F G. A. Yupangco Building, Jupiter Street and Gil Puyat Avenue corner Reposo Street, Barangay Bel Air, Makati City
Contact: 501-2824 (Quezon City); 587-1689 (Makati City)
Operating hours: 1 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Monday to Friday); 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (weekends and holidays)
Nothing gets the adrenaline going like a high-pressure situation. If you and your friends are up for a challenge, head to Mystery Manila, where you will be tasked to solve a puzzle of your choice. Disarm a ticking time bomb at the heart of Manila, experience the paranormal, or even extract dreams a la Inception. Remember: Teamwork is key.
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Channel your inner Barney Stinson
Address: 4/F Activity Center Wing, Market! Market! Mall, Bonifacio Global City; and Amusement Center, Alabang Town Center, Theater Drive, Muntinlupa City
Contact: 856-6467 (Market! Market!); 403-9071, 403-9073 to 74 (Alabang Town Center)
Operating hours: For Market! Market!, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Sunday to Thursday) and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Friday to Saturday); For Alabang Town Center, 1 p.m to 9 p.m. (Monday to Friday) and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (weekends)
There’s a really good reason why Barney Stinson is obsessed with playing laser tag. It’s a perfect game for the ultra-competitive folks out there. LazerXtreme offers games priced from P170 to P220, depending on the day and number of games. They also offer weekday three-game bundles and party packages. Grab your friends, suit up, and get ready to step into the arena.
Make like a superhero
Address: 155 Dr. Sixto Antonio Avenue, Pasig City
Contact: 624-2872; 0917-565-8945
Operating hours: 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Monday to Friday); 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Saturday); and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Sunday)
Learn to smoothly leap off walls and jump over boundaries like your favorite superhero at Ninja Academy’s indoor parkour facility. The Academy offers flexible rates for first-timers (P350/day) and students (P290/day), or you can sign up for a 10-session pass valid for two months (P3,150). They also have monthly and annual rates, if you’re looking to turn it into a new hobby.
Feel like you’re in Frozen
Address: Main Mall, Ground Level, Ocean Drive Side, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City; 5/F SM Mega Fashion Hall, Mandaluyong City; and 2/F SM Southmall, Las Piñas City
Contact: 556-0471 (SM Mall of Asia); 631-5670 (SM Megamall); 800-0426 (SM Southmall)
Operating hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
If you haven’t already given SM’s refurbished ice skating rinks a try, now is the best time to start. Head to the mall early so you can make full use of all that unlimited skating for P390. Feeling a bit more adventurous? Shell out P500 for a hockey game, with an additional P400 per hour for gear rental (walk-in).
Give futsal a try
Address: AFP-RSBS Industrial Park, KM 12, East Service Road, Taguig City
Contact: 0949-760-8688; 0920-109-1666
Operating hours: 6 a.m. to 12 a.m.
The Camp at Taguig City is, by no means, a replacement for a full football pitch. It is, however, perfect for indoor recreational play, especially when it’s rainy out and you’re itching to get on the field. Sign up for an annual membership or reserve a two-hour slot via their website (prices may vary depending on the day). The venue also has other facilities, including a gym and boxing ring.
Ride a magic carpet
Address: 175 15th Avenue, Barangay Socorro, Cubao, Quezon City
Operating hours: Open daily (except Mondays) from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m
Grab your friends (and your cameras) and head to Art in Island, Cubao—the biggest 3D art museum in Asia. Feast your eyes on 3D art painted all over the walls and floors by Korean master painters who flew in just for this project. You'll get a kick out of the mind-blowing optical illusions with photos taken from a certain angle! Tickets are at P500 for adults, P400 for students with school ID, and free for children who are below three feet tall. Shoes aren’t allowed inside, so we suggest you bring socks to keep your feet from feeling cold.
Bond over bowling
Address: 4/F Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, EDSA corner J. Vargas Avenue, Mandaluyong City
Contact: 631-6717; 631-6494
Operating hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Spend free time with friends and family over bowling. Enjoy SM Bowling’s 14-lane bowling center for only P165 per game. Other entertainment activities such as billiards (P300/hour) and KTV (P250/hour) are also available for use.
Have a night full of fun and laughter
Address: Metrowalk, Ortigas, Pasig City; 1739 Ma. Orosa Street Malate, Manila
Contact: 522-2484; 0916-439-7898 (9 a.m. onwards); 0917-830-8613 and 0928-846-888 (4 p.m. onwards)
Operating hours: Open daily from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Just after a good time and lots of laughter? Gather all your friends and prepare yourselves for a fun night at The Library Comedy Bar and Restaurant. Unwind after a tiring week at work with the help of the cozy ambience and good company. Expect to see talented comedians take the stage and entertain the audience all night long. Former hosts and entertainers have now made a name for themselves, like Arnel Ignacio, Ai-Ai Delas Alas, Allan K., Lenard Obal, Rey Kilay, Philip Lazaro, Anton Diva, Pooh, Martin D' Icon, La Vivorah, May Bayot, La Bacci, Raging Divas, Teri Onor, Wally Bayola, and more.
Have fun with food and board games
Address: 65 Mariveles Street corner Sultan, Highway Hills, Mandaluyong City
Operating hours: Open daily from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.
If you ever find yourself stuck at home with nothing to do, invite your friends to have a board game night at Tobey’s Game Cafe. With a collection of over 200 board games, you’re sure to find one that you and your best buds will enjoy. Play a game or two with a few drinks and food, served by the cafe as well.
Photo by Ian Santos
Bond with the whole family...and Shrek?
Address: Level 2, Shops at the Boulevard Retail Arcade, City of Dreams Manila, Asean Avenue corner Roxas Boulevard, Entertainment City, Parañaque City
Contact: 800-8080; 808-0909
Operating hours: Open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Make it a rainy day for the whole family at DreamPlay by DreamWorks, a 5,000-square meter interactive center. There are a total of 12 unique attractions based on your favorite DreamWorks characters from movies like Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, and How to Train Your Dragon. Our personal favorite? The Dream Studio, which lets you create your own animated film. How cool is that? Ticket prices vary depending on the day, but you can avail of a two-hour, four-hour, or whole day pass for you and the kids. (Read more about DreamPlay by DreamWorks.)