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10 Kid-Friendly Things To Do In Manila This Weekend

Bored? Usually, people run to their gadgets. Even kids (whether our own or a small band of nieces and nephews)! We can easily get lost in our world of games and social network apps. It seems like the digital world is slowly taking over. Before it does, let’s hit the road and check these ten kid-friendly things to do in Manila.

1Take a stroll at Ayala Triangle Gardens.

ayala triangle gardens
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Formerly an airstrip, this green oasis has been transformed into a temporary escape from the city life. It’s an open area for kids to play a quick game of frisbee while someone walks the family dog. Appreciate the fine landscape with all sorts of greenery. Other attractions within the park are: Filipinas Heritage Library, Gabriela Silang Monument, Ninoy Aquino Monument and Sultan Kudarat Monument. Catch the magical Lights and Sounds show during the holiday season.

Ayala Triangle Gardens
Paseo De Roxas St., corners of Makati Ave. and Ayala Ave., Makati City
Open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Entrance Fee: Free

2Play a round of patintero at Terra 28th Park.

terra 28th park taguig
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It’s rare to find parks in a populous city, which is why Terra 28th Park is a gem in BGC. Discover traditional local games such as luksong baka, patintero, and piko in designated paved courts. Teach your kids the basics of our favorite childhood games. Others will find amusement in the colorful playground that blends art and functionality or go for a jog in the open area. One thing’s for sure Terra 28th Park is a unique playground for all.

Terra 28th Park
28th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Entrance Fee: Free

3Have fun and get active at La Mesa Eco Park.

la mesa eco park
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Who knew there was a little haven in the busy town of Fairview? Bring out the entire family for this one! Speed among the trees like Tarzan using the zip line or rent an entire boat to enjoy the calm waters. Perhaps, you’ll enjoy reeling the latest catch at the Fishing Lagoon or rent a bike and race against one another on rough roads. A perfect way of cooling down during the summer is by jumping into their swimming pool.

ALTERNATIVE: If you’re not the energetic type, experience nature up close with beautiful kinds of plants and trees scattered across the park like the Orchidarium. Or, get lost in a world of butterflies at Butterfly Garden. It is one of the kid-friendly things to do in Manila that will make you feel like you are not in the city.

La Mesa Eco Park
La Mesa Dam Compound, Greater Lagro, Quezon City
Open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Entrance Fee: PHP 50 

4Get lost in the biggest playground at Active Fun.

active fun
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Once the adults are away, the kids will play. Energetic kids will love diving into colorful ball pits and going down gigantic slides in this indoor playground. Little ones will need a companion inside as there will be older ones who are running around. Over here, everyone will definitely find something fun to do until time runs out!

Active Fun
Westgate, Filinvest Corporate City,Commerce Ave., Muntinlupa City (more locations around Metro Manila)
Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (M–Th, Sun) and 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (F, Sat)
Hours may differ during holidays
Entrance Fee: PHP 135-325 (M–Th), PHP 155-375 (F–Sun, holidays), PHP 125 (adult)
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5Defy gravity at Jump Yard.

jump yard philippines
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Who said jumping on trampolines was purely just for kids? Grab your family or friends to a whole body workout inside this large indoor trampoline arena. Take shameless selfies of doing splits in the air or challenge a friend to a round of Cage Ball. If you have kids of your own, your active toddlers will surely enjoy a game of peek-a-boo or simply getting lost among soft foam cubes.

READ: 10 Times Jump Yard Philippines Will Make Your Day Jump-Packed With Fun

Jump Yard Ortigas
Frontera Verde Complex, Ortigas Avenue corner C5, Pasig City (and another location at Pampanga)
Open daily from 12:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (M–Th), 12:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (F, except holidays), 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Sat, Sun, holidays)
Entrance Fee: PHP 250/hr (M–Th), PHP 350/hr (F–Sun, holidays)
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6Never stop learning at Mind Museum.

mind museum
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If Albert Einstein was alive, he might as well make this museum his own home. Kids and adults will surely love exploring this highly interactive museum. Sneak a selfie with Mister T. Rex Stan in the background or get a rocking hairstyle using the Static Ball. Make sure to regularly check their website because they’ve got brand new exhibitions every month that will encourage you to visit frequently, especially if you live just around the area!

Mind Museum
J.Y. Campos Park, 3rd Avenue, BGC, Taguig City
Open from Tuesday to Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Entrance Fee: PHP 475 (child/private school student), PHP 190 (public school student), PHP 625 (adult)
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7Indulge in some 3D fun at Art in Island.

art in island
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Stepping into Art in Island, it may seem like an ordinary museum filled with impressive paintings. Once the picture is taken, that’s when these murals become alive. Let your creative side take over in this world of pure wackiness and optical illusions. Compete with your friends and family over who will get the funniest picture of all. Make sure you bring your backup power bank with you because this calls for a serious picture taking session!

Art in Island
175 15th Avenue, Cubao, Quezon City
Open from Tuesdays to Sundays and holidays from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Entrance Fee: PHP 500 (adult), PHP 400 (students, senior citizens, PWD)
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8Play with sea creatures at Manila Ocean Park.

manila ocean park
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Increase your chances of finding Dory by heading over to Manila Ocean Park! Explore the fascinating creatures that live in the enormous Oceanarium. Walk the sandy bottom and discover the water world through Aquanaut Voyage, or play with the penguins at Trails to Antarctica. You will not run out of activities because there is plenty to play with here, and all of them are kid-friendly things to do in Manila.

ALTERNATIVE: Seal a kiss with a cute creature at the Sea Lion Show or be entertained with smart guests at the All-Star Bird Show.

Manila Ocean Park
Behind Quirino Grandstand Luneta, Manila City
Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Entrance Fee: PHP 550-900
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9Be entertained at DreamPlay City of Dreams.

dreamplay city of dreams
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Meet your favorite characters from movies like How to Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar, and Shrek of DreamWorks Studios. Big kids will get a kick from going down the slides in How to Fly Your Dragon and even climb the exhilarating Wall of Destiny. The younger ones will enjoy making gingerbread cookies at Gingy’s Kitchen and explore the large play area at Afro Circus. There’s even a DreamTheatre where you will get the ultimate 4D experience with fun characters.

DreamPlay
City of Dreams, Asean Ave. corner Roxas Boulevard, Entertainment City, Parañaque City
Open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (M–Th) and

10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (F–Sun, holidays)
Entrance Fee: PHP 680 (weekdays), PHP 880 (weekends, holidays)
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10Sample your dream job at KidZania.

kidzania
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Someone has definitely asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” This mini city built just for kids gives them a chance to try all kinds of jobs in the world. Under careful supervision, kids will get to experience of what it’s like to sit in the cockpit for a day as a pilot or put an end to fires as a firefighter. They can even make their own cookies in the cookie factory or become a nurse or doctor in the hospital’s operating room. How cool is that?

KidZania
Park Triangle, North 11th Avenue, BGC, Taguig City
Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (weekdays), 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Sat), and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Sun)
Hours may differ during holidays
Entrance Fee: PHP 900/1,100 (4–14yo, weekdays/weekends and holidays), PHP 630/770 (companions 15yo and up, weekdays/weekends and holidays)
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Can you believe that there are fun places such as these to visit in the city? Make wonderful memories with these kid-friendly things to do in Manila for an exciting day with the family or barkada. It’s about time to unleash that inner kid that’s been suppressed for ages!

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