In the concrete jungle of Metro Manila, it can sometimes be difficult for parents to find a safe play area for kids to roam free and just enjoy themselves. Many little children are left to entertain themselves by mundanely tapping the screens of their tablets. But if you’re a parent and know that there are in fact several places you can take your kids to where they can actually run around and play and learn with other kids, won’t you bring them there?
Here’s a list of child-friendly places in Metro Manila that will encourage your children to exercise their creativity and imagination.
1. KidZania Manila in BGC
Kids and their dream jobs
Pit crew training for replacing tires in the fastest time possible (Photo courtesy of KidZania Manila)
Every kid in the world gets asked this perennial question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” In Kidzania
, the young ones can have a taste of the adult career they’re imagining for themselves by trying out role-playing activities. Children earn by becoming their future professions—they could be a pilot, a chef, or a policeman. They will then receive a salary for their “work” not in pesos but in kidZos, which they can use to buy items and even open up a savings account at a Kidzania bank. At Kidzania, kids can have fun and learn at the same time.
KidZania Manila, Park Triangle, North, 11th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
2. Circle of Fun in Quezon City
Aquabike in Paddle and Pedal section at the lake (Photo courtesy of Circle of Fun)
If you’re looking for a place where very active kids can release their energies, check out Circle of Fun
. This popular weekend destination in Quezon City brags of lake rides, a bike path, zip lines, and even carnival rides. It is surely a fun place that both kids and their parents can enjoy and make lasting family memories in.
Elliptical Rd, Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila
3. Pixie Forest in Alabang
Pixie Forest entrance
Inside Pixie Forest (Photos courtesy of Pixie Forest)
Somewhere in the south of Manila lies an enchanted forest called Pixie Forest
that has rides that will keep little boys and girls fascinated. Instead of a Ferris wheel, there’s a Fairy’s Wheel; Elfin Waves, a type of water ride; a fun house area; and other activities that are sure to keep your little ones wide-eyed. Oh, and you can have your child’s birthday party held at the Pixie Forest for that magical celebration!
Festival Supermall, Muntinlupa, 1781
4. Active Fun, Bonifacio Global City
Photo courtesy of Active Fun
Given the humid weather in Metro Manila, Active Fun
provides a great indoor alternative to the usual outdoor playground. Colorful fun awaits kids—multiple choices for slides, games, and interactive activities. A lot of parents opt to celebrate their children’s birthdays in Active Fun, including celebrities.
Active Fun Bldg., Bonifacio High Street, 9th Avenue corner 28th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
5. Fun Ranch, Ortigas
The grand entryway to Fun Ranch
Photos courtesy of Fun Ranch
This is their motto: Kids rule here! And they certainly do. The great thing about Fun Ranch
is that there is no entrance fee. The setting is like a mini mall, for children only. And they have various activities and play setups that will keep the young ones entertained for hours on end.
Frontera Verde, Ortigas Avenue cor. C5, Pasig City
6. The Mind Museum, Taguig City
Little scientists at work
Photos courtesy of The Mind Museum
Gone are the days when going to museums were a drag and meant staring at random glass displays. The Mind Museum
is a world-class science museum that is sure to stimulate the curiosities of brilliant young minds. Science truly comes alive with several floors of interactive exhibits that cover these areas: Atom, Earth, Life, Universe, and Technology.
J. Y. Campos Park, 3rd Ave, Taguig City
7. The Philippine Science Centrum, Marikina City
A young girl checks out how much she would weigh in another planet
Photos courtesy of The Philippine Science Centrum
If your child is a Buzz Lightyear-wannabe, The Philippine Science Centrum is the best place to bring them. This is the first hands-on science-center museum in the country and their goal is to promote science and technology literacy among the youth. Aside from exploring outer space, children can learn about gravity, electricity, how the different organs in our body work, and a boatload of cool science concepts.
A must-visit display is the Van DeGraaff generator that causes your kid’s hair to literally stand on end! That’s a great way to learn about physics while having a laugh!
Ground Floor Store no. 4 Ecom Building, A. Bonifacio Road, Marikina City
8. Ark Avilon Zoo, Ortigas
Photos courtesy of Ark Avilon Zoo
Instead of staring at animals on National Geographic magazines or Animal Planet, kids have a chance to have real-life encounters with the wild beasts of nature in Ark Avilon Zoo
. Patterned after Noah’s ark, the zoo is the only indoor interactive zoo in the Philippines. Children can enjoy feeding animals and have memories that would last them a lifetime. Some kids may even grow wanting to be veterinarians!
Verde, Ortigas Avenue corner C-5, Pasig City, Philippines
Do you know of other places where kids can have fun and play in Metro Manila? Share your suggestions in the comments section below!