There’s still a few more weeks before the new school year starts. Mark the remaining carefree time with a visit to any of these educational theme parks! Not only are they fun for kids, they’ve got new things in store that the whole family shouldn’t miss too.
1. Nayong Pilipino Park
Explore the rich Filipino culture and heritage on a smaller scale at Nayong Pilipino's smaller site in Rizal Park. Located in the former Orchidarium, the cultural theme park also features Ifugao huts, traditional bahay-na-bato, kalesas, and this weekend, local crafts community Common Room will transform it into a haven for arts and crafts. There will be art installations and pop-up stores that will feature the works of Filipino artists like Cynthia Arre, Ella Lama, and those from Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan.
Parkfest is happening on May 28 and 29 at Nayong Pilipino, Rizal Ave. Ermita, across the National Museum.
2. Manila Ocean Park
If your family has not visited Manila Ocean Park, take advantage now while they're offering a bundle of activities on discount (see poster below) until the end of May 31. Aside from the huge aquariums, exhibits and shows, don’t miss out on meeting the newest member of Manila Ocean Park, Hero, a white-bellied sea-eagle. Kids also get a chance to become mermaids for a day (ask about the Mermaid Experience they offer).
Manila Ocean Park is located behind the Quirino Grandstand in Luneta Park, Manila.
3. KidZania Manila
KidZania, the theme park where kids try out real-life jobs through role-playing from over 70 professions and activities, is introducing the “Kids for a Greener World” program. Kids will learn about environmental issues like garbage, overfishing and car emissions by working at the Century Tuna Fish Market to deliver and group fish; plan routes to efficiently use fuel and reduce air pollution at the Shell Transportation Efficiency Center; and upcycle old clothes at the H&M Conscious Upcycling Workshop.
KidZania is located at Park Triangle, North 11th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
From June 4 onwards, Exploreum will have Secret Lab where kids can be engineers, chemists, investigators or junior scientists. There will be potion-making, machine-building and other science-filled fun. The science park houses 10 interactive science galleries related to all things living, the Earth and space where both the young and old can learn and play. Wonder and tinker with 3D holograms, virtual reality simulations, optical illusions and more. Definite must-not-miss are the giant globe at the entrance, the Dome Theater, and the exhibit where you can test whether you run as fast as a cheetah or a...chicken.
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Exploreum is located at the ground floor of the Southside Entertainment Mall of SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City.
5. GK Enchanted Farm
GK Enchanted Farm isn’t exactly a theme park. It’s a 34-hectare prototype farm of Gawad Kalinga that fosters community building, serves as an incubator for social business and platform for social education, and a destination for social tourism that includes Kids Camp At The Farm. For two days, kids learn about farming, agriculture, and social entrepreneurship through fun activities (like how to make peanut butter!) There will be munching on smores around a bonfire! Registration fee is P3,900 which includes accommodation, meals and activities.
The GK Enchanted Farm is located at Angat, Bulacan.