Parents are always on the look-out for leisure spots meant especially for kids and families; where the children can play and learn, the parents can relax or the whole family can bond and enjoy activities together. Sadly, places like these aren't as common place as coffee shops. Lucky for us, however, 2015 has brought quite a handful of them and they're top-notch too.
Items on this list contain anywhere from huge international play cities to cozy kid-friendly cafés. Whichever spot you choose to go to, you and your family are sure to remember it as a day well-spent.
1. KidZania Manila
Photo by Vincent Coscolluela
Location: Park Triangle, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig Entrance fee: starts at P900 for children, P600 for adults Website: manila.kidzania.com
First on this list is the family center that's found in 16 other locations all over the world. It's KidZania Manila, an interactive kids' play city opened this year August. We can bet that any child would love to spend a day at this marvelously built mini-metropolis complete with a restaurants, a fire station, a hotel, a hospital, a police station, a gas station and tons of other establishments--even an airport! In these establishments, they can pretend to be whatever they want and whoever they want. It's almost literally a dream (job) come true.
2. Dreamplay by Dreamworks at City of Dreams Manila
Location:Aseana Avenue corner Macapagal Ave., Entertainment City, Roxas Blvd, Parañaque Entrance Fee: starts at P480 for children, P260 for adults for a 2-hour pass Website: cityofdreams.com.ph/entertainment/dreamplay
Opened in March, Dreamplay is an interactive Dreamworks-themed play place. Your child will be able to explore and learn with beloved Dreamworks characters like the likes of Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon, Po from Kung Fu Panda and Shrek from, well, Shrek. Inside are attractions that will teach your child how to fly his own dragon, how to fight like a Dragon Warrior or build a raft like the zoo animals of Madagascar. Plus, there are play areas, eating places, a theater, a studio and other awesome things to do.
Opened in December, this park isn't going to stay for very long as it will only be up until January 31, 2016. Future Park is the first interactive digital play place in the country. Kids and kids-at-heart get to immerse in a play experience powered by cutting-edge technology. Take Head Rush, one of their attractions, for example. You get to physically dodge obstacles through a holographic 3D world. A levelled up version of Temple Run!
The largest trick art museum in Asia is found right here in the Philippines and it opened just this year January. What's a trick art museum, you ask? To put it simply, the art pieces in here are interactive and are not what they seem. You get to pose and take photos with them and actually make it look like you're part of the artwork! It's amazing. The kids' imaginations will run wild and so will yours!
Flowboarding, a combination of surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding, can be a family fun activity now too! Flow House opened in April and it's making waves, literally. You and your family can now enjoy the thrill of surfing without needing to leave the city. It's open for adventurers off all ages.
Hello Munchkins is what owners Vanezza Ho-Asuncion and Anneli Hilario-Sy call a play café. It's basically a café and kids' play place combined into one. There's an area where adults can enjoy the company of other adults over good coffee and a seperate area where kids can play with other kids. Vanezza and Anneli also hold activites and play lessons in the second and third floors of the café. To learn more about them and the activities they have, read our article about them here.
Spend an afternoon lounging about with cats at the Metro's first cat café. Opened in February, the Miao Cat Café let's you and your family pet and play with their resident kitties. It's a cat-lovers haven! They have everything from furry cats, short-haired cats, stout cats, slender cats, striped cats, big cats, small cats, etc. You get the picture.
Here's a place your kids can learn and play at the same time. The Jensen Kinder Farm is all about organic farming. They're well-equipped to make sure your children will learn a thing or two about plants and animals while having fun at the same time. They have their own plots with growing crops, an array of tools, prepared kid-friendly agriculture lessons, poultry and fish, and soon an aquaponics system. Book a tour and let the whole family learn a thing or two about farming. To know more, read out article about them here.