Parents with a nine-to-five day job know the struggle we face on weekends. You plan a day out with your family members at the mall, hoping to catch up on some fun quality time. Instead, you spend it waiting in line at a packed restaurant after spending 30 minutes (if you're lucky) looking for a parking spot on a day that already began with a two-hour traffic.
We don't know what to tell you about the traffic, but there is one place where you probably don't need to line up for hours to get a seat at a restaurant, and every member of the family will find something fun to do. The place: The Garage at City of Dreams (COD), which opens this Sunday, October 14, at 5 p.m.
With modern industrial interiors and a 563-seating capacity, The Garage is a Virtual Reality (VR) Zone and food park that allows guests to experience virtual reality entertainment and delight in a wide range of casual dining choices from the carefully curated selection of food and beverage trucks and trailers set in a 2,714-square meter space at the upper ground floor of COD.
The VR Zone at The Garage features a new-generation entertainment facility that offers an immersive top-of-class VR technology experience.
The three-minute Mario Kart Arcade GP VR, which was developed by Bandai Namco Amusement under license from Nintendo, enables one to choose to play as one of the characters: Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, or Yoshi.
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You must survive a course filled with traps such as giant Piranha Plants and Thwomps or large stone creatures that attempt to crush the players. This highly sought-after game can be played by up to four persons.
Ski Rodeo, on the other hand, is a steep downhill ski simulator that lets a player ski a vast snowy mountain course with sharp slopes and steep drops at an immense speed with the goal to finish at the fastest time possible or within the allotted time of two minutes.
This heart-dropping game, which can be played in pairs, is open to individuals with a height of 140 cm and up.
The Hospital Escape Terror, which can be played by up to four participants, is an immersive horror room game open to thrill-seekers ages 13 years old and above.
In this game, the goal is to escape and survive altogether the dark, cursed, and abandoned hospital within nine minutes while being restrained on a wheel chair (virtually, of course).
When it comes to food choices, The Garage offers a selection of 10 food and beverage trucks and trailers of a variety of cuisines to please your palate. Among the must-tries are: Hokkaido Ramen Santouka's Shio Ramen, Katsu Sora's salmon teriyaki, "The Hollywood Legend" (hotdogs with chili, cheddar cheese, mustard, and chopped onions) from Pink’s Hotdog, and Little Flour's Beef Tapa Rice Bowl.
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Make sure to also try El Chupacabra's Pork Sisig Street Taco, Pizza Grigliata's Quatrro Formaggi with truffle oil, Farmacy's ice cream scoops, sweet treats from Chocol8, Spanish latte from The Roaster, and healthy smoothies from Juiced. The bar at The Garage offers a wide selection of beverages for guests to pair their choice of food from the trucks and trailers.
The casual dining experience is also enhanced with the sustainability drive of City of Dreams Manila: only eco-friendly, biodegradable and compostable plates, utensils and take-out bags are used at The Garage.
Tickets to the VR games are available on site. Single player ticket price is available at Php450 nett; while packages are available for those playing in groups or pairs: Php800 nett for two persons playing Ski Rodeo; Php1, 200 per person for three activities; and Php1, 600 nett for a group of four persons playing Hospital Escape Terror or Mario Kart GP VR.
The Garage will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. For more information, call +632 800-8080 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.cityofdreamsmanila.com.