Outdoor spaces in Rizal
The nearby province of Rizal remains under Alert Level 3 but based on research and feedback from parents, there are outdoor spaces in various municipalities that welcome kids. (Read what Alert Level 3 means for your children here)
That said, it is best to call ahead and ask whether kids are accepted due to the ever-changing guidelines brought by the pandemic. If you can, go to these places on weekdays to avoid crowds. Our advice is to still travel with caution as COVID-19 remains a threat.
Sapinit Road in Antipolo City
Found in the city boundaries of Antipolo and Rizal is this long stretch of road touted as "Little Baguio." The more than 2-kilometer road offers a scenic view of pine trees lined up along the road side.
The privately-owned property has become a popular spot for families looking to have a picnic where their children can enjoy fresh air. Entrance is free but there are no stores inside, so make sure to bring your own food and drinks, and remember to practice CLAYGO or clean as you go.
How to get there: On Waze, you can find and pin Sapinit Road, Antipolo, Calabarzon. If you're coming from SM City Masinag, drive up to Marcos Highway then turn left before reaching the arch that says "You are entering Upper Marikina River Basin Protected Landscape." Drive further for around 3 kilometers until you reach the place.
Pestaño Farm in Antipolo City
Near Sapinit Road is the newly opened Pestaño Farm that offers eat-all-you-can samgyupsal along with a unique farmstay experience — fruit picking, animal feeding, and even pony rides!
For more information, visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/pestanofarm or call 0998-5571319.
Hiraya Childhood Play Farm in Jala-Jala, Rizal
This wide, open space located at the foot of Mount Sembrano combines farm life and play for kids. Aside from getting the chance to run around the vast area, kids and their parents can also enjoy activities such interacting with different farm animals, fruit picking, planting, hiking, pottery, fishing, and camping.
To ensure the safety of families, they are only accommodating one family per day. Visitors may opt for a private day tour or a two-day overnight farm stay.
For more information, visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/hirayafarm or call 0995-5578557
PAD (Place at Don Antonio) in Binangonan, Rizal
It seems this restaurant took inspiration from Alice in Wonderland with flowers, mirrors, and the different characters from the movie spread throughout its indoor and outdoor areas. Kids are welcome in their al fresco dining area and their beautiful garden looks even more magical at night.
For more information, visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/placeatdonantonio
Sierra Madre Hotel & Resort in Tanay, Rizal
This resort not only offers a breathtaking view of the mountains, they also have activities and facilities that kids will love. Enjoy the playground, garden, pool, hanging bridge, and camping site.
Past visitors also recommend going to the Hidden Falls that you can access by walking from the pool. If you decide to stay overnight, they also offer affordable rates for their cabin-like rooms.
For more information, visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/TheSierraMadreResortAndHotel
Moolk Farm in Tanay, Rizal
With the cows grazing against a backdrop of greenery and mountains, it definitely feels like you're in New Zealand! Enjoy a picnic during the day and kids can feed the cows that freely roam around the area. They can also try nursing a baby cow. Or you can camp out and stay overnight!
If you're not into tents, they also offer a tiny house with complete amenities. They also have a pasalubong center that sells local delicacies!
For more information, visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/MoolkFarm
The Dinosaur Park in Angono, Rizal
Found along the Manila East Road Double Highway, Angono-Binangonan boundary is this park that features two giant dinosaurs. It's a landscape art installation by the Angkla Art Gallery and Music Wizard Cafe.
Take note that this is a small alfresco space between the gallery and cafe, so it's a nice place to visit if you live near the area. Entrance is free but minors are not yet allowed to dine in. According to their Facebook page, they are able to walk around and take photos.
For more information, visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/thedinosaurparkPH
Heading to Cavite and Tagaytay? Click here for a list of places where kids are allowed.