Thinking of where to bring the kids this weekend? Looking for other places to go to, aside from the mall, with your friends? Make Manila your destination! That’s right. You don’t have to leave the city to find a place where you can spend quality time together after a busy week at school or work.
Pursuit of Passion found five places that are easily accessible if you’re craving for a good dose of recreation with friends and family. Brace yourself for a day of excitement when you visit these kid-friendly hotspots in Manila.
Museo Pambata enables children to gain more insights into things that surround them. It offers eight thoughtfully designed theme rooms that encourage kids to ponder important topics like how the body works, saving Mother Earth, and even choosing their future careers. Visitors can also drop by the library to visit other worlds through the treasure trove of books. There are other fun areas to explore such as the herb garden and the souvenir shop.
Operating Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 8 am to 5 pm from September to February; 9 am to 5 pm from March to August; Sunday, 1 pm to 5 pm
Admission Fee: P250 (adults and kids 2 years old and above)
There’s no better time than now to visit the National Museum Planetarium. After a much-needed renovation of its facilities, the museum reopened in March to treat guests to a fascinating viewing experience in its iconic dome. Bring the whole family and take that journey into space courtesy of the new state-of-the-art hybrid projection system. You and your kids get to learn more about the stars, the sun, and the entire solar system through three amazing shows. Make sure to check the schedule for the day so you won’t be late for the screening.
Operating Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Admission Fees for the shows: P30 – student; P50 – adult; P40 – Senior Citizen & PWD
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With the great number of attractions inside Manila Ocean Park, you can spend the whole day taking in the sights and sounds of the marine theme park. Meet some of the underwater creatures living in the Oceanarium. Feed the lovable penguins in Trails to Antarctica or touch the stingrays to your toddler’s delight. There are barn animals, creepy crawlies, and fine-feathered friends waiting for you as well. The attractions are grouped together into different ticket packages to allow visitors to choose only what they want to see.
Operating Hours: Daily, 10 am to 8 pm (check the website for any changes)
Admission Fee: Ticket prices start at P590
Amazing Stories of Yexel’s Museum is part of the attractions in Manila Ocean Park, but you have to pay separately for entry. Toy enthusiasts and pop culture aficionados will have a field day taking photos with the life-sized figures of their favorite characters from comic books, movies, and TV shows. Just be prepared to fall in line and wait for your turn in the sections devoted to Game of Thrones and Star Wars.
Operating Hours: Weekdays, 10 am to 8 pm; Weekends & Holidays, 9 am to 7 pm
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The exquisite historical sights inside Intramuros never get old and are best seen on two wheels. Ideal for young adults with a zest for history and culture, the bamboo bike tour is a must-try experience in the Walled City. What’s even more remarkable is that you’re taking part in an eco-friendly endeavor.
Bamboo bikes are locally handcrafted using sustainable practices. And since there’s no fuel to consume while biking, you’re leaving no carbon footprint behind. Visit their shop inside Casa Manila to book a guided tour or rent a bambike for a ride around Intramuros.
Operating Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 9 am to 6:30 pm
All of these kid-friendly Manila attractions are within close proximity of Paco where Avida Towers Intima is located. The one-tower development from Avida Land is ideally designed for families who yearn for an exclusive space in the urban jungle. Children will love the recreational amenities such as the play area, pool, and the grand lawn. Moreover, the property is a short distance from top schools, shopping malls, museums and other points of interest. With Avida Towers Intima, Manila’s rich cultural treasures and exciting leisure havens are well within your reach.