Places to visit in Metro Manila for children
Most children enjoy visiting other places once or a few times a week. So, take your children to places that you rarely visit and let them enjoy that moment with the family and other children as well. It will be a learning experience for them to travel and see the most visited and famous spots here in Manila. Don’t let your children be left behind on these exciting places where unique and different activities await them. Below are some of the popular places that your children will find educational and entertaining.
This is a place where they can learn many things and choose from a variety of activities available. It has many facilities to accommodate the different needs, wants and interests of the children. Below are their facilities:
- The “Pasalubong Shop”. In here children can select the books, educational craft sets and other toys they like best.
- The “Aklatang Pambata”. Children can enjoy reading a variety of books. They have an option to read alone or much better join in a storytelling session with other children. Aside from books that can be borrowed, other means of storytelling are available in the form of audio and video CDs.
- The “Palipalaruan”. Similar to a children’s playground, this is a place where children can swing and tumble, slide and hurdle with the human-sized toys and have fun and try the “Tutubing Bakal Peace” helicopter.
- The “Teatro Pambata”. Children can watch theatrical plays, concerts and shows in the theater situated outside.
- The “Multi-Purpose Hall”. This is a good choice for special occasions. In here, children can hold parties for birthdays, corporate events, gatherings and other important events and family celebrations.
Aside from the facilities mentioned, the children can also participate in their monthly events. More so, they have exhibits for children where they can view the paintings and various art crafts made by other children. They can also do the paintings, drawings and other related artworks themselves. As early as now, they can learn to care for the environment and be educated on the means on how to preserve our natural resources.
Known for a perfect view of sunset, children can surely enjoy the atmosphere here. There is also the so-called “Baywalk” where they can enjoy the place by choosing to walk at the edge of Manila Bay, ride a bike or play with their pets . Also, they can watch the ships sailing, rent a yacht or join the Manila Bay cruise to experience a different trip.
The Mind Museum
It is the first world-class Science Museum in the Philippines. It boasts of a 250 hands-on, minds-on interactive exhibits in a 5,000 sqm exhibit area located in a 12,500 sqm JY Campos Park in Bonifacio Global City. It has five major galleries: The Atom, Life, Earth, Universe and Technology. The children will surely learn a lot on their visit here.
Other facilities are:
- “The Auditorium”. It has a 198 seating capacity
- “Mind Pods”. These are 2 classrooms with 40 seating capacity
- “Mind Lab”. 1 laboratory with 35 seating capacity
- “Science-in-the-Park“. Visitors can experience playful science through four-themed pockets: Music, Math, Living and Water.
SM MALL OF ASIA COMPLEX
The biggest mall in the country has a lot of entertaining and educational facilities that children will surely enjoy.
- “Nido Fortified Science Discovery Center (NFSDC)“. It is the first technology-based, highly interactive Science center in the country, housed in a 3,000 square meter, two-level facility in the SM Mall of Asia Complex. It houses the biggest and most advanced Digital Planetarium Theater in the Philippines, 9 galleries and over 200 exhibits.
- Life Clock – allows visitors to send e-mails to the future addressed to friends or themselves.
- ImagePort – focuses on all things that deal with the lens – from manual to digital cameras capturing the latest gadgets and the future of digital imaging.
- SMART Media City – allows visitors to play installed computer games and GestureTek (a full-body motion-controlled game system).
- Transportation Nation – features the history and future of transportation and displays transportation methods such as SINAG, Wheelsurf, and Segway PT. This is also the exhibit with a flight simulator.
- Grossology – features the grossness education.
- Spaceship Earth – previously, it featured exhibits on the environment. After Nestlé bought the museum, it was turned into a motion-game venue.
- Virtual Reef – focuses on marine or underwater life. It features Mr. T, a talking cartoon titan fish who explains how to save coral reefs.
- City Science – features replicas of some of the tallest skyscrapers in the world, a replica of PBCom Tower, and an interactive earthquake experience.
- Robot Inc. – features robots both fictional and non-fictional, displaying their origins and other information about them.
- Digistar Planetarium – a 15-meter planetarium which has a 3-D “screen” on top of the seats.
- LEGO Mindstorms Robotics Center – features LEGO Mindstorms robot designs. Addition entrance fees apply in this exhibit.
- “Storyland”. It is considered as the Philippines’ largest, indoor amusement park.
- “Ice Skating Rink”. The SM Mall of Asia houses the only Olympic-sized Ice Skating Rink in the country. This can be an alternative venue for recreation and fun for your children. Formal lessons are also offered if they want to pursue it as a hobby or sport. They can learn various other ice activities here like hockey games and sled rides. Gaming machines like the PS3 gaming stations and the Battle Seat Simulator are also available.
- “Baywalk”. It is an outdoor and recreational strip where the children can ride the Mall of Asia Eye, a 180 feet long slow moving ferris wheel patterned after the London Eye. There are also new attractions like jumping on a huge trampoline and a ship that sways back and forth.
Located at Laguna, which is only a 2 hour drive from Metro Manila. Your children will definitely enjoy this theme park and all its rides. It also offers other attractions like the fireworks display, various restaurants to dine in and the shopping areas where different souvenirs and other attractive children items can be purchased.
We all know that most children are attracted to animals, mostly the domestic ones. But for other rare and wild animals, this is the place to see. They will be able to observe their appearance and the kind of habitat up close. You can have your photos taken with the animals, just make sure to ask for assistance.
Children are also given a chance to feed some animals, but with the assistance of an animal caretaker. That is a unique and rare experience for them since it is different from what they normally do.
Manila Ocean Park
If your children wanted to have an up close interaction with the marine animals this is the place to be. Children can enjoy the many attractions from the first known “marine-themed park” in the Philippines.
- The “Oceanarium”. This is its own version of exhibit of marine life. It has over 5,000 species of marine creatures all from the Philippines and Southeast Asia. It boasts of a view-able through the 25-meter long, considered to be the largest underwater tunnel, where you can see the interactions of reef fishes.
- The “Marine Life Show”. Focused more on the South American Sea Lions, children can witness their intelligence through an entertaining live performance.
- The “Jellies”. Jelly fishes, known as the dancing sea fairies, will show their abilities and unique skill underwater. More so, the different species of jelly fish that came all over the world starting from the smallest all the way to the most dangerous one can be found here.
- The “Glass Bottom Boat Ride”. Designed to be an alternative way to view these marine creatures closer without going underwater. Children will can ride a boat and view the fishes through its glass bottom.
- The “Musical Fountain Show”. This is usually shown at night; children can experience the most grandiose musical fountain show display complete with fire, music and laser nights and animated marine characters projected on a water screen.
More of these attractions are available in the Ocean Park. Just pick your time for you and your children and begin to witness this one of a kind experience here in the Philippines.
Formerly known as the “Luneta Park”, this historical theme park is another suggested place for outdoor activities for the children. There are many things to do here like a picnic with the family, playground for children and watch and enjoy the different musical shows, performances and events scheduled every weekends.
If your child is more of an advanced learner, the National Museum is the place to be. In here, children can learn more about the historical places and events in the Philippines including its arts and crafts preserved through exhibits. National Museum is divided into different branches.
- First is the National Art Gallery. At the entrance, two sculptures can be seen. They are the heroic monuments of Manuel Quezon and Sergio Osmeña. At the lobby, two wooden reliefs can be seen portraying the Rajah Sulayman, his Court and the Palisades and Legazpi and the Discovery of Manila. Other sculptures are also displayed at the pediments of the back and the front facades of the building and at the former Session Hall of the Philippine Senate.
Different rooms are also built in this building such as the Hall of Masters, Holding Room, Arellano Room, Beloved Land, Vessels of Faith, Hall of National Artists for the Visual Arts and Freedom Yearned For. As you notice, the names of the rooms represent the persons, events and emotions of the Filipino people during that time.
- Next is the Museum of the Filipino People. As the name implies, it represents the different exhibits tackling the history of the Philippines and some of its important and selected origins. Specifically, these exhibits are the San Diego Exhibit, Five Centuries of Maritime Trade Before the Arrival of the West, The Origin (Pinagmulan), Archaeological Treasures (Kaban ng Lahi), The Filipinos and Their Rich Cultural Heritage (Kinahinatnan).
- Planetarium is third in the list. As of the moment, this is not open for public view but there are upcoming exhibits ready to be scheduled soon. Originally, the purpose of this building is to share astronomical information through planetarium shows, lectures, demonstrations, exhibits and actual celestial observations. It has a unique feature that shows the true-to-life astronomical bodies.