Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Kid-Friendly Places to Visit in the Philippines

Summer is here and if you have kids at home, they will soon be starting to ask you to take them someplace amusing and exciting to relieve themselves of boredom. To keep their minds active, to treat them for a job well done during the school year, and at the same time, to keep them in good spirits while the temperature is blazing hot, we created a list of the best places to take your kids to this year! They also come with budget travel tips you should take to heart when travelling with kids:

1. Enchanted Kingdom, Sta. Rosa, Laguna

Kids love being constantly in motion. The Enchanted Kingdom in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, is one of the most popular, if not the most popular, theme parks in the country. Popular attractions include Dodgem Bump Cars, Up, Up, and Away balloon ride, Bump ‘N Splash, and the Ferris Wheel. Entrance costs PHP 600 each for adults on weekends/ holidays, and PHP 500 on weekdays. For kids 36” to 47” tall, admission fees are PHP 320 each on weekends/holidays, and PHP 250 on weekdays.

2. Kidzville, The Podium Mall, Ortigas, Pasig

Children are fond of playing make-believe.Kidzville at The Podium in Ortigas is sure to be a wonderland for young ones. Featuring a mini-hospital, garage, fire station, country barn, gas station, bakery, grocery, and a general play area, children will easilylose track of time playing doctor, auto mechanic, gas boy, baker, and so forth. Admission rates are PHP 180 for 30 minutes, PHP 250 for an hour, PHP 180 for extension, PHP 480 for unlimited pass, and PHP 120 for adult pass.

3. Zoobic Safari, Subic Bay 

Cultivate love for animals and nature in your kids by taking them to Zoobic Safari at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone. With 11 attractions to offer including Zoobic Cave, Rodent World, and Croco Loco, both kids and adults can enjoy the tour that takes them through the attractions. The guided tour will take around 2 ½ hours to complete.
Zoobic Safari is open from 8AM to 4PM. The day tour entrance rate is PHP 495 for adults and PHP 395 for kids over 3-4 feet. Meanwhile kids who are 3 feet and below can get in free of charge. Additional charges apply for other features, such as the Sky Safari zipline (PHP 199 per person), GirafZ ride (PHP 199 per person), and Tiger Safari Ride (PHP 200 per person).

4. Active Fun

An indoor play center for kids who seem to never run out of energy, Active Funhas branches at SM Megamall, Bonifacio High Street, and Ayala Fairview Terraces. The amenities include padded play frame, tunnels for big children, slides, hanging bridges, and an area with ball pool and small slides for toddlers. Guardians of the kids can stay and eat snacks beside the play area while waiting.

Admission fee is PHP 175 for half an hour, PHP 225 for an hour, PHP 115 for a half-hour extension, and PHP 395 for unlimited play. Non-play adult pass costs PHP 125. Active Fun is open from Mondays to Thursdays,and Sundays,from10AM to 9PM. On Fridays and Saturdays, branches operate from 10AM to 10PM.

5. Nido Fortified Science Discovery Center

A science museum located at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay, theNido Fortified Science Discovery Center features numerous interactive exhibits in nine walk-through galleries, including All About You, Be Connected, Earth and Space, Marine Adventure, Nature Works, and Transportation Nation.

The museum also has the first ever Digistar 3 planetarium in the Philippines.Children can meet the robotic animals in a traveling exhibit designed by Marshall Editions of London, England. They can learn how the animals survive and how their bodies work.

The Nido Fortified Science Discovery Center is open daily from 10AM to 10PM. Entrance costs PHP 330 for adults with 1 Planetarium Show of the guest’s choice plus unlimited time in the center. Meanwhile, child rate is PHP 300 for kids whose height are 39 inches and below. Children who are 24 inches and below are admitted for free.

Have fun travelling with kids by checking out the places mentioned above. But before you head out this summer, be sure to get you and your kids a good travel insurance and be worry-free! Going to a science museum may not seem particularly life-threatening, but perhaps one go at the Space Shuttle or Anchors Away might be enough to change your mind. If you’re going out of town or out of the country for a vacation, then you must definitely get travel insurance coverage.

Have a fun  summer with your kids!

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  2. All the places you recommended here are awesome. Na miss ko tuloy enchanted kingdom. I want to visit these places with my son and I'm sure he'll enjoy and learn a lot from Nido and Zoobic Zafari.

  3. Wow! How about suggesting Museo Pambata and other museums here in Manila? Thanks for sharing this list, definitely it's a helpful guide for parents to bring their children this summer vacation!

  4. I didnt know where Nido Discovery Ctr. is located in MOA? I am hoping too visit Zoobic Zafari too coz Im a kid at heart. hehehe.

  5. These are really fun places to be in for Kids, the mind museum is also a nice place for kids.

  6. Surely these are some of the most beautiful places for kids,nice share.

  7. Thanks for posting these places and hope to choose one for my family summer activity.

  8. My family already been to 3 out of the 5 places you have mentioned here. I am curious about Kidzville, it's like a mini KidZania pala. I will check that out when we visit the Ortigas area.

  9. I did not know that there was a Nido Museum. Will check it out with my niece and nephews.

  10. Thank you! Our kids are having fun and learning new things . This looks like so much fun for them.

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  11. WillieEvangelista - very interesting,,.na miss ko tuloy pumunta sa enchanted kingdom with college friends..