It sure is easy to resort to going to the nearest mall as a means to beat the scorching heat of this year’s summer, but think about it. You’ve been to the mall quite frequently throughout the year, whether it is to shop, buy groceries, watch a movie, or eat when you were just too tired to cook and wash the dishes afterward.
And since it’s the school break, why not go the extra mile to make it memorable for your kids? Certainly, it would be more enjoyable if it would be out of town, better yet an out of the country trip. But what if you don’t have the budget or cannot simply take a long leave from work?
Worry not. Here are some places in the Metro where you can take your kids during the weekends.
There are benefits to bringing kids to museums instead of the usual stroll inside the mall. It includes improving your kids’ awareness in history, a boost in imagination and creativity, and it also piques their curiosity.
One of my personal favorites is The Mind Museum. Located in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, the Mind Museum allows kids to play interactively with most of its exhibits, which consist of several galleries including the Atom, Life, Earth, Universe, and the Technology Gallery.
Another favorite is the Art In Island in Cubao, Quezon City. Kids will certainly love being part of the art exhibits along with the number of 3D art displays that seem to come alive. Make sure your photographer stands on the correct spot to snap that Instagram-worthy photo.
You will find another interesting museum a few hundred meters away from the NAIA Terminal 3. The Philippine Air Force Museum, also known as the PAF Museum showcases a number of old jets and helicopters, which kids can come up close to play with.
Other museums in the Metro are as follows:
- National Planetarium
- Museo Pambata
- National Museum of the Philippines
- Ayala Museum
- Money Museum
- Marikina City Footwear Museum
- San Agustin Museum
Zoos and Aquariums
If animals are your thing, plan a trip to zoos or aquarium parks, many of which are also located within the Metro. For instance, Manila Ocean Park has been a go-to venue for most primary schoolers’ field trips recently. Why not? It’s fun and educational as well for kids to see various marine life, birds, and even toy displays. Be sure to catch the sea lion show, which runs up to 3 times per day.
Pick one from these zoos to plan your next weekend family trip.
- Manila Zoo
- Ark Avilon Zoo
- Malabon Zoo
- Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center
What’s interesting about modern-day parks is that many of these are designed for almost everyone. Take, for example, the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City. There you can take your early morning jog, bike with your kids, and have coffee & breakfast afterwards.
If you are not a morning person, you can have a stroll in the afternoon and shop your favorite brands. After which, you can have dinner with the family in any restaurant along High Street.
Other parks are located in key cities where you can also have a picnic with your kids include:
- Ayala Triangle Gardens
- Fort Santiago
- Rizal Park
- La Mesa Eco Park
You see, summer can be fun without spending a fortune. All it takes is for you to look around or remember those places where your parents brought you and made your childhood memorable.