Kids these days are too engrossed with their iPads, laptops and computers, and video game consoles that it’s so difficult to get them to drop these “toys” and spend a day out to play games that actually involve running, strategy, and a lot of screaming and laughing.
This habit has gotten so bad that there are countless stories and even recorded proof that babies who can’t even talk or walk yet already know how to swipe the screen of an iPad.
And believe it or not, a four-year-old girl in the UK developed an addiction to her favorite gadget and even had to undergo therapy for it!
Luckily for parents in Manila, there are many places they can take their children to not only to have fun but also to learn and interact with other kids.
In this list, we feature four of those places. And take note, all of these are indoor so parents and guardians who may not be comfortable leaving their kids out under the sun for too long have nothing to worry about!
Quezon City, Ortigas, and Bonifacio Global City
Kids of the early 2000s will surely be reminded of Kids-at-Work when they see the two indoor playgrounds featured on the list. The first of which is Kidzoona, which actually originated from Japan and is filled with multiple fun activities for children 12 years old and below.
Take note that it’s required that the child is accompanied by an adult and both should be wearing socks while in Kidzoona.
From a giant slide to a ball pool and even an Air Track, kids can spend the whole day tumbling, jumping, and running about. Kidzoona also proves that learning can be fun with an area dedicated to educational toys and building blocks.
There’s even what they call Role Play Town where children can play pretend in different stores such as a supermarket and burger shop!
Kidzoona can be found in Robinson’s Galleria in Ortigas, Shangri-La Plaza in Mandaluyong, SM City Sta. Mesa in Quezon City, and Uptown Place Mall in Bonifacio Global City.
2. Kidzania Manila
Bonifacio Global City
Speaking of roleplaying, this is one of the things that children undoubtedly love to do, and we don’t just mean tea parties with dolls and stuffed toys. Kids particularly enjoy roleplaying as an adult, whether it’s through pretending to be a doctor checking on patients or a teacher giving a lecture to students.
Kidzania Manila takes this idea and kicks it up a notch by providing children ages 4-14 years old with a play city of their own where they can have so much fun while learning about the adult world through role play.
There are a number of activities that kids can choose from in Kidzania. Kids who love to act or perform will enjoy the Acting Academy while those with a creative streak in them will love the Art and Design Academy or the Arts and Crafts Workshop.
Those who dream of working at the hospital when they grow older should try roleplaying as a nurse at Hospital: Baby Care Center, a paramedic at Hospital: ER, or a nurse or doctor at Hospital: Operating Room.
Kids who love to write will have a blast working at Magazine Publishing Company or at the Newspaper while those who love food should try working at the Ice Cream Factory, Pizza Shop, or Snack Factory.
Kidzania Manila is located at Park Triangle, 11th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
3. DreamPlay by DreamWorks
If hearing the words ‘theme park’ are often enough to excite children, what more if they hear about an indoor theme park inspired by some of the most-loved animated film characters?
Kung Fu Panda’s Po, Madagascar’s Alex, Melman, Marty, and Gloria, and How to Train Your Dragon’s Hiccup are just some of the characters children will find over at interactive play center DreamPlay by DreamWorks.
DreamPlay proves to children that learning, creating things with your own hands, and even physical activities can be so much fun. Gingy’s Kitchen lets kids bake their own gingerbread man while their skills and strengths will be tested when they try to climb up the Wall of Destiny.
Kids looking to take a break and rest will surely enjoy the 4-D experience brought by the DreamTheatre or making their own animated film at Dream Studio.
DreamPlay by DreamWorks is located at City of Dreams Manila, Aseana Avenue cor. Roxas Boulevard, Entertainment City, Parañaque.
4. Active Fun
Quezon City, Mandaluyong, and Bonifacio Global City
Designed by a physiological therapist, Active Fun has been one of the go-to places for children for the past few years.
Home to giant slides, trampolines, tunnels, and even a ball pit, this indoor playground guarantees that kids will enjoy and that they will enhance their social and physical skills.
Toni T. describes Active Fun as an “awesome place for the kids to just be kids” in her looloo review. “So much stimulation for kids too,” she adds. “One hour of play isn’t enough!”
For kids who want to spend their birthdays at this indoor playground, it’s no problem! Active Fun has an events place where parties can be held.
Active Fun is located at Active Fun Building, 9th Avenue cor. 28th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Its two other branches are located at 5/F Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, EDSA cor. Julia Vargas Ave., Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong, and at 3/F Annex, SM City North EDSA, Quezon City.