Open Spaces For Kids & Families To Visit During GCQ

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Kid-friendly destinations in and around Metro Manila to take in some fresh air and run wild.

It’s been almost a year since lockdown began, and as difficult as it has been for a lot of us, it’s even harder to see how tough it’s been for the kids. Children adapt quickly and they’re more resilient than we give them credit for, but months in GCQ can certainly take a toll.

So, with safety precautions and our children’s best interest in mind, you might want to look into placing an order for kiddie face masks and shields— we’re going on a trip to make childhood memories.  

Open space and a natural environment is a luxury we easily take for granted. You’ll realize this as soon as you see your little ones marvel at the wonders of a fresh new experience. We often forget how small things can have such a huge impact on the young ones, and we believe that this is a much-needed break that everyone fully deserves. 

Block off your calendars, book your slots, and get planning. Make a day out of it! This is something your kids won’t soon forget. Check out these places near Metro Manila where kids are allowed to wander freely, that’s sure to be a breath of fresh air.

Where to take the kids during GCQ

Avilon Zoo

Rodriguez, Rizal

Seeing animals up close and personal is something kids will never get tired of. The Avilon Zoo is currently the largest zoological institution in the Philippines. Its 7.5 hectare facility houses more than 3,000 specimens of exotic wildlife representing more than 500 species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, freshwater fish, and invertebrates. The zoo also has a diverse collection of Philippine native and endemic fauna.

They offer guided tours for guests to learn about wildlife and the various conservation efforts being done to preserve these threatened species and to protect the environment. For the full experience, you can interact with the animals and feed some of them, too! 

Interacting with animals has proven to be extremely therapeutic, and after the year our kids have had (and who knows for how much longer), therapy would probably do us all some good. 

Dinosaur Island

Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga

The first-ever Animatronics dinosaur theme park in the Philippines, Dinosaur Island is designed to offer visitors a unique interactive learning experience of the time of the dinosaurs, complete with life sized creatures and activities for the whole family to enjoy. 

Among the educational highlights of the park, they also have a multitude of other things to keep the kids engaged. You can take a ride on the Jurassic Jungle Safari (and kill off hungry predators), feed a T-Rex, watch a dinosaur hatch from an egg, experience a 7D dino movie screening, or give some adventure activities a try. 

Let the kids’ imaginations run free and soak up prehistoric wilderness as a welcome relief from pandemic life. Because at this point, we’d rather be running away from a gigantic carnivorous reptile than be trapped in a house for much longer. 

Hiraya Childhood Play Farm

Jalajala, Rizal

Hiraya Childhood Play Farm is a family run farm where children can enjoy an open and safe environment. With their tagline, “A farm for kids and kids at heart,” it’s a beautiful sanctuary that embraces a humble, authentic, and rural way of life.  

The farm spans over 1.2 hectares of flat land at the foot of Mt. Sembrano, where families can come together through hands-on farm experiences. It’s the perfect place for children to play freely and learn from grounding activities, while grown-ups relive their childhood or relax while taking in all the open space. 

They offer farm animals interactions, fruit picking, fishing, pottery, bonfires, and mini hikes. They also have childhood games available like patintero, sepak takraw, palosebo, and tiyakad. Tap into your inner child and run wild, because life is not meant to be lived within the confines of four walls.  

The Fun Farm at Sta. Elena

Sta. Rosa, Laguna

The Fun Farm at Sta. Elena is an outdoor playground where both kids and grown-ups have access to animals and the natural world. They boast amenities and activities ideal for a full day of fun for the whole family, while appreciating all the wonders that nature has to offer. 

The kids can keep themselves busy on the obstacle courses and playgrounds, have an adventure in the garden maze, feed the fish, plant trees, or climb up a treehouse to use the viewing deck. 

It’s a refreshing escape, even for a day, to unwind and get a feel of the great outdoors. The kids may never want to leave, and honestly, you can’t blame them. 

The Ayala Triangle Gardens

Makati

A fresh breeze and the rustle of trees in this metro oasis is enough to make you forget that you’re actually in the center of Manila’s business district. There’s enough open space to keep yourself socially distanced, and more than enough room to throw a ball around or run wild. 

You can even get a workout in while the kids do their thing, or simply just lounge. Even if it’s just for a couple of hours, getting out does wonders for a reset. It’s also a win for everyone to allow the little ones to burn up some of that energy, because we all know what it’s like when kids don’t have that outlet. 

Legazpi Active Park

Rada Street, Legazpi Village, Makati

This privately owned public space and pocket park in Legazpi Village has a playground for kids to use, a bike and jogging trail, and enough open ground for everyone to roam free. 

If you make your way out there on a Sunday, The Legazpi Sunday Market sets up shop just around the corner. Take advantage of all the goods they have to offer and take it to the park for a family picnic. 

The Quezon Memorial Circle

Elliptical Road, Diliman, Quezon City

It’s a treasure tucked away in the middle of the metro’s largest city, and very few know what lies behind those treelines. Historically rich and surprisingly lush, this metro haven has a bike route, a children’s park, and a fish pond. It also has a hub of plant shops perfect for plant enthusiasts (I’m looking at you, plant titos and titas!)

Benches line walkways and are also scattered under trees, so families can share a comfortable meal under the shade. It’s an overall scenic and pleasant place to visit if you’re just looking to get out without having to go too far. 

With travel restrictions constantly changing, we’ll be updating this article as more places open up, or if the rules change with those on this list. It is still of utmost importance to stay vigilant with disinfecting as necessary, wearing the proper protective gear, and following guidelines within the venue’s premises. 

Check their designated sites or social media pages for bookings, regulations, and more information. 

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