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Manila For Families

June 11, 2018
Jetting off to the Pinoy Capital with tots or teens in tow? Here’s a list of sure-fire fun-for-the-family activities.

With free entry for all visitors, Manila’s National Museum of The Philippines is the perfect place to while away a few hours with little ‘uns. Housing both the National Art Gallery and the Museum of the Filipino People, the complex is an insightful deep-dive into Filipino heritage. Budding astronomers can also immerse themselves in an array of interactive exhibits at the Planetarium

There are few things less bearable than shopping with squealers, but Manila’s SM Mall of Asia is all about the activities. Bypass the big-name stores for the epic IMAX Theatre screening up-to-the-minute blockbusters, or the giant SM Skating Rink has on-site gear hire and lessons for all abilities. Easy. 

Though June is often drizzly, should you manage to score a rain-free day, book an adrenaline-fuelled off-road escapade with ATV Adventures Rizal. These pros offer quad biking along the jungle and river trails in the hilly Sierra Madre, just east of Manila. The two-hour Forest Trail is perfect for beginners, though note, it’s an older teen adventure only: under 16s aren’t allowed, and 16-18 year olds ride with a parent. Strap in!

In town for the weekend? Skip over to Jaime Velasquez Park, for foodie favourite Salcedo Market. The tree-lined parking lot heaves with a smorgasbord of fresh produce and gastronomic treats, from fresh pancakes and galettes by Gigi La Crepe to sweet Turkish baklava by Anatolia Cuisine and the mega popular Taqueria Mia’s burritos. Simply grab your goodies to-go!

National Museum of The Philippines / Padre Burgos Ave / Ermita / +63 2 527 1215 / 10am-5pm Tue-Sun /
SM Mall of Asia / Seaside Blvd / Pasay / +63 2 556 0680 / 10am-10pm daily /
ATV Adventures Rizal / Rizal / +63 977 750 2671 /
Salcedo Market / Jaime Velasquez Park / Tordesillas St / Salcedo Village / Makati / 7am-2pm every Sat / arrive early /