Looking for great ways to bond with the kids this summer?
Planning the best summer activities with the kids can be tricky—painstaking, even. For parents, it can mean cautiously blocking off dates on work-filled calendars, organizing activities the youngins’ will (hopefully) love, and making sure everything runs smoothly. And though beach trips, long road trips, and travels abroad are surefire ways to bond during the summer, planning these can take a lot of time, money, and commitment.
But don’t fret—you don’t need to travel far nor plan hard to make timeless family memories. If you’re eyeing in-city or near-city activities for the family, we’ve listed down the best options at exclusively discounted prices. What’s more is that they’ll keep you and your kids happy during the season, too!
For kids who enjoy bedtime stories and imaginative play: Fairy Tale Dance Camp
Spark your child’s imagination through dance, storytelling, and arts and crafts with this 4-Day Camp at Ballet Philippines in Greenhills or CCP. Open to boys and girls aged 4-6 years old, this performance workshop will not only let them live out their favorite bedtime stories but also help them develop creativity, camaraderie, and confidence that lasts.
Greenhills, San Juan
F&B-5, Arts Plaza, Greenhills Theater Mall, San Juan
(beside Music Museum)
(0915) 630 6968
(0939) 390 2398
CCP Complex, Pasay
Ground Floor, CCP
CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay
(02) 832 3689
For kids who love toys and games: Kids Club Access
Jazz up play time for your kids by giving them 1-Day Unlimited Kids Club Access at Novotel Manila Araneta Center. Unleash your kid’s creativity and energy with the club’s colorful toys, fun costumes, games, video console, and the kid-favorite ball pit. This exclusive offer also entitles your kid to 1 Item from the Kids Menu of The 6th Pool Bar and Lounge, which is located only a few steps away from the Kids Club. After a well-spent day of playing, your kid can happily munch on a mouthwatering meal from the Kids Menu’s selection of favorites like macaroni with melting mozzarella, spaghetti carbonara, and many more.
Novotel Manila Araneta Center
General Aguinaldo Avenue
Araneta Center, Quezon City
(02) 990 7888
(02) 990 9111
For kids who have a knack for learning: Junior Hotelier Program
Want to enjoy some R&R while you let the kids have fun? This 2-in-1 summer package will surely fit the bill: Acacia Hotel Manila’s 1 Session of Junior Hotelier Program with a Deluxe Room Staycation for 2 with Breakfast Buffet. Let your future hotelier participate in 1 Session of the Junior Hotelier Program, an interactive role-playing summer program for children 7-12 years old that offers a firsthand experience in hotel management. Mixing fun, excitement, and learning, the educational program spans culinary, housekeeping, and mobile photography activities, depending on your chosen date. An afternoon snack and a pastry will also be served, and all kid participants will be awarded a certificate after the session for a job well done.
Acacia Hotel Manila
5400 East Asia Drive cor. Commerce Avenue
Filinvest Corporate City, Alabang, Muntinlupa
(02) 720 2000
(02) 588 5888
For kids who love interactive activities: Kidzoona or PlayLabPH
Do you have energetic kids? Spend the best weekend in Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria with this jam-packed deal. Indulge in their Grand Deluxe Room for 4 (2 adults & 2 kids) inclusive of Breakfast Buffet at Seven Corners, 8 scoops of Gelato from Seven Corners Express, 2 Movie Passes to Robinsons Movieworld Galleria, and last but not the least, Two (2) 60-minute Tickets for Kids to Kidzoona or Two (2) 2-hour Passes for Kids at PlayLabPH. With this stay’s luxurious amenities and list of fun kid-friendly activities, the whole family will surely feel the summer vibe.
Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria
1100 Ortigas Ave.
Ortigas Center, Quezon City
(02) 633 7222
Alternatively, those simply running on a tight vacation schedule may choose to avail of Playlab PH’s Kids Pass for 2. With this one-day activity, tech-savvy kids can experience the future of playtime with 14 fun and creative installations, including a digitally-lighted slope, interactive wall-climbing, and more!
4/F Robinsons Galleria
EDSA corner Ortigas Avenue
Ortigas, Quezon City
(02) 242 8402
(02) 242 8405
For kids who love to swim: Outdoor Kiddie Pool
Want to beat the heat? Cool off with the kids this summer in one of Manila’s finest stays. Book a stay in Belmont Hotel Manila’s Family Room for 4 including Buffet Breakfast and access to the hotel’s top-of-the-line amenities. Let the kids don their swimwear and beat the heat in their kiddie pool while you take a dip in their jacuzzi and outdoor pool. Best of all is that you and your family can enjoy a 360-degree panoramic view of the city while you enjoy some poolside fun.
Belmont Hotel Manila
Newport Boulevard, Newport City, Pasay
(02) 318 8888
For kids who love nature: Day Tour at Lotuspod Bed & Breakfast
If your child enjoys being outdoors, whisk them away to a Day Tour at Lotuspod Bed & Breakfast. A 3-hectare farm resort in Laguna only 1.5 hours away from the city, the resort provides a quick summer breather away from the city. This tranquil destination is home to the Lotuspod Explorer Club Treehouse, where kids can explore, climb, and slide in the ultimate playground that also boasts a cozy reading nook for children. For a minimal fee, you can also opt to learn the benefits of organic farming when you join their educational Agritour hosted by in-house agriculture scientists. If your kid is more adventurous, you can let them avail of complimentary use of the zipline and trampoline.
Lotuspod Bed & Breakfast
2340 Kalsadang Putol Street, Purok 6
Brgy. Puypuy, Bay, Laguna
(0995) 237 0590 (SMS Only)
For kids who love to bike and explore: Hacienda Half Day Tour at Prado Farms
Reconnect with nature and strengthen family bonds at Prado Farms, a well-loved 5-hectare eco-resort only a 2-hour drive from the metro. On a Hacienda Half Day Tour, you and your little explorer can discover the quaint and family-friendly property by bike or through a leisurely stroll. If availability permits, you can also enjoy carabao rides, fishing, and pig feeding. Plus, if you want your kid to eat healthier, this is a prime spot to introduce them to delicious healthy meals. This half day tour is also inclusive of lunch and snacks made with ingredients from their organic farm.
(0998) 804 5395
For tips on discovering the best family-friendly activities in the city, check out DG Traveler’s Manila section.
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This article was last edited on May 20, 2019 by the DG Traveler team.
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