Budget Friendly, Tech-Free Activities Perfect for Kids

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    Don’t you just miss the good ol’ days when free days were spent outside playing sports, picnicking at the park, and frolicking in the sun, instead of constantly staring at screens, taking endless selfies, and charging so many gadgets?

    Here’s the chance to bring it all back during the weekends! Have your family spend fun, gadget-free and budget-friendly quality time together with these activities:

    OnBoard Game and Gastro Pub

    File photo from eatigo.com

    OnBoard Game and Gastro Pub is the original board game and pub concept. It features a full-service kitchen that serves mouthwatering comfort food, and delectable milkshakes for kids, as well as cocktails and craft beers for adults. With over 500 board games to choose from, there not a dull moment in this place.

    Onboard Game and Gastro Pub is located on Second Floor, Circuit Lane, Circuit Makati, A.P. Reyes Street, Olympia, Makati City, Metro Manila.

    Opening hours vary. Contact (02) 340-3560 or +63 9228866823 for details.

    National Museum of Natural History

    File photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

    The National Museum of Natural History opened its doors in May 2018 and it has been one of the top places to visit for the history of the flaura and fauna of the Philippines. Aside from the other attractions,  it features a life-size replica of the world’s largest crocodile held in captivity, Lolong.

    At the moment, only 6 out of the 12 galleries are fully opened. The museum director Jeremy Barns hopes to open the rest of the galleries by the end of the year. With a variety of galleries to explore, you and your kids will have a blast learning and discovering our Natural history.

    The National Museum of Natural History is located at Teodoro F. Valencia Circle, Ermita, 1000 Manila, Metro Manila. The museum is open from Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm Admission is free.

    The Planetarium

    Photo grabbed from Facebook/nationalmuseumofthephilippines

    The Planetarium is located in the same area as the National Museum of Natural History. It features a newly updated version of their original projector and digital system, developed by a Japanese company. The dome viewing deck includes presentations such as the Journey to the Billion Suns, A planet for Goldilocks and Hayabusa: Back to the Earth. These shows will surely captivate the inner astronomer in you and your kids’ heart.

    The Planetarium is located at Padre Burgos Avenue, Rizal Park, Roxas Boulevard, Ermita, Manila, Metro Manila. The shows start at 9am to 4pm, Tuesdays through Saturdays and 10am to 2pm on Sundays. Admission is free.

    Gandiva Café and Archery Range

    Photo grabbed from gandiva.com

    Gandiva Café and Archery Range will bring out the inner Katniss in you and your kids. This archery range is perfect for family friendly competitions. It offers beginner lessons and intermediate packages as well. The café serves an assortment of comfort food, including vegan dishes that will surely power you up after a tiring archery session. It’s a perfect place for the ultimate Hunger Games experience!

    Gandiva Café and Archery Range is located at Unit 703-705, One Corporate Center, Julia Vargas corner Meralco Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City, Metro Manila. Open Mondays to Thursdays, 10 am to 7 pm; Fridays and Saturdays, 10 am to 9 pm
    For more information about packages and branches, visit:

    www.gandiva.com.ph 

    Reading Club 2000

    Photo grabbed from Reading club 2000 facebook page

    Reading Club 2000 is one of the community libraries originally built as a social experiment and community service by Hernando Guanlao, an avid book reader. There are no rules in this library as well as no membership fee. You can donate your old books as well. The Reading Club 2000 encourages its visitors to borrow books without the expectation of these books returned. That’s right! You read it right! You do not need to return the books, nor will you be charged with penalties if you return them after a long time. This is a great place to reintroduce the family to the fun of reading books.

    The Reading Club is located at 1454 Balagtas Street, Barangay La Paz, Makati City, Metro Manila. Open every day.For more information visit their website at www.readingclub2000.com

    Terra 28th Park

    Photos grabbed from the urbanroamer.com

    Because Terra 28th Park is located on one of the busiest business districts in the Metro, you wouldn’t think that this actually exists. Terra 28th boasts of wide spaces that cater to anyone. It features paved courts that look perfect for tennis or volleyball, but are actually for old-school Filipino games such as Piko and Patintero. It also has a science-inspired play area. This is the ultimate playground in the middle of a concrete jungle.

    Terra 28th is located at 28th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila. Open from 6 am to 10 pm every day.

    Ark Avilon Zoo

    Photos grabbed from http://www.avilonzoo.ph/ark-avilon-zoo/gallery

    Ark Avilon Zoo is the only indoor zoo in the Philippines. It occupies a two-storey building inspired by the biblical Noah’s Ark. It showcases a variety of different animals including orangutans, pythons, tortoises, bear cats and other farm animals. Kids and kids at heart will definitely enjoy the many exhibits the zoo has to offer.

    The Ark Avilon Zoo is located at Frontera Verde, Ortigas Avenue corner C-5, Pasig City, Metro Manila. The Zoo opens Daily from 9 am until 6 pm. Rates start at Php 300.00.

    Yard Street Food Cinema

    Photos grabbed from Philippine Primer

    The Yard Street Food Cinema is the only food park offering a nightly movie marathon while you enjoy a great meal. This is the best way to end your tech-free weekend with the family. With multiple cuisines to offer, from Filipino to Mexican, Italian, Japanese and Chinese, there’s something for everyone. Did we mention the desserts and Marvel-inspired beverages that will captivate your kids attention? You can check out their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Streetfoodcinema/ for the list of movies during the weekend.

    The Yard Street Food Cinema is located at 18 Timog Avenue, Quezon City, Metro Manila and is open everyday from 4 pm to 2 am.

    About the Author:

    Liz Tenorio works as a business professor in one of the colleges in Manila, Philippines. She is also involved in business consultancy and real estate development. On her free time, she devotes her time in social ventures with advocacies in environment preservation and cancer research. 

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