Things to do in Manila with Kids

By Pia Marie Balquiedra  |  Posted: February 26, 2019

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    Fort Santiago


    Visit Fort Santiago

    Check out the beautiful gardens, plazas and fountains within fort grounds. Visit the Rizal Shrine, a museum dedicated to the lifework of the national hero, Jose Rizal.

    Intramuros, Manila, 1002 Metro Manila

    Rizal Park


    Go on a stroll at Rizal Park

    Go on a picnic with loved ones at Rizal Park and commemorate the life of the national hero by visiting the Rizal Monument. Light and sound shows are also occasionally held in the park.

    Roxas Blvd, Malate, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila

    San Agustin Church


    Marvel at the beauty of San Agustin Church

    Appreciate the craftsmanship involved in designing and constructing the oldest church in the country, which has been designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

    General Luna St, Manila, 1002 Metro Manila

    Manila City


    Interact with a variety of animals at the Manila Ocean Park

    Have an encounter with creatures like sharks, rays, jellyfish, penguins, farm animals, birds, sea lions, and many more. Check out the Oceanarium, the Aquanaut Voyage, the Jellies Exhibit, the Fish Spa, and many more exhibits and attractions. They also have the Supertoy Collection as well as 4D and AR experiences.

    Quirino Grandstand, 666 Behind, Ermita, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila

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    Manila City


    Learn more about humans and societies at the National Museum of Anthropology

    Expand your knowledge of archeology and societies through the National Museum of Anthropology’s numerous exhibitions. Their exhibits include The San Diego: 500 Years of Maritime Trade, Garing: The Philippines at the Crossroads of Ivory Trade, and Manlilikha ng Bayan Hall. While you’re there, appreciate the beauty of the Marble Hall and check out the Ifugao House.

    Finance Rd, Ermita, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila

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    Casa Manila


    Learn more about Philippine history at Casa Manila

    This museum depicts the colonial lifestyle during the Spanish colonization of the Philippines. The building is an attraction in itself, since it was modeled on Spanish colonial architecture. It’s a copy of a San Nicolas House from the 1850s that was once located in Calle Jaboneros.

    Plaza Sans Luis Complex, General Luna St, Intramuros, Manila, 1002 Metro Manila

    Malacañang Palace complex


    Go on a tour of the Malacañang Palace complex

    Learn more about former presidents and the palace at the Presidential Museum and Library. You can also visit St. Jude Thaddeus Church and the National Shrine of Saint Michael and the Archangels. The palace itself is off limits, since it is the principal residence and office of the Philippine president, but the rest of the area is open to the public.

    Malacañan Palace, JP Laurel Street, San Miguel, Manila, Metro Manila

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    Manila Zoo


    Learn more about animals at the Manila Zoo

    Take a look at the Manila Zoo’s collection of more than 500 animals, belonging to 106 species. The zoo also has souvenir shops, boating rentals at the lagoon and several playgrounds for children.

    M. Adriatico St, Malate, Manila, 1004 Metro Manila

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    Bahay Tsinoy


    Visit Bahay Tsinoy

    Learn more about the lives of Chinese people in the Philippines across different periods in the country’s history. You can also learn more about national leaders of Chinese descent such as Chief Justice Claudio Teehankee, President Corazon C Aquino, and Archbishop of Manila Jaime Cardinal Sin.

    32 Anda St, Intramuros, Manila, 1002 Metro Manila

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    Quezon Memorial Circle


    Explore the Quezon Memorial Circle

    Check out the Quezon Memorial Shrine, the dancing fountains, the World Peace Bell, and the Peace Monument. Learn more about the career of President Quezon at Museo ni Manuel Quezon. Learn more about the history of the city at the Quezon City Experience. There are also numerous gardens across the area of the Memorial Circle.

    Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila

    San Diego


    Explore Baluarte de San Diego

    Explore the fort and admire the impressive views across the Manila skyline. Check out the ancient moss-covered stone structures in the area, as well as several cannons on display. The bastion is also surrounded by beautiful gardens.

    Sta. Lucia St, Intramuros, Manila, 1002 Metro Manila

    National Museum of Fine Arts


    Appreciate art at the National Museum of Fine Arts

    Check out the museum’s collection of paintings and sculptures by classical Filipino artists such as Juan Luna, Félix Resurrección Hidalgo and Guillermo Tolentino. Appreciate the stories and emotions poured by artists into different pieces like Spoliarium, Portrait of a Lady, La Barca de Aqueronte, and many more.

    Padre Burgos Ave, Ermita, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila

    Metropolitan Museum of Manila

    Appreciate art at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila

    Appreciate different kinds of art as you go on a tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Manila. Appreciate the craftmanship involved in the creation of golden accessories religious items, and potteries on display as part of the exhibition known as Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Collection. You can also check out an exhibit called The Philippine Contemporary: To Scale the Past and the Possible, which focuses on modern art by Philippine and foreign artists.

    BSP Complex, Roxas Blvd, Malate, Manila, Metro Manila

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    Money Museum

    Go on a tour of the Money Museum

    Check out the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ (Central Bank of the Philippines) collection of currencies. The museum visually narrates the development of the Philippine economy. It also collects, studies and preserves coins, paper notes, medals, artifacts and monetary items found in the Philippines during its different historical periods.

    Ocampo St, Malate, Manila, 1004 Metro Manila

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    Star City

    Go on different rides at Star City

    Check out the theme park’s huge collection of rides. Rides for children, teens, families, and adults as well as horror houses and museums. Star City has them all.

    Vicente Sotto St, Pasay, Metro Manila

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    Ayala Museum

    Visit the Ayala Museum

    Learn more about a variety of topics through the museum’s numerous exhibits and check out its collection of archeological artifacts. Visit the Filipinas Heritage Library within the museum, which can provide access to primary sources like rare books, photographs, and recordings.

    Makati Avenue corner Dela Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park, Ayala Center, Makati, Metro Manila

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    Upside Down Museum

    Go on a tour of the Upside Down Museum

    Take advantage of the wonderful photo opportunities inside the Upside Down Museum. Make use of their optical illusions and capture wonderful and eyebrow-raising photos with your loved ones.

    Boom Na Boom Grounds CCP Complex, Roxas Blvd, Pasay, 1300 Metro Manila

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    The Mind Museum

    Learn more about science at The Mind Museum

    Expand your scientific knowledge through The Mind Museum’s 250 interactive exhibits, which are presented through five interconnected stories. Their galleries include, Atom Gallery: The Strange World of the Very Small, Life Gallery: The Exuberant Varieties of Life, and many more. The museum was opened in order to provide an extraordinary educational experience that inspires the public to understand nature.

    JY Campos Park, 3rd Ave, Taguig, 1634 Metro Manila

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    Enchanted Kingdom

    Explore the Enchanted Kingdom

    Try the Enchanted Kingdom’s wide variety of rides and attractions, including the Space Shuttle, Rio Grande, Jungle Log Jam, and many more. Visit Rialto for a 4D experience. The best part of the Enchanted Kingdom experience is the magnificent fireworks display at the end of each day.

    San Lorenzo Rd, Laguna, Santa Rosa, 4026 Laguna

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    HappyWorld Museum Miracle Art

    Challenge your perspective at HappyWorld Museum Miracle Art

    Check out the museum’s optical illusion exhibits and realistic 3D paintings. Pose for photos and immortalize fun and crazy moments with your loved ones.

    Market Market, McKinley Pkwy, Taguig, 1634 Metro Manila

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    Yuchengco Museum

    Visit the Yuchengco Museum

    The Yuchengco Museum was created to foster a greater public appreciation of international, national, cultural and historical exhibitions. Their exhibits include Ties of History: Art in South East Asia, Variations of Expression, a Typical Amorsolo, and many more.

    RCBC Plaza, Corner Ayala Avenue and Senator Gil J. Puyat Avenue, Makati, 1200 Metro Manila

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    The Minor Basilica and Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

    Appreciate the beauty of The Minor Basilica and Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

    This beautifully made church is an attraction in itself. Appreciate the craftsmanship involved in creating the church’s statues, carvings, stone art, the stained glass windows, and many other areas and parts of the building.

    Sto. Tomas, Intramuros, Manila, 1002 Metro Manila

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    National Museum of Natural History

    Learn more about animals, plants, and fungi at the National Museum of Natural History

    Check out the museum’s exhibitions and learn more about animals native to the Philippines, including the now extinct spot-billed pelican. Have a look at their exhibitions of taxidermied specimens of local animals, the marine life exhibit, miniature versions of mangroves and beaches, and snapshots of the earth’s biosphere. They also have botanical paintings and illustrations on display.

    Teodoro F. Valencia Circle, Ermita, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila

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    Cultural Center of the Philippines


    Participate in events at the Cultural Center of the Philippines

    The Cultural Center of the Philippines hosts a variety of events, including plays, operas, ballet recitals, concerts, and dance festivals. Its artistic programs include the production of performances, festivals, exhibitions, cultural research, outreach, preservation, and publication of materials on Philippine art and culture.

    CCP Complex, Roxas Blvd, Malate, Pasay, 1300 Metro Manila

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    National Planetarium

    Learn more about astronomical objects at the National Planetarium

    Marvel at different astronomical objects as the museum uses its starball projector to hold wonderful shows. Check out their exhibits, which feature paintings of Philippine astronomical myths and beliefs, as well as diorama representations of the solar system, the major constellations and astronomists.

    Dr. Jose P. Rizal Park, Padre Burgos Ave, Ermita, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila

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    KidZania Manila

    Develop skills at KidZania Manila

    Develop new skills and learn to work with others through role-play. Take on the roles of police officers, nurses, doctors, paramedics, and fire fighters in KidZania’s kid-sized city.

    North 11th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, 1634 Metro Manila

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    Trampoline Park


    Get active at Trampoline Park

    Go on intense individual workouts and active social outings at the Trampoline Park. The facility has inter-connected trampolines a foam pit, tumble tracks, basketball dunks, and an extreme dodge ball arena.

    The Portal,, Mayflower Street, Greenfield District, Mandaluyong, 1550 Metro Manila

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    Visit DreamPlay

    Have fun with your loved ones at this children’s amusement park. DreamPlay’s attractions and rides include the Furious 6 Academy, The Thread of Enlightenment, DreamTheatre, DinoTrux, Shrek’s Swamp Stomp, and more. DreamPlay can be located inside the City of Dreams, which has a lot of hotels, restaurants, a casino, and even offers a variety of simulation and VR experiences.

    Aseana Ave, Parañaque, Metro Manila

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    Kiddy's Arts Town

    Visit Kiddy’s Arts Town

    Shop for arts and crafts materials and innovative art activities for children from early pre-school through junior high. Kiddy’s Arts Town’s specialized products are designed to give children an enjoyable, fun and exciting experience to express their creativity confidently while developing their individual Artistic skills.

    SM Mall Of Asia, J.W. Diokno Blvd, Pasay, 1300 Metro Manila

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    Cosmic Kidz

    Play with your loved ones at Cosmic Kidz

    Have fun in this high-end play area for kids and kids-at-heart. Some of the games, facilities and slides include Plasma Pool, the Wave Rider, the Spectrum Crossing, Ground Control, Slingshot, and many more. Children can also play with gaming cannons and imported Comfy Interactive Educational Toys. Adults can play alongside their children on the third floor’s more advanced slides, games, and facilities.

    GF,EM108, SM Mall of Asia, Seaside Blvd, Pasay, Metro Manila

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    Mystery Manila

    Challenge yourselves at Mystery Manila

    Experience new things, look for creative solutions to difficult problems, and broaden your imagination. Work with your loved ones to solve different mysteries at Mystery Manila. They also have branches in Ayala Malls the 30th and Jupiter Makati.

    Unit 2F B2 – 2F, Citywalk2 Eastwood City, 195 Eulogio Rodriguez Jr. Ave, Bagumbayan, Quezon City, 1110 Metro Manila

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    SM Skating Rink

    Experience the wonders of ice skating of the SM Skating Rink at SM Megamall

    Brush up on your skating skills at the SM Megamall’s ice skating rink. Don’t know how to skate? No problem! Just sign up for coaching sessions at the cashier. A lot of unique shops, restaurants, and entertainment centers are also nearby since the skating rink is housed within a mall.

    They also have rinks at the SM Mall of Asia and SM Southmall.

    Mega Mall B Fashion Hall, EDSA Cor. Dona Julia Vargas Ave. Ortigas Center, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong, 1550 Metro Manila

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    Jump Yard Indoor Trampoline Park

    Bounce your way to an active lifestyle at the Jump Yard Indoor Trampoline Park

    The Jump Yard Indoor Trampoline Park has tons of activities that will surely entertain people of all ages. Try activities like dodge ball, cage ball, and slam dunk basketball. Even falling as you climb walls and cross balance beams can be fun thanks to the park’s foam pit.

    5 Ortigas Avenue | Frontera Verde Complex, Pasig, Luzon 1604, Philippines

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    Fun Ranch

    Enjoy the rides at Fun Ranch

    Fun Ranch has several attractions designed specifically for children, including carousels, rides on mechanical horses, the Red Baron, Fun Ranch Express, Bumper Cars, and many more. They also have a large play area known as Playdium.

    Ortigas Avenue Corner, C5, Frontera Dr, Pasig, Metro Manila

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    Active Fun

    Let your children enjoy themselves at Active Fun

    Take advantage of Active Fun’s large play area for children. They also provide magic shows, laser shows, yoyo shows, puppet shows and many others for private parties held in the facility.

    9th Ave, Taguig, Metro Manila

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    Gandiva Archery

    Test your aim at Gandiva Archery

    Introduce your loved ones to archery or help them improve their skills with a bow at the Gandiva Archery. They also hold summer workshops and equipment sales.

    SM Megamall | 5th Floor Mega Fashion Hall, Mandaluyong, Luzon 1550, Philippines

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    Museo Pambata

    Go on a tour of Museo Pambata

    Take part in hands-on exhibits that encourage children to explore and discover various concepts while they play. Their exhibits include Marketplace, My Body Works, I Love My Planet Earth, Career Options, and many others. This children’s museum also hosts art workshops, parties, and other events.

    Roxas Blvd, Ermita, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila

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    Art In Island


    Visit Art In Island

    Art in Island is the largest 3D museum in Asia and the world’s first selfie museum. Interact and take pictures of your crazy poses with the musuem’s numerous 3D art pieces. It has different themed zones, including Aquatic Adventures, Winter Wonderland, Dungeons of Ancient Times, and many more.

    175 15th Ave., Brgy. Socorro, Cubao, Quezon City, 1109 Metro Manila

    175 15th Ave., Brgy. Socorro, Cubao, Quezon City, 1109 Metro Manila

    Escape Hunt Experience Manila

    Go on the Escape Hunt Experience Manila

    Go on an exciting, addictive, challenging, educational and fun experience at the Escape Hunt Experience Manila. Work together as you try to solve mysteries as part of experiences offered by the facility, such as Murder at Home and Trapped at the Spa.

    Ebro, Makati, Metro Manila

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    Learn to work together at Breakout

    Test your abilities and improve your teamwork through the escape room experiences offered y Breakout. Experiencs offered include Press Play, Zombie Cabin, the Catacombs, and many more.

    They have plenty of branches across Manila so check out their website to find the ones near you.

    Paragon Plaza, EDSA Corner Reliance Street, Mandaluyong, 1550 Metro Manila

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    VR Cafe

    Visit the VR Cafe

    Choose from a variety of virtual reality games and explore different worlds at VR Cafe. Their games include Beat Saber, Animal Force, SpeedRunners, Job Simulator, Farpoint, and many more.

    1253 Pablo Ocampo Street | San Andres Bukid, Manila, Luzon 1004, Philippines

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    Compete against each other at LazerXtreme

    Take advantage of LazerXtreme’s top-of-the-line HELIOS PRO gear and have the ultimate lazer tag experience. Its gaming arena features sci-fi bases such as Tron, Avatar, Red Earth, and Star Trek. You can also rent out the gaming facility for birthdays, corporate parties, team building and other occasions.

    McKinley Pkwy | 4th Level, Market Market Mall, For Bonifacio, Taguig City, Luzon 1630, Philippines

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    Sparta Philippines

    Stay fit at Sparta Philippines

    Sparta Philippines is the home of the first and only FIFA-certified indoor football field in the country, but it offers more than just a venue for football games. It also has a Calisthenics Academy where you can sign up for various kinds of martial arts training or workout sessions. Which kids don’t like karate?

    126 Pioneer St, Mandaluyong, 1550 Metro Manila

    Laruan Atbp. Cafe

    Bond with your loved ones at Laruan Atbp. Cafe

    Play board and card games for hours on end at Laruan Atbp. Cafe. Gain access to the playroom cafe’s enormous collection of tabletop games like Scrabble, Uno, and Jenga.

    Play for free as long as you order food and drinks for every person in your group.

    Ground Floor, Luisa Building, 107 Maginhawa, Diliman, Lungsod Quezon, 1101 Kalakhang Maynila

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    Have a rewarding escape room adventure at LOST PH

    Lost PH’s game developers are working with advanced technology to bring a unique and rewarding escape room experience to the country. Try out next generation escape room experiences such as Mausoleum, Level 6, and many others.

    Annapolis St. Cor, Missouri St, San Juan, 1502 Metro Manila

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    Arroceros Forest Park

    Connect with nature at the Arroceros Forest Park

    Relax and appreciate the beauty of nature at this riverside park. It’s also known as Manila’s Last Lung with its diversity of trees and several species of birds. The park has tiled pathways and concrete roads giving access to areas around the park.

    659 A Antonio Villegas St, Ermita, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila

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    Ayala Triangle Gardens

    Explore the Ayala Triangle Gardens

    The Ayala Triangle Gardens’ wide space of greeneries is enjoyable for jogging, brisk walking or people-watching. They also occasionally hold lights and sound shows at the gardens. Check out the Filipinas Heritage Library, the Gabriela Silang Monument, the Ninoy Aquino Monument, the Sultan Kudarat Monument, and several pieces of public art on display across the gardens.

    Paseo De Roxas St Cor Makati Ave, Cor Ayala Ave, Makati, 1209 Metro Manila

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    Washington SyCip Park

    Relax at the Washington SyCip Park

    Take advantage of the park’s grassy open spaces and let your children have fun with frisbees or play classic games like tag. Appreciate the whimsy bamboo fountains and rock formations in the park’s The Crane and Turtle Garden.

    Legaspi St., Legaspi Village, Makati, 1229 Metro Manila

    SM Mall of Asia By the Bay Amusement Park

    Have fun at the SM Mall of Asia By the Bay Amusement Park

    Enjoy fantastic views of Manila Bay as you explore this amusement park (which is attached to the SM Mall of Asia) and have a go at their rides. Hop aboard the MOA eye and get an even better view of the bay. Most of their other rides, including the Barnstormer and the Bumblebee were made with the safety and enjoyment of your children in mind.

    Seaside Boulevard Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay, 1300 Metro Manila

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    La Mesa Ecopark

    Explore the La Mesa Ecopark

    Stay fit and take advantage of La Mesa Ecopark’s numerous activities and facilities, including swimming pools, biking areas, boating, fishing, ziplines, archery, and bungee jumping. You can rent bikes or use their biking areas for free if you bring your own. They also have fenced bicycle areas for those who want to learn how to ride one.

    La Mesa Ecopark, Novaliches, Quezon City, Metro Manila

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