When you’re a parent living in the city, you’re always on the lookout for things to do on the weekends that the whole family—especially the kids—will enjoy. The mall and indoor play areas are accessible and kids seem to like them, but it’s also important to expose them to a variety of places and experiences and to find activities you can actually do with them.
If you live or are looking for a real estate investment in the Quezon City area, there are plenty of weekend destinations to choose from that are just a quick drive away. Whether you’re headed to Antipolo, Cainta, or Cubao, we have your cheat sheet on family-friendly places to visit this weekend.
Pinto Art Museum
This may not be the first destination list you’ve seen Pinto on, and it probably won’t be the last. The reason is simple: The hype is real. The unique museum really is worth visiting. Aside from the local, modern art on display in the different open-air galleries, there’s also the gorgeous architecture and the beautiful gardens. It’s the perfect place to introduce kids to art and museums.
The collection of artwork is interesting enough to keep even young visitors engaged and the sprawling grounds provide enough room for the little ones to roam around in when they get antsy and need a break from all the culture.
Address: 1 Sierra Madre St, Subdivision, Antipolo, 1870 Rizal
Telephone Number: (02) 697 1015
Mount Purro Nature Reserve
We live an increasingly wired existence where kids are on their gadgets and spend more time in the virtual world than the real one. This is why it’s all the more important to get them out in nature, show them that adventure is out there, and let them discover the joys of being in the great outdoors.
At Mount Purro, you can hike through a forest, take a trek to the waterfalls, enjoy an outdoor play area, camp out, do the rope courses, and generally just get some fresh air – letting kids experience life unplugged.
Address: Purok 5, Barangay Calawis, Antipolo City
Telephone Numbers: (0908) 881 2701, (0949) 398 1799
Playtime is essential to a child’s growth and development, and setting aside time to play with your kids is an excellent way to create memories and bond with them. To be honest, playtime would do you a world of good, too. After all, you heard about that dull boy named Jack, right? The one who was all work?
So play tea time with the kids, set up a pillow fort in the living room, or be a little extra: A game of laser tag is one you will enjoy just as much as the kids (if not more). You can all have an exciting time running around and shooting laser guns in a cool, neon-lit battleground, like sci-fi heroes in a video game.
Address: Centris Walk, EDSA Corner Quezon Ave., Quezon City
Telephone Number: (02) 441 1958
Ace Water Spa
Whether you’re looking for a water massage, a place where the kids can enjoy fun water activities, or saunas and pools to relax in, Ace Water Spa has got you covered. You can even enjoy the unique experience of taking a dip in their hot herbal pools—you can choose between mint, jasmine, and lavender.
The kids will have a blast with the bucket splash, floor fountain, and lazy river. Meanwhile, the grownups can unwind by getting a bubble massage, rainfall acupuncture, or even squeeze a workout in by swimming a few laps in one of their pools.
Address: 399 Del Monte Avenue (near cor. Banaue St.) SFDM, Quezon City
Telephone Numbers: (02) 367-8040 to 41 / 367-8061 to 62
Art in Island Museum
Part of the fun of spending time with your kids is you get to tap into your silly side, i.e. you get to be a kid again! At this 3D art/trick-eye museum, that’s exactly the agenda—to explore the different zones with wide-eyed wonder and take ridiculous photos you can all laugh about later on.
You get to be trapped in a bottle floating in the middle of the ocean, interact with paintings, cuddle with a giant kitty, catch a mean wave…or at least look like it. It really is an excellent place to let the imagination—and the kids—run wild.
Address: 175 15th Ave, Cubao, Quezon City
Telephone Number: (02) 421 1356
Barkin’ Blends Dog Café
Have the kids been asking you for a dog, but you’re not ready to commit to a pet just yet? Here’s a café where they can hang out with pups of all shapes, breeds, and sizes.
It’s a great opportunity for the kids to learn the proper way to interact with and behave around dogs. It’s also a chance for you to gauge whether they really are ready for a pet.
There are tons of benefits to being around dogs—one of which is that it teaches kids about compassion and kindness. So a trip to this café may prove to be as educational as it is enjoyable.
Be sure to mind the rules when you visit and note that kids under 12 will need adult supervision at all times.
Address: The Brick Road, Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall, Cainta, Rizal
Telephone Number: (02) 5337290
All these amazing destinations and activities are easily accessible from Quezon City and The Residences at Commonwealth by Century, a mid-rise vertical village located along Don Antonio Drive which is just 5 minutes away from Commonwealth Avenue and the upcoming station of the MRT Line-7.
The condo units for sale in this residential property are spacious and the development itself is kid-friendly, thanks to the number of amenities that the entire family can enjoy. There’s the fitness center, kindergarten and creche, screening room, show kitchen, arts and crafts studio, salon, dance studio, and rock and roll studio inside the newly-opened clubhouse. Outside, residents can also enjoy the basketball court, playground, yoga deck and great lawn. A lap pool and kiddie pool, garden and water features, athletic boot camp are also in the works.
For those looking to invest in a real estate property but want to get a taste of the Century Properties lifestyle before committing, you can book a Siglo Suites staycation at any of the following: The Gramercy Residences, The Knightsbridge Residences, The Milano Residences, Azure Urban Resort Residences, and Acqua Private Residences.
For more information, you can visit the official Century Properties website.
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