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With the long weekends coming up, it is important to spend some quality time with your family. Family time or bonding time is as important as the time you spend working to provide for your family. Given the fact that most parents try to juggle their work and parenting on weekdays, weekends are the only time that a family can really sit down without any work and just bond with the whole family. This makes long weekends sweet as they can plan and visit several places where their whole family can enjoy and bond together. Here are some recommended places where you can spend your long weekend with your family around the Metro.

1. Trampoline Park-Gravity Zone

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Are you looking for a new a fun family park? Try Trampoline Park-Gravity Zone! This family fun park is one of the first and biggest trampoline playgrounds in the country. This fun and exciting playground have one simple concept which is to bring people of all ages together to be active and fit while having fun at the same time. This park is perfect for the whole family as it houses lots of fun activities like several ball games (dodge ball, volleyball, and basketball), diving in a huge foam pit, as well as fitness classes like Gravity Zumba which is perfect for the whole family! This family park also houses a cafe and open area inside where the guests can rest and unwind for a little while before joining the fun.

Location: The Portal, Mayflower Street, Greenfield District, Mandaluyong City (Walking distance from the Shangri-La Mall).

Entrance: Php 320 per hour is the rate of the park on the weekdays and Php 350 on weekends. You also need to purchase a pair of trampoline/gravity socks for Php. 100 that you need to enter the park.

Operating Hours: Monday-Sunday with varying prices on the weekends. The park opens at 12NN-9:00pm and 9:00am-10:00pm on Saturdays and 9:00am-9:00pm on Sundays.


2. The Venice Piazza

Venice GrandCanal Mall by night

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Do you have any plans on taking your family on a trip to Italy? Worry not, because you can have your ultimate Venice fantasy here in the Metro! Visit the Venice Grand Canal Mall which offers a romantic canal cruise a la Venice. This little Venice attraction is a picturesque sight complete with iconic gondolas that your whole family can board for only Php500. Aside from the gondolas, the Mall also features an area where lovers can put love locks and mark down their love for Php200. After a day of taking pictures with your family, riding a gondola, and feeling the vibes of Venice; you might want to try the different cuisines featured by the different restaurants inside the Mall that will satisfy your cravings.

Location: Upper Mckinley Road, Mckinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig, Philippines

Entrance: Entrance to the Mall is free

Operating Hours: 11:00am-11:00 pm


3. Manila Ocean Park

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This Marine theme park is the Philippines’ first state-of-the-art Oceanarium, open water marine habitat, restaurant, mall, and function facilities jam packed into one. Since its opening in 2008, Manila ocean park was able to upgrade itself and add several attractions inside the park. This is perfect for the family as the marine theme park features different sea creatures and highlights the biodiversity of the Philippine Marine life. “Buhay na Karagatan” or the Living Ocean (Oceanarium), jellyfish display, birds of prey, sea-lion show, Penguin talk show, trails of Antartica, and the Yexel’s Toy Museum were among the many attractions featured inside Manila Oceanpark. The availability of these programs depends on the package or promo that you will avail. Food stalls and several restaurants are also available inside the Marine theme park. Manila Ocean Park guarantees enjoyment for the whole family showcasing entertainment and educational materials not just for the kids but for the entire family!

Location: Manila Ocean Park Luneta Manila Philippines 1000

Entrance: Entrance for the Oceanarium is Php400. Prices may vary depending on the promo and package that you want.

Operating Hours: 10:00am-8:30 pm

4. La Mesa Ecopark 

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If you want a breath of fresh air, take your family to La Mesa Ecopark! Let your kids discover the beauty of nature and have a one-of-a kind date with Mother Earth. La Mesa Ecopark is the center of the La Mesa Dam watershed which is the main source of water for Metro Manila. This 33-hectare public park offers the family a lot of activities like biking, boating, fishing, swimming, wall, climbing, even zipline and paintball. This park has a lot of open spaces where visitors are free to conduct all sorts of activities. You can even make this trip extra special by packing a picnic for the whole family, spread a mat and have a picnic enjoy the sight. Food stalls and several attractions are also installed inside the park that whole family can enjoy!

Location: La Mesa Dam Compound, Greater Lagro, Quezon City

Entrance: Php40- Quezon City Residents (With proof of residence), Php20- QC Students (with valid ID), Php50- Non-QC residents. Children below three feet and senior citizens are free of charge.

Operating Hours: 8:00am-5:00pm. Open daily including holidays


5. National Museum

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Take your whole family here and explore the rich history and cultural heritage of the Philippines. The building itself is historical as it was the former Legislative building which was a witness to several important events in our country. National Museum is home to many great and historical paintings and one of them is the magnificent Spolarium which resides in the main gallery near the entrance. Other galleries inside the Museum are the home of several masterpieces including the works of our national hero, Jose P. Rizal, Hidalgo Guillermo Tolentino, Fernando Amorsolo, as well as Felix Resurreccion. Apart from paintings and sculptures, several artifacts can be found in the galleries. This fun and educational trip are made special and affordable by the fact that its entrance is free!

Location: Padre Burgos Drive, Manila (Near Luneta Park and Intramurous)

Entrance: FREE!

Operating Hours: 10:00am-5:00pm. The Museum is open from Tuesdays to Sundays


SOURCES: www.primer.com.phwww.mommykay.com, www.en.wikipilipinas.org, www.rappler.com, www.asiatravelbug.net, www.lakwatsarah.com, www.trampolinepark.ph, www.quezoncity.weebly.com

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