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6 Places to Take Your Kids in Manila Philippines – Fun!

If you’re visiting Manila with your kids, you might be overwhelmed with all the different activities that are available for children. places to take your kids in Manila Philippines

To make things easier for you and to make sure your kids have a wonderful time, we’ve put together a short list of 6 of the best places to take your kids in Manila Philippines

1. Manila Ocean Park

Manila Ocean Park opened in March 2008. It was the most state-of-the-art attraction during that time and is still the largest Oceanarium in the country. 

Hosting over 13,000 sea creatures from 277 different species in an oceanarium with 3,000 cubic meters of sea water. 

Watch your kids gape in fascination when they enter the underwater tunnels where they will encounter all kinds of sea creatures from huge sharks to tiny seahorses. 

You can spend an entire day at the Manila Ocean Park and not run out of fun activities to do with your kids. Here is a list of some of the activities you and your kids are sure to enjoy. 

Sharks and Rays Encounter (Schedule: Daily 10:00AM-6:00PM) 

Mermaid Swim Experience (Schedule: Daily 10AM, 11AM, 2PM, 3PM and 4PM)

Oceanarium (Schedule: Daily 10:00AM-8:00PM on weekdays and 9:00AM-8:00PM on weekends and holidays) 

Trails to Antarctica (Schedule: Daily 10:00AM-8:00PM on weekdays and 9:00AM-8:00PM on weekends and holidays)

Fish Spa (Schedule: Daily 10:00AM-7:00PM on weekdays and 9:00AM-7:00PM on weekends and holidays)

places to take your kids in manila philippines

2. Dreamplay 

If you and your kids are DreamWorks fans, you will absolutely love this place. 

Located in The Shops at The Boulevard in City of Dreams Manila, this prestigious playground features your favorite DreamWorks characters from the antisocial Shrek to our beloved Toothless. 

Every corner of this playground is filled with interactive children’s activities that are both entertaining and educational.

Parents may enter the playground with their kids, or they can leave them with the very friendly Dreamplay staff. We’re pretty sure kids won’t go looking for their parents anymore when they get started with the fun activities this playground offers. 

Here are some of the fun attractions your kids will enjoy at Dreamplay Manila:

Shrek Swamp Ball Pit

How to Fly Your Dragon Slides 

Gingy’s Kitchen Cooking Class 

Dream Tales Library 

Afro Circus 

Dream Theatre 

Madagascar Plane 

3. SM by The Bay

Right outside the well-known SM Mall of Asia, is the SM by The Bay amusement park. This amusement park has all kinds of rides that kids of all ages are sure to enjoy. 

One of the highlights here is the MOA Eye. This 180-foot tall Ferris wheel gives you a stunning view of the entire Metro Manila and the Manila Bay. This is definitely one of the things you must try with your kids when you are in the area. 

A pro tip is to go on the MOA Eye just before sunset. You will get a phenomenal view of the sunset on the horizon of the bay.

Other rides your kids will love are the barnstormer, bumble bee, grand carousel, bumper cars, and the pirate ship.

Not only will you and your kids get to enjoy the rides, you will also get to try all the delicious food from the food stalls lining the baywalk. You can take a sunset stroll along the sea wall and munch on various finger foods to complete the day’s activities.

SM by the Bay can get quite crowded especially on weekends. If you want to have peace of mind while your kids are running around the amusement park, you should get a GPS tracker so you know exactly where your kids are all the time. 

We recommend getting the SamSung SmartThings Tracker for each of your kids. 

places to take your kids in manila philippines

4. KidZania

If you want your kids to get a small taste of what working in the real world is like, KidZania Manila is the perfect place to go. 

It is a city created for kids with various types of ‘jobs’ in every corner. The realistic workplaces are sponsored by real Philippine companies. Your kids are going to recognize big company names such as Shell, Cebu Pacific Air, and Bank of the Philippine Islands. 

Your children will get to ‘work’ as doctors, vets, chefs, firemen, policemen, pilots, and a lot more. Each station is both entertaining and educational for your kids. 

In the food departments, your kids will get to learn how to make their favorite food such as ice cream and potato chips.

For the parents, there is a lounge where they can enjoy a cup of coffee and some snacks while they wait for their kids to finish their work shift. 

KidZania should definitely be added on your bucket list for your kids. They are sure to have a blast when they visit the place. 

5. Ark Avilon

Zoos are always a great place to take your kids. They will get to closely encounter different animals that they usually only see on TV. 

If you’re children are fascinated by wild animals, Ark Avilon is the perfect place to take them in Manila. 

The entire zoo is as if it were one huge Ark, like Noah’s Ark. That is the concept of Ark Avilon zoo. 

The ark is filled with all kinds of animals. From big cats such as lions and tigers, to smaller creatures like meerkats and rabbits. You can spend the entire day going around the zoo meeting all these animals. 

Ark Avilon even lets your kids feed some of the animals. They have feeding stations for rabbits, cats, mountain goats and more. This adds an extra bit of fun when you’re at the zoo. 


If you happen to find yourself and your kids in Manila Philippines, be sure to visit at least one of the places we’ve mentioned in this article. You are surely going to have a grand time!

If you’ve already checked off everything from our list, don’t worry! There are dozens of other fun activities that can be enjoyed by you and your kids right here in Manila. 

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