Field Trips

Where are we going today? Stayed tuned to this page for a directory of child-friendly destinations!

La Mesa Eco Park

La Mesa Eco Park pond

The pond at La Mesa Eco Park

Nature's playground at La Mesa Eco Park

Nature's playground

Ticklish at La Mesa Eco Park

Tickled by greenery

La Mesa Eco Park is the perfect way to enjoy a sunny Sunday. It is lush with greenery:  trees are shady enough to provide a cool retreat and the grounds are clean enough to lie down and enjoy the view of the clear blue sky. It has picnic grounds, a salt water swimming pool and a kalesa ride. Plus there’s a pavement that allows for roller skating, roller blading and bike riding. But for me, it was all about the greenery. We  were breathing fresh oxygen and listening to nothing but our own voices. No pollution, no honking, no internet – just the three of us, enjoying each other for one whole afternoon.

Entrance Fee: 50 pesos
Special Rate: 40 pesos for Quezon City residents, 20pesos for Quezon City students, and FREE for Senior Citizens
Tel. No.: 430-4051 and 430-5207
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Malarayat Golf and Country Club (Lipa City, Batangas)

Malarayat Golf and Country Club

Mt. Malarayat is just 2 hours aways from Manila. Go see it!

Fish and Duck Pond

Our duck hosts, Huey, Dooey and Louie

The next time you need to get out of  the city, consider Lipa! As we made our 2 hour journey, we could feel the air getting fresher, time moving slower and the prices getting cheaper. We stayed for 1 night at the Malarayat Golf and Country Club, a spacious retreat with a jaw dropping view of Mt. Malarayat. Unfortunately for us, the swimming pool was being cleaned and the playground was run down. However, we made the most of the fish and duck pond, the endless greenery and the driving range.  There are many commercial outlets nearby to satisfy your needs clike SM Lipa, Robinson’s Mall, Max’s Restaurant, Starbucks –you name it. The best part is having all those commercial conveniences in a laidback atmosphere. So if you want some no frills family time to catch up on sleep and delight in nature, go to Lipa!

Hot Springs (Los Banos, Laguna)

Laguna Hot Springs Resort

Laguna Hot Springs - fun and healthy!

We recently discovered the antithesis of a beach outing . You know how heavenly it feels to be in the sweltering heat and dive into the cool ocean?It’s like instant liquid air conditioning. Well now that it’s rainy season the air is a bit cooler, cold water is not so inviting is it? But how about a pool of heated water mineralized with sulfur? Dunk yourself in the hot springs of Laguna and make rainy season fun AND healthy.We not only slept like logs but woke up with a smile! I can’t say the beach has the same effect.

Check out any of these Hot Spring resorts or rent a house for the day.

Shangri-la  Mall (Ortigas, Pasig City)

Shangri-La Mall carousel

THIS is Shangri-La to my toddler

Ice cream parlor with cereal

A great treat for kids!

Once we arrive on the spacious second floor, my daughter squeals with delight at the sight of the carousel. The nearby water fountain, photo exhibit and ceiling installations stimulate her even more– and we haven’t spent a single cent yet.  CPK (California Pizza Kitchen) and Cerealicious are situated by the carousel making  Shangri-la Mall a  perfect play date destination. And it’s great to get some shopping done too.

Click here for movie schedules.

Click here for all kid related shops.

Mall hours:

Mon-Thurs : 11am to 9pm

Fri: 11am – 10 pm

Sat: 10am – 10pm

Sun: 10am – 9pm

Imagine That! (Salcedo Village, Makati)

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Pretend Kitchen at Imagine That!
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Pretend Grocery Store

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Pretend House

It’s a play space where my daughter can pretend to shop at the market, to cook in a kitchen, play dress-up, play house, and even conduct a puppet show. At P300 an hour, it is well worth the chance for your child to explore on her own. Enroll in a class and use of the play space is free.

For more information, click here.

Manila Ocean Park (Luneta, Manila)


The amazing oceanarium


Sharks chilling

My daughter loved the variety of fish and the HUGE aquarium. There’s even a little jungle zoo before entering. Save yourself from a collosal hassle and don’t bring a stroller. Too many stairs to maneuver.

Open all year round, including all holidays. Operating schedule is subject to change without prior notice.

The Oceanarium and Jellies

Mondays to Fridays:10:00am to 7:00pm – Last selling of Tickets – 6:15pm

Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays: 9:00am to 8:00pm – Last selling of Tickets – 7:15pm

Adults : Php 400.00

Kids (4.5 ft and below) : Php 350.00

For more information, click here.

Nuvali (Sta. Rosa)

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An afternoon at the Nuvali boardwalk

Koi feeeding

Have you ever seen so many koi in one place?


Boat cruising

If you need to get out of town for an afternoon, Nuvali is a great option. It’s open air with space for toddlers to move around. They can enjoy the boat ride around the complex or feed the thousands of koi living in the lake. Affordable restaurants include Pig Out! and Conti’s. Starbucks is in the area plus a National Book Store.

Fish Feeding
8:30 AM and 4:30 PM Daily
Fish feeds are available at Solenad and the Evoliving Center for Php 15.00/cup

Water Taxi
Operating hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Daily; no boat rides on Mondays
Rates: Php 15.00/each one-way

Click here for more information.

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