We may no longer be kids, but who says we can't let our hair down and enjoy slides, ball pits, and trampolines? Here are eight places where you can have wholesome, childlike fun:
1. For the kid at heart: Remember those ball pits we loved to play in as children? Well, say hello to Ball Pit Manila, the adult version of this childhood favorite. It was inspired by similar ball pit installations in London and New York. With 80,000 white balls to play with, visitors can do a myriad of things, from swimming to jumping through the pit itself. Head over to: 101 Urban Avenue, Makati City, Monday to Sunday 10:00AM-10:00PM, (P349/hour, must book in advance).
2. For the thrill seeker: Inspired by death-defying circus acts, Flying Trapeze Philippines lets their guests experience acrobatic flying right in the heart of BGC. If you aren't scared of heights and brave enough to suspend yourself high above the ground (gymnastics skills are optional but a plus), this playground is definitely the place that will give you that much-needed adrenaline rush. Head over to: Federacion Drive corner 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Tue-Fri 3:00PM- 8:30PM, Sat 9:00AM-9:00PM, Sun 10:00AM-7:00PM, (Rates range from P800-P1,250, depending on time and day. Check out their rate card here).
3. For the problem solver: Love solving mysteries and crimes? Try Breakout Philippines, one of the pioneering escape room gamezones in the Philippines. The concept originated in Japan, and has gained popularity in other countries as it changes the players' problem solving skills and teamwork. Head over to: Paragon Plaza, Ground Floor Reliance Street corner EDSA, Mandaluyong City, Open everyday (P400-650 per head, depending on number of participants; Book in advance here).
4. For the horror flick junkie: Those not residing in Mandaluyong can opt for Mystery Manila, which has branches in Quezon City, Makati, and Boracay (yes, you read that right!). In their version of the escape room concept, players are transported to hair-raising places and scenarios, depending on the horror film-based mystery they choose. Head over to: Unit 9A, JW Plaza Building, 195 E. Rodriguez Jr Avenue, Quezon City, Monday-Friday 1:00PM-9:30PM, Saturday-Sunday and holidays 9:00AM-9:30PM; 2nd floor, G. A. Yupangco Building, Jupiter Street and Gil Puyat Avenue corner Reposo Street, Makati City, Monday-Friday 1:00PM-9:30PM, Saturday-Sunday and Holidays 9:00AM-9:30PM; 3rd Floor Century City Mall, Kalayaan Avenue corner Salamanca Street, Makati City, Monday-Friday 1:00PM-9:30PM, Saturday 9:00AM-10:30PM, Sunday 9:00AM-9:30PM; 3rd Floor Alexandrea Building, Main Road, Station 1, Boracay Island, Everyday 1:00PM-9:30PM (Prices start at P450 per head, depending on location and number of participants. Book here).
5. For the one who's got a bad case of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out): The newest among the escape room game bunch in Manila is Left Behind, where players get to take on roles in order to escape real-life scenario-themed rooms like The Sinking Ship and The (Mental) Institution. Better step up your game so you don't get "left behind." Head over to: Mandala Park, Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City, Monday-Thursday 10:00AM-10:00PM, Friday-Sunday 10:00AM-11:00PM (Prices start at P450 per head, depending on the number of participants. Check their Facebook page for updates).
6. For the frustrated cheerleader: Have you always wanted to jump, dance, cheer your heart out for your university but, well, didn't make the cut? Indulge your inner cheerleader at Trampoline Park, filled with trampolines of different sizes, where you can also conduct various activities like running, basketball, volleyball, and dodgeball, among others. But of course we know you'd rather bring out the pompoms, yes? Head over to: The Portal, Mayflower Street, Greenfield District, Mandaluyong City, Monday-Thursday, 12:00NN-9:00PM, Friday 12:00PM-10:00PM, Saturday 09:00AM-10:00PM, Sunday 9:00AM-9:00PM (P180-200 for 30 minutes; purchase of grip socks for P80 is required)
7. For the fun workout searcher: How about a zero-gravity experience paired with a few obstacle courses? Jump Yard offers not just trampoline activities, but also two foam pits with a variety of activities and courses that will remind you of the television series America Ninja Warrior. We heard Solenn Heussaff enjoyed her time practicing her dunking skills in this recreation center. Head over to: Frontera Verde Complex, Ortigas Avenue corner C5, Pasig City, Monday-Thursday 10:00AM-8:30PM, Fri 10:00AM-9:30PM, Saturday-Sunday and holidays 9:00AM-9:30PM (Rates start at P250 per hour per jumper).
8. For the ninja wannabe: Have you ever dreamed of being a ninja, complete with those sick parkour skills and quick reflexes? Ninja Academy is your playground of choice, as their indoor parkour facility is complete with all the courses and obstacles you need to make those ninja dreams a reality (costumes optional). Head over to: 155 Dr. Sixto Antonio Avenue, Brgy. Rosario, Pasig City, Monday-Friday, 1:00PM-9:00PM, Saturday, 10:00AM-9:00PM, and Sunday, 10:00AM-7:00PM; Warehouse 2, BNM7210 Group Corporation, Manila Doctors Village Road, Las Pinas City, Monday-Friday 1:00PM-9:00PM, Saturday, 10:00AM-9:00PM, and Sunday 10:00AM-7:00PM (P350 walk-in charge for 3 hours)
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Banner photograph from Flying Trapeze Philippines Facebook page. Photographs from the Facebook pages of the recreation centers included in this list