Summer season has officially come to a close as parents and their kids welcome the new school year. But just because they can’t exactly go on vacations anymore, it doesn’t mean you can’t take them to nearby parks and playgrounds.
Taking your kids to parks has a greater role in the development than you think. Outdoor activities offer a lot of health benefits; it helps improve your children’s motor and learning skills, mental health, reflex, and, vitamin D levels.Taking your kids outside also improves their socializing skills. Kid-friendly parks offer a safe area where they can meet,play, and have fun with other kids.
Here are 3 Kid-Friendly Parks in the Metro to bring your child to:
Located near Rizal Park, the Children’s Playground offers a safe, interactive, and fun environment that allows them to run, jump, and play to their heart’s content –all of which are beneficial to their overall development and health.
As you and your kids look around, you’ll immediately notice the playful colours used in the Children’s Playground as it not only affects your kids’ mood, but also their learning and behavior. Bigger-than-life statues of domestic, wild, and prehistoric animals where kids can ride on to take a picture with. Kids can also pretend to explore a giant’s garden as the park has built a large shoe, a large pumpkin, and a pumpkin-shaped house. Other typical activities found in a playground are also present such as monkey bars, swings, which have a sea turtle and an octopus-inspired one, and seesaws.
One of the main attractions in the Children’s Playground is the dinosaur land which is filled with various prehistoric creatures. Apart from that, the dinosaur area is also filled with tiny volcanoes; making children feel like they’re in the classic animated movie, “Land Before Time”.
Watching over you kids is a breeze because of the shades provided by the trees along the playground. There’s also a sari-sari store nearby in case you and your kids get hungry.
Address: Taft Ave, Ermita, Rizal Park, Brgy 666 Zone 72, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila
Opening Hours: 5:00 am – 9:00 pm (Daily)
In the fast-paced life of one of the most prominent business districts in the Metro, BGC offers a fun surprise to both parents and kids with the creation of Terra 28th park.
Terra 28th park is about 8,344-sqm park found in the 28th street of BGC and is known for having colorful art mixed with various jungle gyms aimed to not only relax, but to also lift you and your kids’ moods.
The Rest and Play Ribbon playground is brightly colored with unusually-shaped monkey bars, swings and a seesaw.
One of Terra 28th’s main attractions is the Color Me Chameleon, an Interactive artwork where it changes its skin color by turning its colorful glass beads. Everything in this park screams color. Your kids can even jump on the steel and glass Musical Steps designed by Rico and Chachu Lascano.
But if you want your kids to experience all the fun you had when you were a kid, Terra 28th offers areas where both adults and kids can play classic Filipino games such as Larong Pinoy, Luksong Baka, Piko, Habul Habulan, Holen, and Patintero.
Address: 28th St., Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Taguig
Opening Hours: 6:00 am – 10:00 pm (Daily)
MMDA Children’s Road Safety Park
Located just across the Manila Zoo, The MMDA Children’s Road Safety Park was inspired by Singapore’s own Road Safety Park. It was built to raise awareness and educate the community about the importance of knowing traffic rules and regulations, safety measures, and road dangers. It also aims to help avoid children from getting hurt when walking or playing on the street or along the road.
To help educate your kids, orientations are held everyday, except on Wednesdays. You and your kids can attend either the 9:30 am to 10:30 am class, the 11:00 am to 12:00 nn class, the 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm class, or the 3:00 to 4:00 pm class.
Road signs such as “No Loading and Unloading”, “No Jaywalking”, and “No Parking” placed in different areas in the park. These aim to make your kids understand what these signs mean and why it’s important to strictly abide by them.
These orientations also teaches kids the use and importance of using a pedestrian lane, the STOP, LOOK, and LISTEN rule, and what the colours in the traffic stoplight signifies.
Lastly, MMDA Children’s Road Safety Park also provides mock-ups of establishments and their road signs such as a hospital, a church, a pedestrian tunnel, a railway, a waiting shed, an overpass footbridge, and a restaurant for the total interactive experience.
Address: Adriatico St, Malate, Manila, 1004 Metro Manila
Opening Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday / Closed during Wednesday)
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