With the summer season around, it’s not always the best thing to have your skin directly exposed under the sun, especially your kids. So, what indoor activities can they do that will not only keep them out of the sun, but also safe?
Here are a must-try summer indoor activities your kids will have loads of fun playing:
Believe it or not, bowling is a sport that touches on many aspects of a child’s development. Plus, it’s a lot of fun to play! In addition to it being an enjoyable hobby, bowling also offers many health benefits. Not only does it help their physical development by strengthening their joints, ligaments, and muscles, it also improves their mental and emotional states.
Every time your children successfully roll the bowling ball and hits the pins, it boosts their self confidence. Their patience and sportsmanship will also be improved as they wait for their turn and continue to practice until they get the hang of bowling.
This sport also engages your children’s hand-eye coordination, as your children gain control as they direct the ball according to their release point, and a sense of balance as they maintain their focus and proper body positioning before they make their final move and release the ball.
Above all else, it teaches them the importance of sportsmanship. They will learn to accept the result of their game, be happy for their friends or family who might have performed better, and to motivate themselves to try again and do better next time.
Where can you play bowling?
Luckily, there a number of malls that have fully automated bowling areas, that are mostly located in SM Supermalls. The closest one from Cubao, Quezon City is the in SM North EDSA Annex. Make sure your entire family’s wearing socks because it’s a requirement to be able to play inside, this is both for safety and hygienic purposes. The best thing about it is that there are pool tables for families to play while waiting for their names to be called, bowling areas gets pretty crowded especially during rush hour.
Address: LG/F, Annex, SM City North EDSA Annex 1 Tunnel, Bago Pag-Asa, Quezon City, 1105 Metro Manila
Attire: Casual – Be reminded to wear or bring a pair of socks for all participants
Opening Hours: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm (Daily)
How to get here from Cubao:
- From Aurora Blvd., Cubao, across Gateway Mall, ride a jeepney with a signboard going to Project 2-3 and asked to be dropped off at Anonas Street.
- Ride a jeepney with a signboard heading to Quiapo and ask to be dropped off at the Intersection between Camias and Anonas.
- From there, you will see Savemore Supermarket. Ride a tricycle and tell which specific place in the food park you want to go to.
Remember those days when technology wasn’t as big as it is today? Luckily, the fascination with playing boardgames has returned. By playing age-appropriate games, board games will not only serve as a great opportunity to bond with the entire family, but can also contribute the social and mental development of your kids.
Playing boardgames increases your childrens’ verbal and communication skills, as well as their attention skills and the ability to concentrate which allows them to concentrate for longer periods of time. As for their cognitive skills, board games help enhance their essential cognitive skills, especially in the areas of problem solving, critical thinking, and spatial reasoning.
It also adds to more family time. With your different schedules and interests, finding a solid time to bond may be difficult. Playing board or card games allows you and your kids to discuss games, have friendly competitions, and just bond. Not only will this be beneficial to their memory and cognitive development, but will alo strengthen your relationship as a family.
Where can you play boardgames?
Located along the well-known Maginhawa Street, Snacks and Ladders is the instagram-worthy spot where you can bring your family and kids to play board games. This two-story boardgame cafe and restaurant was designed to have a prominent wooden-style interior and dim lights, giving it a totally cozy and relaxing vibe. To enjoy an unlimited hours of play, you each have to consume a minimum of 150.00 Php on either food or drinks.
You and your kids can also try a number of scrumptious food and tasty drinks such as Battle Chips for snacks, Crispy Monoliempo for their rice meal, and Ticket to Fried Hansel for dessert. They can accompany their meals with either tea, shake, or samalamig
Address: 188 Maginhawa, Diliman, Lungsod Quezon, 1101 Kalakhang Maynila
Opening Hours: 3:00 – 11:00 pm (Monday-Thursday) / 3:00 pm – 12:00 am (Friday-Sunday)
Mode of Payment: Cash Only
How to get here from Cubao:
- From Aurora Blvd., Cubao, across Gateway Mall, ride a jeepney with a signboard going to SM North/Trinoma
- The Annex Building is located the leftmost part of the three buildings that make-up SM North EDSA
Jumping on trampolines is known to be a sneaky physical activity. It serves as a healthy exercise for kids without them even knowing it! That’s because not only is trampolining an active sport, it’s evidently a fun one as well!
When kids play on trampolines, it pushes them to be persistent. They become patient and determined to do a move over and over until they get it absolutely right. It builds up their self-esteem. Every time your kids master a move, they gain more confidence. We all know that confidence is the fuel to every ambition. It improves their flexibility. Mastering a certain move on a trampoline requires body control. Frequent jumping and performing stunts strengthens muscles and improves flexibility. It develops their motor skills. You kids will learn to think t and act fast as they perform a stunt while temporarily being suspended on air.
Where can you do some trampolining?
JumpYard in Ortigas is the first and biggest indoor trampoline park in the Philippines and is the ultimate place for trampolining. In fact, it is over 2,000 square meters big! JumpYard can accommodate up to 100 participants per time slot. They have many fun activities that you and your kids will surely enjoy. You can also be secured when it comes to your childrens’ safety because trained Marshals roam around the entire venue, ready to assist all jumpers whenever they may need it.
Some of JumpYard’s activities include Dodge Ball, where kids need to jump high, bounce and twist just to avoid that flying ball; Cage Ball, where players need to score the most points in 2 minutes by shooting into the opposite goal; Slam Dunk Basketball, where players will aim to make the perfect dunk; Open Jump Trampoline, where kids can attempt to jump high as they can and see who jumped the highest among them;and Foam Pit, where kids will jump, fly, land, and swim on a soft bed of foam.
Address: Frontera Verde, C5 Ortigas Avenue Corner, Pasig, Metro Manila
Attire: Casual & Grip socks (they are the required socks)
Opening Hours: 12:00 pm – 8:30 pm (Monday-Thursday) / 12:30 pm – 9:30 pm (Friday) / 9:00 am – 9:30 pm (Saturday-Sunday)
How to get here from Cubao:
Transportation: Bus – Jeep/Bus
- From Aurora Blvd., Cubao, across Gateway Mall, ride any bus heading Southbound. Their signboard could either be Ayala, Alabang, or NAIA.
- Ask to be dropped off in front of Robinson’s Galleria
- Ride another jeep or bus with a signboard heading to Taytay or Antipolo
- Ask to be dropped off in front of Tiendesitas
With summer being the best time to try different activities, it’s always better when it’s done with loved ones. The following places we’ve mentioned before shows that you don’t always have to be out and burning in the sun to have some fun.
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