Indoor Attractions to Visit This Rainy Season
How your gloomy weekends can become fun-filled days spent inside four walls.
Planning a trip this rainy season makes it more difficult due to uncertain weather conditions. Travel issues have more probability of arising, such as delayed or cancelled flights and flooded streets. Plus, who would want to go island hopping under dark clouds while enduring a heavy downpour. For most travelers, the rainy season provides a time to taper off from long distance travel and discover nearby fascinating attractions perfect for the whole family and friends.
Other than the National Museum of the Philippines – which is now accepting visitors free of charge, there are other interesting indoor attractions to check out within and nearby Metro Manila.
1. Pinto Art Museum
A hip-of-a-kind Contemporary art museum and a departure to conventional ones. A random trip here always coincides with a pre-nuptial photo-shoot and for a good reason, because of the scenic ambiance it provides. Pinto Museum houses some of the well curated art installations, modern paintings and sculptures that is sure to bring out the innermost art enthusiast in you.
Address: 1 Sierra Madre St., Grand Heights, Antipolo, Rizal, Philippines.
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Closed on Mondays
2. Trampoline Park
People who have visited this place testify at the relaxing and engaging vibe it provides. Decked with beds of trampoline from end to end, patrons are seen jumping up and down from the get-go. Noticeably dominated with a sensation of euphoria, in letting all their worries fly – they also partake in a much needed physical activity needed to battle the accumulation of anxiety brought upon by a demanding week at work. The de-stressing effect of this place isn’t limited to young professionals, but also perfect for whole families and a group of friends. Outrigger PH travel writer Tin Soriano, shares why it is a must to come here: “Trampoline Park is a safe place for everyone to go wild and let go. After a week of gruelling stress from work, you can shake it off by jumping on the trampolines. There are also basketball rings inside where you can fly like Michael Jordan. You can play volleyball too, but the most popular game in there is dodge ball. They also have a foam pit where you can throw and drown yourself with box shaped foams. Don’t forget to bring your grip socks but in case you don’t have one, you can buy it inside the park at 100 pesos. They also offer parkour trainings for kids.”
Address: The Portal, Mayflower Street, Greenfield District, Mandaluyong City 1552, Metro Manila, Philippines
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM / Friday: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM / Saturday: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM / Sunday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
3. Art in Island 3D Museum
Housing a collection of interactive paintings, Art in Island 3D Museum imaginatively transports you to another realm. Bursting with colourful and intricately painted 3D artwork that play tricks on your eyes, the brimming visual banquet wonderfully embed you to an interesting set of fascinating backgrounds. Travel writer Micaela Rodriguez describes her experience: “I automatically felt like a little kid on a Sunday family bonding treat once we started taking fun pictures. They have different zone themes; Aquatic, Animal, Masterpiece, Central Hall, Fantasy, Religious and Christmas. Feel free to get creative.”
Address: 175 15th Ave., Brgy. Socorro, Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines
Hours: Daily: 9:30 AM – 9:30 PM
The rainy season is a major kill-joy for kids who fancy swimming or playing at the beach. Kidzania solves that problem by offering more than just frolicking under the sun. Showcasing an interactive play-city where kids can portray the life of an adult by trying out to be a fireman, doctor, police, chef, pilot, and a number of other adult occupations – Kidzania gives more than just a glimpse of the future. Taking role-playing out of a video game and into the real world, little kids will surely have a grand time exploring their options of who they want to be when they grow up.
Address: KidZania Manila, Park Triangle, North 11th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Hours: Monday – Friday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM / Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM / 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM
5. Ball Pit Manila
In another example of recreational creativity, the minds behind the concept of Ball Pit stayed within the course of our most common source of happy memories: our childhood. By keeping it simple, luring guests to a sea of little white balls, it dishes a child-like wonder of reliving our best years of doing nothing but just playing. Travel writer Jherson Jaya describes the time he went there with his girlfriend, Lana Caronongan: “It’s a great place to be a kid again! Ball Pit Manila is an alternative way to spend your weekend or any special occasions with friends, family and love ones. You can play and laugh like a child, while you swim in a sea of white balls. It’s just a happy place for millennials like us.”
Address: Campos Rueda Bldg., 101 Urban Ave, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Hours: Daily at 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
6. Mind Museum
Fellow travel blogger Darwin Cayetano of Tracking Treasure explains why it’s a must-see for people with curious minds: “The Mind Museum is a must-see indoor attraction because aside from having fun, you’ll also learn at the same time. There are lots of interesting exhibits that you can interact with. There’s a planetarium and a 3D theatre where you can watch the natural history of the Earth as well as how our country, The Philippines, was formed. Every part of the museum is a selfie-perfect spot, particularly the Universe Gallery where you can have your photo taken under the stars or beside Stan, the T-rex located at the Earth Gallery. You can also watch some exciting experiments performed by the resident scientists of the museum called the Mind Movers. You can also ask a question about the exhibits or anything after the show. There is also an exhibition called Dino Play where guests particularly kids can play and learn about the dinosaurs.”
Address: JY Campos Park, 3rd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM / Closed on Mondays
There you have it! In case the rain pours on your travel parade, these indoor attractions qualify as worthy substitutes, plus it offers more entertainment and educational opportunities to satisfy one’s ever wondering mind.