Millennials are being called the “most nostalgic generation ever.” Nostalgia rules our memes, music, and even fashion (nose rings and crushed velvet, anyone?) But what’s a better way to capture the carefree breathlessness of our youth than to make like a kid and have wholesome, afternoon fun?
Gather your best girlfriends and relive your childhood with these activities that you can enjoy in and around Metro Manila:
1. City Kart Racing
Remember the thrill of being tall enough or old enough to finally do Go Karts with the big kids? There’s no one to stop you now from getting that need for speed. Hit up City Kart Racing in Makati for endless rounds on their 700m track. Something they do now that they definitely didn’t do back then? Timing systems that track yours and your friends’ lap. Go Karting has never been this competitive.
Contact: email@example.com / 0915-447-1060
Location: Circuit Makati, Barangay Carmona, Makati
Operating Hours: 3PM-11PM M-Th, 11AM-11PM F-Su
2. Ball Pit Manila
Probably the classiest ball pit you’ll ever see, this all-white ball pit at Ball Pit Manila is designed for adults to get their nostalgic kicks and enjoy a cup of coffee to recharge—or flip it and get psyched on coffee before jumping into the pit! You’re your own parent now anyway.
Location: 101 Urban Avenue, Makati
Operating Hours: 10AM-9PM daily
Price range: PHP 299-325
Note: Bring socks
3. UCC Mentore’s Mini Golf
If you want a more leisurely activity to go with your coffee, check out UCC Mentore in SM Aura. Both a café and a bar, Mentore offers Western-inspired, Japanese-style comfort food that you can enjoy with either coffee or cocktails. The 3-hole putting green allows you to enjoy the fresh air and simple thrills of putting without the commitment to a full golf (or even mini golf) course. Access to the course is free for Mentore customers.
Contact: (02) 553-2242
Location: SM Aura Premier, BGC, Taguig City
Operating Hours: 10AM-10PM M-Th, 10AM-11PM F-Su
Price range: PHP 100-600
4. Sandbox’s Roller Coaster Zipline
Once you’ve been on a zipline you already know what to expect from the others—until you try the country’s first roller coaster zipline. The exhilarating 180m course doesn’t have you gliding down a straight and narrow path. Instead, you swerve, drops and dives along a course that begins almost 40 feet above the ground. It’ll be over and you’ll be asking for another round before you know it.
Location: Alviera, Porac, Pampanga
Price range: PHP250-750
5. Jump Yard’s Trampoline Park
You’ve probably read on health blogs or heard from health gurus that jumping on a trampoline is really good for you. It’s a low-impact workout that relieves stress, boosts energy, and assists lymphatic drainage. So if you have yet to try a trampoline workout, one visit to Jump Yard and you’ll be hooked! The design is built to be enjoyed by kids and adults, so it’s a workout that feels like playtime. Aside from open trampoline space, they have 2 foam pits, basketball hoops, monkey bars and more.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org / (02) 544-0703
Location: San Sebastian Legarda, Pasig
Operating Hours: 12NN-8:30PM M-F, 9AM-9:30PM S-Su
Price range: PHP 250-350
Note: Wear grip socks. No buckles, snaps, bling, dangly jewelry or the like that can damage the trampolines. Keep your pockets empty (they have cubby holes). Come in at least 20 minutes before reservation for briefing.
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