When we were still in school, one of the highlights of the year is the field trip. We ride on a bus with our classmates to go to museums, the zoo, or any place where we can learn much more than we do inside the classrooms.
These educational sites are not only for kids in school but for all ages– you can even bring your whole family once the pandemic is over and we can all go out of our houses. (Read: 3 Kid-Friendly Netflix Shows You Can Binge With Family)
So, here are three sites that are just a short drive outside of Manila that you can visit with your family, friends, significant other, or even alone, if you want to.
(Note: If you’re going to visit these sites, make sure to wear masks, practice social distancing, and sanitize your hands every so often!)
Pinto Art Museum, Antipolo
If you’re tired of seeing history and fossils, drive up to Antipolo and immerse yourself in artworks by homegrown and other local artists. Pinto Art Museum’s white-wall-and-nature aesthetic will surely give you that calm you so crave from all the pandemic-related stress we feel. It also has open grounds and fewer enclosed spaces so it’s much safer than other museums around. (Read: Meet Aris Bagtas, the Pinoy Artist Who Paints Murals in PH Churches)
Avilon Zoo, Rodriguez
Seeing animals will surely make your kids’ eyes widen with amazement and excitement, and Avilon Zoo can surely give that sense of wonder. Currently the largest zoological institution in the Philippines, the zoo is home to 3,000 specimens of exotic wildlife. Avail of the guided tour for guests to learn about wildlife and the various conservation efforts being done to preserve threatened species. Your kids have had a tough year, so give them a break and let them interact with animals–safely, of course!
Hiraya Childhood Play Farm, Pililia
What’s more relaxing than rural living in the farm, right? Hiraya Childhood Play Farm offers an open and safe environment for kids and kids-at-heart. The 1.2-hectare farm is the perfect place for children to play freely and learn from grounding activities. Relish the rural farm life through various activities such as farm animal interactions, fruit picking, fishing, pottery, bonfires, and mini hikes. They also have childhood games available such as patintero, sepak takraw, palosebo, and tiyakad. They only cater to one family per day so you’re sure that you and your kids can play safely. (Read: LOOK: Kai Farms in Tagaytay Will Make You Want To Switch To Organic Produce)