(This piece was published in OfficiallyPhilippines.com last April 18, 2012)
Summertime is here once again and that means more family bonding time. Since the kids are on vacation from school already, it would be nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life and take a trip someplace where the whole family would have fun. Here are some interesting destinations where you can take the whole family along and just relax for a while.
Walk on the Wild Side in Ocean Adventure Park or Zoobic Safari
Kids + water = fun! Aside from the usual swimming outing, make it even more special by letting your children interact with marine animals. One of the popular summer destinations just north of Metro Manila is Ocean Adventure Park in Subic, which is the the only open-water marine park in Southeast Asia. See the animals live and play in a natural setting and watch the main attractions such as the Dolphin Friends Show, Sea Lion Marine Patrol Show, and many more. There are also other beach destinations in the Subic area where you can enjoy the sun, sea, and sand.
For those looking for a different kind of thrill, head over to Zoobic Safari where you can experience going on a tiger safari and see other animals in their natural habitat. Walk around their Petting Zoo area and interact with monkeys, deers, camels, and other animals. Or have a close encounter with Bengal and Siberian tigers. This amusement park is probably the closest thing that the Philippines has to a wild animal jungle safari.
After your daytrip in either Ocean Adventure Park or Zoobic Safari, you can go around Subic and explore its wide array of restaurant choices so you can end your day with some good food.
A Fun Farm in Santa Elena
Instead of the usual malls, why not head to the Santa Elena Fun Farm during the weekend? Little kids would have more fun exploring this open space, green environment, and taking in the fresh air. While there they can go boating, go on a pony or carabao ride, feed the rabbits or guinea pigs, go fishing, or play in the teepee jungle gym and other designated areas.
In this place, you and your kids will feel close to nature, as you get to interact with some animals and do activities outdoors. Although it is open to the public, you have to make advance arrangements before going there.
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