Best Urban Adventures in Taguig

From budget to swanky, these family-friendly spots expand your body and mind

December 10, 2015 by Conch Tiglao

Despite upscale bars, swanky clubs, and the like being the first things that come to mind whenever someone mentions Taguig, these are definitely not the only kinds of entertainment to be had in this city. We've compiled a list of fun, inexpensive, and family-friendly places you can check out that are sure to be enjoyable as well as affordable.

1. The Mind Museum
There have been a myriad of discoveries on science over the past century, and yet there is still so much left for us to discover. Feed your brain and indulge your natural human curiosity at The Mind Museum, a world-class interactive museum located in the heart of Bonifacio Global City. Entrance fees are pegged at P625 for adults, P475 for private school students and P190 for public school students and teachers (please present a valid school ID); the economical pricing allows for more people to access hands-on, minds-on exhibits, live experiments and different 3D and planetarium shows, all of which will surely pique the inner scientist in children and adults alike.

Located at the J. Y. Campos Park, the science establishment is flanked by Rizal Drive and 3rd Avenue, and is walking distance from the restaurant-lined Burgos Circle as well as the BGC business district.

2. Active Fun
We all love spending time with our family, but the kids and their sky-high energy levels can get rather overwhelming at times. Take a break without stepping on your kiddo's brakes by heading down to Active Fun near Bonifacio High Street. It's P365 for an unlimited play pass for kids, plus P125 for a parents' non-play pass. For less than P500 you can indulge your little munchkins' need for dynamic entertainment in one of the best interactive play facilities in Metro Manila, while also getting some much-needed and definitely well-deserved parenting pause time. Scouting for the perfect place to hold your child's upcoming birthday celebration? Search no more—Active Fun is a great kiddie party spot, too.

The Active Fun building is situated along 9th Avenue corner 28th Street, across Honda's Global City branch and a stone's throw away from both Terra 28th and the heart of Bonifacio High Street.

3. The Philippine Army Wellness Center
Looking for some rejuvenating personal downtime or some fitness fun that's friendly on the pocket? The Philippine Army Wellness Center in Taguig is home to the Fort Spa, with services that range from P200 to P700, as well as an Army pool that walk-in guests can use for a mere P50 fee (plus P200 if you're planning to use one of their tents). Soak up some sun and enjoy some leisurely morning laps in the water, followed by a relaxing massage, a pampering facial, and a body scrub at the spa in the afternoon. Your me-time day total? Just a little over P1000—compared to a lot of other places in the metro, that sounds like a pretty great deal.

The Philippine Army Gymnasium and Wellness Center can be found along Lawton Avenue corner Bayani Road, past the entrance to Mckinley Hill and the Philippine Army Grandstand and across the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority building.

4. Fiesta Market
There's just nothing better than chowing on a variety of delicious edibles after work together with your favorite colleagues, or before heading out to a great outdoor hangout space for a pleasant afternoon walk with family and friends. Saunter on over to the Fiesta Market for cheap but yummy snacks, filling budget-friendly meals, and delectable take-home treats. With a vast array of food stalls and restaurants to choose from, this veritable foodie hub (that also doubles as a major commuter pit stop for people coming from every direction of Metro Manila) is sure to tickle your tastebuds in more ways than one, while keeping your purse out of the over-spending red zone.

The Fiesta Market is a part of the sprawling Market! Market! compound, situated across the popular Serendra condominums and piazza along main Taguig thoroughfare McKinley Parkway and a fairly short distance away from the various Market! Market! commuter terminals.

5. Plana Forma
Getting fit is a memorable journey best shared with your squad, especially when that fitness adventure involves dancing. Head on down to Plana Forma at the Jecoprime Building with your best buddies for a day of fabulous Zumba recreation. Pricing is at P450 each class (per head), with a 5-class package for P1800 (P360 per class) and a 10-class package for P3300 (P330 per class). That's less than P500 per session — considering the enjoyment derived from dancing plus the robustness your instructed workout builds, these classes are definitely a bargain. Dance your heart out like it's the 1990s to Latin tunes and rhythms that promote fun and encourage camaraderie as well as physical well-being.

Plana Forma is located at the 6th floor of the Jecoprime Building along 20th Drive, a short walk away from the Royal Norwegian Embassy as well as the Arya Residences and Trion Towers near the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial.

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