I got a couple of nieces from Guam having vacation in our house. With their parents still out of the country, it’s up to us on how to keep these hyper-active kids of 5 and 9yo busy. One way would be the occasional visits to amusement parks. One such newly opened park is the DreamPlay at the City of Dreams in Manila. If you (and your kids) are a fan of DreamWorks animation like Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon to name a few. This would be really interesting to visit.
DreamWorks Theme Park
DreamPlay is situated inside the City of Dreams in Manila. Being indoor, it can be visited rain or shine. Even on a weekday, DreamPlay already garnered lots of interest, evident on the long queue upon entering the park. Good thing, the place is organized and there were already some staff to assist guest so waivers can be immediately filled and data inputed through their systems. The park have weekend and weekday rates, naturally weekends are more expensive. They also have a 2-hour pass, 4-hour pass and a day pass for Kids, Adults and Toddlers. (For complete rates check below). Each visitor have an RFID wrist band to be worn while in the vicinity.
Real Life Video Game
Each wristband given also gathers data from its users. There are different sections in DreamPlay and each section has challenges. If kids are really competitive, they can swipe their wrisbands on each challenges and gain points from finishing them. By the time they exit, they can see how much points they have accumulated. But somehow kids are kids, like our nieces who would rather just go around and play without thinking about those points.
Among their favorites were the Shrek station where there are passages and hanging bridges and also the How to Train Your Dragon with the giant slides. The Madagascar boats were okay as they had to build their own boats and the large ball section where they can shoot rubber balls was also fun. If they were a bit older, they could have tried the more physically challenging obstacles from Kung Fu Panda like the Wall of Destiny and Thread of Enlightenment.
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Ferdz Decena is an award-winning travel photographer, writer and blogger. His works has found print in publications such as Singapore Airlines’s Silver Kris, Philippine Airlines’ Mabuhay, Cebu Pacific’s Smile and Seair InFlight. He has also lent his expertise to various organizations like the Oceana Philippines, Lopez Group Foundation, Save the Children and World Vision, contributing quality images for their marketing materials.