June’s here, and the skies are announcing it–hot, blustery summer is giving way to cold breezes and rainy downpours! Just because the weather demands an umbrella and waterproof shoes at all times doesn’t mean that you have no choice but to stay inside the house. Thanks to creativity (and the collective hunger for novel experiences), more indoor attractions have been popping up around Metro Manila, and they serve as welcome havens, whether it’s rain or shine outside. If grim weather forces you to cancel your beach or hiking plans, consider going to the following instead:
Address: Eastwood Mall, Eastwood Ave, Bagumbayan, Quezon City
Dogs love having wide-open space to run around in. The rainy season makes parks an unlikely destination, but with this recently opened indoor dog playground and cafe, your dog can still find an outlet for that burst of energy even when it’s pouring torrents outside. Bark Central offers a safe, controlled environment for dogs, complete with obstacle courses, optional facilitators, a soft surface that resembles grass, and other dogs for them to play with! While they’re having fun, you can sit at the cafe and enjoy some snacks, with the option to buy treats as well for your dog.
I’M Onsen Spa
Address: 7852 Makati Avenue, UG Floor, I’M Hotel, Poblacion, Makati
Rainy days are perfect for sleeping in and cozying up against your blankets. Here’s an alternative to staying at home that’ll kick off an even deeper relaxation effect: I’M Onsen Spa, the first of its kind in the country, with tubs of water chemically mimicking hot volcanic springs in Japan and 69 beds spread out over a spacious area of six floors. Soaking in the waters is a luxurious experience in itself, but it’s even better when you follow it up with an aromatherapy-infused massage treatment. You can then opt to sip traditional tea at the spa’s wellness lounge and finish off with a diverse buffet meal.
Climb Central Manila
Address: Unit 02, The Portal, Mayflower Street,, Greenfield District, BRGY Highway Hills, Mandaluyong City
Looking for something more physically strenuous? Check out Climb Central Manila, which takes sport climbing indoors. Sprawling out at 750 square meters even though it’s located at the metro, its facilities cater to everyone, from beginners to advanced climbers and even kids. You’ll definitely maximize your day here–there are more than 40 climbing lanes, and routines get switched up every few months to ensure variety. You can climb with a partner through manual belaying, go solo with auto-belaying, or take the arduous route and do lead climbing without an anchor.
TV series centered on crime mysteries have always been popular, and so are escape room game apps. Break down the screen and get more interactive by signing up with your friends for any of Breakout PH’s rooms. Each features a different story, from finding yourself abducted in a cage to being trapped inside a haunted, abandoned shop. The rule is that you have 45 minutes to solve the mystery and unlock the door to freedom–but it’ll require lots of strategic thinking, teamwork, and an eye for the subtle details.
Address: BSP Complex, Roxas Blvd, Malate, Manila
Gain a deeper appreciation of contemporary art by heading over to the Metropolitan Museum of Manila (or the “Met”), which hosts paintings, installations, sculptures, and several artworks donated by artists and collectors. The permanent exhibits feature the works of renowned figures in Philippine art such as Ben Abrera and Felix Hidalgo, and the lower floors go further back in history, showcasing pre-colonial goldwork and pottery. Drop by on Tuesdays for free admission, or on Saturdays for a free guided tour of the main exhibitions!