Getting tired of the usual movie and dinner night with the bae? Why don’t you try something new to keep the fire burning, or put variations to your traditions at the very least? Love means getting used to a routine and not tiring out, but it won’t hurt to be open to something fresh every once in a while. Who knows, you might create a new tradition out of it!
1. Visit museums
It’s a great way to be acquainted and appreciate art pieces. If you’re not the type to visit art museums, however, you can opt to go to a science museum and enjoy what it has to offer.
Address: Taft Ave, Ermita, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila
Operating hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Entrance fee: Student – Php 50, Senior Citizen – Php 120, Adult – Php 150, Free every Sunday
San Agustin Museum
Address: General Luna St., Intramuros, Manila
Operating hours: Open daily from 8 a.m. – 12 n.n., 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Entrance fee: Children (4 – 12 years old) – Php 40, High school students – Php 45, College students – Php 50, Senior Citizens – Php 80, Adults – Php 100
The Mind Museum
Address: J. Y. Campos Park, 3 Avenue, Taguig, Metro Manila
Operating hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Entrance fee: Teacher and Public school student – Php 150 (ID required), Student (up to college) – Php 450, Adult – Php 600, All day pass – Php 750, Year-long pass – Php 2,500
Promo: All day passes for 2 people for only Php 900 instead of Php 1,500 on Metrodeal
2. Artificial stargazing in observatories
Let’s get real, if we want to see stars at night, we had to suffer at least a 2-hour drive away from Manila. If you have the time, then it is nice to take a breath of fresh and do so. However, why not make use of our observatory within Manila and catch the show?
Nido Fortified Science Discovery Center
Address: Southside Entertainment Mall, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City
Operating hours: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Entrance fee: Child – Php 300, Adult – Php 330
Discount: Less Php 30 for SM Advantage Card holders, Less 20% for Senior Citizens and PWD
3. Roll with wheels (or blades)
Time for some adrenaline rush and have a thrill chase with adventure! Whichever you prefer, you’re bound to have fun.
City Kart Racing
Address: Circuit Makati, Brgy. Caramona, Makati City
Operating hours: Monday to Thursday, 3 p.m. – 11 p.m. and Friday to Sunday, 10 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Entrance fee: Rates vary from Php 620 to Php 800
SM Skating Rinks
Address: SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM Southmall, SM Seaside City Cebu
Operating hours: Open daily from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Entrance fee: Open skating at SM Mall of Asia and SM Megamall – Php 420, SM Southmall and SM Seaside Cebu – Php 380
4. Get competitive
There’s nothing like a game of taunting each other who’s better at which. Plan a game night with your boo (or double or triple date with your friends! The more the merrier!). If you have the luxury of board games or playing cards at home, lucky you. However, others prefer to try new games and visit some of the sprouting cafes that offer games as you dine.
Puzzles: Board Game Lounge
Address: There are currently 2 branches. (1) The Fort Street 28 Street Corner, 5 Ave, Taguig and (2) 287 Aguirre Ave, B.F. Homes, Parañaque
Operating hours: (1) Sunday to Thursday, 12 n.n. – 11 p.m. and Friday to Saturday, 12 n.n. – 2 a.m. (2) Sunday to Thursday, 3 p.m. – 12 a.m. and Friday to Saturday, 3 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Entrance fee: Aside from the food, you have to pay Php 100 in order to stay and play!
Ludo: Board Game Bar and Café
Address: There are currently 2 branches. (1) No. 26 Scout Torillo St., Corner Scout Fuentabella, Quezon City and (2) No. 38 Jupiter St., Corner Planet St., Brgy. Bel-Air, Makati City
Operating hours: (1) Monday to Thursday, 4 p.m. – 12 a.m., Friday, 4 p.m. – 2 a.m., Saturday, 12 p.m. – 2 a.m., and Sunday 12 p.m. – 12 a.m. (2) Tuesday to Thursday, 5 p.m. – 12 a.m., Friday 5 p.m. – 2 a.m., Saturday, 12 p.m. – 2 a.m., and Sunday, 12 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Entrance fee: Players should order one menu item in order to stay
There are other fun activities out there wherein you can wear your game face! Pretend to be action stars for an hour and compete in teams on who gets to be the best shooter!
Address: Market! Market! Mall, Fort Bonifacio, Metro Manila
Operating hours: Sunday to Thursday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Friday to Saturday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Entrance fee: Monday to Thursday – Php 170, Friday to Sunday – Php 190
Address: There are currently 2 branches. (1) Centris Walk and (2) Greenhills shopping center
Operating hours: Open daily from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Entrance fee: Monday to Thursday – Php 190, Friday to Sunday – Php 220
However, if you’re willing to risk it… Try karaoke! Beat each other’s top scores, and if you still love each other after hearing one another’s awful (how blessed are you if you have a nice one) voice, then you’re meant to be. There are various karaoke establishments all over the metro, surely you’ll find out closest to you!
5. Sweat out
Go on a walk in a park, ride a bike, run around the village, go for a swim! The list goes on and on. There are numerous of marathons you can partake in, why not try the next color run? Or hike and enjoy your prize as you reach the peak! Try to keep each other’s health and fitness in check and aim for that body goal you’ve been eyeing! That’s a #relationshipgoal right there.