Come and have Fun!
Most people who come for a vacation to the Philippines are adults and those who bring young children would have some difficulty in finding safe open spaces and places to keep children happy and enchanted in Manila. There are no real Disney type attractions, or a circus, or even safe places to swim. DON’T GO IN THE SEA IN MANILA.
So what to do?
Well the Star City is a place to really entertain kids of all ages. Star City in Manila is full of shops, places to eat and even has a few dinosaurs too, AND we are not talking about the older visitors either.
Star City offers thrill rides and attractions for the whole family. These rides range from slow-moving trains to the extreme Star Flyer, an indoor roller coaster, along with bumper cars a favourite with all guys of all ages.
Younger children will enjoy the Alice in Wonderland style ride of giant tea cups to sit it and don’t forget the Donald Duck style ride. Not sure if Disney gave permission for the Donald look alike, ah, well it is ASIA. There is also a great play area for the kids with soft protected flooring and safe climbing frames, a place to let the kids play whilst you have burger and watch.
The Midway section is full of activities for the younger kids and is deafening with the noise of happy children. They can be a Red Baron in a mini aeroplane ride and even wave to the Smurfs too.
Older Children can play too
There is the pirate adventure for the slightly older kids which is a water ride where the kids get into a water raft that takes them through fun tunnels and water tubes, or perhaps they would enjoy the Surf dance, which is a ride that throws you around in the air and is supposed to have the effect of being on a surf wave. Not sure how that works really.
There is Dinoo Island a sort of Jurassic Park theme with dinosaurs that move and roar. There is also a museum dedicated to the history of these amazing animals that once ruled our earth.
If horror is the name of the game then, Star City has it.maybe the older visitors may not scream as loud as the younger ones. Pinoy children love it!
The Egyptian theme has mummies and dead pharaohs, whilst across the park from the Egypt is the Antarctic, called Snow World. The temperature drops below zero, a real relief from the heat of Manila. There are slides cut into the “snow” for the kids and gloves and jackets can be hired to keep everyone warm during the visit. Remember in the Philippines there is NO SNOW, so expect to see the local children in awe of what they see and experience. Children can enjoy sledging and carved ice statues. Don’t try taking pictures it is very unlikely your camera will be able to do anything.
Shopping and dining
There are a lot of food stalls inside the park although most of these offer more expensive treats as compared to those in front or outside Star City. The park’s administration, too, does not allow food to be taken inside, so it is best to take your lunch or dinner first before going in. Hygiene is another issue among restaurants both inside and outside the park so caution must be observed.
Fees and opening hours
The park is open from 1 p.m. to 12 midnight, daily, and from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Christmas time the hours differ.
Entrance to the park is around p100, and there are packages available ranging from p300 to p500 per person.
Star City is in Sotto St., CCP Complex, Roxas Blvd, Pasay City, Manila. It is just beside CCP and in front Harrison Plaza Hotel.
If you are coming from SM Mall of Asia, you may look for the terminal of orange jeepneys in front the mall. Taxis are flagged down for p40 and will cost around p100 from Mall of Asia.