Let kids have fun unstructured form of play
Unstructured play is essential in honing a child's imagination and DreamPlay is just the right place for that. I took my cousins here and they certainly had fun exploring iconic areas from renowned DreamWorks films. My hyperactive cousins climbed, crawled, and yes, screamed because of the How to Train Your Dragon area’s sprawling mazes while they enjoyed searching for Shrek’s missing keys at the Swamp Stop.
Test your strength and agility
DreamPlay takes pride in its educational and entertaining activities. The 5,000-square meter interactive space has areas offering challenging physical activities. The Kung Fu Panda section has the most thrilling attractions including the Thread of Enlightenment, Wall of Despair, and Stairway to Heaven where dauntless guests can conquer rope courses and climb steep poles. My favorite is the Furious Five Academy where you get the chance to dance and train with Po.
Learn new skills
The Penguins of Madagascar need you to help them assemble a vessel in the Whatever Floats Your Boat area. You’ll also do the same thing for Hiccup as you help him create and fly a dragon through DreamPlay’s suspended metal tracks. Once done, consider wearing the director’s hat as you create your own animated film at DreamStudio. Kids can also sign up for baking classes with Gingy that will teach them how to bake and design gingerbread men.
Relax and be amused
The DreamTales Library combines beanbags and books to provide guests a restful reading experience. There are puppet shows too scheduled throughout the day. Don’t miss the Dream Theatre featuring 4D films. Since the place can only accommodate 46 guests, line up at least 15 minutes before your preferred time slot.
There are three themed DreamPlay rooms for those who want to celebrate birthdays and other special events – the Shrek Party Room (for 40 guests), the How to Train Your Dragon Party Room (for 30 guests), and the Madagascar Party Room (for 20 guests).
Take photos with the gang
Character appearances are common but we didn’t see any when we visited. I failed to see Shrek again. Sigh.
Shop for souvenirs
Finally, no theme park will exist without a souvenir shop. Like the play area, DreamShop is divided into four sections based on the items – Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, and Madagascar. The items are reasonably priced with tumblers starting at P120 ($2.50).
Things to remember:
- Adult visitors are not allowed to enter DreamPlay without a kid. Adults have to pay the children’s rate if they wish to participate in the activities. Non-participating adults are free to enter the DreamTales Library and the Dream Theatre.
- If you will join the activities, make sure that you are not wearing slippers or open-toed shoes. Sleeveless shirts and skirts are not allowed and most attractions require participants to wear socks.
- The four-hour ticket is already sufficient to enjoy the playground. Charges for extensions will be billed at the check-out counter.
Aseana Blvd. corner Macapagal Avenue
Entertainment City, Parañaque