15 alternative weekend ideas for the whole family

MANILA, Philippines – Do you realize that 2015 actually has 104 weekends? On days when you don’t need to sleep in, that’s more than enough Saturdays and Sundays to spend with the family, your barkada, or your significant other.

Of course, regardless of plans, spending actual time together is what counts. But we wouldn’t blame you if after a while going to the mall or visiting the food market starts to become customary and all too familiar.

For the rest of 2015, why don’t you challenge yourself to make weekends more memorable? If you’re looking to shake things up a bit (without spending too much), check out this short compilation of quick, unique getaways that you can pencil in as your next gala adventure. Click on each link to get more details like schedules and ticket prices.

Visit a museum

Get rid of the notion that these hallowed halls are all about high art, dioramas, and relics. Museums can actually be fun, interactive places where kids and even adults can learn a thing or two.

  Photo from The Maya Kitchen Website

Learn to cook

If you’re hungry for a new skill, why not enroll in a one-day cooking class? The upside of this classroom-like experience is that you get to feast on the lesson afterwards.


Spend your free time doing something good – the high you’ll get afterwards is better than any form of retail therapy.

Have a board game night

If you’re still keen on eating out, up things a notch and visit a board game cafe instead! 2-in-1 places make sure you stay on budget without scrimping on the fun factor.

Make something new

Creative tasks are surprisingly relaxing and therapeutic. Even if you’ve never considered yourself the artsy type, you should give these spots a go.

At Craft MNL, you can get a head start on your Christmas gift list by enrolling in any of their year-round workshops for a multitude of pretty things. Photo from Bonifacio Global City’s Website

Get moving

We’re always told to get a little more exercise, but if you’re the type who finds treadmills and tracks too tedious, there’s no shortage of sightseeing options that can help you work up a sweat.

Do you have other alternative weekend ideas? We’d love to hear about them too! – Rappler.com