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A day out with grandpa and grandma

Try karaoke-style crooning, breakfast in a weekend market, and a soothing foot massage.

By Rowena Wendy Lei


Grandparents have all the fun, it’s said. Your strict and stern dad has now mellowed into a big teddy bear who’s always ready to read a story to the grandkids. The mom you’ve always known to be a disciplinarian is now the one telling you to ease up on scolding the kids.

For your children, fun times with the Lolo or Lola means visiting them at their home (where they can watch cartoons), trips to the park, or out-of-town vacations. But there are times everybody wants a change of pace or scenery, and it doesn’t involve going out of city limits. What’s an extended family to do? Well, you round up your posse and go check out some of the places (or similar ones) recommended in the article.

If you have a senior citizen whose mobility is limited by a wheelchair or the use of a walker, keep in mind establishments with access ramps for the disabled, and easy access to toilets or washrooms. After all, you don’t want to mar the outing with an accident and a trip to the hospital.

Karaoke with your kin at Red Box

With over 100,000 songs in its roster including tunes from musical legends like Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Frank Sinatra to current favorites like Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, and Justin Bieber, there’s definitely something for people of all ages to belt out at Red Box. The sound-engineered rooms and interactive song selection system make everyone’s rock and pop star dreams come true with the touch of a button. Not a singer? You can also shoot a few games of pool or play video games inside the comfortable private rooms. There’s a vast selection of food and drink you can order, plus eat-all-you-can buffet options too so all you have to do is sit back, unwind, and have a good time with the grannies! And dear old Lolo and Lola just might belt out a ‘hit song’ or two from their era.

Cost: P199 to P499 per head depending on the day of the week and the time you go

Red Box Karaoke
4/F Eastwood Mall, Libis, Quezon City
(02) 408 3460

Check out Red Box: Rock, Dine & Roll on Facebook for package details and other branches.

Early bird excursion: Mercato Centrale

Since our grandparents usually rise and shine early in the morning, what better way to perk things up than to take them to Mercato Centrale. At this weekend market, with its various wares on sale within a series of tents, the whole family can walk around and have a sampling of tempting food items from over 150 stalls, then sit down and eat to your heart’s content at the public dining areas. Open every Saturday and Sunday starting 6:00 a.m., Mercato Centrale has everything from fresh, organic, and healthy fare (vegetables, fruits, and grains). You can even take home unusual indulgences like the Krispy Kreme Burger and ice cream-filled mochi balls. Stroll, shop, and sample … a visit to Mercato Centrale is definitely a gustatory treat for everyone in the family.

Cost: Entrance is free, cost of food depends on which stall one purchases from.

Mercato Centrale
30th Avenue corner 9th Street, Fort Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

Thai-style foot treat: Nuat Thai Libis

Escape into a world of foot pampering bliss at Nuat Thai Libis. Therapists especially trained in Thai massage rub, stroke, and knead your feet and legs, improving circulation and soothing your muscles—a treat the older generation may appreciate. The amount of pressure can be varied, so you can enjoy either a gentle touch massage or a more invigorating rubdown. Hot pads placed on your back and neck intensify the calming experience. The not-so-elderly can also opt for a relaxing full body massage. Choose from Thai, Swedish, Shiatsu, or Nuat Thai Libis’ signature Aromatherapy Massage with Herbal Balls. Express 30-minute massages are also offered at a very reasonable P150.

Cost: P150 to P550

Nuat Thai Libis
2/F 90 E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave., Libis, Quezon City
(02) 477 5004

For more exciting ideas on how to spend the day with grandpa and grandma, grab a copy of HealthToday September, out now in all newsstands and major bookstores.

a day out with grandpa and grandma

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