You would never expect to find such a magical place off a side street in Cubao, downtown Quezon City, just outside Manila. However this newly opened gem of a gallery is a brilliant way for your kids to appreciate art.
The Korean invented 3D art gallery, Art In Island, brings its murals to life with the help of illusion and shadow. We took baby Gillan (1 year), Maya (4 years) and her 2 buddies (4 and 6 years). While the three girls had a wonderful time, poor Gillan was a little freaked out. However, the gallery is stroller friendly so once in the pushchair with his bottle of milk he was happy to be wheeled around after his big sister who gallivanted from painting to painting.
The paintings are interactive, aiming to make the spectator feel part of the image. They make for amazing photos, while the fantasy theme is a great way to inspire little imaginations.
Art In island is a great half day out. It is spread over two floors with murals covering the walls and drawing the visitor in so that they become part of the painting. The kids loved being the actors within the painting – squashing themselves under a giant apple, jumping over stepping stones, hovering above a giant chasm, riding on the back of a hippo and skiing with Santa through a winter wonderland.
There is a huge section dedicated to snow and the festive season which the girls adored. All kids love Christmas and the excitement of being part of Santa’s sleigh team produced squeals of excitement from them and great Christmas card photo opportunities for us mums. Being based in Manila, snow is something extra special for the children. The girls poked their heads through gaps in the murals and sprawled on the floor making snow angels next to Olaf the snowman.
The other main section is dedicated to fantasy. The girls stood under murals of waterfalls, battled mythical beasts and crossed treacherous bridges.
When tummies started to rumble there were two cafes one on each floor. Go to the one on the ground floor if it’s not too busy as they have more choice and ice cream. The cafe has an industrial design with paint pots and used pallets displayed on the walls and pictures of the artists at work during the creation of Art in Island. This potted visual history of the creation of the space is set to inspire visitors to hone their talents once at home.
Art In Island is located in Cubao, Quezon City, one of the cities that make up Metro Manila. The easiest way to get there is by taxi or with a car and driver.
The full address is: 175 15th Ave., Brgy. Socorro, Cubao, Quezon City, 1109 Metro Manila, Philippines
The best time to go
Art In Island is open to public Tuesdays – Sundays and holidays from 9.30am – 9.30pm.
Need to Know
Entrance fee is 500 for adults and 400 for students. Children below 3ft are free.
Facebook Page: Art In Island
- Socks are mandatory; this is the only gallery that I have been to where the visitors go round shoeless.
- Bring a camera and a jacket.
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For more idea on travelling in The Philippines with children, see our Family Guide to The Philippines