Sure Las Casas Filipinas is a fun place for adults, even more so for those who are interested in history. But what is there to do for kids? I described it as a mini Disneyland for history buffs in my post here and it’s true, minus a huge walking, talking mouse and dark rides. It gives you that feeling of being completely immersed in another era, in another time. There’s more than just walking from house to house, taking your shoes off and listening to its history. Keep on reading for the top 10 things to do in Las Casas for the kids!
1. Walk Around And admire the fountains
Kids love water features. While driving they never fail to point out any big or small water fountain they see out their window. Las Casas is very atmospheric. Something as simple as walking around the water fountains, statues, while listening to old Spanish music in the background is very calming. On the Tuesday morning we went there was hardly a person there so my young kids were able to walk around freely and explore for themselves.
Tip: Don’t bother with a stroller. The cobblestone sidewalk makes it difficult to push around.
2. Explore the heritage houses
Go ahead and take that tour to explore the homes. Just be advised, you’ll have to take your shoes off at each house. This can be a hassle if your kids still need help getting their shoes on and off. Some of the heritage houses are more interesting than others. At about the 4th house we were touring, my youngest had a meltdown. It was a bit hard getting all the interesting information about some houses with her crying and whining. This activity might be better suited for older kids. My 4 year old did just fine, my 2 year old – not so much. You can still view the houses from the outside anyway, and wait another time without the kids to go on the tour.
3. Kids Activities & Crafts
There’s a game room just for kids (and older kids) with games from sungka, the Filipino mancala, to billiards and darts. Some activities are seasonal and cost extra such as kite making. Check the website when you go to see what activities your kids might be interested in.
4. Relax At the beach
Can never go wrong when there’s a warm beach involved 🙂 . Las Casas has its own private beach while you take a break from touring the homes. Have your kids splash in the warm waters or, if you are staying longer than a day, try one of the many water activities they are now offering. Rent a jet ski, banana boat, or go wake boarding! Or book an island hopping tour on a bangka (unique boat used in the Philippines).
5. Go On a Kalesa Ride
What kid wouldn’t love a horse-drawn carriage ride? Oddly enough, these rides are available everyday except Tuesday’s, the day we went.
6. Enjoy a Cultural Show
Dances traditional to the Philippines are performed on Saturdays. These are sure to be a treat for kids!
7. Eat Ice Cream!
On select days you can find the sorbetero man where you can get yourself a local fruit-flavored ice cream cone. Or get your ice cream fix at the Panaderia!
8. Take A Dip In The Pool
Yes, there’s a pool! And if you’re not spending the night, bring some extra clothes and a suit for the kids if you know they can’t resist!
9. Go On a riverboat tour
Take a boat tour through the canals for a different, atmospheric view of Las Casas.
10. Stay the night
If you’re brave enough, or laugh at nonsense such as “ghosts”, and have the pesos to do it – book a night and stay inside one of these heritage homes. It would be a treat for the kids (because in my experience, kids love hotels) and you’ll be able to enjoy all of what this resort has to offer!
Of course, if you’re planning to make it a day trip, go ahead and read my guide here. It’s a fun experience and there’s so much history of the Philippines you will learn just by walking through the homes. If you found my guide useful, pin this for later!