13 Fun Activities For Your Barkada That Don’t Involve Drinking

Planning to change things up on your next barkada meet-up? If you want to take a break from enjoying the vibrant bars all over the city, or you just want to do something new that doesn’t involve liquor (hello, sober people!), here are some fun group activities for barkadas to do around Metro Manila:

Mini Golfing at Pat’s Putts

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Want something new and fun to try with the whole barkada? You should check out Pat’s Putts which is dubbed as the first indoor mini golf course in the country.

They currently have two branches, both with more than twenty mini golf courses to enjoy. Once you’re done with all of them, you can also check out the Game Room! The colorful glow-in-the-dark neon interiors will also give your barkada the perfect backdrop for the best group photos.

Visit Pat’s Putts at Tiendesitas, Pasig; or at 4/F Ayala Malls Manila Bay, Parañaque.

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Baking at Bakebe


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If you and your barkada have a sweet tooth, you might want to check out Bakebe. It’s an IG-worthy DIY baking studio where you can just walk in with no prior baking experience needed and start baking your choice of cake or pastry!

Bakebe already has all the ingredients and equipment needed, plus very comprehensive instructions on an iPad. Of course, you all get to bring home your baked creations.

Visit Bakebe at 2/F SM Aura, BGC; G/F S Maison, Pasay.

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Bowling and KTV at Studio 300

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Go old school with bowling, billiards, darts, and KTV at Studio 300. You’ll find lots of fun things to do with your barkada at this arcade, so you just might forget the booze for a night! Plus, they offer hearty and delicious meals that will keep you filled.

Visit Studio 300 at 3/F Pioneer Centre Supermart, Pasig City; and at 2256 A. Chino Roces Ave. corner EDSA, Makati.

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Archery (and other games) at The Attack Arena


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Unleash the inner child in you at The Attack Arena. Here, you’ll enjoy a variety of fun recreational experiences such as archery, weapons throwing, virtual games, and even airsoft. Yes, that’s all available in one place. What makes it even better is that you can play Archery Attack and Airsoft against your friends.

Visit The Attack Arena at G/F Ayala Malls Vertis North, Quezon City; and at 2/F Ayala Malls The 30th, Pasig.

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Pottery Class at Laro Ceramics


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Want to learn a new skill with the gang? Why not sign up for a pottery class at Laro Ceramics? This pottery studio is tucked in one of the buildings along Katipunan Extension, and they have regular pottery classes every Friday to Sunday that are beginner-friendly. There’s no prior pottery experience needed, they’ll provide all the materials, and you can bring home your creation! Just visit their website to see class schedules and other special events.

Visit Laro Ceramics at YDG Building, 219 Katipunan Ave., Quezon City.

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Board Games at All aBOARD XP

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Test your friendship when you play a wide variety of board games at All aBOARD XP by Gaming Library! This gaming studio has shelves filled with various board games for you to try with your barkada. And yes, you can play as many games as you want during your timeslot, whether you have an hour pass or a whole day pass. They also have coaches to help you learn the mechanics of the game you choose.

Plus, if you find a board game you enjoy, you can also buy one there!

Visit All aBOARD XP at 4/F The Block, SM North EDSA, Quezon City; and at 3/F Uptown Mall, BGC.

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Create crafts at Artboom


If your friend group loves crafts and creating things, you might want to check out Artboom. It’s a newly opened attraction that lets you create a variety of stuff, including slime, mementos, scented candles, soaps, cupcakes, and even your own abstract painting. Artboom is a space that lets you go crazy with your creativity, and it’s a fun place to try with friends!

Visit Artboom at 4/F Eastwood Mall, Quezon City.

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Dance Classes at 808 Studio

Get your heart pumping and your body moving with 808 Studio. 808 Studio offers a variety of dance classes that are definitely worth trying with friends. You can try their Signature Dance Class which is a dance fitness party that lasts for 45 minutes; or the 75-minute Special Dance Class where you can learn the choreography from popular music videos and concerts.

Visit 808 Studio at 4/F The Podium Mall, 12 ADB Ave, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong.

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Roller Skating at Rolyo Sk8house


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Here’s another new yet nostalgic thing to try with your friends: roller skating! Rolyo Sk8house is both a skating rink and a dance skate studio. They offer classes for beginners, so no worries if you don’t have any experience with skating. But if you don’t want to join the class, you can just drop by and skate! You can also rent skates and safety gear from Rolyo Sk8house.

Visit Rolyo Sk8house at 2/F Ayala Malls Circuit, Makati.

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Rent out a whole theater at Cinema ’76

Certified cinephiles? Your barkada might enjoy renting out a whole theater just for yourselves, or enjoy watching the latest movie in an intimate microcinema. Cinema ’76 will let you do both! You might also get to catch special screenings of indie films, or workshops and events with filmmakers themselves.

Cinema ’76 also has a cafe so you can eat and have coffee before or after your movie screening!

Visit Cinema ’76 at 2/F Terraces Building, T. Morato Ave. cor. Sct. Borromeo St., Quezon City.

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Tour Intramuros with Bambike EcoTours

If you’re looking for something more educational yet still fun, why not go on a tour around Intramuros? Bambike EcoTours offers tours around Intramuros on bamboo bikes! You can go around The Walled City effortlessly. Of course, it’s even more fun to do with friends.

Check out their website for daily tour schedules and the types of tours you can enjoy.

Visit Bambike EcoTours at Bambike Manila, Plaza San Luis Complex, Real St. cor. General Luna St., Intramuros, Manila City.

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Go-kart racing at Drift Motor Speedway

Drift Motor Speedway is located in Taytay, Rizal, but it’s definitely worth the trip! This is an indoor go-kart racing experience that’s perfect for all ages. Drift Motor Speedway has quite an extensive race track so you’re sure to make the most of your trip to Rizal. There’s also a cafe inside so you can wind down after an exhilarating race!

Visit Drift Motor Speedway at Valley Fair Town Center, Ortigas Avenue Ext., Taytay, Rizal.

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Korean Spa at New Lasema Spa

Experience the K-drama life and enjoy a Korean spa session with your besties at New Lasema Spa. This Korean spa offers access to their Korean-style saunas, jacuzzis, steam rooms, kilns, and sleeping areas. You can also avail of massages, Korean food, and watch unlimited K-dramas and movies!

Visit New Lasema Spa at 8846 Estrella Ave., Makati City.

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What are your fave bonding experiences with the barkada? Share it with us!

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