Quezon Memorial Circle: Circle of Joy, Pedal N Paddle, QMC Bicycle Station, Circle of Fun, Fitness Trail, Weekend Tiangge, Plant Stalls, Restaurants

What to see, do and eat at Quezon Memorial Circle:

A. CIRCLE OF JOY

          My daughter Zuri, like most kids her age, takes a while to warm up to someone. This was true even with her Lolo (grandfather) who lives in the province and whom she doesn’t get to see very often. But we found a way to make Zuri instantly feel at ease when her Lolo comes for a visit. It’s actually just one word: playground.

          The playground I’m talking about is Circle of Joy at Quezon Memorial Circle. Being only a 5-minute drive from our house, we let Zuri play there whenever we have time. Oftentimes, it’s just me, Rupert and Zuri. Sometimes, we invite Zuri’s cousins. Zuri loves going to Circle of Joy so much that when her Lolo August offered to take her, she said yes right away. From then on, Zuri excitedly awaits her Lolo’s visits because she expects him to take her to Circle whenever they see each other.

          I know most kids love playgrounds. As parents, it is our joy to see them happy so we indulge them. However, it’s a bit hard on the pocket to do this every week (or even more often than that) if you have to pay for it every time. If you are like me who has a kid who never gets tired of the playground, Circle of Joy is a nice option for us especially this summer. Circle of Joy is a free playground. It requires absolutely no entrance fee.

            These pictures of Circle of Joy were taken last January 20, 2015, Tuesday, between 4:00 – 5:00 pm. You’ll notice in the pictures that the place was acceptably clean and not crowded at all during our visit.

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This is Circle of Joy, the free playground inside Quezon Memorial Circle.

 

         Circle of Joy has at least 13 colorful play structures made of plastic and metal. The ground surrounding the play structures is covered with an artificial grass matting for safer play. Trees provide shade to most parts of Circle of Joy at any time of the day. Slides, tunnels, monkey bars, swings, seesaws and roundabouts are provided for everyone’s enjoyment.

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Two of the play structures at Circle of Joy, Quezon Memorial Circle

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This play structure has monkey bars, slides and a tunnel.

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One of many spiral slides

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Zuri had this slide all to herself. She could slide again and again for as long as she wanted.

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Another slide

Quezon Memorial Circle Circle of Joy playground roundabout

A roundabout

        During this particular visit, my brothers Aldous and Jebus accompanied Zuri and me. Zuri’s Lolo August was there also, but he was with a friend so he did not play with us.

Quezon Memorial Circle Circle of joy seesaw

Ninong Jebus and Ninong Aldous tried the seesaw with Zuri.

 

         Another reason why Zuri likes Circle of Joy is because she has lots of treats to choose from there. Available treats at Circle of Joy include the following: cotton candy, ice cream, taho (soy pudding), popcorn, buttered/cheesy corn in a cup, French fries, burger. Bottled water and fruit juices are also sold at the adjacent shops. Cheap toys like bubbles, balls, dolls are also available at the adjacent shops.

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cotton candy – PHP 10 each

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ice cream cart

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Jebus bought a cone of ice cream for PHP 10.

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Taho (soy pudding) – PHP 10/cup

 

          Because Circle of Joy is free, of course, there are times when the playground gets jam-packed. Here’s the trick: Be there on a weekday or at 8:00 a.m. on a weekend. By 8:00 a.m. or earlier on weekends, your kid can practically have the playground all to herself. By 9:00 a.m., there will be some competition, I mean playmates, but it will still be an enjoyable experience. By 10:00 a.m., expect the people to start coming in and the place to soon become a little world of chaos. By 11:00 a.m. onwards – Nope, don’t even consider going that late. If it is a Saturday or a Sunday and you can’t make it before 10:00 a.m., postpone your trip to Circle of Joy for another time.

UPDATE AS OF SEPTEMBER 12, 2016: 

Our family, together with Rupert’s brother’s family, visited Circle of Joy again on September 12, 2016, a holiday on a long weekend. Sadly, it was in a very sorry state. It was very dirty and smelly. There was garbage everywhere, and I mean, EVERYWHERE. The place smelled strongly of sewage. I couldn’t even attempt to hide the horrified look on my face as I looked around. What a loss! Sayang na sayang! I expected the crowd because it was a holiday, but the garbage and the smell – those are inexcusable.

To all visitors, please do your part in returning this free playground to its former glory. If we can just all take care of our own trash. And to the management, please make sure the garbage is collected. ?

Based on this most recent visit, I strongly don’t recommend Circle of Joy. As an alternative, I recommend Pedal N Paddle. 

B. PEDAL N PADDLE

As of September 12, 2016:

Because we found Circle of Joy intolerable during our visit last Sept. 12, 2016, we transferred to Pedal N Paddle, a well-maintained amusement area also in Quezon Memorial Circle. It is not a free attraction unlike Circle of Joy, but, trust me, just to escape the dreadful scene that was Circle of Joy that day, Pedal N Paddle was worth it.

Attractions at Pedal N Paddle:

Pedal N Paddle has a boat station with several boat options for visitors. Rates range from PHP 50/ 1 person/ 15 minutes to PHP 170/ 5 persons/ 15 minutes. We did not ride the boats but we fed the tilapia fish in the artificial boating lagoon with some pandesal (bread) that we brought with us.

Artificial boating lagoon at Pedal N Paddle. There are many tilapia in this lagoon. We fed them with some pandesal.

Artificial boating lagoon at Pedal N Paddle. There are many tilapia in this lagoon. We fed them with some pandesal.

Pedal and Paddle also has a Go Kart station. They have rides for bigger kids 4-5 ft tall and for smaller kids 3 ft tall. For safety, the big kids and the small kids have two separate go kart lanes. Each ride costs PHP 80/15 minutes. Zuri and her cousin Gwen tried the binky ride at the Kids Station (go kart) as their respective dads followed them closely. ?

Zuri and her cousin Gwen tried the binky ride at the Kids Station (go kart) with their respective dads following closely behind. :) The inner lane in this photo is for big riders while the outer lane is for small riders.

Zuri and her cousin Gwen tried the binky ride at the Kids Station (go kart).  The inner lane in this photo is for big riders while the outer lane is for small riders. Not in photo: Gwen’s older sister, Gaby, and older brother, Maco, also tried the rides at the Go Kart station. They were big enough to not require any supervision. ?

Also found inside Pedal N Paddle are kiddie ride favorites such as the Carousel Ride, the Garden Train Ride and the Golden Gate Ride. Zuri and Gwen tried the Garden Train and Golden Gate rides.

Zuri and Gwen aboard the Garden Train. It makes a super fun "Toot Toot!" sound. :) PHP 60/head.

Zuri and Gwen aboard the Garden Train. It makes a super fun “Toot Toot!” sound. ? PHP 60/head.

The Golden Gate Ride. PHP 60/head.

The Golden Gate Ride. PHP 60/head. Note that the rides at Pedal N Paddle look safely new and not at all dilapidated.

Zuri and Gwen also enjoyed the Golden Gate ride. The rides at Pedal N Paddle look safely new and are not at all dilapidated. :)

Zuri and Gwen enjoyed the Golden Gate ride. Gwen’s 2-year-old sister Gale also enjoyed this ride. ?

Pedal N Paddle also has the usual funfair games like the Dart Balloon, the Shooting Gallery and the Mini Strike Zone.   Both the kids and their dads tried these games.

Daddy Rupert had a fun time at the Dart Balloon. He even won a keychain for Zuri. :)

Daddy Rupert had a fun time at the Dart Balloon. He even won a keychain for Zuri. ?PHP20/4darts.

Shooting Gallery at Pedal N Paddle, Quezon Memorial Circle. PHP20/6shots.

Shooting Gallery at Pedal N Paddle, Quezon Memorial Circle. PHP20/6shots.

Mini Strike Zone. PHP30/3 balls.

Mini Strike Zone. PHP30/3 balls.

Pedal N Paddle saved the day. The kids had a great time! The Go Kart station was a clear favorite.

Pedal N Paddle is relatively quiet, clean, well-maintained and reasonably priced with many fun attractions and safely new rides. I recommend Pedal N Paddle for your next bonding activity with the kids! ?

Aside from those we’ve tried, Pedal N Paddle also offers the following: Skybike (PHP100/round/2 persons), 4D ride (PHP80/4 minutes/person), Pingpong (PHP 70/30 minutes) and Fish Spa (PHP 60/15 minutes/person).

The Skybike. PHP 100/round/ 2 persons.

The Skybike. PHP 100/round/ 2 persons.

Fish Spa inside Pedal N Paddle. PHP 60/15 minutes.

Fish Spa inside Pedal N Paddle. PHP 60/15 minutes.

Pedal N Paddle Rates:

Entrance Fee: PHP 20/head; Seniors and children below 3 feet enter for free

Go Kart:

For 4-5 ft tall, maximum weight 50 kg

PHP 80/ 15 minutes

Kids Station (Go Kart):

For 3 ft tall, maximum weight 30 kg

PHP 80/ 15 minutes

Boat Station:

Rates range from PHP50/1 person/15 minutes to PHP 170/5 persons/15 minutes.

Fish Spa:

PHP 60/ 15 minutes/ head

4D Ride:

PHP 80/ 4 minutes/ head

Skybike:

PHP 100/round good for 2 persons

Carousel Ride:

PHP 60/head

Golden Gate Ride:

PHP 60/head

Garden Train Ride:

PHP 60/head

Pingpong:

Php 70/30 minutes

Shooting Gallery:

PHP20/6 shots

Prize: 1 keychain for 5 good shots

Dart Balloon:

PHP 20/ 4 darts

Prize: 3 popped balloons = 1 small puzzle; 6 popped balloons = 1 keychain

Mini Strike Zone:

PHP 30/ 3 balls

Prize: 1 strike = 1 small stuffed toy; 2 strikes = 1 medium stuffed toy; 3 strikes = 1 large stuffed toy

Pedal N Paddle Opening Time:

Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays: 2:00 pm – 8:00pm

Saturdays, Sundays: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

Wednesdays, Thursdays: Closed

        

C. Q.M.C. BICYCLE STATION

          Another attraction inside Quezon Memorial Circle is Q. M. C. Bicycle Station.  QMC Bicycle Station has solo bicycles, bicycles with sidecar and kiddie bicycles which can be rented for a minimum of 1 hour. The bicycle trail goes around Circle of Joy. 

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Q.M.C. Bicycle Station

Quezon Memorial Circle bike

PHP 150 for an hour’s use of this bike with sidecar.

Quezon Memorial Circle kiddie bike

Kiddie bike: PHP 100/hour, minimum of 1 hour.

Quezon Memorial Circle Bicycle Station

This is the bicycle area that goes around Circle of Joy. Lining the bicycle area are shops that sell cheap clothes, shoes, toys, drinks and snacks.

 

 

Here are the rates (as of January 2015): 

Quezon Memorial Circle bike rental rates

QMC Bicycle Station rates

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QMC Bicycle Station rates

Quezon Memorial Circle biking rules

QMC Bicycle Station Rules and Regulations. We were not required to present any ID.

 

UPDATE AS OF SEPTEMBER 12, 2016:

The bicycle rink of the QMC Bicycle Station, which goes around Circle of Joy, smelled strongly of sewage when we visited last September 12, 2016, a holiday on a long weekend. Until the situation that we saw last Sept. 12, 2016 changes, I don’t recommended going to the QMC bicycle station.

D. CIRCLE OF FUN

As of January 2015:

          Another attraction inside Quezon Memorial Circle is Circle of Fun.

Quezon Memorial Circle Circle of Fun amusement park

Quezon Memorial Circle’s Circle of Fun

                   Circle of Fun is a small amusement park with rides for both young and old. Even toddlers or kids below 3 feet are allowed in most rides as long as there’s an accompanying adult. Most rides cost PHP 40/head.

                If you’re riding with a small child like Zuri, most of the time you will be asked to buy just one ticket which will cover both your and your kid’s ride. However, there are some rides that require separate tickets for the adult and the child. It is best to clarify this first with the staff.

Here are the Circle of Fun rides that Zuri has tried:

Quezon Memorial Circle Circle of Fun carousel

Zuri never misses this ride. The carousel ride costs PHP 40 for 1 adult and 1 kid.

Circle of Fun Quezon Memorial Circle Tea Cups

The Tea Cup is also one of Zuri’s favorite rides. But I didn’t see it anymore the last time we were there.

Circle of Fun Quezon Memorial Circle Convoy ride

The Convoy costs PHP 40 for 1 adult and 1 small child. Zuri likes this ride.

Circle of Fun Quezon Memorial Circle flying shark plane

The Flying Sharks Plane requires separate tickets for the adult and the child. We spent PHP 80 for this ride – PHP 40 for me and PHP 40 for Zuri. Zuri and I tried this ride once and we loved it. Remember to support/protect your child’s head because the ride makes sharp turns at the corners.

Circle of Fun Quezon Memorial Circle Marine Bay

The Marine Bay costs PHP 40 for 1 adult and 1 small child.  This ride is kind of old and creaky already. We tried this once and didn’t really enjoy it. Not a smooth ride.

Circle of Fun Quezon Memorial Circle Motorcycle

The Motorcycle is for small kids only. PHP 40/kid. Zuri likes this ride.

Circle of Fun Quezon Memorial Circle Squirrel

The Squirrel costs PHP 40 for 1 adult and 1 child. Zuri says this is her most favorite.

Circle of Fun Quezon Memorial Circle Space Shuttle

The Space Shuttle is actually just like a small Red Baron ride. This ride requires separate tickets for the adult and the child but children 3 years old and above are allowed to ride without an accompanying adult. Zuri tried this ride once all by herself.

 

Other rides inside Circle of Fun that we have not tried yet include the following:

Quezon Memorial Circle Circle of Fun wild wind rollercoaster

Wild Wind is a roller coaster ride.

Circle of Fun Quezon Memorial Circle Sea Dragon ride

Sea Dragon ride, PHP 50/head

Circle of Fun Quezon Memorial Circle Wonder Wheel ride

Wonder Wheel ride, PHP 40/head

Circle of Fun Quezon Memorial Circle Dragon Coaster ride

Dragon Coaster ride

Circle of Fun Quezon Memorial Circle Bump Car

Bump Car, PHP 40/head

Circle of Fun Quezon Memorial Circle Frog Leap ride

Frog Leap ride, PHP 40/head

Circle of Fun Quezon Memorial Circle Rock n Roll ride

Rock n Roll ride, PHP 40/head

Circle of Fun Quezon Memorial Circle Flying Dino ride

Flying Dino ride, PHP 40/head

Circle of Fun Quezon Memorial Circle Star Wars ride

Star Wars ride, PHP 40/head

Circle of Fun Quezon Memorial Circle Water Ball ride

Water Ball ride, PHP 40/head

Circle of Fun Quezon Memorial Circle 4D World Rider

4D World Rider

Circle of Fun Quezon Memorial Circle Haunted Halls

Haunted Halls, PHP 40/head

 

          Circle of Fun requires a PHP 30 entrance fee. Open daily. Monday – Friday 3:30 p.m. onwards. Saturday, Sunday and Holidays 2:00 p.m. onwards.

Quezon Memorial Circle Circle of Fun admission rate

Circle of Fun Admission Rate

Quezon Memorial Circle Circle of Fun park schedule

Circle of Fun Operating Hours

 

E. Fitness Trail

There is a free fitness trail in Quezon Memorial Circle with a mixture of old and new exercise equipment, all in good working condition. As of my last count (Sept. 18, 2016), there are about 30 pieces of exercise equipment at the free fitness trail.  Don’t want to spend money on gym membership? Go to QMC Fitness Trail. Bonus: You get to breathe fresh air.

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F. Weekend Tiangge/Flea Market

There is a tiangge/flea market inside Quezon Memorial Circle during weekends. Usual merchandise at the tiangge include cheap shirts, blouses, dresses, shorts, leggings, shoes, sandals, slippers, bags, accessories and toys.

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Here are my finds last Sept. 18, 2016:

I was surprised to find some dresses with really good fabric and cute designs. This Hello Kitty tutu dress has a soft breathable cotton top. 🙂

Hello Kitty dress from Quezon Memorial Circle weekend tiangge. PHP 180.

Hello Kitty dress from Quezon Memorial Circle weekend tiangge. PHP 180.

I also bought this cute Sofia The First tutu dress which is made of the same soft and breathable material as the Hello Kitty dress. ?

Sofia The First dress from Quezon Memorial Circle weekend tiangge. PHP 180.

Sofia The First dress from Quezon Memorial Circle weekend tiangge. PHP 180.

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Sofia The First tutu dress: Quezon Memorial Circle weekend tiangge (flea market). PHP 180.

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Sofia The First tutu dress: Quezon Memorial Circle weekend tiangge (flea market). PHP 180.

The Quezon Memorial Circle weekend tiangge (flea market) is a good option for shopping especially for budget-conscious moms.  Just remember to:

1. Choose carefully.

Hidden among the substandard merchandise are some quality finds.

2. Haggle. 

The vendor originally asked for PHP 250 for one character dress. I eventually got the dresses for PHP 180 each. (My mother, who has mastered the art of bargaining, probably could have gotten the dresses for PHP 150 each or even lower.)

3. Watch your valuables (especially your children!).

Position your bag in front of you and hug it if you can. ALWAYS be physically in contact with your child. ALWAYS hold your child’s hand or carry your child. NEVER lose sight of your little one.

G. Plant Stalls

For your gardening needs, there is an area inside Quezon Menorial Circle lined with plant stalls. They sell ornamental plants, flowering plants, herbs, soil, fertilizer, pots, etc.

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Plant stalls inside QMC

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Some of the plants sold at LYHFRA GARDEN inside QMC.

H. Where To Eat In QMC

         Restaurants inside Quezon Memorial Circle include Serye Cafe Filipino, Max’s, Tropical Hut, Bacolod Chicken Inasal and Coconut House.

Serye Cafe Filipino

Serye Cafe Filipino is a nice restaurant that serves Filipino food. To know more about their menu, see their website here.

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Max’s Restaurant

There is a Max’s Restaurant inside Quezon Memorial Circle. They have kids meal, too.

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Tropical Hut

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Bacolod Chicken Inasal

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Coconut House

Coconut House uses coconut in every dish. Below are photos of Coconut House taken way back when Zuri was still a baby.

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Coconut House inside Quezon Memorial Circle

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Food at Coconut House Quezon Memorial Circle

Coconut House Quezon Memorial Circle food

Food at Coconut House Quezon Memorial Circle

Aside from these restaurants, there are many street food vendors inside QMC. Types of street food usually seen inside QMC include dirty ice cream (sorbetes), green mangoes with bagoong, santol, singkamas, taho, cotton candy and popcorn. There is also a Food Tiangge near Circle of Joy. Usual food sold at the Food Tiangge include grilled isaw, grilled hotdog, grilled squid, grilled fish, lugaw, goto, pancit, shawarma, gulaman, fruit shakes.

I. Other Attractions

         Also found inside Quezon Memorial Circle are the following: Joy of Urban Farming, a zip line, a museum and organic products for sale.

Parking fee inside QMC is PHP 15/car – fixed rate any day.

UPDATE AS OF SEPTEMBER 12, 2016:

           Though some areas have become a disappointment, Quezon Memorial Circle still has a lot to offer! See it with your kids and the whole family. It’s still worth a visit. ?

Thanks for reading! 🙂

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6 comments

  1. Lady madonna cato says:

    Hello po,ask q lng po pwede po bang magdala ng pagkaen jan kse po magbday anak q s jan.22 jan nmen cya icecelebrate..tnx fod the info..

    • kaytsingson@gmail.com says:

      Belated Happy Birthday to your child! I’m sorry for my late reply. I hope your child had a happy celebration. 🙂 Regarding the food, I see many people who bring food to the park. 🙂

  2. Ben says:

    I’m sure this is a weird question, but do you happen to know if the bike rental shop would let you rent out bikes if you don’t know how to ride one? I’m an adult and want to learn how to bike. I see this as a better option than learning out in the road. Did you see anyone trying to practice? Thanks

    • kaytsingson@gmail.com says:

      Hi Ben. 🙂 Don’t worry, your question is not weird at all. 🙂 They don’t ask whether one knows how to ride a bike or not, so I think there won’t be any problem regarding that. Yes, this seems like a safer option. However, please take note that the bicycle trail gets busy at certain times of the day and week (usually weekend afternoons) which might make it a bit daunting for someone who’s still learning. No, I have not seen anyone trying to practice.:) Good luck! 🙂

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