One Saturday morning found Cayla, my youngest, and me back at Museo Pambata in Manila for a Bloggers’ Event I was invited to. Thank you for having me, Ms. Chie and Ms. Jiana!
I love how her face lighted up upon entering the museum. She couldn’t wait to start exploring again! Truly, it’s a big playground.
One area that was closed when we visited the first time was the Aklatang Pambata or Children’s Library. It’s bright and cheerful. It’s colorful and welcoming! I wanted to go there again one day, by myself, to sit down and read all day. Even if the books were for children. Haha!
A few minutes later, we were led to the Old Manila exhibit area for a storytelling in Filipino, a short lesson on Filipino musical instruments and a dance presentation by the Bayanihan, The National Dance Company of the Philippines. These were some of the fun ways to learn more about our country’s rich culture.
The members of the Bayanihan donned such beautiful costumes and their performance really brings out the best of the country’s cultural dances! The music was also lively. They invited some children to dance with them and learn some moves, especially while dancing the Tinikling.
Visiting a museum only once wasn’t enough. There are more to discover, some that I have missed before, some that are worth the second look. Mostly, I follow Cayla’s lead as to where to go next.
Did you know that Museo Pambata is the first hands-on children’s interactive museum in the Philippines? It was founded in 1993 and its vision “is to be a children’s discovery museum and resource center promoting Filipino culture, children’s advocacies and creative educational programs with linkages to global communities.”
Cultivate Children’s Creativity & Cultural Awareness at Museo Pambata
Children’s creativity and cultural awareness can be cultivated by going through the museum’s theme rooms. There are seven:
- Maynila Noon/Old Manila
- Bata sa Mundo/Children in the Global Village
- I love my planet Earth
- Katawan Ko/My Body Works
- Paglaki Ko/Career Options, and
- Pamilihang Bayan/Marketplace
Kids can play pretend with costumes and props, miniature vehicles, church and house, learn about the environment and saving the planet in an interesting way, solve puzzles, marvel at dolls wearing different costumes, read various books.
Aside from the interactive exhibits where children can learn through their various senses, kids can also participate in Museo Pambata‘s activities designed to educate, entertain and develop the creativity of their young visitors. These include:
- Haraya Storytelling Hour – volunteer storytellers share exciting stories from well-loved Filipino children’s books
- Paglaki Ko, Gusto Kong Maging… (When I Grow Up, I Want To Be…) – a talk by successful career men and women
- Ang Bayanihan Sa Museo – Bayanihan is the Philippine National Folk Dance Company
- PHSA Shadowplay @ Museo – a puppet show bringing shadows to life
- Musikahan sa Museo – listen to classical music pieces and chorale ensembles
- Museo Pambata Guides’ Corner – arts and crafts demonstrations using recyclable materials
- From Page To Stage – take part in a theatrical performance as the Sipat Lawin Ensemble retell various Filipino children’s stories through theater
Now, we have more exciting reasons to visit Museo Pambata!
If you and your family have no idea what to do during the weekends, I suggest you visit Museo Pambata.
It is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 9 AM to 5 PM (March to August) and Sundays, 1 PM to 5 PM. It’s closed on Mondays and holidays.
Good news for Manila residents with valid ID! You can go in for free every Tuesday and you get 50% off on other days. Isn’t that wonderful?
My eldest kid’s birthday is coming up. If we hadn’t already booked at the play place in Podium, I would seriously consider Museo Pambata‘s party packages. It would be a nice alternative to the usual party programs in popular fastfood chains, no?
For more information about the activities, schedules and party packages, please head over to the Museo Pambata Facebook page.