Friday, November 12, 2010

Museo Pambata

Back in Singapore, Le Misch and I would always have something interesting to do or place to visit at least once a week. We didn't enroll her in fancy smancy baby classes which hubby and I felt were a little too overpriced. I just made sure that we do something stimulating and special as often as we could. We go grocery shopping, cook, bake, do the laundry, clean the house, ride buses and trains, swim, run errands-- all these and more we did together. And if these aren't stimulating enough, we go to play dates, the zoo, Universal Studios, museums, Botanic Gardens, Go Go Bambini, ION (oops- danger zone), and a whole lot of other places-- kid friendly or not, we take her. The world is her classroom. There is so much to learn and absorb. And I am fortunate enough to be her classmate.

That was in Singapore. In Manila, it's a totally different story. My 'doing something special and stimulating at least once a week' is challenged. I feel sorry for Le Misch and myself too! It's so easy to get caught up with things that come with living in Manic Manila, that we often forget to stop and smell the roses... yes there are roses to smell in Manila and one of which is Museo Pambata!

I was glad that my good friend Inah, a preschool teacher turned curriculum directress, and her lovely daughter Chloe, introduced me and Le Misch to this place. It is the closest we have to a children's discovery museum and I love the fact that it promotes Filipino culture, children advocacies, and creative educational programs.

Needless to say, the girls had a whale of fun and so did the mums!

For Php 100 (USD 2), how can you go wrong? For that measly amount, our daughters had a grand time exploring the different theme rooms. My favorites were the Old Manila and the Illustrator's Corner. Mischka's were the Market Place, Body Works, and Science Room. Well at least, that's what I think she enjoyed the most, apart from Manang Chloe's company, of course.

I don't know how long this place has been around but if you haven't already been here and you have kids, it's about time you take them for an alternative to classroom learning and ubiquitous malling.

Museo Pambata
Roxas Boulevard corner South Drive
Manila, Philippines 1000
Telephone: (632) 523.1797 to 98, 536-0595
(632) 522.1246


  1. i totally agree with you miks...we must expose our kids to places like these ALL the time...i feel saddened that my seven-year old doesn't know what is 'piko' and how to play it...

  2. i know! they're all caught up with fancy toys and technology. Not that it's bad. But what we used to do before were pretty stimulating as well. Jackstone, piko, chinese garter... you should teach your daughter those :)