Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Kid Friendly Places To Go In The Metro: The Museo Pambata

     A few months before, Jim and I talked about bringing River to the Museo Pambata. Last Sunday we finally decided to go since traffic was very light. It was fairly easy to look for the place because it was very near Ocean Park.

     To be honest, i had very low expectations because the place looked old. But i have to admit, i was pleasantly surprised.

     Upon entry you have to pay a fee of Php250 per person. Children under two get in for free. Manila residents get 50% off when they show proof of residency. They can also get in for free on Tuesdays. Teachers also have special discounts.

     There are two floors. On the first floor are three rooms plus a little Herb Garden. On the second floor are four rooms.  Each room has a different theme.

     The first room is Old Manila.
The floor looked like the streets of Intramuros..

Senorita River :)

Jim showing River a Calesa sans the horse.

Bahay na Bato. 

Miniature cathedral

Meralco Tranvia

     There was also a galleon ship which you can board and an array of spices that your kid can sniff.

     The second room is the Environment Room.

I have no idea what they're looking at.

Listening to the sound of the Ocean..
     There was also a Mangrove forest, a Seashell and Seaweed Display and Information on how to help take care of our Seas and Ocean.

Fascinated by the insect display and not even paying attention to the giant ants!

An Albularyo's clinic :)

River and a Bahay Kubo (plus all the vegetables from the song!)

The Eagle and it's nest.

Which has a swing on the side. 

Simulated Rainforest

The outdoor Herbal Garden

     This area also had a display about Rice and Rice Farming.

     The third one is the Global Village area. Here you can see dolls, food, costumes and musical instruments from other countries.

One of the many doll displays.

     The first room on the second floor is the My Body Works area.

You can enter thru this giant mouth which  leads to a tunnel maze.
Different parts of the body and their functions.
Yes, you can actually pull the red rope and see how long.

Display of different dishes from around the Philippines

A rock climbing area

     There was also another area where you can take photos of your shadow.

     The fifth "room" was the Market Place. This looks somewhat like  Kidzoona or even Kidzania. Kids can play and pretend to sell or shop in different stalls.

Bili na kayo Suki!!

The Row Of Shops

With a Fire Station too!

    At the end of the room is a Reading Area. It was closed when we went there but it looked like a very cheerful place from what we could see.

Too bad it was closed..

     The sixth room is called I Love My Planet Earth. There were exhibits and displays about how we can help save the environment. I wasn't able to take lots of photos in this room because Hunter was fussy.

River on the Bamboo bike

Go Jim, go!
     The last area was about Career Options. They are currently featuring Authors and Illustrators of Children's books.

Jim and River personalizing their comic book character :)

     The Museum also has a Playground, a Gift Shop and an Outdoor Theater.

     Overall, it was a fun afternoon of learning and exploring.  You can find directions as well as other information about the Museum on their website :) Please do visit when you get the chance.

You may contact them at (copied from their website):

Contact Information

Museo Pambata Foundation, Inc.
Roxas Boulevard corner South Drive
Manila, Philippines

Tel: (632) 523-1797/98, 536-0595
Fax: (632) 522-1246
Mobile: +63 918-382-2212 (for Booking and Reservations only)

Booking Hours are from Monday to Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM (also office hours).

To contact a certain department, please call 523-1797/98 and when prompted, press the number of the department you wish to contact.
101-102 Marketing (direct line: 536-0595)
103 Programs
104 Accounting
105 Communications
107 Exhibits
108 Administration
109 Library/Volunteer Program 

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