Read First: What to do this Holy Week if you are in Manila (part 1)

Too Broke to Travel? 
What to do for fun in Manila (continuation)
 Working MOM Magazine April Issue 
 by Anton Diaz (blog version 🙂
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Hop from one Children’s Book Store to the next

One of the favorite pastimes of kids is reading books. With the resurgence of Filipino children’s stories, our children are now exposed to more relevant and nationalistic themes.

Instead of watching TV, reading books is a bonding and interactive experience that your kids would rave about throughout their childhood.

Our favorite bookstore-hopping itinerary is to go from Fully Booked’s Children’s section in Bonifacio High Street, then on to A Different Bookstore in Serendra, and finally buy second-hand books in Pick a Book in Market Market.

Along the way, your children can enjoy the different interactive art displays in Bonifacio High Street or the center fountains in Serendra and Market Market. Stopping by for a frozen yogurt in Hobbes and Landes or creating your own cupcake in Martha’s is a bonus you can give your kids.

Investigate Everyday Wonders

You can ask your child what they want to explore with you during the long holidays in Manila.

If they want to know more about the sea, you can go to Manila Ocean Park at the back of Quirino Grandstand to watch the sharks and other fishes you can only see in the Philippines.

If they want to explore the sky, visit the Philippine Air Force Aerospace Museum near NAIA Terminal 3 to check out the helicopter and planes up close. After the museum visit, hang out in the Heritage Park in the Fort Bonifacio area during sunset to catch the landing of the planes.

If they want to learn more about our Filipino Heritage, drop by Museo Pambata to familiarize them with our heroes, our own musical instruments, the Filipino community, and to know what Manila was like before World War 2.

If they want to investigate how things work, head to the SM Discovery Center to enjoy and learn from their interactive science exhibits and high-tech displays.

If they want to interact with animals, bring them to the Kinder Zoo in Manila Zoo or the Avilon Zoo near Fun Ranch in Tiendesitas. Both places offer up-close interaction and loving appreciation of dogs, birds, horses, turtles, and even orangutans.

Appreciate Art in Manila

Exposing our children to art at an early age will develop their eye for beauty and self-expression. They will start to celebrate their own uniqueness and Filipino heritage. One way to encourage the appreciation of art is to visit art galleries. While there, ask your kids what they think about a particular painting or sculpture.

Another place to visit would be Pablo and other art galleries in Cubao Expo. Just by walking around the area, you’ll get a visual feast through the art of aspiring artists.

You can also go on a self-paced tour of the National Museum of the Filipino People and the National Gallery of Art. View the works of our National Artists and introduce your children to the original gigantic painting of the Spoliarium by Juan Luna.

I always look forward to long weekends and holidays in Manila. It’s a great time to take that opportunity to foster love for this city and love for the Philippines in my children. I highly recommend that you don’t stay indoors for the holidays – or else you’ll miss a lot! 

Live an Awesome Life,  

Text and Photos by Anton Diaz. Copyright 2009. 

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