Its been four years already since I last visited Museo Pambata but the experience is still new every time I go to this place and definitely an exciting treat as well for my 11 year-old daughter.
Coinciding with the Social Media Day 2015 scheduled yesterday at Manila’s oldest children’s museum, the communications team of Museo Pambata headed by Ms. Chie Roman invited parent and lifestyle bloggers and their kids to come and visit the exhibitions inside the Museo Pambata.
Greeting us at the Old Manila exhibition area is Museo Pambata CEO and President Dr. Nina Lim-Yuson. Together with former DSWD Secretary Estefania Aldaba-Lim, they founded the very first hands-on or interactive children’s museum in Manila at the historic Elks Club Building at the corners of Roxas Boulevard and Kalaw in 1994.
Museo Pambata has received a Special Commendation in 2012 from the First Children’s Museum Award in Bologna, Italy for inspiring the creation of new children’s museum in the Philippines and Asia.
Today, Museo Pambata has a total of Seven (7) Theme Rooms plus other facilities to complete the interactive experience like its children’s library, gift shop, event halls, outdoor theatre, playground and ample parking space.
We arrived early so my daughter and I were able to go around the museum first before attending the special program prepared for us by the Museo Pambata communications and events team. We visited all the interactive theme rooms: Environment, Old Manila, Children In The Global Village, I love My Planet Earth, Career Options, Marketplace, and My Body Works.
Aside from the exhibitions, Museo Pambata has pioneered annual programs for various child-centered advocacies focused on the Rights of the Child, Literacy and Health Awareness. They also hold regular Travelling Exhibitions and a Mobile Library reading campaign for the economically disadvantaged and out-of-school youth of Manila.
The program started with a very special dance presentation from Bayanihan, The National Dance Company of the Philippines who performed a couple of the well-known Philippine folk dances like Manobo, Pasigin, Maglalatik, Subli and Tinikling. After seeing them perform live, I now believe that these group truly deserve the title that they were bestowed of. Check it out for yourself and view the performances video below.
The guests were also treated with a story-telling session. Story-Telling is one of the special programs of Museo Pambata. Volunteer storytellers share exciting stories at the museum from well-loved Filipino children’s books.
The program was concluded with a special Filipino lunch prepared for us by Museo Pambata. We were also treated with Carmen’s Best Artisinal Ice Cream’s soft served on cup. It was said that, Carmen’s Best is Pope Francis’ favorite dessert treat when he visited Manila last January.
Museo Pambata is open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 8am to 5pm (September to February); 9am to 12nn and 1pm to 5pm (March to August); Sundays at 1 to 5pm. General Admisssion is 150 Pesos (2 years old and above). Manila residents are FREE on Tuesdays and 50% Off on other days. Streetchildren, infants under 2, teaching staff, museum workers are FREE.
For inquiries GO to www.museopambata.org or CALL (632) 5231797 to 98 and (632) 5360595. LIKE them also on Facebook and FOLLOW them on Twitter and Instagram – @museopambata
The Museo Pambata is also now open for Party Packages like birthday, reunions, weddings, anniversaries, corporate events, and other occasions. Choose from different venues like their Multipurpose Hall (120-150 pax for 12,000 pesos), Karapatan Hall (100-120 pax for 15,000 pesos), Learning Room (180-200 pax for 20,000 pesos) and Outdoor (200-300 pax for 20,000). Package rates includes use of venue for 3 hours and museum tour good for 50 persons (except for outdoor venue).
This July, expect a fun-filled adventure at Museo Pambata with the following activities:
- PHSA Shadowplay (July 4)
- Museo Pambata Guide’s Corner 15th Year Anniversary Celebration (July 5)
- Paglaki Ko Gusto Kong Maging Farmer (Nutrition Month Celebration on July 11)
- Bayanihan and Storytelling Workshop with Kuya Bodjie (July 18)
- National Children’s Book Day Donate-A-Book (July 21)
- Mobile Library Anniversary Celebration (July 25)
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