I joined my son in his field trip in this one-of-a-kind museum and was amazed since unlike traditional museums where facts and artifacts are displayed behind glass shelves only to be admired but not touched, Museo Pambata features hands-on exhibits that encourage children to explore and discover various concepts while they play.
Not only are the kids happy but the parents are sure to laugh about the body manikin that shows the different sounds it can make, like the nose that sneezes. There is a long tunnel representing the intestine that your kids will love, not to mention the big mouth they have to enter first. My son enjoyed putting the big brain puzzle pieces together. These are included in Katawan Ko (Body Works) theme area. I’m not even sure what theme area I liked the most since I enjoyed every one of them. There is the Kalikasan (Environment) theme area where you can go nature-tripping in a simulated rainforest and seabed. You’ll also see how a sewer full of garbage looks like and be inspired to take positive action to preserve Mother Nature. Another one is Maynila noon/old Manila where you can take a whimsical journey back to turn-of-the-century Manila. My son and his classmates joyfully rode a tranvia and even saw a Spanish galleon! They went inside a miniature cathedral and bahay na bato (stonehouse). The next one is Paglaki Ko (Career) which allows the kids to discover infinite possibilities of what they would like to be when they grow up. Last but not the least is the Marketplace theme area where the kids pretended to shop in a row of play stores and even eat at the local karinderya.
Museo Pambata is located at the former Elks Club Building on Roxas Boulevard corner South Drive, Manila. They are open every Tuesday – Saturday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (August to March), 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (April to July) and on Sunday 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM. You can visit their website at www.museopambata.org.
Make sure to prepare for a whole day of fun and at the same time answering a ton of questions from your child for only P100 per child/adult. Enjoy!
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