Sure, there's always the beach or the pool to retreat to during the hot summer months, but why not try to join these family-friendly festival for a change? It will not only be an opportunity for a number of teaching moments, but can also give the whole family joyful memories.
Here are our bets this year:
1. Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival March 4-6 and March 24-27 at Puerto Galera
Families and kids have always been part of the yearly music and arts fest. This year's Malasimbo Festival, however, has upped its offerings for family and kids to include a playground! The 800-square-meter playground, which is constructed mostly from bamboo, and features rope ladders, swings, seesaws, bridges, and sandboxes, was built in consultation with Waldorf School designer Jun Piedad and teacher Luisa Jimenez. There will also be kid-friendly workshops such as wet-on-wet painting, singing, and other creative activities such as juggling, diabolo, and poi.
2. Strawberry Festival March 18 at La Trinidad, Benguet
The month-long celebration has already started and will end in a culminating activity next month. With this year's theme "Sowing the Seeds of Meaningful Friendship," the festival features everything from Benguet's famous strawberries and other temperate veggies and fruits in season. It will also feature the beautiful blooms of the region. If you love everything strawberry, from the fruit to its other incarnations such as strawberry taho, jam, etc, this is the best time to introduce your kiddo to it.
3. Lubao International Balloon Festival April 12 to 17 at Pradera Verde, Prado Siongco, Lubao, Pampanga
If you missed the Philippine Hot Air Balloon Festival, this is your chance to witness one of the biggest festivals in Southeast Asia. Now on its third year, the Lubao Hot Air Balloon Festival will feature more than 50 hot air balloons, including special-shaped balloons such as Darth Vader, Yoda, Humpty Dumpty to name a few. Aside from the balloons, there will be motor paragliding shows, kite flying activity, camel riding and bird feeding, ATV riding, magic show, paintball exhibition, wall climbing and zip line activities perfect for the whole family.
4. PAHIYAS Festival May 15 at Lucban, Sariaya, Tayabas and other towns of Quezon
The annual festival celebrated in honor of San Isidro Labrador, the patron saint of farmers, peasants, laborers is celebrated to give thanks to a bountiful harvest. It is well celebrated in Lucban, where the most extravagant preparations and activities happen. If you have family or friends in the area, it would be easier to bring the kids to let them witness the Filipinos' creativity and hospitality.
5. Slidefest Summer 2016 Visit Slidefest.com.ph for upcoming schedule
Are you or your family a fan of slides? Then this is the event for you. Imagine you're on a floater and you're sliding on a 1,000-feet slope. Think wet, wild, but wholesome. Aside from the normal slide, there's also a foam slide, inflatables, a maze, and more!