• Museo Pambata: The Philippines' Educational Playground (Part 1 of 2)

    Thinking of a place to bring the kids for the weekend? You shouldn’t miss Museo Pambata.
    by Julian Vorpal .
  • Family outings always end in the same destinations: the mall, the video arcade or the play land of a hamburger chain.  Here’s a fun alternative for you and your family that’s affordable, educational and different.

    A Museum just for Kids

    Museo Pambata is nestled beside the U.S. Embassy on Roxas Boulevard, on the grounds of the former Army Navy Club.  This museum, the first of its kind in the country, possesses interactive multimedia displays specifically targeted for kids.  In that way, every visitor goes home learning just a little bit more about science, culture, history or the arts. Founded in 1994 by philanthropist Estefania Aldaba-Lim, Museo Pambata was created as an alternative to existing museums that catered more to scholars and academics.  “In normal museums, all you can do is look at the exhibit pieces,” says Cindy Cruz-Balbin, the museum’s Traveling Exhibit Administrator.  “Here in Museo, children can touch the pieces, manipulate the exhibits, and learn something new.” 

    Touch and Feel: Educational Play

    Experiential learning is what visitors get at Museo Pambata.  Cranking up various gadgets to see how magnetism works, handling a replica of a traditional barong saya or trying to assemble the bones in a mockup skeleton are some of activities that lie in store at the museum.  Many of the exhibits are large and detailed enough to allow children and adults to explore them such as a miniature mockup of a cathedral, the environs of a rainforest or even the insides of the human body.  Certainly sounds more interesting than reading a boring old textbook about these things in school, huh?  Children and adults alike won’t realize that they’re actually getting educated.

    Traveling Museum

    Although Manila is home to the museum, Museo Pambata also does outreach programs through its traveling exhibits.  These exhibits focus on a theme such as the endangered rainforest situation or Philippine culture and art. The museum creates ways of opening children’s eyes to various social, ecological, scientific and medical issues on a basic level through multimedia and audiovisual displays.  The touring exhibits have traveled as far as Cebu and Iligan.
    Now, isn’t that better than taking the kids to the mall?

    Museum Details:

    Museo Pambata ng Maynila can be found on Roxas Blvd. Cor. South Drive, Metro Manila.  For inquiries, you can call 523-1797-98 or fax 522-1246.  Visit their website at www.museopambata.org or email them at mpfi@museopambata.org.

    Museum Hours:

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    Tuesday-Saturday

    8am-5pm (August to March)

    Lunch break: 12:30-1:30pm9am-5pm (April to July)

    Lunch break: 12-1pm

    Sunday 1pm-5pm
     
    Click here to learn more about what your kids can expect in Museo Pambata.

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