I think most parents will agree with me when I say that probably one of the most memorable experiences back in preschool and elementary was going on field trips to zoos, parks, historical landmarks, and what-have-you. These educational trips were always all the more fun because you were in the company of classmates and dear friends. It’s always an enriching encounter to visit new places for the first time.
Having your own children now gives you the opportunity and the privilege to share the same wealth of knowledge - especially on history, arts and culture - to your little ones.
Rather than taking the usual trip to the mall, you might want to rediscover these educational gems by bringing them to these museums around the metro.
Address: E-Com Bldg., Riverbanks Center, Barangka, Marikina City
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Mondays to Saturdays)
Entrance Fee: P100
What to check out: Over 100 interactive exhibits in 11 galleries, featuring space crafts, telescopes, earthquake simulator, Wonder House (warps your sense of balance), Van de Graaff generator, gyroscope, etc.
Landline: 942-5136 / 942-5091
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: Kaisa-Angelo King Heritage Center, #32 Anda cor. Cabildo Streets, Intramuros, City of Manila
Hours: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Tuesdays to Sundays); closed on Mondays
Entrance Fee: P100 for adults and P60 for students
What to check out: Dioramas depicting the life of early Chinese settlers in the Philippines, the flourishing of Filipino-Chinese relations and trade, galleries of rare prints and photographs of Binondo, a rare Philippine shell collection and more.
Address: J.P. Rizal St., Barangay San Roque, Marikina City
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Mondays to Sundays), closed on holidays
Entrance Fee: P50 What to check out: Showcases the extensive shoe collection of former First Lady Imelda Marcos (part of the famed 3,000 collection) and other noted personalities, traditional footwear from different countries, etc.
Landline: 646-2360 local 207 or 208 (Marikina Cultural, Tourism, Trade and Investment Promotions Office (MCTTIPO)
What to check out: Papier mache higantes figures and masks, artworks of Perdigon Vocalan (man behind the famed Higantes festival of Angono), wood sculptures, furniture, paintings by Botong Francisco, etc.
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9. CCP Contemporary Art Museum of the Philippines
Address: CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City
Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Tuesdays to Sundays)
Entrance Fee: P40 for adults and P20 for students and children
What to check out: Exhibits on different artistic traditions