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  • Family Weekender Guide: Things to Do on August 26 to 28

    Come to Smart Parenting's Baby Shower, learn how to earn from home, spend a day with books, shop and more!
    by Jillianne E. Castillo .
  • Join Smart Parenting’s Baby Shower

    We’re hosting another baby shower! Join us and other preggy moms for a day all about you and your soon-to-come little one. There will be informative talks from experts about your birthing options and first aid for babies, a lamaze session, a pre-natal yoga session, relaxing arts and crafts activities, lots of games and freebies, and loads more. The event is happening this Sunday, August 28, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Discovery Suites, Ortigas City. Participation is free. Register here

    Make watercolor art


    Got an artistic child? Nurture her creative side and register her at Ayala Museum's Watercolor Workshop for Kids. She'll learn how to mix and use watercolor paint to create her own doodles of animal and people. The event is for children ages 7 to 12, happening this Sunday, August 28, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ayala Museum, Makati City. Participation fee is P4,000. To register, call 759-8288 loc. 23/35 or email education@ayalamuseum.org.  

    Learn how to start a home-based career

    Thinking of becoming a work-at-home parent? Learn how from Jane Maghanoy, a virtual assistant, entrepreneur and work-at-home-mom coach, and Janice Sabitsana, COO of Manila Workshops, at the Home-Based Career 101 workshop. The class will focus on how participants can become a virtual assistant, earn from a blog, start a home-based business and build a passive income. The event is happening this Saturday, August 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ortigas Foundation Library, Pasig. Participation fee is P2,500. To register, visit manilaworkshops.com.

    Attend a workshop for parents of special needs children

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    The Parenting Emporium, with Guru Firm, is offering a workshop for parents of children with special needs called A Special Session for Special Parents. Lois Jamero, chair of the University of the Philippines' Department of Family Life and Child Development, will give an introductory class on understanding special needs children. Afterwards, a support group meeting will be held at the same venue. The event is happening on Saturday, August 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at The Parenting Emporium, Quezon City. Participation is free. To register, call 0917-811-0821. 

    Have a staycation 


    Discovery Suites Ortigas is offering up a deal that’s hard to resist. Their Weekend Getaway Package starts at P4,800 and is inclusive of breakfast buffets, access to the hotel gym, swimming pool, and the Kiddie Romp Room (which will host activities for kids at 4 p.m.). Plus, just before bed, they’ll be screening movies for guests at their function rooms. The deal is available for Saturday stays and will run until October 22. Discovery Suites Ortigas is located at 25 ADB Avenue Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Call (02) 719-8888 or visit www.discoverysuites.com for details.  

    Go out of town this long weekend!

    There is nothing more satisfying than sipping a bowl of hot soup on a rainy day. Enjoy them at Taal Vista this long weekend! Try Executive Chef Alessio's sweet purple potato with parmesan cream and smoke fish, roasted bell pepper with crumbled blue cheese and green peas ginger with garlic prawns (pictured above), to name a few -- truly what comfort food is all about. Taal Vista Hotel is located along Kilometer 60, Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay City. Call 0917 8225 or (046) 413 1000 to reserve,  or visit www.taalvistahotel.com or their Facebook page


    Earn from your hobbies

    Turn your passion into something that also earns money for you and your family. Join The Parenting Emporium's Hobbies to Business workshop with speaker Marge Aberasturi, a virtual assistant, entrepreneur and mom. You'll be guided on how to turn a hobby into an income-generating business. The event is happening this Saturday, August 27, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at The Parenting Emporium, Quezon City. Participation fee is P1,200. To register, call 0917-811-0821.  

    Enjoy a weekend all about books


    Love books? The Philippine Readers & Writers Festival 2016 is happening this weekend! Attend three days of book signings, discussions, and panels about books, literature, and culture from top Filipino writers and artists. Catch it from August 26 to 28 at Raffles Makati. You don't want to miss Anvil Publishing's “Picture Poetry: Writing and Illustrating Children’s Poetry” and Adarna House's “Writing for Children.” See the full schedule of events here. Admission is free.  

    Feast on fine food

    Eat out! Tapenade is offering a Mediterranean Family Feast with dishes served only on weekends. There will be a generous selection of Mediterranean dishes, a U.S. ribeye carving station, a selection of pizzas, paellas, an overflowing dessert bar, a variety of juices and access to their famous Tapenade Salad Room. Tapanade is located at Discovery Primea Hotel, Ayala Avenue, Makati. Visit www.discoveryprimea.com for details.

    Shop at a local fair


    Discover export-quality, proudly Philippine-made finds this weekend at the Maarte Fair! The maarte in you will find joy in looking through handmade apparel and accessories, home items and more. The Maarte Fair is happening this weekend, August 26 to 28 at 8 Rockwell, Rockwell Drive, Makati.

    Get airline tickets for cheap

    Planning a family vacation? You wouldn't want to miss this. Philippine Airlines, with Citibank, is having a Seat Sale! Enjoy up to 50% off on Philippine Airlines flight tickets to domestic destinations when you purchase with a Citi Card. Travel period is between September 15, 2016 and June 30, 2017. The sale runs from August 15 to 31. For more info and to book a flight, call 855-9999. 

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