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  • Family Weekender Guide: Things to Do on December 11 to 13

  • Go to a children’s fair

    There will loads of activities and things to do at the Manila Children's Festival, with its co-located events The Manila Children's Book Fair and Superkids 2015, this year. Look forward to film showings, storytelling, seminars, book signings, cooking demos, fasion shows and even a karaoke competition. 

    The event is happening from Dec. 11 to 13, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Megatrade Hall 3 at SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City. Admission is free. For more info, visit the Manila Children's Festival Facebook page.

    Share your parenting skills with other kids


    Spend an afternoon with the country's most promising young leaders at Taym Pers: A Christmas Afternoon for Kids. You will be having fun with 60 students from Sto. Cristo Elementary School as you play games, dance to catchy tunes and enjoy other delights. The event is happening this Sunday, Dec. 13, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the University of the Philippines, Quezon City. For more info, contact 0915-484-7170 or email altans.ph@gmail.com.

    Shop for everything-parenting

    The Parenting Emporium is having all the brands they sell on sale at their The Giving Pop Up Sale. Seve's Mom, Bebe Dom, Com Flor and The Honest Co. are just a few of the many brands they have. 

    To get admission to the event, all you have to do is bring a book or toy for donation. The event is happening this Saturday, Dec. 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Parenting Emporium, Quezon City. For more details, visit The Parenting Emporium Facebook Page. For inquiries and to register, contact 0917-811-0821.

    Donate toys while having fun

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    Kids can give the gift of happiness this Christmas season at Nickelodeon's SHARElebration. In partnership with the Philippine Toy Library, Nickelodeon invites kids to donate toys, new or pre-loved, to help build play corners in underprivileged areas in the Metro. Each kid who donates gets a chance to step inside the Box of Goodies where they can pick a prize. 

    There will also be a program at the event with loads of games, shows and activities. The event is happening this Saturday, Dec. 12, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Robinsons Place Manila Midtown Atrium. Entrance is free. 

    Watch a show


    Tanghalang Pilipino showcases Layeta Bucoy’s Prinsipe Munti – an adaptation of the beloved children’s book, “Le Petit Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. If you’ve watched the animated film showing in theaters now and you and your family can’t get enough of the story, see this show. It’s got live actors, puppets and shadow play all in one. 

    Shows run from Dec. 9 to 13 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Pasay City. Ticket prices start at P1000. For the full show schedule and ticket reservations, visit Ticketworld.com.ph.

    Watch a play

    Witness a classic come to life at the musical stage production of The Secret Garden by the Repertory Philippines. Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, the story revolves around the lives of two abandoned youngsters Mary Lennox and Colin Craven who, through the power of love, begin to transform their spoiled and selfish ways for the better.

    The show runs until Dec. 30, with a staging this weekend, Dec. 12 and 13, 8 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. respectively, at the Onstage Theatre, Greenbelt Mall 1, Makati City. Ticket prices start at P500. For more details and inquiries, call Repertory Philippines at 843-3570. For tickets, contact TicketWorld at 891-9999 or visit Ticketworld.com.ph

    Watch another play


    Love children’s tales? Bit by Bit Company presents Children’s Plays for Adults, a twin bill of Si Maria Isabella at ang Guryon ng mga Tala. The first tells the story of a young girl who, wanting to become a star in the sky, embarks on a 60-year quest to build a large kite to help fulfill her goal. The second follows three characters who try to understand why they are the way they are by revisiting their childhood, specifically the games they had played among themselves.

    Shows run until Dec. 20, with a staging this weekend, Dec. 12 and 13 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Power Mac Center Spotlight, Circuit Lane, Circuit Makati, Makati City. Ticket prices start at P800. For tickets, visit Ticketworld.com.ph.

    Buy presents at a Christmas bazaar


    Shop at a Christmas Bazaar! Organized by Ateneo de Manila University, Santa's Attic: A Christmas Bazaar will feature apparel, arts and crafts merchandize, and delectable food and drink. There will also be choir and student performances to serenade and entertain shoppers.

    The event is happening this Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 12 and 13, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Glorietta 5, Makati City.

    Buy even more presents at a Christmas Bazaar

    Come to Pasko ng Sining, a special holiday bazaar organized by the Ayala Museum featuring one-of-a-kind products and artisanal gifts from Balay ni Atong, Casa Mercedes, Natalya Lagdameo and more. The event is happening until this Sunday, Dec. 13, at the Ayala Museum, Makati City.

    Finish off your Christmas list at a Christmas Bazaar


    Shop some more at the Christmas Village Fair. They will be featuring handcrafted items, recycled art, fashion pieces, as well as food. There will even be a few activities for visitors. 

    The event is happening this Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 12 and 13, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at The Vantage, Kapitolyo, Pasig City.

    Buy shoes for the whole family

    TOMS is having a Thanksgiving Sale! Items will be up to 50% off in all TOMS stores until Dec. 31, 2015.

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