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  • Family Weekender Guide: Things to Do on February 9 to 11

    There are lots to do in Metro Manila this weekend. Take advantage!
    by Jillianne E. Castillo .
  • See hot air balloons and more flying spectacles 

    It's that time of the year again! The Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is happening this weekend, Feb. 8 to 11 at the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga. Look towards the sky and marvel at hot air balloons, paragliders, skydivers, dancing kites, radio-controlled aircrafts and other aerial spectacles. On the grounds, there will be an archery area, a place for flying kites, a mini petting zoo, food stalls, and more. Tickets are at P500 which you can get here.   

    Head to the new The Dessert Museum

    The Dessert Museum at Conrad Hotel Manila in Pasay is finally opening this Saturday, February 10! The Dessert Museum is an interactive experience where guests will be taken through 8 mouthwatering rooms dedicated to sweets like ice cream, marshmallows and doughnuts. As you move along the tour, you'll get to sample the desserts too! It's very Instagram-worthy too so, if you're going, be sure your phone is fully charged. Walk-in rates are at P799. See more of the scrumptious museum here!

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    Shop for lots and lots of books

    National Book Store is having its first-ever Book Binge Bazaar and all bookworms, young and old, are invited! Happening from Feb. 9 to 11 at the Megatrade Hall 3 in SM Megamall, Mandaluyong, imported books priced at P75, P175, and P275 will be up for grabs. Admission is free!  

    Head to a travel fair

    Plan out your next family summer escapade with the help of dropdown deals in airfare, hotels and resorts, tour packages, and more at the Travel Tour Expo 2018 happening on Feb. 9 to 11 at the SMX Convention Center Manila, Pasay. Participating airlines include Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Air Asia, Korean Air, and more. Participating theme parks include Zoobic Safari, Tree Top Adventure Philippines, Manila Ocean Park, and more. Find a full list over at the event's Facebook page.  

    Bring baby to a baby buffet

    Just started on solids? Bring baby along to the Baby Buffet happening this Friday, February 9, at The Parenting Emporium, Quezon City. Learn tips on what and how to feed your little one at this fun gathering of new moms and babies! Topics also include nutrition, reading baby's cues, choosing feeding accessories, and more. For rates and registrations, call 0917-811-0821.  

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    Spend me-time learning a new relaxing hobby

    For moms on the crafty side, there's going to be a Make Your Own Dish Garden workshop on Saturday, February 10, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the U.P. Centennial Building, U.P. Diliman, Quezon City. Here you'll learn about the basics of plant care and then move onto the fundamentals of designing potted gardens. Everything you'll need will be provided and you'll get to take home your creation too. Learning fee is P1,800. Register here.  

    Spend me-time at a beauty bootcamp

    Up for something that's just for you, mom? Head to Beauty Confidential happening on Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Glorietta Acitvity Center, Makati. It's going to be a beauty bootcamp where experts and beauty enthusiasts spill their self-care secrets. Choose from two of the six workshops on offer including ones on skin care, makeup, healing oils, and more. Every ticket gets a pass to the Glam Gallery featuring lots of beauty products and a goodie bag worth P2,000. Tickets are at P1,250 which you can get here.  

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    Eat out and have unli-steak

    Early Valentine's Day date with the hubby? Here's an idea: unlimited steak. Cru Steakhouse in Marriott Manila is offering Unlimited Steaks starting February 4. Find a table at the restaurant from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on a Sunday and expect a full-course lunch experience comprising of U.S. Certified Angus Roast Beef with two side dishes, soup and salad, and a apple pie for dessert priced at P1,300. 

    Shop for a maleta

    Sumeer is a couple of months away. Are you ready? Find your go-to family luggage at The SM Store's Luggage Sale where they're offering up to 50% off on selected items. It's happening now until February 28

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