“Enjoy while learning at Museo Pambata…”
The Museo Pambata (Children’s Museum) is a popular destination of many students and teachers. It is a child-oriented gallery in Manila showcasing a wide array of educational stuff to pupils which makes it a perfect choice for educational tour. Finding the museum is never a challenge as it can be found at the former Elks Club Building just right beside the U.S. Embassy.
Founded by Estafania Aldaba-Lim in 1911, the museum is considered as the first hands-on discovery museum in the Philippines that is specifically meant for children. Among its attractions are the eight themed rooms, such as the Old Manila, Global Village, Pamilihang Bayan (Town Market), Career Options Room, Kalikasan (Nature), BodyWorks, Arts and Crafts Room and the Science thru Discovery Room. Each room is decorated based on its theme. Hence, kids will be able to explore and learn the subject depicted in every room.
In addition to the themed rooms, the musuem also houses different performances from talented artists including the Alitaptap Storytellers (all Saturdays at 10 AM), Anino Shadow Play Collective (every 1st Saturdays at 10 AM) and the Bayanihan National Folk Dance Company (every 3rd Saturdays at 10 AM).
The musuem has regular programs for children visitors which include:
- Haraya Storytelling Hour – every Saturday, 10 AM
Exciting stories from popular Filipino children’s book are shared.
- Recycling is Fun! – every 2nd Wednesday, 10 AM
Kids will learn simple ways to turn scarps and wastes into art pieces.
- Paglaki ko, Gusto Kong Maging… (When I grow up,I want to be…)- every 4th Wednesday, 10 AM
At early age, children can get ideas on what career to choose when they grow up.
- The Dentist Is In – every last Friday of the month, 10 AM
Philippine Dental Association (PDA) shares some tips on how maintain healthy teeth and good oral hygiene
- Museu Pambata presents… the Manila Dance Kids! – every 2nd Saturday, 10 AM
Children can watch and dance along with Manila Dance Center scholars. Each performance is followed by a dancing session.
- Ang Bayanihan sa Museo (Helping Hand at the Museum) – every 3rd Saturday, 10 AM
The Philippine National Folk Dance Company performs lively and colorful dances
- Health and Wellness for Kids – every 3rd Saturday, 2 PM
Different activities regarding health and wellness for children
- Book on the Spot! – every last Saturday, 10 AM
It’s a meet and greet session with favorite Filipino children’s book authors and illustrators.
- Maghabi at Matuto (Learn how to Weave) – every last Saturday, 2 PM
A class about weaving is carried out by Angel Carbonilla, a deaf Saori weaver. Hence, children will learn how to weave at the same time learn the basic sign language.
- Museo Pambata Guides Corner – every 2nd and 4th Sundays, 2 PM
Free arts and crafts demostrations.