Easter Activities for Children

Holy week is almost here and as much as it is a time for reflection, it has become the best time for vacation and relaxation. And that is what my family will be doing this year. We are again opting for a staycation because long travel is not advisable for me at this stage (33 weeks pregnant). 
For this year though, I think my daughter is ready to take part in various Easter activities so I check out some of the Easter events at the mall. 

Araneta Center’s Hop, Up, and Away Easter Fair
Easter Sunday, March 31
Venue: Smart Araneta Coliseum’s Quadrant C Activity Area will be from 3:00PM – 7:00PM

The entire Araneta Coliseum Parking just outside the Smart Araneta Coliseum will be transformed into a fairytale Easter venue complete with balloons, giant Easter eggs, and more!
Entrance is free for everyone who wants to come into the fair grounds. To take part in some of the activities and get freebies, just show a P300 single or accumulated receipt purchase from March 15-31 before entering the fair grounds.!

You and your kids can also have your photos taken at the Easter display at Gateway Mall, Ali Mall, and Farmers Plaza from March 31 until April 15!

Fun in the Sun! Easter Party at Shangri-La Plaza
March 31, Sunday, 1:30 to 4 pm
Venue: Activity Center, EDSA corner Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City
Price: P500 (Registration is at the Shangri-La Plaza Administration Office at level 5 from Mondays to Saturdays, 11 am to 5:30 pm; inclusive of gift pack)
Activities: Egg hunt, games, shows, coloring activities, snacks
For inquiries and ticket reservations, call (02)370-2590 or (02)370-2597 or visit

A Mega Easter Village at SM Megamall
March 31, Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm
Venue: Event Center, EDSA corner Doña Julia Vargas Ave., Mandaluyong City
Price: To register, a single or accumulated receipt worth P800 (valid only if dated from March 24 to 31) from any SM Megamall store must be presented at the SM Event Center. The fee is inclusive of a loot bag, guest pass for two at the Mega Easter Village with the Sylvanian Families, free play at the Sylvanian Families game booths, one picture at the photo booth and more.
Activities: Egg hunt, bracelet making, meet and greet with the Sylvanian Families 
For inquiries and reservations, call (02)633-5042 or visit SM Megamall's Facebook page at
Egg-citing Easter Weekend at Fun Ranch
March 31, Sunday, 2 to 5 pm
Venue: Fun Ranch Ortigas, Frontera Verde Ortigas Avenue Corner C5, Pasig City
Price: P500 per child, inclusive of Ride All You Can ticket, snacks, food cart treats, loot bag, kiddie activities, Easter show and Easter egg hunt; and P250 per adult, inclusive of snacks, food cart treats, all activities and Easter show
For inquiries and reservations, call (02)706-3031.
Hoppy Hunt at the Rockwell Tent
March 31, Sunday, Time: 2 to 5 pm
Venue: Rockwell Tent, Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Drive Corner Estrella Street Rockwell Center, Makati
Price: P550 for one child plus one adult and P200 for one adult
Activities: Egg hunt, games, program, activities and more
For inquiries and reservations, call (02)898-1702 local 2016 or visit the Power Plant Mall Concierge Desk and Mall Admin Office.

Are You Joining Earth Hour this 2013?

The Earth hour this year will be this Saturday, March 23 at 8:30 pm. I always try to participate in this activity every year because it is an opportunity to do something worthy very easily. One hour in the dark is nothing if one thinks of all the energy that will be saved and the environmental awareness it will create. 

For this year, I want to strongly involve my young daughter in this activity. This year’s theme is going beyond the earth hour. It means supporting their campaign doesn’t stop after the hour of turning lights off. It is now a challenge to adopt a lifestyle that will be friendly to the mother earth.

I am responding to this challenge in my own little way by striving to do the following:
  • Recycling papers.
    Segregate our wastes.  
  • Try to lower our electricity bills.
  • Try to use cloth diapers for my second baby.
    Try indoor gardening
Come to think of it, all the earth –friendly ways I listed would actually be more beneficial for me. 

Summer Programs/Workshops for Kids 2013

For a while now, I have been busy looking for summer programs and workshops near our area. I think participating in workshops/activities is good way to maximize the summer breaks of children. Instead of watching TV or playing all day, children can widen their knowledge and interest with educational activities.

So here are some of the summer programs I have researched and currently considering for my nieces and daughter:

McDo Kiddie Crew Workshop
The registration for the McDo Kiddie Crew is ongoing until April 30, 2013 and I already registered my three nieces for this workshop. This is for kids 6 to 12 years old but the store manager I talked to said that they accept kids as young as 4 years old. Jollibee also has a program similar to this.

The workshop fee is very sulit because for only Php550, a child would get to have 5 consecutive days of 2-hour workshop. The fee includes workshop materials (T-shirt, cap, ID lace, bag, workshop materials, graduation certificate) and meal.
Workshop Schedules: April 1-5, April 8-12, April 15-19, April 22-26, April 29-May 3, May 6-10, May 13-17, May 20-24, May 27-31

Learn more about McDo Kiddie Crew here:

Museo Pambata's Art Workshops
Museo Pambata always has these fun educational events for kids but I have never been or taken my daughter or nieces to one because it is quite far from our place. They also have art workshops this summer but I don't think I can enroll my nieces here because of the location. Anyway for those who are interested, here are the art workshop schedules of Museo Pambata for summer 2013:

Museo Pambata's Arts Cool 2013
Enrollment starts February 11, 2013 and ends on April 3, 2013. Classes start on April 12, 2013.

Basic Visual Arts
For children aged 4 to 6 years
Fee: Php 4,500 for six (6) sessions
Dates and Time: April 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, and 25 from 9 AM to 12 noon
Facilitator: Hubert B. Fucio

Advanced Visual Arts
For children aged 7 to 12 years
Fee: Php 4,500 for six (6) sessions
Dates and Time: April 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, and 25 from 9 AM to 12 noon
Facilitator: Marc Vincent P. Cosico

Creative Writing
For children aged 12 to 18 years
Fee: Php 3,500 for four (4) sessions
Dates and Time: April 12, 16, 18, and 20 from 9 AM to 12 noon
Facilitator: Genaro Gojo Cruz

Creative Theater
For children aged 8 to 12 years
Fee: Php 4,500 for ten (10) sessions
Dates and Time: April 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 and 26 from 9 AM to 12 noon
Facilitator: Sipat Lawin Ensemble

Learn more about Museo Pambata's Arts Cool Programs 2013:

Bert Lozada Swimming School
I think knowing how to swim is an essential life skill. Aside from being an activity that can improve overall health, it can also instill discipline. So I am planning to enroll my daughter to a swimming program this summer and I am considering Bert Lozada swimming school. As indicated in their website (, they have swimming courses for all ages and a course usually includes 10 sessions. The fee (Php3000 to Php5000) varies per location. Their summer 2013 swimming programs starts on April 1. They can be contacted via (02)-563-5532.

Musikgarten Manila
I once enrolled my daughter for 4 sessions of their toddler music class and I find the teacher and all the staff very friendly. My daughter really enjoyed the music and activities. They also offer voice and instruments lessons and I want to enroll my daughter for a one-on one piano class. They are soon opening a branch in Robinsons Galleria.

You can learn more about their program here:

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