One day, we decided to do away from malls for a change. We were thinking of going to open parks, but, we thought that it might be too hot to walk around, especially in the afternoon.
Then, we thought of Museo Pambata.
Museo Pambata literally is a museum for children. Yet, adults could also learn a thing or two in this place.
Admission fee is 250 pesos per head, starting from kids 2 years old and above. If you are a Manila resident, you may present a valid ID and you could get a 50% discount. But if you visit on a Tuesday, (as Manila resident), your entrance is free.
Unfortunately, you cannot purchase tickets online. Payment is upon entrance and cash basis only.
One ticket is valid for the entire day, no limit on the number of hours.
Museo Pambata is open from Tuesdays to Saturdays, from 9 AM to 5 PM. On Sundays, it is open from 1 PM to 5 PM.
Museo Pambata has the following sections:
- Old Manila
- I Love Planet Earth
- My Body Works
- Career Options/Marketplace
- Story Teller’s Area
- Souvenir shop
- Outdoor playground
This is the first room we went into. You’d be instantly taken into the years past once you step inside.
There’s a galleon ship which was used during the Acapulco-Manila trade. It showcased what was traded during those centuries ago, such as spices, fabrics, fruits, relics etc.
In the middle of the room, there were pictures of our heroes. Below each portrait is a telephone. When you lift up the handset, the “hero” will tell a story about himself. Neat!
Further in the room is a mini cathedral, which is also known as the Binondo Church. You could open its door and go inside. It does look like the Binondo Church I know, less the pews and chandeliers.
There is also a replica of the Meralco Tranvia. This mode of transportation was used during the early 1900’s in Manila. Kids and adults can ride on this. I wish we still have this! But knowing Manila traffic and drivers, this may no longer be feasible.
Bahay Na Bato
This is reminiscent of Casa Manila in Intramuros, but in a very kiddie scale.
In here, you get to sit on antique looking chairs, open the olden cabinets, and marvel at the first typewriter and sewing machine.
Kids can also wear Filipiniana costumes for nice photo opportunities.
I Love Planet Earth
We went up to the next room, which is names as “I Love Planet Earth”. This room basically teaches kids on the current environmental situation and how we can take care of our planet.
There are exhibits on natural sciences as well.
You can get a feel of earthquake’s intensity on a makeshift earthquake table with wooden blocks.
There’s also a giant kaleidoscope which you can manually control and become amazed with the dazzling shapes and colors.
Moreover, kids can become a space engineer for a day by being in control of the space command center.
There was also a moonrock on display.
Who would’ve thought that we have a very own satellite orbiting the planet named “Diwata”?
Story Teller’s Area
This room is mostly about storytelling. It’s a good aide for parents on what books they could read with their kids, and how to be more animated when narrating a story.
Likewise, kids can also learn on how to draw story book characters and how to write a good story.
Wow. I missed being in a library.
I just hope that libraries won’t totally disappear in schools and museums like this.
This nook is a haven for bookworms. A day might not be enough to browse all of the collections.
I was just not able to ask if a visitor could borrow a book though… Maybe they were just meant for internal reading.
Career Options/ Market Place
This looks like Kidzoona, but with a Pinoy twist.
Kids can pretend like a carinderia owner or a market vendor for a day!
I love the very Pinoy props! Kaldero and kawali straight out of a typical carinderia scene!
There were also a fire truck, a pharmacy, a newspaper stand, market, and even a Pinoy style barber shop!
I also like the mini bahay kubo. Our daughter keeps on going in and out of that quaint little house. The details by the window sill would make you think that you’re in the actual provincial bahay kubo! There were flowers and tin cups, plates and a kawali on clay stove!
My Body Works
This room is about our body parts.
It helps kids get a more concrete idea on how our body works. For example, they will get to see how long our small intestines really is!
My favorite part of the exhibit is the body noise.
Yes! Farting, sneezing, burping and stomach growling – some of our body’s embarrassing yet natural sound at its loudest! Olive was frightened of the fart sound though…
There was also a labyrinth of what seems to be an esophagus(?) which starts from the open-mouthed statue.
This is located on the ground floor (which we almost missed).
The Environment room lets you discover about rainforests and its habitants, farms, marine life and world of insects.
Olive’s favorite part here is the slide. Well at least we did not need to go to an indoor playground afterwards.
Unfortunately, we did not explore this anymore. From what I had viewed from outside, they sell books and other memorabilia related to what you had seen inside the museum.
Kids can play here after their visit. There were the usual equipment like slides, swing, and bars. There’s also an old helicopter prominently displayed.
We did not go here anymore because of the afternoon heat.
Arts and Crafts
Every first and third Sunday of the month, Museo Pambata holds arts and crafts lessons. That Sunday, we were able to join in for free.
We made a vinta mosaic made of cut out colored cellophanes, scrap board and glue. Olive just participated on the gluing part. I get to do the rest.
Olivia’s Experience in Museo Pambata
I think she enjoyed her visit because she gets to play and tinker with exhibits. She might think that everything can still be played with. I appreciate the fact that Museo Pambata is not your typical “hands-off” museum. The exhibits are really meant to be played with so as to encourage learning and creativity.
She loved the blocks on the earthquake table. Likewise, she kept on climbing up and down the firetruck.
Olive may have no idea about history or science yet, but I think this visit was a good exposure for her.
Some Parental Remarks
We as parents enjoyed the museum visit. My husband just noticed that there were no food concessionaires outside the museum. So, you might have to bring your own drinks or light snack which you could consume outside or just in the lobby.
You may also opt to join the museum’s guided group tour. But I think were okay doing the tour ourselves, since our three year old might not be able to understand the guide yet.
Museo Pambata may not be as high-tech as The Mind Museum or Kidzania, but it’s still able educate school children and adults alike.
I just hope they’d be able to maintain the props/displays functionality. Some exhibits I’ve seen are no longer working or seem old already.
4 Out Of 5
Museo Pambata is worth a visit. There’s really no need to wait for your school to schedule a field trip here. Parents and kids can go here anytime, and learn together even without a museum guide.
If we were to visit again, maybe we’d take more time to read all of the exhibits and be able to explain to our daughter better.