Last November 29, 2012, my daughter joined her first field trip with her pre-school classmates. The mommies seemed more excited than the kids who had no idea what was in store for them. At the same time, some of us were apprehensive about tending to and chasing after our overly eager kids on a 1:1 ratio (no hubbies, no yayas as back up). I particularly liked the fact that the itinerary included a visit to an orphanage, and aside from the Asociacion De Damas Filipinas, I haven’t been to any of the other places on the list so I was also curious. My husband, the pragmatic, appreciated the insurance coverage included in the fee quoted to us.
First stop: GARDENIA PLANT TOUR in Mamplasan, Biñan, Laguna
The Gardenia Plant Tour being first on the itinerary, the kids were naturally very excited at this point. All throughout the short video presentation, the actual plant tour, purchasing at the bread store and then the photo ops, the kids were all attentive and in very high spirits. Things were looking good.
Next stop: MIND MUSEUM in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
When we entered the doors of the Mind Museum in Taguig, however, mayhem greeted us. Being an interactive museum, kids of all ages naturally found their curiosity piqued. It was a challenge explaining some things to my daughter, what with other little (and not so little) hands likewise exploring the materials at the same time. It was at this point that I started mulling about going on a family field trip instead of joining a crowd. Aside from our school, there were several other schools likewise on their field trip on this particular thursday before a long weekend (must be why many schools chose this date for their field trip as well).
Among my personal favorites were the Static Ball and the Web of Life. Liz didn’t want to experience the Static Ball, but was content at laughing her heart out at the sight of mommy’s and the titas’ hair. We weren’t done exploring the second floor when we were told a show was coming on in a few minutes so we hurriedly went down to the Spaceshell (a small planetarium). We caught the one about the creation of the moon (and I was happy to point out an example of the effect of gravity – the concept of which I had explained to my daughter just a few moments ago). After about 5 minutes, she lost interest in the film, and chose to lie down on her tummy instead, but still keeping her silence (to my amazement). Then a 2 year old schoolmate started crying his way out of the Spaceshell, followed by several other preschoolers. Taking the cue, Liz asked to go out as well, telling me later that she “got scared of the Earth” (the film graphically showed how rocks colliding with the earth formed into the moon, thanks to gravity).
I took this chance to change her diaper (thankfully she agreed to wear one just for this trip after I told her there would probably be very loooong lines in the comfort rooms, and the bus ride would be quite long as well). I then suggested we explore the rest of the museum, but she had enough and wanted to “go to the orphanage already,” so I took her to the museum store while waiting for the others. She chose to get a nice puzzle and board book set about the rainforest which was made from recycled materials.
The coaster with the 3D dolphins was my idea. I gave in to the ref magnet with the 3D penguins after she insisted she “will find something to stick it on,” but put my foot down on the miniature animal displays. It seems she enjoyed going around the store more than the museum itself.
Two down, two more to go: Asociacion De Damas Filipinas, Manila Ocean Park