Little Free Library at Fairview Terraces

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The one thing that I miss from my childhood are libraries. When I was younger I would rather spend a day at the library buried in a book than anywhere else.

In the Philippines, libraries are a rare site. I know of several libraries but it’s not as accessible as it should be that’s why initiatives such as Little Free Library are an excellent way to get kids to read. Making books accessible is one of the best ways to gain interest.

Little Free Library has been around since 2009 but has only been launched here in the Philippines this year. Around the world there are about 25,000 registered Little Free Libraries.

It all started with Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin, who built a model of a one room schoolhouse as a tribute to his mother, a former school teacher who loved to read. He filled it with books and put it on a post in his front yard. His neighbors and friends loved it and he built several more and gave them away. Each one had a sign that said FREE BOOKS. And thus it began…

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Ms Gigi Custodio of Fairview Terraces opened the ceremony by sharing how Ayala Malls supports literacy and the potential that Little Free Library can bring.

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Launched with the kids of MSA Whiz Kids, Todd Bol and the teachers and students of MSA had a storytelling session.

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Alexa Ilacad of Star Magic also read a story to the kids and through that story shared the love of a mother and the sacrifices she makes for her children. It got me a bit teary eyed…

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One of the kids from MSA Whiz Kids read a story about animals and Jael enjoyed that very much.

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You can be sure that we’ll drop by Little Free Library every chance we get. You can find it at Fairview Terraces at right side entrance near Conti’s.

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Dinosaur Activities for Your Child

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It seems that all boys (and some girls) go through a dinosaur phase. My eldest, Bastian was a dinosaur enthusiast and even built up to knowing all those dinosaur names, eras and facts and figures. He grew out of it BUT I think he’s still a dinosaur lover because he has this T-Rex backpack. Since Jael loves dinosaurs I’m always on the lookout for dinosaur activities. We have a few ideas to share so here goes.

Dinosaurs Island Clarkland

When I found out that there was a dinosaur park that we could visit in Pampanga I think I was more thrilled than Jael! Dinosaurs Island Clark is definitely worth a trip. Aside from the huge park full of life sized dinosaurs, there’s a mini museum and a trail where you can ride a cart and get scared by dinos. At the time Jael was 3 years old so he was terrified but at the end of the day he enjoyed it so much!

If you want to bring your kids to Dinosaurs Island Clarkland there’s a great deal on Ensogo where tickets are 43% off!

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The Mind Museum

Our trip to the Mind Museum was so much fun for Jael particularly the Dinosaur Exhibit. The exhibit has so much to explore but Jael particularly enjoyed the Fossil Dig where he got to play and pretend to dig up fossils.

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Dinosaur Books

If you don’t have a chance to visit Dinosaurs Island Clark or The Mind Museum just yet you can opt for some indoor activities, our favorite being reading! We’ve collected quite a few books and here are some favorites. Reading is a simple yet very beneficial activity for both child and parent.

Aside from them learning, you’re able to truly bond with them and make them feel important and comforted. Why important and comforted? For me being a work at home mom it’s hard to put limits to a child but they do understand when you don’t have time for them. When you take the time to do activities such as reading it lets them know they’re important and worth the time. They gain comfort in the thought that you’ve set aside time for them.

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Dinosaur Toys

Jael has so many dinosaurs and when we took this picture I wondered where the rest were! There’s so much creativity in play and we love it when Jael plays with his dinosaurs and re-enacts scenes and creates scenarios.

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When Jurassic World hit the theatres we were thrilled to watch a block screening. Jael asked for Jurassic World toys and we considered buying it for him. While we were at the toy store we considered options and Jael chose this dinosaur. It was a bit costly at Php1299 but we feel a worthy purchase. Honestly, we don’t buy toys throughout the year. Jael receives toys on Christmas only. If he should get toys it would be those from kiddie meals.

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Jael shares his Mighty Megasaur Dinosaur.

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My Scholastic Warehouse Sale Book Haul

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I FINALLY got to go to the Sizzling Summer Scholastic Warehouse Sale! I’d been dying to go and check out what book deals I could get. I brought the entire family with me and even though it was hot they were still willing to peruse alongside me.

The Scholastic Warehouse Sale can be found at 70 C Raymundo St., Rosario Pasig. I previously wrote about the sale to let people know about it and the question I got asked most was how to get there. The best answer I can give is to find your way to Robinsons Mall in Ortigas. Once there, you need to ride a jeep to Rosario Pasig and go to C. Raymundo. From there you can take a tricycle to the warehouse. Landmark is Sorento Oasis Pasig. If you see Super Mightee Mart on your right side you’re really close.

I’ve also been asked if they’er open on holidays, sadly they are not. They’re only open from Mondays to Saturdays from 9am-6pm. I hope that helps you all! 🙂

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They have excellent deals most especially on children’s books. The tents outside have books on sale as seen below.

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Jael picking out a The Magical School Bus book which we got for only Php49!

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Inside the warehouse it’s quite hot so be prepared for that. The deals inside are varied you can get 25% up to 80% off on popular titles.

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I FINALLY got to get The Hunger Games trilogy in hardbound. I’ve been waiting for quite some time and this was the perfect time to achieve one of my book goals. The HG books were 25% off.

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Aside from books they have these teen interest books like scrapbooks and the like.

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Dr Seuss and Geronimo Stilton books are 25% off as well.

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In  the center of the warehouse is this little activity where kids can learn how to connect and build. I also saw kids reading books and relaxing on the floor.

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Here’s my book haul. The Hunger Games Trilogy for me, An Abundance of Katherines for Bastian and 3 children’s books for Jael. It was a very satisfying day.

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Check out the Scholastic Warehouse Sale happening until May 24!

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