Keeping it Healthy and Fun: Valentines Day Activities for Kids

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It’s such a sweet experience when children discover the concept of love for those other than their parents and siblings. Valentines Day is the perfect time to explore the idea and innocence of love with them. Keep it healthy and fun with these suggested Valentines Day activities.

Paper your home with hearts

The mere sight of hearts brings about happy feelings and positive emotions. Paper your home with all kinds of decorated hearts to boost a happy and healthy outlook towards love.

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“Spread the Love” lollipop cards

What better way to celebrate love than to share it? These Lollipop cards are too cute for words. Aside from it being a personalized gesture they’re also getting a sweet treat!

There’s definitely no way around kids having some sweets on Valentines but you can make sure they’re protected with Nido 5+ because it’s the only milk brand with Lactobacillus PROTECTUS® millions of live good bacteria that helps build your child’s bodily defenses.

See tutorial here.

Hand Painted Hearts

Getting down and dirty with paint is fun for the kids (less fun for us!). They enjoy a great art activity and also get to share a special project they’ve made with someone they love.

Activity here.

Heart Shaped Toast

Start the day off right with heart shaped toast! A full and healthy breakfast will give your child the energy they need to enjoy Valentines Day. Don’t forget to add some fruit and a glass of milk for a well rounded breakfast of champions.

Recipe here.

Heart Shaped Healthy Snacks

You can definitely keep this sweet holiday healthy by having heart shaped snacks such as fruit. Fruit Heart Kebabs are nutritious and fun to eat!

A combination of Nido 5+ and fruits makes my youngest a Laking Nido Protektado kid armed with CALCI-N® and DHA plus ALA, LA, Folic Acid and Taurine for healthy bones and brain structure development.

How to here.

Watch a movie

There’s nothing like a good love story to celebrate Valentines Day. For kids we have to be careful of what we have them watch especially since they are still very impressionable. Some notable and age appropriate suggestions:

My Girl- Vada Sultenfuss is obsessed with death. Her mother is dead, and her father runs a funeral parlor. She is also in love with her English teacher, and joins a poetry class over the summer just to impress him. Thomas J., her best friend, is “allergic to everything”, and sticks with Vada despite her hangups. When Vada’s father hires Shelly, a makeup expert, in his funeral parlor, and begins to fall in love with her, Vada is outraged and does everything in her power to split them up.

Enchanted- The beautiful princess Giselle is banished by an evil queen from her magical, musical animated land and finds herself in the gritty reality of the streets of modern-day Manhattan. Shocked by this strange new environment that doesn’t operate on a “happily ever after” basis, Giselle is now adrift in a chaotic world badly in need of enchantment. But when Giselle begins to fall in love with a charmingly flawed divorce lawyer who has come to her aid – even though she is already promised to a perfect fairy tale prince back home – she has to wonder: Can a storybook view of romance survive in the real world?

Forever Young- A 1939 test pilot asks his best friend to use him as a guinea pig for a cryogenics experiment. Daniel McCormick wants to be frozen for a year so that he doesn’t have to watch his love lying in a coma. The next thing Daniel knows is that he’s been awoken in 1992.

Summaries from IMDb
*NIDO 3+ is not suitable for infant feeding and is not a breast milk substitute.”
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Sip and Gogh: Paint, Sip and Laugh

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When I was much younger I was more creative and loved anything having to do with arts and crafts. Sadly, my creativity today, aside from blogging will go as far as Pinterest and looking at all the DIYs I’d love to do someday. When my dear friend Jenan invited me to Sip and Gogh for a painting session, my young inner artistic self was excited. Aside from the fact that I would get to spend time with one of my favorite people in the world we would be painting!

We went to their Eastwood shop and had the place all to ourselves. It’s a very airy, fresh and relaxing area to paint in. Sip and Gogh is a paint sip studio putting together famous artist Vincent Van Gogh and drinking wine, juice or soft drinks.

There’s a schedule each month of the paintings that are available for you to copy but they also have open sessions where you can choose any painting you want.

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There are many paintings on display which you can choose from and will serve as your inspiration or guide.

For first timers like me, I asked Erica who assisted us with our paintings what would be alright for beginners. I didn’t want anything too hard but I wanted something fun and light. After looking at the various paintings I finally chose one that I thought would be great to hang up in my corner office at home if it was halfway decent!

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We were served a plate of fruits, cheese and ham along with our chosen beverage. Jenan and I both got Four Seasons which I liked being that it was freshly made.

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My chosen painting to copy is this landscape with colorful hues. I was thinking that since the painting was more abstract it wouldn’t show as much if I messed up. I also liked the brightness of the colors.

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At the beginning I was really nervous because I didn’t want to make a mistake. I was given a  totally blank canvas to start with and it was a bit intimidating. Erica sketched out a bit of the base of the painting and from there I tried my best to fill in the gaps.

As I went on, with very helpful direction from Erica, I got more comfortable and more confident. I could feel my artistic juices flowing! The idea of painting, munching on snacks and sipping a drink is very relaxing. It’s a great activity to do with friends but also on your own.

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Photo Credit: Jenan

My painting was coming along and I was thankful that there was a semblance to the painting I was copying.

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Jenan has been painting for awhile now and she’s incredibly good at it. The painting she chose was complex but very mysterious. I loved it and it looked like it could be a cover of a book.

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The final result! I think I was able to copy it alright being a beginner. This baby is going up on my wall soon!

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A little feature I love is that you get to sign it like a real artist. It’s tough to write though and Erica suggested I do it a stroke at a time and not continuously as you would normally write. I was so happy with my “L” that I just left it at that!

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Cheers to new experiences and great friendships! Look at how great our paintings turned out! I’m lucky because Jenan gifted me with her painting which I love!

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If you’re looking for something new to try on your own or with friends I highly recommend Sip and Gogh. A session will set you back Php1000 but you get all the materials you’ll need for the session, food, a drink and you get to take home your masterpiece. You also get your picture taken!

Sip and Gogh also has branches at Ayala Heights, Kapitolyo and Alabang.

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Celebrate Chinese New Year at the Chan Lim Art Exhibit

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This coming Chinese New Year, the Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students will be exhibiting artworks at SM City North EDSA. Over 100 hand-painted lanterns are on display until February 11 at The Block Atrium.

The extensive collection of lanterns is the first activity for the Chinese New Year festivities. Lanterns are a traditional Chinese decoration and the students of the Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students have beautifully created some wonderful designs for our viewing pleasure.

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The first exhibit was held in 1995 at SM Megamall and 21 years later their strong partnership continues.

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The Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students exhibits more than 1,000 artworks every year in different venues across the country. They have been actively involved in the arts for more than four decades.

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The family patriarch, Chan Lim, has dabbled in Western art, specializing in oil and watercolor. The Chan Lim siblings Alex, Felix, Rolex, and Jolex are all engineers by profession and are actively engaged with multinational companies. They are one of the few remaining notable Chinese brush painting artists in the Philippines. Art classes are conducted in their family studio located in Pasig.

Mr Alex Chan Lim was present at the opening of the exhibit and did an on the spot painting demonstration.

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Surprisingly, none of the Chan Lim family members have degrees related to arts. As Mr Alex Chan Lim said, painting is a desire and is something he makes time for.

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The Grace Christian College Chinese Orchestra performed at the opening of the exhibit.

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After Mr Alex Chan Lim’s demonstration, we were able to try our hand at painting. It’s not as simple as it looks! We were helped out and taught different methods in creating bamboo, leaves and flowers.

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More exciting activities to expect:

Golds of Fortune
January 24- February 11, the Block Ground Floor and the Annex Ground Floor
Chinese goodies for the first 100 customers!

Oriental Classics
January 30, 2pm, the Block Atrium

Chinese Wushu Arts
January 31, 5pm the Block Atrium

Oriental Culture Market
February 2-15 during mall hours
Cite Center East and West Mall 2nd floor

Chinese Arts in Letters Calligraphy Workshop
February 6, 2pm, the Block Atrium

Astrological Forecast with Marites Allen
February 7, 5pm at the Block Atrium

Chinese Court & Folk Dances
February 8, 2pm, the Block Atrium

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