Dreamplay at City of Dreams Manila

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We have been wanting to visit Dreamplay at City of Dreams Manila for the longest time and we finally did on Jael’s field trip. I knew this would be so much fun for him and despite the field trip costing a pretty penny I think it was worth the investment. It’s his first field trip and something he should enjoy. Ten years ago when I went with my eldest on his field trip I had much more energy. I really felt my age on this one though! Let me tell you why.dreamplay-city-of-dreams-manila-lifestyle-mommy-blogger-philippines-www-artofbeingamom-com-17

Dreamplay is inside City of Dreams Manila, an integrated resort and casino located on Asean Avenue corner Roxas Boulevard. It features some beloved Dreamworks favorites such as Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar and more. Looking at the map on their website it doesn’t seem like a big area. Believe me, it is when you’re running after a 6 year old and trying to keep up. At 5’7 I’m considered very tall and I literally could not go into some of the areas. Maybe they’re meant just for kids. Anyhoo, there are so many mazes and slides that it’s hard to keep up. Kids 8 and above can probably go off on their own here.

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I love taking pictures of my kids and there are many picture perfect opportunities!

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Each character section has at least 2 attractions. All in all there are about 20. There are some attractions that require a certain height so despite Jael’s bravery and eagerness he wasn’t able to try them. He’s an easy going fella though so he was happy with what he could go to and try.

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Kung Fu Panda

This is the Fast as Lightning Kung Fu Fighting attraction. Po and Tigress teach some moves in their dojo.

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How to Train Your Dragon

One of Jael’s favorite play attractions, he got to build his own dragon and then we climbed what seemed like forever to get to the top and let it fly. Seriously though, in this attraction we climbed to the third level. This is where my heart jumped to my throat because Jael all of a sudden went down one of the slides that I couldn’t follow in and I lost him for just a small bit. I looked down from the 3rd level and thankfully I saw him. The thing is for moms like me who are super paranoid losing sight for just a second frightens me. Dreamplay has too many twists and turns and slides and it’s hard to keep up with. So we had to have a talk about that and since he knows of the dangers he didn’t do that again.

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Madagascar

At Whatever Floats Your Boat you’re given a boat to launch and have a race with other boats. It would have been more fun if the guns that were stationed around actually sprayed water. Well, parents won’t be too happy getting soaked but it would be lots of fun for the kids.

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Jael spent awhile at Afro Circus, a multilevel play area. I don’t know if it was just me or the kids were really running wild. Jael surely was going back and forth up and down.

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Shrek

Personally, I enjoyed Shrek’s Swamp Stomp. It was a Shrek sized house. The only thing I didn’t like was that it was too dark inside. Hence, not so great pictures. Here’s Jael in a pot ready to be cooked!

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Dreamworks

If you need some downtime the Dreamtales Library is the perfect place to go. You can lounge around and read a book.

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I was too busy running after Jael so I wasn’t able to take pictures of the other places we went to. One great attraction is the Dream Studio. You can learn how to make a mini animation movie. Dinotrux is a huge dino robotic replica.

There just wasn’t enough time to visit Gingy’s Kitchen where you get to bake gingerbread man cookies and Dream Theatre where you can catch a 4D show.

Ticket prices can be found here: http://www.cityofdreams.com.ph/dreamplay. Reasonably priced for the smorgasbord of activities.

Aside from Dreamplay, City of Dreams has alot more to explore! I’d love to bring the kids to Nobu Hotel or Hyatt City of Dreams!

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Why I Let My Son Attend a Sneak Out in Caliraya

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My eldest son recently attended a sneak out in Caliraya Laguna. Was I hesitant at first? Yes, I was. This sneak out conducted by his school would entail him being away for 2 full days and sleeping overnight.

A sneak out is a spiritual recollection usually held during a senior’s year in school. I asked Bastian if he wanted to go and he did. Since he had skipped on his field trip we decided to let him attend.

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Since Bastian has a cellphone, I was expecting to have communication but he sent me a text letting me know that he wouldn’t be able to text or call because they would be having a series of talks and their gadgets would be with the teachers from that period on.

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I think the best thing that came out of that situation for me personally was when Bastian shared about what had happened and told me that he realized how well adjusted he was in his life. Apparently, there was a part in the day when they all started sharing about their parents. He was confused when his classmates started crying and he was okay. He saw then how his classmates were struggling at home connecting with their parents and he saw in his own life how we had a pretty good relationship.

I was really touched about this above all else. I’m glad that in the 15 years that we’ve been bringing him up that he knows that we’re here for him no matter how hard or how angry we sometimes get.

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On the second day they enjoyed the features that Caliraya Resort Club had to offer. This Earth Ball game is part of the teambuilding activites that they had.

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He enjoyed plenty on this Slip N’Slide (Mud Slide) and came home with a once white t shirt and muddied shorts. He had plenty of fun and that’s what matters.

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A little introspection and time away has done Bastian good. It also helped me further teach Bastian about independence and importance of family.

Thank you to Bastian’s teacher for the photos!

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The Mind Museum: Science Heaven

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I’ve been wanting to bring my children to The Mind Museum for the longest time but either time would not allow or my budget just wouldn’t suffice.

When I attended Blogapalooza 2013 I joined the contest that The Mind Museum had and I was lucky enough to be one of the first 20 bloggers to post about them (read it here). I got 3 tickets which I put on the backburner for almost a year.

One fateful Saturday when ironically Blogapalooza 2014 was cancelled we decided to head on over to Fort Bonifacio and go to The Mind Museum.

I was a bit sad that day because my 2 older kids weren’t interested enough to go with us. I guess I put it off too long… So, it was just Jael and I with my mom who went on an adventure to what I would call Science Heaven at The Mind Museum.

Upon entering the museum you’ll be introduced to this friendly robot who tells you the rules of the museum and what you can expect. There are 5 Galleries to explore, Atom, Life, Earth, Universe and Technology.
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Straightaway I saw this huge chocolate bar and I just had to get a picture with it. There are many bigger than life sized replicas to scrutinize. It makes learning more fun for the kids and let’s admit excellent backdrops for the hundreds of pictures you’ll probably take. I sure did!

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We took our time around since we were planning to stay for most of the day with a quick lunch at Stacy’s that was right across the street. Jael was instantly attracted to everything around him. My mom and I also took our time taking in each exhibit and re-learning some things that were learnt too far back for me to even remember!

The Mind Museum is one of the most advanced in the Philippines and has over 250 hands-on interactive exhibits and Jael explored almost all of them.

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Here’s the famous hair-raising static ball which unfortunately, didn’t have much effect on Jael’s hair.

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A larger than life periodic table where Jael enjoyed touching almost every single element. Bastian would have liked this.

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DNA in a really huge form. I like this shot because of the colors and mystery.

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Jael navigated the body parts on this interactive display and I have to say it goes to the private parts so if you’re a little bit sensitive about that or are not prepared then probably talk to the kids first before trying it out.

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Jael was fascinated with the floating balls but mostly he just wanted to throw it around. My mom and I had to do a lot of catching!

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I was a bit creeped out with this exhibit for it’s realistic display especially of the woman you see kneeling. As I took a closer look I saw a baby wrapped in a blanket and that was just very curious. I looked at my mom and she said “Maybe she’s keeping her warm?” I don’t know…

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We of course, took shots with the epic T-Rex skeleton display. How awesome! There’s a flight of stairs for you to get higher up and take shots such as this.

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Oh my, this took me by surprise. It looks like an ordinary tunnel but it’s NOT! When Jael and I stepped into it I suddenly had a sensation of turning. It felt so real that when I turned back I was clutching Jael and the bar for fear of falling. I must’ve looked ridiculous! Good thing there were only a few people in the museum and my mom was the only witness.

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There are shows that you can check out and the attendants will let you know when one is about to come up. They have a custom built planetarium and a 3D mini-theater.

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Big-sized cubes for solving puzzles. What a fun game!

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Jael spent quite a lot of time at this Equilibrium pool table. Do you think I have a future Efren “Bata” Reyes?

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That’s my mom in the background. She was intrigued with the displays, too. Jael loves anything to do with dinosaurs and one of his favorite movies is Jurassic Park. I couldn’t resist taking a picture of him with this dinosaur footprint.

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Another one of Jael’s favorite exhibits is the Fossil Dig. He spent a great deal of time here. We were just a little bit concerned with the safety. If you notice the ropes tying off the area Jael tripped there twice and another little girl tripped there, too. If the ropes were meant to keep the kids out it won’t. Also, there’s no one there to supervise the kids so naturally they’ll venture into that area.

Suggestion: Maybe remove the ropes all together?

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After lunch we headed over to Science in the Park which was directly across from the museum. There’s a Jollibee there and it’s perfect for kids to play in as the parents eat. Of course, with adult supervision. There’s also dining options in the museum at the Mind Cafe.

The park has 4 main pockets, Water, Math, Music and Living.

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Jael loves the water and he enjoyed pulling this huge ring to try to make bubbles and this big “Nerf” gun as he calls it.

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I love seeing the pure joy when he has so much fun. He banged away at those drums and made all the noise he wanted.

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The park has a few slides and this was the highest and longest. The park is basically safe. There’s one slide that’s a little steep when climbing the stairs but as I mentioned it’s best to have adult supervision for the smaller ones.

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Overall, it was a very memorable day. I hope to come back soon with all 3 kids. It’s an eye-opening experience for kids and a 2nd run at education for adults.

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