Playdates – Playhouse

Since there was no school during summer, we had to find different activities for the kids.  One time we brought the kids to this new Playhouse in Megamall.  The moment Chesca saw it, she was so excited to go in.  Little experiences like this makes her day.  It makes my day too seeing that big bright smile on her face while playing.

Here's how the playhouse looks like. It's so colorful and spacious and has a lot of small playhouses. It's like a row of playhouses in a playhouse. How neat is that?

This is located in building A, a floor above National Bookstore.  Playing fee costs around 180php/hr.  The kids have to be accompanied by an adult (who need to wear socks).  They also have this fingerprint scanner for the person who will pick up the child.  If it’s not your fingerprint that’s recorded, they won’t let you take the child.  At least they have some security measures.

There's Chesca having the time of her life (while I was having a heart attack watching her!) swinging on the bar before sliding.
Kids having fun playing chef, cashier, etc...

Parents can have coffee while waiting for the kids at Figaro which is a few steps from this playhouse.  That’s what us mommies did while the kids were playing.

Till the next playdate…

Playdates – “Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, bakers man…”

Every so often, it’s nice to have play dates wherein you just don’t do free play.  In one of our play dates, we decided to do some baking.  Our toddlers learned the following:

  • prepare ingredients
  • learn what the ingredients are
  • improve motor skills by stirring & decorating
  • taking turns
  • wearing aprons to keep their clothes clean
  • and of course discover how a cupcake is made
The things we prepared:
  1. Brownie mix (for starters, let’s do it the easy way :-P)
  2. 1/2 and 1 inch cupcake molds and paper molds in different colors.
  3. Marshmallows & chocolate toppings
  4. 2 aluminum bowls, wire whisks, aprons, and spatulas (2pcs so 2 kids can do it together)
  5. Small table for kids to do their preparation (with table cloth to protect table)
  6. 2 eggs & 1 cup of butter
  7. Disposable plastic decorating bag or pastry bag (12Php each at cook’s exchange)
  8. Cameras to document it 🙂
Moms and kids surely enjoyed this activity.  Maybe next time, we’ll make something more challenging.  Try doing your own creative play date.   Try it, you’ll surely have fun while learning a thing or two 🙂
Here are some snaps of our baking play date…
Toddlers mixing and mixing while some wait for their turn.
Toddlers listening to instructions.
Having fun learning ingredients and of course, can't help play with them!
Intensely watching how to decorate the cupcakes.
End product: Cupcakes made by the kids....wasn't that bad 🙂 We put them in plastic boxes so everyone could bring home cupcakes!
Our playgroup smiling for the camera!