Sem break ideas for kids

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As school year 2014’s first semester officially ends today, parents—do not panic! If you neither have the time nor the budget for a getaway this time of year, the next 10 days need not be difficult to fill up with things to do for your youngsters within the metropolis.

Keep fingers crossed that traffic will be kinder during the break because there is plenty of fun to be had with this special “Sem break ideas for kids” gathered by The Manila Times.

The Caped Crusader’s Batman costume is a trick or treat favorite

The Caped Crusader’s Batman costume is a trick or treat favorite

Go cossie-hunting
Surely there’s a trick-or-treat event in your village, condo, or even among your extended families that the kids can enjoy. Get them all excited by starting off the weekend costume hunting with the whole family.

The Manila Times checked out the Halloween 2014’s hottest “trends” at Toy Kingdom where costumes range from the frightening to the whimsical, and from well-loved characters from TV to the movies.


Action filled costumes inspired by big screen heroes include Captain America, or Transformers’ Optimus Prime. While mystical fashion costumes for girls are up to date with Frozen’s Anna and Snow Queen Elsa.

Older kids may want take the fright side with costumes of vampires, witches and monsters.

‘Frozen’s’ Snow Queen Elsa is all the rage this Halloween

‘Frozen’s’ Snow Queen Elsa is all the rage this Halloween

Kids can also grab some spine chilling toys and decors, macabre masks and hats, among others.

Explore the Exploreum
VIRTUAL reality simulation; optical illusions; three-dimensional movies; and detailed replicas of great things big and small. These are just some of ways to explore the world and beyond through the Exploreum Science Center, located at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City.

The eight main galleries of the Exploreum cover a wide range of topics related to life on earth and the fundamental nature of the cosmos.

“The Natural World” exhibit gives the guest an in-depth view on flora and fauna, carnivorous plants, the world’s smallest animal, and how insects communicate with each other. “The Human Adventure,” on the other hand, will help guests understand the human brain and the different organs that make the body.

The Gyro Ride is one of Space Camp’s highlights where guests can experience a tester of NASA’s anti-gravity simulation

The Gyro Ride is one of Space Camp’s highlights where guests can experience a tester of NASA’s anti-gravity simulation

“Zoom” explores all the most fascinating aspects of how humankind has flown, soared, chugged, and sped throughout the years. “Connect” investigates all the ways we express ourselves—from written to spoken, symbolic to electronic, gestural to text. “Cyberville” is a one-of-a-kind hands-on gallery that features robots, solar powered devices, and local inventions.

The “Space Camp” is an out-of-this-world experience that lets one’s imagination soar as the guest explores meteorites, black holes, cosmic rays, and more. “The Living Earth” exhibit peels back time like layers of our earth’s core to reveal the origin we call home.

Finally, “The SM Planetarium,” now considered the largest planetarium in the Philippines, is a 180-degree full dome theatre that will feature digital graphics and videos.

For more information, log on to www.exploreum.ph.

Join a Halloween costume contest with the family pet

Join a Halloween costume contest with the family pet

Get ‘Pet-rified’
With this one, even the dog (or cat) can come. Eastwood City is set to hold a Halloween kid and pet costume contest during its early mall-wide trick-or-treat event on October 25, dubbed, “The Pet-rified Halloween Party.”

To enter the contest, a fee of P250 will be charged per head, which will go directly to advocacy group Compassion and Responsibility for Animals. The 10 best matching kid and pet costumes will win fantastic prizes.

The 3 p.m. costume contest will be followed by the “Pawesome Dog Treats Cooking Demo” by Chef Giannina Gonzalez. The day ends with trick or treating around Eastwood Mall.

Learn how to make pet treats Chef Giannina Gonzalez of Whole Pet Kitchen

Learn how to make pet treats Chef Giannina Gonzalez of Whole Pet Kitchen

Registration is ongoing while on-site registration starts at 12 p.m. on Saturday. Guests must bring their pet’s original vaccination documents with a photocopy and two pieces of 1×1 ID photo for a pet pass.

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