Peek at the Month | December 2016

Manila for kids

Many Christmas activities to do in Manila this month!

We'll do it a little bit different this week as I'll have a MONTH of activities for you! And you are lucky if you're staying in the Philippines over the holidays; there is lots of theatre, music and ballet to go see with the whole family. Please check this post regularly, as I'll add new activities during the entire month of December. ManilaForKids subscribers receive discounts for some awesome shows, so make sure to sign up! I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you for supporting ManilaForKids in our first year!


CHRISTMAS | Liwanag Park

Liwanag Park is part of Meralco’s Maliwanag ang Pasko program which started in 2011. With this year’s theme, “Christmas Around the World,” the park features attractions including replicas of the Sydney Opera House, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Tower of London, Eiffel Tower, Golden Gate Bridge, Empire State Building, Pyramid, Burj Al Arab, Petronas and Colosseum. Aside from these attractions, you can also find a belen (Nativity scene), Christmas tree and church replica which are made of copper wire. The visitors can also experience free eTrain and e-vehicle rides and enjoy beautifully lit trees around the Meralco compound.

Until January 8 | Daily 6:30-10PM and until 12MN Fri-Sun
Liwanag Park, Meralco Main Office, Ortigas, Pasig


ENTERTAINMENT | Holiday Treats at Solaire

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Treat your family to free shows at Solaire this December. Masterpiece Movement will bring your kids Sand Art Shadowily & Interactive Mural, Live Drawing Shadowily & Immersive Drawing and Storybook Shadowily & Transformation Drawing. Afterwards, the whole the  family can listen to the Christmas choirs. 

December 10-25 | 3 PM onwards
check poster for details
Solaire Resort, The Gallery, Aseana Avenue, Parañaque


SPORTS | Trapeze Intensive Program

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Always dreamt of flying? Try it out this Christmas break as Flying Trapeze Philippines are back with their holiday intensive classes.

December 13-16 & 20-23
Php 2500
 Call 0917-242-0331 or
email to sign-up



WORKSHOP | Alchemy 101

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This December in Soulove Center we have a specialised workshop in store for the kiddos! Alchemy 101 Christmas Gift Workshop is a workshop for kids ages 8-14 where they will create "potions" using top grade essential oils and personally bottle these and decorate with stickers, decals, labels to create a very personal Christmas gift for a loved one, friend, teacher, etc. The kids will learn about mixing essential oils and can choose different oils to create a unique spray potion which we will then be infusing with positive affirmations specifically for each & every gift recipient they choose. 

December 17, 2016. 2:30-4:30PM
Php 1000 (1 bottle) or Php 1350 (2 bottles)
 For kids ages 8-14
Soulove Center, Unit 1, 3 Don Jesus Blvd., Alabang Hills, Muntinlupa
Register at
or 09178273073


MOVIE | Rogue One

Watch Rogue One: a Star Wars story with the greatest Star Wars fans in the galaxy. This is the Superfan event you shouldn't miss! Enjoy exclusive offers on Star Wars collectibles, wield the Force with a lootbag from event partners Globe, Buster, and Burger and Cheese-Mis; a free Vader comic book and Rogue One henna tattoo.

December 17 | 5:30 & 8:30 PM
Php 500
Dolby Atmos Cinema, Promenade Greenhills, San Juan
Get your tickets at Filbar's


SHOW | Le Grand Cirque

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A big-scale circus production featuring an electrifying show of acrobatics, aerial tricks, white knuckle stunts, and precision skills, Le Grand Cirque’s world-class artistes from Europe, Canada, and the UK have captivated millions of audiences all over the world. Dubbed by the press as the ‘Next Generation of Cirque du Soleil,’ this heart-pounding Las Vegas-style extravaganza promises action, glitz and glamour. Described in the press as “a glittering spectacle” that “defies gravity and belief,” and touted to be a “real family entertainment”.

December 25-January 3 | 3 & 7 PM
Php 150-1500
Smart Araneta Coliseum,



MUSIC | Christmas Concert


The Philippine Youth Symphonic Band will serenade you with Christmas carols and favorite tunes at the steps of the National Museum of Anthropology (Old Finance Building) in front of Rizal Park. 

December 11 | 10 AM
For more info call Erwin Sebastian at (02) 527 1143


MEET & GREET | Diary of a Wimpy Kid

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Fans of the 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' series will de happy to know that the author is in Manila! Join #1 New York Times bestselling author Jeff Kinney at the “Double Down Live in Manila”, have your book signed and get a picture with him!

December 11 | 1 PM (gates open at 11 AM)
Php 150 + book
Cinema 3, SM Megamall
Tickets and info


EXHIBIT | Blackwater & Open Sea

manila for kidsUnderwater photographer Gutsy Tuason takes the most intriguing photos of deep water sea creatures.Here he explains the kids how he goes out to the open sea at night, and waits for the tiny animals to come up from the deep deep waters to feed on plankton. That's the only time he can snap them, and the result is out of this world! Go see his work until December 10 @pineapplelabph and grab a copy of his book Blackwater & Open Blue

Until December 10 | Tue-Sun 11AM-6 PM
6071 R. Palma Street, Barangay Población, Makati
Website Pineapple Lab



THEATRE | A Christmas Carol

Manila For Kids Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol is a Charles Dickens classic that tells the story of a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation into a gentler, kindlier man after visitations by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. Go watch and make it your new family Christmas tradition!

December 3-25 | 8 PM
PHP 2000
For 4 and up
BGC Globe Iconic Amphitheater, 7th Avenue, BGC
More info and tips on how to watch for FREE!


BAZAAR | Zonta Christmas Carnivale

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Need to do some Christmas shopping with the kids? Head over to the Christmas Carnivale Bazaar in Ayala Alabang Village. The bazaar will have child-friendly attractions throughout the day –  a petting zoo, circus clowns, magic shows, balloon twisters and men on stilts –  to keep the kids entertained. A Makers Market featuring local artisans selling their handmade merchandise will also conduct arts and crafts activities such as on-the-spot painting. While the kids are busy with their activities, Mom and Dad can peruse the various stalls selling, among other items, eco-friendly and sustainable products from the Hineleban Foundation, gourmet delicacies like salted egg chips from Kettle Kitchen, and local handicrafts and clothing from Woven, Moon Child in Manila and Guppy Shorts. At the Christmas Carnivale bazaar, Christmas shopping has never been so much fun!

December 9-10 | 9 AM - 9 PM
Free entrance
All ages
Cuenca Park, Ayala Alabang Village, Muntinlupa City


THEATRE | Hi5 Fairytale


The award-winning Australian pre-school children’s television and musical group Hi-5, is coming back to Manila with its whole new show: Hi-5 Fairytale. The well-loved Hi-5 cast Mary, Dayen, Lachie, Chris and Tanika educate children through colorful, easy-to-follow music, dance, and play. Music joins the segments of the program together, making it the most popular element of the show while encouraging participation of the young audiences. The adventures of the Brave Prince of Knights, Sir Bucket Head, Princess Sleepy Head, Speedy the Ant, Slomo the Snail, dragons, dinosaurs and pirates, are just some of the stories to watch out for.

December 16-18 | 11 AM, 2:30 & 6 PM
Php 2500-4800
Discount for ManilaForKids subscribers
Resorts World Manila


CHRISTMAS | Festival of Lights


Welcome the Christmas season with the much-awaited Festival of Lights Show at the Ayala Triangle Gardens. Condé Nast Traveller named the Festival of Lights as one of the Seven Most Spectacular Lights Show in the World. Don't miss out on this annual world class attraction! The holiday display will happen nightly, every 30 minutes.

Until Jan 4| 6 -10 PM
Ayala Triangle Gardens



THEATRE | Hello Kitty Live

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This year’s Yuletide celebration becomes extra special for kids as one of the world’s well-loved characters, Hello Kitty, comes to Manila. Set in modern-day London, Hello Kitty is a young girl who is full of dreams and ambition for her future. But before she can get there, she is faced with a challenge ahead. Luckily, Hello Kitty is not alone and with the help of her twin sister Mimmy, bestfriend My Melody and boyfriend Dear Daniel, she will take on this amazing opportunity that can change her life forever! Also featured in the story are troublemaker Bad Badtz-Maru and the easy going Pom Pom Purin. The story portrays values on friendship, respect, kindness, hard work, talent and a passion for creativity. Mom and Dad will definitely find this show as something that could educate their children aside from making them happy during the Christmas season.

Dec 20 - Jan 1 | 11 AM, 2 & 7 PM
For ages 3 and up
Php 3000-5500
15% off with ManilaForKids promo code: HKLMKids
Meralco Theatre, Artigas Av. corner Meralco Av., Artigas
More info and where to get tickets


EVENT | Christmas King's School

manila for kids christmas Please join King's School Manila  for a fabulous Christmas event! Santa's Grotto, raffle with amazing prizes, face painting, games, vendors with original Christmas gifts!  Tomorrow 9am - 1pm... (Kings School Manila- near Mall of Asia)

December 3 | 9 AM- 1 PM
King's School Manila, Branco Avenue, Parañaque (near MOA)



THEATRE | Masha and the Bear

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Masha and the Bear is a cartoon of Russian origin, aimed at children aged two years and older. It is loosely based on the characters of Russian folklore Masha and the Bear. It will be a fun live show at the theatre, starring Masha, bear and all the main characters of the series. Masha and bears Live Show will be a real Musical, with a fun story and many projections and special effects. There will also be the main characters in the original cartoon, which will surround the sweet and naughty Masha.

Dec 23-31 | 2 & 5 PM
Php 850-3200
For ages 2 and up


Event | Science Film Festival


Grab this opportunity  to watch educational and fun films with the kids at the Science Film Festival. The theme for this year is Material Science so all films are about understanding how materials are put together, how they can be used, how they can be changed and made better to do more amazing things – even creating completely new kinds of stuff.

November 8- December 16
Public screenings at Museo Pambata & The Mind Museum
More info & schedule



MUSIC | Beethoven's 9th

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OH JOY! Performing in the newly-renovated Meralco Theater, the Manila Symphony Orchestra ends its 90th year with Beethoven's heavenly and majestic ODE TO JOY and the immortal 9th Symphony.

December 14 | 8 PM
For older kids
Php 750- 1000 (50% student discount)
Meralco Theatre, Artigas Av. corner Meralco Av., Ortigas


MUSIC | Sing to the World

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Christmas is not complete without listing to a beautiful choir. And I dare say that The University of Santo Tomas Singers are one of the best in the world!

December 14 | 7:30 PM
PHP 340-580
San Agustin Church, Intramuros Manila


MUSEUM | Dino Play

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DinoPlay is back at The Mind Museum! Come and play as a dinosaur as you step inside our Dino Den, play paleontologist and dig for fossils, and so much more! Explore the awesome world of dinosaurs in this traveling exhibition featuring hands-on activities for kids 2 to 9 years old. 

Until December 30 | 9 AM- 6 PM
Php 100-200
The Mind Museum, BGC



WORKSHOP | Hat making

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How about a nice Christmas themed hat for the kids? That will look really nice especially if they made it themselves, right? So see us this December 11 at 4PM for a Christmas Hat Making Workshop for the kids and the whole family. Registration is FREE! Merry Molito Christmas!

December 11| 4PM
For all ages
Molito Alabang, 2nd floor Activity Area



EVENT | Pororo


Have a Meet & Greet with Pororo and his friends!

December 25 | 8 PM
Php 250 (for 1 child + 1 guardian)
Molito 3 Activity Area, 2nd Floor on
Tickets at Molito Admin Office from 10AM-5PM


MOVIE | Moana

manila for kids Moana is not your average Disney princess! Meet a young woman who uses her navigational talents to set sail for a fabled island. Joining her on the adventure is her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui.

In cinemas nationwide starting November 30
Rated PG


DANCE| Awitin Mo At Isasayaw Ko 

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An exciting collaboration between Ballet Philippines and the ABS-CBN Orchestra with a libretto by Bibeth Orteza, featuring the music of the popular Filipino music group, VST & Co. in a groovy celebration of the holiday season and a return to the Manila Sound for the families of today. 


December 2-11 | 2, 6 & 8 PM
PHP 300-3000
50% off for students
CCP Main Theatre




Highly recommended show! Go see it while you can as it is in its final weeks. ManilaForKids subscribers get 10-15% off on the total ticket price! Click HERE to receive your discount code. Hurry, as the last show is on December 11.

Until December 11 | 3 PM
PHP 860-3442
Resorts World Manila, Pasay
Click here for your discount!



MUSEUM | Science Circus


Visit the Mind Museum's newest exhibition and discover the unusual in your everyday experience with interactive exhibits that deceive the senses and boggle the mind. Enter a room where gravity does not apply as you expect it to, engage your minds in puzzles, evoke your inner engineer, learn from the secrets of the Masters of Illusion, and so much more! This Saturday you can also watch the mesmerizing acts of Legato Visual Performing Arts t(2:30pm and 5:30pm)

Until January 31
PHP 200
The Mind Museum, BGC


THEATRE | A Little Princess


 A Little Princess is based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, which was honored by School Library Journal as one of the “Top 100 Chapter Books” of all time. This re-imagined version of the classic tale expands beyond the confines of Victorian England to Africa, giving the writers ample opportunity to include lively African music and dance, exotic locales like Mali and Timbuktu, and creating an unforgettable journey around the world. Based on the classic Victorian-era novel, it is the story of a young girl’s resilience, when she is placed in a Boarding School by her father and the power of her imagination to change the world.

Until December 10| 3:30 & 8 PM
PHP 600-1200
2nd floor, Onstage, Greenbelt 1 theater


EVENT| Flow in the City Christmas Fair

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Holistic workshops, yoga sessions, handcrafted finds and wholesome food all day at Flow In The City Christmas Village Wellness Fair.
Spend a fun-filled day with our friends from Flow in the City, do your Christmas shopping and join the holiday-themed workshops!

December 3 |10 AM - 8 PM
The Grove by Rockwell Tower A Function Room
 Workshops and activities 


THEATRE | Hansel and Gretel


Repertory Philippines presents Hansel and Gretel, an interactive musical based on the classic fairy tail of the Brothers Grimm about two hungry children, a witch and a gingerbread house. Highly recommended! My 8 year old sat at the edge of her seat for the entire show.

Until December 15
10.30 AM | 1.30 PM | 3.30 PM
PHP 420 - 630
Onstage Theatre, 2nd Floor, Greenbelt 1, Makati
Tickets Hansel and Gretel musical



DANCE | Cinderella

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Bibidi Babidi Boo! The world's favorite princess gets a decidedly Ballet Manila twist with Lisa Macuja and Osias Barroso's "Cinderella". Think magical and absolutely beguiling! Robinson's Rewards card holders get 30% off on certain days.

Until December 4 | 3 & 8 PM
PHP 500-1500
Aliw Theatre, Sotto Street, CCP Complex



SHOW | Disney on Ice

manila for kids disney on ice

Disney On Ice brings exciting new acts on its return to the Philippines. Take your kids on a colorful journey with their favorite Disney characters. Guests of all ages will enjoy the show’s brand new stories coupled with our favorite Disney classics. Audiences will dive deep into the East Australian Current with everyone’s favorite school of fish from Finding Dory when Dory, Nemo and Marlin set off on an adventure to discover the true meaning of family.

 December 25 - January 4 | 11 AM & 6 PM
Php 190-2540
Free for 1 and below
Mall of Asia Arena