UNFORTUNATELY, SOME CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE TO KIDSFEST MANILA SCHEDULING.
PLEASE SEE THE OFFICIAL STATEMENT BELOW:
Typhoon Yolanda has forced, rightly, a clear change of focus for the whole population, and spending money on entertainment has been replaced with helping others in need. Ticket sales have reflected this, and we feel it is in the best interests of all concerned to postpone to a future time (possibly next year).
Thank you ABA Productions for letting M ‘n M be a part of KidsFest by gifting readers tickets to the show never the less. I too feel that postponing the shows is, in fact, a wise decision.
When I was growing up, every now and again my parents would take us for field trips into “The City.” The City, as we called it, was New York City. Our field trips were usually scheduled around holidays (when we would visit Rockefeller Center and “The Tree.”) anniversaries, birthdays, or other celebrations like graduations.
Sometimes, my dad would treat us to the opera in Lincoln Center. Other times we would have dinner at his favorite Chinese restaurant on Mott Street. Still other times, we would have the pleasure of watching a Broadway musical (or off Broadway for that matter) and maybe even a play.
I can vividly remember watching The King and I, Brigadoon, South Pacific, and even plays with the whole family. I remember sitting through an opera at an age not yet old enough to appreciate the talent on stage or the work that went into the production, but the beauty in those memories wasn’t just taking theater in, it was also piling into the station wagon that my father happily drove with the whole family (sometimes including my Nana and my Lola) in tow, crossing the Hudson River and dressed in our Sunday’s best so that Mom and Dad could expose us to an evening outside of our norm.
Admittedly, I have always wanted to treat my children to the same types of experiences I look back on so fondly. Sometimes, I am really good at doing that because I get to expose them to new experiences while taking advantage of the “teachable moments.” Other times, I get caught up in the day to day grind of getting everyone off to school, dressed properly, therapies done, and dinner on the table, that there isn’t much room to breathe let alone bring them to a scheduled show where I have to plan for and make adjustments in our family’s busy schedule. So when we do plan for events outside the house, like watching a play, it’s just as much a treat for me as it is for my kids.
That is why I am happy, that here in Manila, there are many opportunities to take the kids out for shows, concerts, and learning experiences in different museums. During our Christmas break we planned to do lots of fun things with the kids and their cousins while they are visiting from New York. Hopefully, I’ll get to share some of our fun activities here with you on the blog.
One of our planned activities for the month of January, with the kids, is catching a show at the RCBC Theater. Nino and I have been able to attend quite a few different productions at this theater before. It’s easy to get to, easy to park, and if it’s a date night we usually grab a quick bite to eat at one of the affordable restaurants just a few steps from the entrance to the theater. After which, we usually take advantage of being in Makati already and have a drink together before heading home to our own suburbia.
Kidsfest will be bringing two productions here to Manila for a total of 8 shows each. I am excited to tell you about this theater extravaganza for kids, because the producers of the show have gifted two tickets for me to raffle off to one lucky reader! The tickets that are up for grabs are for the January 17th show at 5 pm for “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.”
If you want a chance to take home two tickets all you have to do is:
1) “Like” the Kidsfest Manila Facebook Page
2) Tweet about the give away. Be sure to include “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” and a link to the give away here on the blog too.
If you were able to catch “The Gruffalo,” earlier this year, you can take your kids to view the sequel, “The Gruffalo’s Child.” If you would like to watch something all together different but still, just as fun with “catchy songs, interactive scenes, and hands on adventures,” then “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” is the show for you. Also, if you choose to watch both shows with your children, then you can avail of a ten percent discount!
If you aren’t familiar with the book, “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt,” by Michael Rosen that is illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, check out the link below 🙂
If taking your kids to the theater for a play isn’t something that you would think could benefit the victims who were hit hardest by Typhoon Yolanda/ Haiyan, I’d like to tell you about the producers’ and actors’ component to give back. They will be donating the admission collected on 400 seats (that’s the equivalent of one whole show) to the victims affected by the super typhoon. It somehow makes it easier to get involved with productions, when you know that there is thought behind it…and that thought will bring people who are in dire situations the very basic items that they need. Theater and a cause…giving back while sharing art with my children. I like it. I like it a lot.
Tickets can be purchased through www.ticketworld.com.ph
For more details, log on to www.kidsfest.com.ph
For school bookings and other inquiries, contact Joyce Tse at firstname.lastname@example.org