Cosmic Kidz

I’ve never seen our kids so happy and active when they experienced staying in David’s Playhouse in Market Market for an hour. The idea was an afterthought because we were so tired following them inside the mall. Together with their Wowa, we entered the playhouse and let the Yayas enjoy shopping for a while.

When Jay came home for vacation recently, we decided to bring them to a spaced themed gym and playground of fun, adventure, and interactive learning…THE COSMIC KIDZ at SM Mall of Asia. This is a joint project of SM and Selecta. This five-storey playground caught our attention because of its size and attractions.

We decided to join them in experiencing this adventure last May 18, 2011. I tried not to think about the admission rates. Anyway, it’s a rare experience with the kids, Jay being with us. The twins were so excited that they wanted to let loose inside and not to remove their shoes.

The PLASMA POOL is a big come on as you enter the playground. Best for babies and toddlers, Paul and Xander enjoyed lying and rolling over the tarpaulin cover.

The next experience is the Spectrum Crossing. But unfortunately, there’s no movement when they rode the boat. There’s also the Spinning Sling Shot which I prefer not to be ridden by them. They also tried the slide and the Ground Control.

Well, there’s more to explore at the Comfyland at the 2nd floor using the cushioned stairs. The 2 boys can’t get enough of what they see. Paul, moves so fast going through the interactive elements of musical toys, mind stimulating objects, and a kiddie computer. They also rode the animal Merry-go-Round!

What else can they explore? Before we can climb to the next level, we were led to Airballs where they have floating balloons. Since there were too many big kids, we decided to transfer to Orbits. The kids rolled and played for a very long time inside where there are soft, small white balls.

As much as we wanted to sit and rest, we were curious with the Hyper Slide. But Tatay and Ading were able to fool us. They chose to take the other route. Not the Apollo Climber where there are small soft cushion for you to hold as you climb to the 3rd level. The 3rd level is for big kids and adult. This is where Xander almost fell off the stairs. As we climb the 3rd floor, they were excited to find so many balls lying on the floor. The battle zone of the Gaming Cannon Area is where the balls land after being shot by the cannons above. We went up again through the Rocket Booster Areas. Honestly, I was scared the kids might fell or hurt themselves. There are tunnels and holes that are too narrow and steep. I think the highest point would be inside the Helicopter’s Cockpit.

We went down and explored other parts of the 3rd level area – Space Web, Worm Hole and the area where there are soft bricks on the floor. Too exhausted and gasping for breath, I wasn’t able to follow Xander immediately after he sneaked out from a hole going to the Worm Hole at the side. I didn’t realize that a few steps away would be the stairs going to the 2nd floor. Good thing I was able to hold his shirt and pulled him towards me.

It’s nice to enjoy the fun, but with your toddlers getting curious and still so helpless, it is best to always practice a little caution.

The experience is worth another visit. The next time wouldn’t hurt if we have a taste of the ice cream at The Creamery. After a breathtaking simulation ride at the X-Rider.

Twins' Haircut

January 29, 2011, we went to Kids' Salon at Market! Market for Paul and Xander's first haircut. We want this to be memorable so we took them to a salon especially built for toddlers. I think our little angels thought that they were in a play area because they saw a lot of toys, a playhouse, and other kiddie stuff in the area. When it was their turn to get their hair cut, they were so behaved. At first, they did not mind the razor running on their head because they were busy enjoying the steering wheel of the barber chair in a form of a car. There was also a teevee in front of them showing Barney. The Wonder Twins just started to cry when they felt itchy because of the tiny hairs falling on their sides. There were lots of cute cries but in the end, Kuya and Ading went home cuter more handsome!

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During my four-day vacation last month, I and Supernanay took the kids to the barber shop near our place for their second haircut. When we got there, Paul and Xander started to cry because I think they already know what will happen. There were no toys there, just a bunch of guys cutting the hairs of other guys. They do not want to sit on the red barber chair because it does not look like a car! Good thing my wife was there to persuade the chikitings have their haircut.

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Star City Adventure

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Last May 15, 2011, I went home to spend my quarterly vacation from work. Though I was only given four days (or six days less the two plane travels), I and Supernanay made sure that it will be a fun-filled family bonding time.

One of the things we did was to bring our kids to a theme park. Our original plan was to go to Enchanted Kingdom but due my schedule, we settled for Star City. As you can see in the photos, we were all dressed in red because we availed the park's "Color Fiesta" promo. A group of five wearing the assigned color of the week gets a hundred-peso discount on their "ride-all-you-can" ticket pass (this is not a paid advertisement). With us were Tita Sarah and Tito Paulo, Yaya Len-Len,  and Yaya Jessa.

The park opens four in the afternoon during weekdays. We arrived there around six and had our dinner first at Tropical Hut Hamburger. The Wonder Twins look so happy while they were eating their spaghetti and fried chicken. They seem to know that they are in for a good time. Paul and Xander were "pa-bibo" and the people around us could not resist to put a smile on them.

When we got to the entrance gate, our kids got even happier. The large crowd that they saw made them want to run around all by themselves. They were happy to see other kids and were trying to talk with them though they do not know how to speak yet. The attendant at the gate gave us the list of rides allowed for the little angels.

First was at "Red Barron", a merry-go-round-like ride but instead of horses, it has planes. This is their first time to experience this kind of ride. The planes that they know are those found at Time Zone that do not fly! You can see in their faces the joy that they felt when we were already "flying". 

Next were "Peter Pan" and "Land of Giants". These attractions are walk-through fantasy attractions for family where you can enjoy the characters from Neverland and see the world at a bigger view but I think our chikitings are not yet ready to appreciate them. 

"Magic Forest" is a train ride which I think Les and Lei enjoyed. The tracks go through a cave filled with fake trees and other stuff you see in the wild. They also loved riding the horses of the "Grand Carousel". The last we had was "Pirate Adventure", a boat ride that took us to the adventurous world of seafarers.

Time really flies when you are having fun. We thought the park closes past midnight but it was just open until eleven. Good thing we were able to let the kids enjoy all the rides they were allowed in to.

In deed, this is one of the happiest times I had with my family.