Manila Ocean Park is one of the places we went to during this blessed trip to the Philippines 🙂 Tiring but fun, though it was too crowded in my opinion..(of course, what do you expect in a place like Manila? After being used to small crowds in Timor Leste, any large area filled with people would seem too crowded for me!) 🙂 Anyway, I’d like to share some survival tips for parents who plan to take their kids there:
TIP #1: If you can, don’t go there on a Saturday, so many schools/groups go on field trips there! Instead, opt for a weekday. Of course, for many parents, this is virtually impossible. In this case, make sure your kid/s know the importance of sticking together during the trip. 🙂
TIP #2: Before you go, tell your kid/s in advance where you’re going, what they’ll see there and teach them about being safe in public places (don’t wander off, ask for help from the right people if they get lost, etc etc. For kids who can’t verbalize so much yet, the SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT thing to do is, don’t let go of their hand!! Always keep an eye on them! )
TIP #3 and THE MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL: Pray and Play! 🙂 Pray that the kids be safe from all harm and infectious diseases! Play and have fun, make perfect moments! Leave all your worries and work-day thoughts behind and soak in the time with your family! And try to learn a few things about ocean life while you’re at it!