One more thing I like about Liam’s school is that they have activities like “Date with Dad” and “Date with Mom”. It’s some kind of field trip with activities for the children and their mom or dad. They really encourage that only the mom or dad join the activity. No yayas, no mommies on dad’s day and vice versa. Though, if dad or mom is not available, they suggest that lolo / tito or lola / tita to accompany the kid so they won’t be left out just because their parent is working abroad (or that day, in our case). Nice diba!?
Last year’s “Date with Mom” was held at the Movenpick hotel in Mactan (former Hilton) where teachers have organized different activities like arts and games for the kids and their moms. Unfortunately, it fell on Liam’s nap time and I have this rule that his sleeping time (and meal time) always comes first. Thus, us not joining.
The “Date with Dad” on the other hand was held on school grounds where they played different sports. It was also scheduled during class hours so Liam and Dino were able to join. They both had lots of fun that time. But since we’re not sure if Dino can handle a 2 yr old Liam, Ate Donna was in tow then but waiting to be called lang.
This year’s date days were both held outdoors. Dad’s day was in Shangri-la Mactan. They’ve organized painting, tree planting and games for the participants. Sayang lang kasi, we had a major event in our work that Dino cannot miss. So they weren’t able to join. Night before the date pa naman, Liam was excitedly telling us that he’s going to Shangri-La with his teachers and classmates.
With that guilt at heart I made a resolution that I will join the date with mom by hook or by crook. So the day came and off we went to Crocolandia in Talisay. It’s an hour drive from the city so we left a bit early. The day was consist of an educational tour (where nobody understands what our guide was saying, hehe), a short educational classroom type experience for the kids, arts and crafts, fishing and fish feeding and a little dance program from the kids.
We arrived a little early before call time, and program did not start right away. So Liam and I walked around and looked at the animals in the zoo. Liam liked the birds the most. Un lang, better if we see them in the wild. Can’t wait for Liam’s first birding adventure. Anyway, did not take pics na with the crocs and other animals. Ayaw ko pics na puro wire mesh.. hehe.. 🙂
We went fishing after the zoo tour, and Liam and I enjoyed it a lot. We did not catch any fishes though. I think it’s because he and one of his classmates kept on throwing the fish food directly to the pond. Wala ng hirap for the fishes. No need to go to our baits. hehe
In the class type demo, they were introduced to different animal eggs, parts of a turtle and snakes. They were asked to distinguish the eggs too.. Ganun pala un no?! may kaba na kasama if your child will be able to answer or not, kahit di pa totoong exam un.. haha.. oh well, he did very well naman.. Liam was initially afraid to touch the snake, but overcame his fear. Proud mommy moment again for me. 🙂
We then went to the reptile gallery and was able to take photos with the albino snakes. 🙂 Liam was not afraid of it anymore.. 🙂 We also did our Crocodile project there.
After the project, the kids all danced for their mommies. Was too excited to notice that I failed to turn on the video cam while taking it. (yeah, ako na ang excited! haha) It’s ok, since Liam danced so well and I can still remember the smile he has while dancing his heart out looking at me (like he was saying: “Mommy watch this”.) 🙂 After their presentation, it was time to feed the biggest and oldest crocodile there named Lapulapu. I got a good spot where Liam can see the action, but the guy who’s feeding Lapulapu have a different idea and let the crocodile come near us. It ended up eating the chicken right in front of Liam face which really scared him. He ran off and doesn’t want to go near Lapulapu’s cage anymore. I then decided to call it a day kesa masayang pa lahat ng memory kakapilit ko saknya.
He enthusiastically recounted all of the morning’s happening to his Dad that night and even to his lolo who came 2 days after our date.
Oh, another thing I like about this date was the chance I had to meet other parents, one of which is my constant text mate now, exchanging notes and plans about our kids. We are planning to have play dates for our kids soon. Sana matuloy.
Definitely looking forward to more dates with Liam, not only in school activities, but hopefully until he grow bigger. 🙂