Playtales Now Open At The Mind Museum
How much of our childhood do we carry into adulthood?
The ages 6 years old and below is an extraordinary period in human life. This is when important steps in the formation of a child’s brain happens. A child’s experiences during this part of life have a big impact on how they will become as adults. During this time, children learn important lessons on how to deal with other people, living things, objects, and the environment. “Playtales: a Journey from Me to We” is an interactive exhibition that showcases and enhances these connections in a child’s mind.
“Playtales” is on the second floor of The Mind Museum in Bonifacio Global City. Through play, story-telling, and other creative experiences, young children and their adult companions can learn important lessons about the wonders of early childhood.
Designed with the help of the latest research about development during early childhood years, the exhibits are best enjoyed by children 2 to 6 years old accompanied by adults who can help them interact with the exhibits.
“Playtales” is not only for young children — it is for their grown up companions too! By helping young children interact with the exhibits, the grown ups learn about the importance of early childhood experiences by watching children showcase their creativity, playfulness, curiosity, and empathy.
“People always debate which is more powerful — nature or nurture – but it is both. Always both as it is always an interplay between your genes and what and who surrounds you. So in ‘Playtales,’ we focused on this interplay crafting creative experiences to shape children’s responses to different stories and different situations to make them aware that they live in a world with others,” says Maria Isabel Garcia, curator of The Mind Museum.
“The years 0-5 is the age of the great wiring of the brain. Research has found that many attitudes and behavior become deeply embedded by the time we are 5 years old,” Garcia says. “We want to be able to help create experiences that strengthen this wiring for empathy. We still live in a world where many of the biggest problems arise from lack of empathy and from failure to relate with others.”
“Playtales” is organized into three “worlds”. Exhibits in the “World of Humans” show how young children develop empathy — the ability to imagine how others feel — in their dealings with other people. In the “World of Others”, guests will learn about how young children develop connections with objects, other living things, and the environment. The “World of Ideas” showcases the power of creativity and imagination in children.
Playtales Operations and Admission Fees
- Operating Hours
- Tuesdays to Sundays, from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (closed on Mondays)
Playtales Exhibition – 1.5 hour timeslots
- 09:00 am – 10:30 am | 10:30 am – 12:00 pm | 12:00 pm – 01:30 pm
- 01:30 pm – 03:00 pm | 03:00 pm – 04:30 pm | 04:30 pm – 06:00 pm
|1.5 Hour Timeslot, Playtales only|
|*Child – 6 years old & below||Php 300 per child* (includes 1 free adult)|
|Additional companion||Php 100 per additional companion (7 years old & up)|
|All Day Pass, Playtales only|
|*Child – 6 years old & below||Php 550 per child* (includes 1 free adult)|
|Additional companion||Php 200 per additional companion (7 years old & up)|
To upgrade their tickets to include all-day access to The Mind Museum Galleries, guests just need to add P475 per person (child or adult)
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“Playtales” – Highlights Factsheet
|World||Exhibit Highlights||What you and your child can do||What you and your child can learn|
|World of Humans||Pipe Pals||Look for the pipes with faces. Search the place for a pipe with the same color! Speak with each other by speaking into the ends of the pipe. You can talk with your companion even if you cannot see him or her!||● Listening is just as important as talking! Communication is a two-way process, and learning this during early childhood is crucial in the development of a person
● If you want to talk with someone, you have to wait for your turn
|Copy Me||Let your child copy the faces they see on a screen. Little do they know the mirror in front of them is a two-way mirror! If you go to the other side, he or she cannot see you but you can see the faces he or she is making!||● Showing emotions through one’s face is a universal human emotion|
|It Takes You and Me||You see a scene showing a dirty environment. The only way to clean it is to connect the opposite ends of the exhibit, and the only way to make this happen is for you and your child to hold hands!||● Children must learn the importance of helping each other in achieving a shared goal from an early age|
|World of Others||Play Farm Fishing||Children play-act catching fish in a pond! They must first use a fish ruler to see if the fish is big and ready for catching or if it is still too small and needs to be returned to the water.||● The value of conserving and preserving nature learned during early childhood can stay with a person for the rest of their life|
|Play Farm Planting||Children play-act planting and harvesting on a farm. They must learn how to harvest and plant different crops at the right time!||● Sustainable farming means understanding the cycles of nature
● The value of conserving and preserving nature learned during early childhood can stay with a person for the rest of their life
|Wear and Where?||Children wear a costume and get to pretend to be an animal! Then they must go to the habitat or home of the animal they are pretending to be!||● Just like people have homes, animals have homes too
● Starting from an early age, children can empathize with animals, which means they can imagine what it might feel like to be an animal and understand that animals can feel at home in certain places but not in others
|World of Ideas||Once Upon A Time||Children make their own stories by sticking magnets into a giant book!||● Starting from a young age, children develop a sense of story or narrative. This means that a child can relate with a fictional story and have an intuition on whether a story is good or not|
|Shadow Puppets||Children use shadow puppets to exercise their creativity in make believe and display their sense of story||● Studies have shown that people who read good stories (literary fiction) develop a strong sense of empathy (the power to imagine how others are feeling). Children who have stories read to them, and who are good at creating their own stories, benefit from this power of story-telling|