Friday, May 4, 2012

Exploring Nido Fortified's Science Discovery Center

My brother and I weren't supposed to go to Nido Fortified's Science Discovery Center in Mall of Asia. But since we were already in the area (coming from PAL's Rally to Bali event last Saturday), we opted to meet with my cousins. My niece and nephews also came along so that was actually more fun for everyone.

Anyway, my Kuya treated all of us to free passes (tickets were sold at Php330 for adults and Php300 for kids). We were about 11 people who came into the center. Now, our tickets also came with free popcorn and a Milo drink, plus two Planetarium shows -- one was about the universe, and the other was the One World One Sky: Big Bird‘s Adventure. 

YES! A short travel within the solar system for only Php330! How cool is that?!

Anyhow, since we came in a bit late in the afternoon, we opted to start our tour by watching the Planetarium presentations. The first projected show was actually more interesting compared to Big Bird's adventure. But the latter was a more obvious hit for the kids since they enjoyed interacting with 'Elmo' and "Big Bird' all throughout the show.


After the Planetarium, we checked out the Grossology and Smart Media City -- both of which can be accessed on the first floor. 


After playing and exploring with the different gadgets and models, we all went up to the second floor to check out SpaceShip Earth, Virtual Reef, City Science, Robot Inc., and the iPlay iLearn Hub.

Inside the Virtual Reef
Inside the Earthquake Stimulator -- I wrote the script for this!!! So proud that it's still being played. =)
Hallway full of amazing creations!   

The little kids had a lot of fun. I guess the adults did too. But if you were to ask me, I'm good with one visit for now. I actually thought that the discovery center was as interesting and as interactive as the one that I visited in Singapore (which had more visually appealing models and presentations). So Nido's Science Discovery Center was just 3 out of 5 stars for me. 


How about you -- have you been to this part of Mall of Asia? Were your expectations of the discovery center been met? :) I would love to hear your thoughts!

Explore & Be Free!
Mai

30 comments:

unsugarcoatedreviews said...

I haven't been here. Is it worth the P350?  How long were the Planetarium shows btw?

mhe-anne said...

oh nice! reminded me of another backblog post. i also went inside the Science Discovery Center for free passes last Dec 2011 since my friend works there and i have a couch surfing friend visiting from China. i love it there but was busy with other travel so haven't written about it yet

Pinoy Travel Freak said...

Lagi ako sa MOA pero d pa ko nakakapasok dito. Mukhang interesting sa loob. :)

Francis Balgos said...

This is very nice!
looks like fun,
just looking at your photos!

AJ said...

Wow, I didn't even know we have something like this here! I remember being obsessed with the planetarium (the one in Luneta) when I was kid. Maybe I should unleash my inner child in this one. :)

Gay Emami said...

OH look at those kids having heaps of fun! I reckon my daughter's too young for this one :( Should wait a while.

Eigroj Stain said...

I like the astroboy photo-- I'm a fan!

Maria Estrella Ledesma said...

I brought my son and brother here when it was still relatively new and yes, it was fun.  My brother and cousin who joined us went to sleep during the planetarium show...hahaha

Violy said...

wow the kids would love this place!  I have not been to MOA actually hope to explore it soon. ;)

Cha Sy said...

The astroboy is so cute. I haven't been to the discovery center yet. This is exciting!

gagay said...

woooaaaah! meron palang ganito? cool ah.. ang kukyut ng ni Astro Boy.hahahahaa

TripSiders said...

Ohh.. My fave Astroboy is there.. hehehe..
Like to check out this part of MOA with my nephews and niece..

Mai_Flores said...

Hi dear! Sadly, it wasn't really worth spending Php330 since there weren't much to see -- well, to me that is. Although the most interesting part their was the Earthquake Stimulator . I pride on writing the script for that..hehehe! Anyway the kids did enjoy their visit. As for the Planetarium, I think each show runs for about 10-15 minutes.

Mai_Flores said...

Did you enjoy your tour there, Mhe-Anne? :)

Mai_Flores said...

Interesting naman pero more on pang-bata talaga. :)

Mai_Flores said...

Thanks Francis! :)

Mai_Flores said...

I haven't tried the Planetarium in Luneta -- is it still open? :(

Mai_Flores said...

They super had fun -- mababaw kaligayahan ng kids na yan heheeh.. You should take Luna her sometime. Well as you said, when she's a little bit older. :)

Mai_Flores said...

have you been to HKG's The Peak? They have a store there that has a big statue of Astroboy. :)

Mai_Flores said...

hahaha.. well, I was actually yawning all throughout the Big Bird show.. :))

Mai_Flores said...

You should try it Violy. :)

Mai_Flores said...

You should pay the science discovery center a visit soon, Ms. Cha. :)

Mai_Flores said...

Hey gagay! yes, a few years na yan sa MOA. :)

Mai_Flores said...

You should take your pamangkins there. Ma-eenjoy nila yung place. :)

mark pogi said...

I'd take my daughter there a few years from now. ^_^

Mai_Flores said...

YOu should sir! :) She might enjoy the kids shows at the Planetarium. :)

marrimye said...

I think, the difference of the Nido Science Discovery Center with that of the Singaporean's is quite obvious.  The materials used and the design.  Kumbaga... iba ang pinagkagastusan sa hindi masyadong pinag-ukulan ng malaking BUDGET.

Mai_Flores said...

You're right about that Ms. Marri! Ibang klase talaga yung discovery center ng Singapore. Kahit ako na-impress at talagang di na bore. I guesss, the one that we have here in Manila lacks that 'oomph' factor. Nonetheless, our version of it can still be as educational. :)

Shashi said...

My nephew and niece enjoyed our visit here so much!

Btw, followed your blog through GFC. Hope you could follow mine as well. :)

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Thanks.

Mai_Flores said...

Hi Shashi! Thanks for following.. followed back! Oh, and glad you and your pamangkins had fun at the discovery center! :)