Unique Learning Gifts: 10 Gift Ideas From The Mind Museum

The first one who called me ninang is 18 years old now. You can take is as me having a being a ninang too young or I am that old. Since then, I've had at least 15 more godkids and a few more nephew and nieces, whom I always try and make an effort to give gifts on Christmas. My aim is to give each one something they will enjoy and learn from. Sometimes, I just can't find that inspiration on what unique, affordable gift I can give them and I end up cramming. Even if I find something I like, the olders kids doesn't really enjoy it. Kids don't get excited getting books year after year. I almost always end up just giving cash. Bad Ninang!

Recently, I discovered The Mind Museum when I was looking for Mila's first birthday party venue and when they sponsored the MBP's Halloween Party we attended recently. We did not end up with this venue for Mila's birthday but I know I have this filed for the next years or so.

The Mind Museum is the first world class science museum in the Philippines that doesn't just provide a whole new learning experience for kids, it also has great educational toys for children of all ages.

If you are like me who prefers unique, fun, useful gifts that will poster learning, here are 10 Gift Ideas from The Mind Museum

1. The Scientific Date: How about a date in an artsy but science-themed gallery, or stargazing in cozy couches in a custom-made planetarium?  Surprise your loved ones and the young ones with All Day Passes or gift certificates to The Mind Museum! With over 250 hands-on, minds-on exhibits and live experiment demonstrations that unveil the remarkable science behind living and non-living things, a date or two in The Mind Museum is definitely a unique and exciting way to spend time together this Yuletide season. 

The Scientific Date
(The Mind Museum tickets all day passes is sold for only Php750/php)
2. Name the Stars after Your Loved Ones: Do you know that you can literally leave your mark in The Mind Museum by naming one of their virtual exhibits?  You can leave your names or your loved ones’ on digital exhibits found in the different galleries in the Museum, through a fixed donation that come with e-certificates.  Imagine the delight of seeing your family’s name imprinted on the virtual stars that make up a constellation, or name a specific kind of dinosaur that inhabits a virtual era in history. What’s more heart-warming is that all proceeds for this program go to supporting the institutions’ project of giving free museum visits to public school kids.

Name the Stars after Your Loved Ones
(Virtual exhibits’ price ranges from Php1,000 to Php5,000, depending on your choice of show. 
For more information, visit http://exhibits.themindmuseum.org)
3. The Key to Endless Discovery: A year-round, all-day admission to the first world-class science museum in the country—how does that sound? Interactive exhibits, a thoughtfully designed planetarium, meticulously laid-out 3D shows, and exciting science demonstrations await your lucky gift recipient. The Mind Museum’s Unlimited Science Pass also gives free admission to over 300 worldwide science museums, discounts on travelling exhibition tickets, birthday packages, and purchases inside The Mind Museum Store. And because the institution always interlinks its efforts with expanding the knowledge of today’s generation, this unli-pass directly supports free museum passes for underprivileged kids. (For a group of four or more, avail the Unlimited Science Pass for only Php2,250/pax. Visit https://www.themindmuseum.org/science-alive/63/membership-program for more information)

4. All for Science, All for Love: To celebrate the holidays in a different, more meaningful way, why not sponsor a trip for public school kids this Christmas? You can even ask your family or friends to join you in spearheading this project to further enrich the sense of wonder of these young ones. Don’t worry, The Mind Museum’s doors are open to plan and accomplish this advocacy of embracing and sharing the true spirit of the season. (To inquire about this project, please send your email to inquiry@themindmuseum.org.) 

The Mind Museum is a gallery of endless activities and possibilities so, of course, there's more in The Mind Museum Store for you!

If these shirts could talk
(Prices range from Php379.75 to Php499.75)
5. If these shirts could talk: Let your friends “wear their wit” with these design shirts that are exclusively available in The Mind Museum Store! These shirts come in different colors and are tastefully designed with vibrant graphics and statements that will truly make science a cool fashion statement of choice this holiday season. 

6. Of Puzzles, Papers, and Pencils: Instead of those tired old notebooks or planners, try giving the young ones (or even your family and friends) these funky Human Anatomy Notebook and Science Alphabet Notebook! They’re, indeed, a safe space for random thoughts, important lists, or mind babbles. Here’s a tip: pair these notebooks with Puzzle Color Pencils and let its colorful tips become their wand to create their DIY-diary.
Of Puzzles, Papers, and Pencils
(Human Anatomy Notebook and Science Alphabet Notebook are sold for only Php379.75,
while Puzzle Color Pencils set is sold for only Php649.75.
Own The Universe
(The Star Planetarium set is sold for only Php2,579.75.)
7. Own the Universe: While these kids are taking baby steps towards their dreams, you can show them the momentary short-cut in seizing the universe, literally, through the Star Planetarium! Projecting 3D stars, planets, and constellations, this amazing contraption also includes 3D glasses for a more mesmerizing virtual representation of what’s above and beyond the world we’re living in.
Unearthing the Dinos
 (The entire Dino Excavation Kit is sold for Php2,699.75.)

8. Unearthing the Dinos: Be a paleontologist and travel back to the era of dinosaurs with the special edition of Dino Excavation Kit. Dig for the bones hidden in the gypsum block, assemble them and enjoy your very own miniature dinosaur skeleton replica. Top it off by learning more about the fossils you have just uncovered.

Think Fun What's Gnu
(What’s GNU deck costs Php9,49.75 while the Hyperswipe set costs Php1,349.75.) 

9. Tricks and Treats: Put a little ease and fun in teaching kids using playing cards that are exclusively sold at The Mind Museum store. You can either get What’s GNU?—a 3-letter learning game deck or go for a game of speed and visual tricks with Hyperswipe! Grab these cards now, be the learning and game master at the same time, and let the enlivening game itself, too, serve as an added gift to these kids!

10. Build Your Own, Learn on Your Own: Teach your young ones the basics of gardening, without having to worry about landscaping your backyard, with these innovative plant miniatures! You can either let them grow the Sweet Leaf, which grows leaves that can be used as a natural substitute for sugar; the Mini-Melons that will actually produce sweet mini cantaloupes in less than 2 months; or get really out-of-this-word with the Curious George Outer Space Adventure Garden that will even allow them to experiment right in their mini pots! 
Curious George Garden
(Sweet leaf and Mini-melons cost Pho829.75 each
 while the Curious George Outer Space Adventure Garden is sold for Php1,229.75.

Isn't all these wonderful you wish you got them yourself when you were younger (or even now). I sure do! Go ahead and get one, or all of these for that special kid and share the fun of learning this Holiday!

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