Saturday, February 23, 2013

Enjoying our First Family Day with HCI

I enrolled my son in a toddler school near our area for a very reason; I want him to learn how to socialize with other kids because he was always alone at home with no other kids in sight, only his Yaya (Ate Joy) whenever we’re at work. 

Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village Camp Ground

Last Saturday February 23, 2013, the school had a Family Day at Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village, Cugman, Cagayan de Oro City, accordingly this activity happens every year. It was our first time to join a Family Day in school, we do not know yet how the activity runs. All we did was abide the school’s instructions.
Holy Child Institute Family Day Tarpaulin
Every family was asked to bring one potluck viand/food for lunch. We wanted something different, I asked Joy’s idea and she said how about a “Chicken Curry?”, I agreed right away because chicken curry is one of my favourite food. Also, we’re obliged to bring our own rice, utensils, drinks and other things the family needs.

Anyway, the activity started around 9AM. Glad we arrived early and were able to park the car near the activity area, or else we’ll be walking and carrying all our stuffs from the entrance to the camp ground which is about 500m in distance, downhill.

There were a lot of games lined up for the day, to be participated by kids and parents. First, was so called Family Bingo, which is quite different from the bingo I have known, it was more like a math quiz. The emcee will be giving math problems, and the participants will solve the problem and look for the answer at the bingo sheet. My brain did worked for a while (although I am an engineer, I can’t rapidly compute using only my brain because the truth is engineers rely on calculators, hehe) and good thing the problems were only additions and subtractions. Ask me if I won? Nope! But it was cool!

Second was a group activity. Every level we’re asked to make a flag the represents our level. We’re asked to explain our drawings, then the rest of the group mates will do their cheer and later one of the daddy’s of the group will raise the completed flag in designated flag pole. I did the drawing (no picture, hubby was looking after Xye), the rest (one mom, 2 ates including Ate Joy) did the cheer and it was hubby who raised the flag for the Toddlers group afterwards.

Dads of all levels carrying the hand drawn flags
Papa Jes showing the flag we had with concept playground for toddlers.

Hubby sprinting hahahaha... wala naman prize ang winner
Papa Jes raising the flag for the Toddlers Level
Third was the apple eating contest. Moms and Dads were chosen as participants. Luckily we’re not called because if we were, I had to pass because of my teeth brackets/braces.  I can’t bite from a whole apple fruit.

couples participated in the apple eating contest
Fourth the shoe box race for kids. My son did not participate because he’s too young and can’t understand instructions yet.

Xye's classmate CJ joining the shoe box race
Fifth, I don’t know the game’s name but it was participated by Moms, Dads and Kids. We participated too. Our task was “Dad, Mom and Kid walk while feet tied together, holding bananas in hand while walking”. Easy task huh!, the irony was there were 3 huge bananas to consume when we reach the target point before the other family can move on. I can’t imagine eating them, thank goodness they reduced the number instead of 3 to 1 banana. Did our group won? Nope again. But it was also real fun and I’m glad that our little boy participated. Way to go Kiddo!

busy tying the ribbon on our feet. Xye looking down wondering what's going on.
walking hand in hand foot by foot as one family
Sixth is the blanket carry, no picture for this one. Ate Joy and I participated and it was hubby’s turn to look after Xye. This was the most tiring game. Considering the heat of the sun and the heavy weights of the participants, it was exhausting. Ask if we won? Yes we did, I don’t know how, but still we won! lol

Lastly before lunch is the coin transfer game, participated by adults, three groups of seven. Hubby and I participated again. I thought we’re not going to do anything but stand side by side, but instead we moved from one point to another while transferring 10 centavo coin at a time using our point fingers. Imagine transferring 10 pieces of 10 centavo coin? It was really tiring but fun too, even the sun was burning our skin, we ended the game with smiles on our faces. Thankful it was the last activity, all of us were tired and hungry, all waiting for lunch.

After the lunch we had the group pictorials.

The toddlers with parents

The whole group
Anyone was allowed to enjoy the cool water of the swimming pool with minimal usage fee. Although, we wanted Xye to enjoy the pool experience, but we opted to go home ahead because we weren’t able to bring extra clothes with us and besides our little one was already sleepy. 

We did pictorials before the activity had started.

Xye and his Ate Joy
Mother and Son tandem

Xye checking out the water
Overall, our first Family Day organized by Holy Child Institute was indeed full of fun and excitement. 

Father and Son tandem

our family picture in purple
We’re looking forward for the same activity next time. Thanks Holy Child Institute for the experience. :)