Chinese New Year is fast approaching and here in Bacolod, it is a big thing because of the Bacolaodiat festival. As a Bacolod blogger, we get invited to all sorts of events, but with the Bacolaodiat, even if I am not invited to any of the official events, I make it a point to go out and check out the public activities for my children’s sake. We have Chinese blood coursing through our veins and looking at my children, you would know that they come from Chinese lineage.
As a homeschooling in Bacolod family, we hold these kinds of activities once a month to foster camaraderie among homeschoolers and also to provide the kids with a venue for extra curricular activities. The families are not obliged to join, so whoever is available and interested in a certain event can just signify their intention to join.
Chinese New Year Activity for Kids
This year 2018, the Year of the Dog, we had an advanced Chinese New Year celebration for the Bacolod Homeschoolers. I did not organize the event myself, instead, I enlisted the services of KIDS Inc, an indoor playground and tutorial center here in Bacolod, to help us hold this event for the Bacolod homeschoolers.
We just asked the parents to let the kids wear their Chinese costumes for a nice and complete CNY experience. After all, costumes are really a big part of child’s play, especially in stirring up the imagination. Read my other article on dress up play for children. Link below.
While all the participants have Chinese parentage, they are not all Chinese speakers so Teacher Roselle made sure to enunciate the lyrics to the songs so that the kids learned to pronounced the words correctly. They learned the different animals of the Chinese zodiac and where they were classified accordingly based on their birthdays. They also learned about the different famous people in history who were born under the different zodiacs.
Chinese Lantern Making
Teacher Roselle asked for the kids’ birthday before the event She prepared sheets of red paper as well as paper cutouts of different Chinese animal zodiacs based on the kids’ birthdays. She also had the Chinese character for luck and a printout of dogs. These were the designs of the Chinese lantern.
Each finished Chinese lantern had the two symbols of luck, the dog photo, and the animal character representing the child’s birthday.
Some of the younger kids like our Siobe Shane needed help with assembling their lanterns so it became a nice bonding activity between parents and children.
Watch the Bacolod Homeschoolers Chinese New year activity on video:
KIDS Inc Activity Fee
The fee for the entire two-hour activity is only P250 per child, inclusive of materials and classroom rental. Activities like these are actually pretty easy to do, except that parents sometimes do not have time to research and put together everything. Another problem is also the venue, so it is nice to engage establishments like KIDS Inc to do this with us. All we needed to do what to show up.
After our activity, the kids had a short play time at the indoor playground area of KIDS Inc.
For inquiries on activities like these as well as birthday parties, visit
San Jose Bldg., Narra Avenue, Shopping
Villamonte, Bacolod City 6100
Negros Occidental, Philippines
Tel. No. (034) 445 2128
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Sigrid - Bacolod Blogger
Sigrid is a work at home mom and Bacolod blogger who tries to juggle taking care of the kids, homeschooling in Bacolod, covering events, designing, writing, and blogging. After finishing her degree in Mass Communications from the University of St. La Salle, she went on to become a news reporter/writer for a local daily and eventually pursued a career in advertising as a copywriter and graphics designer. After her stint in the corporate world, she became a freelance writer, contributing to national and international publications covering a variety of topics. She was a contributing food writer to COOK Magazine before she became a food and mommy blogger. She blogs at: