By: Giulz Garcia
Apart from its religious significance, the Holy Week has also become one of the best times to bond with families and friends and to renew one’s faith. For parents who are taking a break from work, the Holy Week offers a perfect opportunity to enjoy with kids. Whether you stay indoors or drive around town, Holy Week should be anything but “boring.” Make the most out of your Semana Santa by trying these activities you can do with kids this Holy Week.
Watch Bible Inspired Stories
It is quite unavoidable that sometimes, people forget the significance of the Holy Week celebration. Slowly, we begin to associate it exclusively for getaways and not for its spiritual importance. Understanding what the Holy Week is truly about begins at home. If you’re planning to stay indoors, look for YouTube videos that simplify the Easter story. The YouTube channel “Christian Mother” offers engaging Bible videos. Join your kids as you watch Holy Week videos so you can answer some questions that you’ll surely be getting along the way.
Plan a Service Activity
The Holy Week celebration is a great time to teach your kids about sacrifice. Make them realize even more the significance of the Holy Week celebration by planning a service activity with them. Ask them who they think in your community, congregation, or family needs your service the most. Then tell them they can sacrifice their TV or internet time — or even some of their beloved stuff — to serve someone in need. Not only is this a visual example of sacrifice for your kids, you’re also teaching them values they could master as they grow older.
Create Your Family’s Easter Recipe
A favorite adage says “A family that cooks together, stays together.” Take advantage of no-work days and bond with your kids over food. Since eating food made out of pork is discouraged during Semana Santa, being creative with other dishes is a must. Brainstorm with your kids and come up with your family’s recipe specially made for Easter! This does not only present you with a chance to introduce healthy dishes to your kids — your family recipe can go down for many generations, too! Now, that’s a legacy.
Head to The Beach
Since the Holy Week is also synonymous with a week that could sometimes be scorching hot, the best way to spend it is soaking in cool waters. Make the most out of your holiday by bringing the family to a nearby beach in either Batangas or Bataan. Opt for off-the-beaten-path beaches to make your stay more intimate.
Attend Easter Sunday Activities Around The Metro
Thanks to the exciting Easter Sunday activities prepared by many establishments around the Metro, both kids and parents will have something to look forward to for Easter Sunday. Head over to the nearest SM Mall for a Sunday filled with Easter arts and crafts, egg hunt, and fashion show. Families with a sweet tooth will enjoy Holiday Inn and Suites Makati’s Easter party which includes decorating cupcakes, experimenting with chocolates, and making candies — all for PhP 750 per pax. Are your kids big fans of Peppa Pig? Then visit Lucky Chinatown Mall on April 1 for an exciting Easter Sunday party with Peppa and George! Visit your favorite establishment’s Facebook page to see if they have parties for the family on Easter Sunday.
This Holy Week, ditch the bed and make great memories with your kids. You don’t always need to go all out to have fun — the simple suggestions in this list can make your Holy Week holiday with your family a holiday to look forward to. Have fun!
Giulz Garcia is a mother to a 14-month old cookie monster. She loves to sing, write, and give kisses to boo-boos. She considers motherhood her favorite roller coaster ride.