Travel: Nido Fortified Science Discovery Center

11 July 2010


Travel: Nido Fortified Science Discovery Center


After Sunday Eucharistic mass and worship at the PICC, Sean and I didn’t know where to have lunch. Whenever we’re at the Mall of Asia area, we usually dine at Hooters. But not this time, as I wanted a different ambiance. I wanted something more Filipino-ish. Hence, Sean and I ended up at Kalye Juan (blog to be posted soon).


I didn’t want to go home yet. After lunch, I decided to spend quality time with the little boy at the Nido Science Discovery Center at the MOA. I’ve read a lot about this place. Time to check it out.


“The Nido Fortified Science Discovery Center (NFSDC) is the first Technology-Based, Highly Interactive Science Learning theme park in the country, housed in a 3000 square meter, two-level facility in the SM Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City. SM SDC is devoted to providing the public- kids and adults alike- entertainment, fun, and most of all, a highly interactive way to learn and appreciate Science and Technology.” — Nido Fortefied Science Discovery Center Official Website


Nido Science Discovery Center Entrance on a Sunday afternoon.

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Most, if not all of the zones were sponsored. See the pictures below and figure out who the sponsors are.


First stop was the main attraction — movie at the Digistart Planetarium.
Up the stairs.
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After the movie, Sean met some new friends. The boys started chasing Bugs at the Bug Carpet

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Image port gallery – photo and printer products and services.
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Sandbox – playing games on laptops and mobile phones.
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Gesturetek (aka Smart Media City) – Interactive Media Games such as virtual volleyball, soccer, swimming, etc.

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Attempting to hit the ball
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Second Zone: Transportation Nation. Transportation Nation had several games and displays. Sean’s favorite in the entire Discovery Center was the flight stimulator. After each game, he was announcing that he wanted to become a pilot someday. (My silent reaction: Gulp. Gotta save more kaching kaching.)

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Shell acquired the Philippines’ first automobile.
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Grossology was the next zone, inclusive of well, gross stuff such as belching giant, taking out body organs, etc.

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Shadow Wall features a wall which captures shadows.

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Gravitram for gravity balls exhibit. Metallic balls go through the 3d maze over and over and over and over again.
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There were more zones at the second floor. The first zone we visited was the Virtual Reef zone.

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Talking to Mr. T. — This virtual fish was highly interactive — and talkative too. Fish was initially talking to little boy Sean. I couldn’t remember how I and the fish ended up hoarding most of the conversation — to delight of the other guests.

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Earthquake Experience teaches kids more about fault lines, earthquake safety tips, tsunamis, etc.
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Robot Inc houses different samples of robotics like Astroboy.
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It was challenging to convince Sean to leave the Discovery Center. Had to scare him off his wits to force him to leave. You might have the same challenge with your little ones too once you bring them to the Nido Fortified Science Discovery Center. Good luck! =)


Travel Date: 10 July 2010
Budget: PHP 600 for two
Address: Southside Entertainment Mall, SM Mall of Asia, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City
Telephone Number: (632) 556.2153 / (632) 556.2194
Others: Entrance ticket is inclusive of one free pass at the Planetarium. However, you may watch as many movies as you want — on the premise that you do not leave the planetarium.

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