As parents, we not only want our kids to have fun but also to continue learning and exploring even if school is out.
Aside from letting my 7 year old have her dose of vitamin sea this summer, I also made sure she participates in fun, worthwhile activities that she’ll learn valuable lessons from.
And so I didn’t think twice when we received an invite to join SM Bicutan’s first ever SM Kiddie Patrol last Sunday, May 8.
The workshop, which runs on all weekends of May, aims to teach young kids the different safety measures when inside the mall.
They also let the participants try the role of future Mall Managers and Officers as they’ll be designated to various units best suited to their abilities as part of their OJTs. To prepare them for this, representatives from the mall’s different departments are invited to show the kids the ins and outs of their jobs.
When we were there, they had the friendly folks from Mall Operations, Car Park, Tenant Relations and Clinic explain what they do to ensure the safety of the mall-goers.
Building Admin Officer Jay discussed their daily task of keeping the mall area clean and safe. Their task also includes escalator and fire exit monitoring.
The kids then went to a quick trip down the car park area where Teacher Leni showed them the different safety and road signs.
Next guest was the mall’s Assistant Manager who taught the kids the role of the Tenant Relations Officer.
Teacher Sam coordinates with the mall’s tenants to make sure that all mall guidelines are being observed and followed.
Last were the mall’s clinic nurses who showed a video on basic wound cleaning and first aid for nose-bleeding.
They also informed the kids that they have a breastfeeding station inside the clinic where nursing mothers can feed their child in comfort.
Q&As and games were also conducted to keep the young kids entertained and engaged.
This weekend, participants will have an art session to be conducted by the Visual Display Team as well as lessons on mall protection with the Security Team. Culminating activity for the workshop will be on May 28th where certificates will be handed out to the participants.
My daughter had fun being an SM Kiddie Patroller for the day and is already looking forward for next weekend’s session. She’s already decided on ‘working’ at the mall’s clinic, by the way.
Overall, I can say that the workshop if a great initiative to involve young kids in promoting mall safety awareness. It’s also an ingenious idea to let them try their hands at the different tasks of each mall department to foster good work ethics and the value of customer service even at a young age.
So mommies, if you are still in the look-out for a fun summer activity that your kids can join, they are still accepting registrants. Grab the chance now for your kids to be an SM Kiddie Patroller!