One of the things that I really wanted for David to experience this summer is to be a part of McDonald’s Kiddie Crew. My friends’ kids all had a fun time last year and I really loved seeing the kiddie crew at the McDo near our office. They were wearing their uniforms and were just being generally cute at the counter, greeting passengers and helping out with the orders. I didn’t have any goals for this program for David, I just wanted him to have fun.
We signed up David at the McDonald’s in Greenbelt, which is near our office. The plan was to bring David with us and then I would stay with him during his shift.
The program fee is only Php595. What this includes: the uniform, all the materials the kids used for their afternoon ac.tivities, and their snacks. The whole programs lasts for 5 days.
Kuya all geared up
On the first day, the kids were given their uniform and were all assembled at one the function rooms at the Greenbelt branch. The parents were asked to leave the kids and so I did and seated myself at a table just near the entrance of the function room. I presume the kids were welcomed to the program and were given a briefing on what they will be doing as well as an intro to what they will be doing during the day.
Soon thereafter, the kids all lined up and went to the counters following their leader, who looks like one of the managers of the branch. They toured the counter, went behind the counter, the cooking area, the large freezer and soon thereafter they were given stations and cashiers to help. David had a great time welcoming the customers, laying the paper placemats on top of the tables, delivering the fries and putting ice on the cups.
However their “shift” lasted for only 15 minutes, 20 minutes max/ It was going to be the same thing everyday. Granted that the kids were at time slot that seemed slow for the branch (2-4 pm) I expected their shift to be longer, to be at least 30 minutes.
the crew were very nice to the kids. they were the ates and kuyas to the curious little crew members of the week.
What the kids did after their shift though were just as fun. On the 2nd day they painted their own aprons, on the 3rd day they painted their own toques, the 4th day they did their own cheese burgers. The 5th day was for graduation, which we did not attend because it was 10 am. I was kinda irritated because the reason we chose the afternoon slot was so that I could work in the morning and bring David to the program in the afternoon. I asked friends and they said I wouldn’t miss anything anyway. So we skipped the graduation. Apparently there is a big culminating activity at World Trade too which we also skipped hehehe.
So would I recommend this program? YES! It’s veeery budget friendly and the kids are kept busy for 2 hours. I would have loved them to be part of the crew for a better part of the shift but the activities they did were all so cool and fun too. They also had snacks too. I really don’t have complaints because the kids did a lot for the 2 hours they were allotted. Also special mention goes out to how inclusive this program is. Parents from DSAPI have also been posting their kids as members of the Kiddie Crew for a number of years now and it’s wonderful seeing the kids helping out the crew at McDo! Way to go McDo!