By Kitchana Lersakvanitchakul
Cynics would say everyday is Children’s Day and while that might be true for the offspring of well-heeled parents, for millions of other youngsters Thailand’s Children’s Day, which falls tomorrow, is a rare opportunity for kids to learn about the outside world while also having fun.
This year, the theme has been given by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and its motto is “children, youngsters and volunteers join forces in national development”.
The most frequently posed question to kids is “What do you want to be when you grow up?” and the most popular answer is “policeman”, “soldier”, or “prime minister”. Tomorrow they can enjoy a first taste of their chosen career by watching exciting air shows at Royal Thai Air Force’s Wing 6 Don Mueang, riding in a tank at the Royal Thai Army HQ, and sitting in the PM’s chair at Thai Khu Fah Building in the compound of Government House.
And as ever businesses will be marking the occasion by offering gifts to children while many public facilities waive their entrance fees.
The Ministry of Education hosts an event on the concept of “Volunteer Kids: Dek Thai Roo Khid Mee Jit Asa” from 8.30am to 6pm.
Taking place on Ratchadamnoen Nok road and the traffic island in front of the ministry, it features four zones. “Kids Think” focuses on technological innovations and IT; “Kids Do” aims to create awareness of social services and environmental conservation; “Happy Kids” is a fun park with games; while “Kids Stage” features performances by the youngsters themselves.
The Science Centre for Education, also known as Bangkok Planetarium, joins Children’s Day with “Food Science for Kids" from 8.30 to 4.30.
The event is an integration of chemistry and science related to food that allows children to experiment. Activities include Nutrient Detective, Newton on Food Table, Food Molecule, and Food for Fun. It also includes an animation movie, “Cocomong A Space Adventure”, which will be shown in nine rounds, each one for 280 people.
Kids get in for free, adult pay the usual admission charge. Call (02) 391 0544 for more information.
Museum Siam invites parents and children to decode Thainess with the activity, “Adventure in the Kitchen” running from 10 to 6.
It features five dishes at Taste of Thai, one of 14 exhibition rooms, and a live demonstration explaining the origins of such famous Thai dishes as tom yum kung, som tum, kaeng khiew wan, khai jiew and bualoi. Children will have to search for the ingredients needed to make these dishes at different zones – Farm, Market, Vegetable Garden, and Fruit Garden. Other activities are a jigsaw on rice and bamboo, painting Thai desserts, painting plates and making rice cards and bookmarks.
Find out more by calling (02) 225 2777.
The Museum of Thai Red Cross near the Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute offers a tour, a snake handling demonstration at the Snake Farm and several activities with Red Cross Youth Volunteers and Srisavarindhira Thai Red Cross Institute of Nursing as well as games and shows. It runs from 8.30 to 3.30.
Call (02) 250 1849.
Siriraj Bimuksthan Museum in the old Bangkok Noi train station next to Siriraj’s newly-opened private subsidiary Siriraj Piyamaharajkarun Hospital invites youngsters and their families to learn the story of the hospital’s premises as well as the history of Thai medicines. It’s open from 9am to 3pm.
It is also organising the “Hello Poon Poon Bangkok Noi” event, which takes a look at six railway stations through various activities. “Bangkok Noi” examines the starting point of Thailand’s first Southern railway, Nakhon Pathom looks at its mottoes, Kanchanaburi is discovered through a screening of a 4D movie, Ratchaburi is represented by painting a jar, Phetchaburi has Thai-style dance, and Hua Hin has paddling a boat. Food booths will be set out and fun games organised to win prizes.
For more information, call (02) 419 2601 or (02) 419 2617.
The Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre focuses on folk toys including the wow san sanuk (funny kite), malaengpo ko niu (dragonfly on the fingertip), and puppets along with workshops on khanom look chub, painting and games. It runs from 9 to noon.
Call (02) 880 9429.
TK Park on the eighth floor of CentralWorld hosts “TK Dino: Adventure with Thai Dinosaurs” from 10am to 5pm, taking kids back through time to meet several species of dinosaurs through creative games and its TK AR app. The youngsters are also invited to show off their abilities in “TK Kids” and “TK Dino Dance” and play games to win prizes.
Find out more at (02) 257 4300.
Bangkok Art & Culture Centre promotes art as a channel to learn about society, culture, language, religion, food and thought in “Kid(s) Lak Lai: Everybody Is Unique” running from 10 to 4. The event includes fairy tales, graffiti kids, the power of creating thinking and the chance to see more than 40 works by globally known artists taking part in the Bangkok Art Biennale 2018.
For enquiries, call (02) 214 6631.
Changchui, the thriving creative park on the Thon Buri side of the river, transforms its 11 rai into a land of art and creativity for kids to learn and explore several careers as well enjoy a food market, kids’ goods, shows and games.
The event runs tomorrow and Sunday and again on January 19 and 20 starting at 11am. For more information, click on Facebook.com/events/322709821663668 or www.ChangchuiBangkok.com/ location.
Seacon Bang Kae hosts “Pangpond in Fun Land” and creates an amusement land on the concept “the land of fun” for children to enjoy adventures as well as performances by students from various schools. Pangpond, Leng and Hong, from the animation “Pangpond Jom Puan” will be on hand to greet the little ones.
It’s on at the Main Atrium from today through Sunday.
Call (02) 454 7777 extension 535 or visit www.SeaconBangkae.com.
IKEA, the home furnishings retailer from Sweden, invites “smales” members to join the “Jungle Funventure” at its Mega Bangna and Central Plaza Westgate branches tomorrow and Sunday from 10am to 8pm.
It will also use the occasion to announce the winners of the 2018 Soft Toy Drawing Competition and launch its special birthday package for smales at the Ikea Restaurant. Prebooking of the private parties starts tomorrow and the parties can be held from February 18 onwards.
Visit Ikea.co.th/smales for more information.
There’s plenty of fun to be had too at the “Future Park Super Kids: Pokemon Sun & Moon on Tour 2019” on the ground floor of Future Park Rangsit and Zpell Department Store from now until January 15.
Pokemon Sun and Moon are role-playing video games with adventure elements, based in the fictional Alola region, presented in a third-person, and take place on the tropical islands of the Alola region.
Kids will learn Z-Moves as moves of great power that can only be used once per battle, take part in “Pikachu Dance Practice” today, tomorrow and Sunday at 1pm, 4.30pm and 5.45pm and have their pictures taken with the 8-metre-high “Pokemon Landmark” and all Pikachu characters at 11.45am and 3pm. There are also workshops on painting tattoos, making tshirts and pins plus Pokemon games and official products.
DreamWorld offers discounts on admission, cutting the cost from Bt200 to Bt80 for children no under 145 centimetres in height and entry to Snow Town from Bt130 to Bt99. Children born on January 12 get in for free.
This year, the amusement park in Thanyaburi is organising activities around the theme, “Good Health, Just Exercise” providing activities such as football, hula hoop and bowling plus entertainment including a parade of cartoon characters, a behind-the-scene show of Hollywood action, and many super heroes. Kids can also have fun in Photopia, where they can be the star of their very own adventure, or splash around at Water Fun, the water play area which has many rides, including slides and a tunnel fountain.
Check it out at Facebook.com/dreamworldpark.
Nanmeebooks Learning Centre on Sukhumvit Soi 31 hosts "Rai Mon Mahassajan Wan Dek 2019" and invites kids to have an adventure with a dragon egg and in a labyrinth, be thrilled by Phanomenta from Germany, and enjoy a secret garden. Kids can also show off their talents at the "Hands-on Science Show". The activities run from 10am to 4pm.
Call (02) 662 3000 extension 5226.