Children’s Day, taking place on Saturday, 14 January 2017, is a big deal in Thailand. There are lots of events and activities put on by both government agencies and private operators. The MRT and BTS provide free rides to children under 140 cm in height below 14 years of age. Get out and celebrate at these popular venues (watch out for crowds though)!
1. LEGO Thailand is sponsoring the LEGO Kid’s Day 2017 “Make and Take” celebration with Siam Paragon, offering thousands of bricks for kids to build whatever they like. Children can submit such creations to a competition for special prizes. At six different LEGO activity stations, kids earn stamps from the completion of various tasks to redeem for prizes. There are also workshops for building tips and techniques, giveaways, and special promotions on regular and limited edition LEGO kits.
2. Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) hosts “Dek-Art@bacc 2017: Follow Our Father’s Footsteps”. A tribute to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, highlights include the transformation of BACC’s building into a giant live map detailing the stories and legacy of the late King; 10 art and creative workshops inspired by the King’s works and projects; and live performances of compositions and plays inspired by the late King’s teachings.
3. At the Patom Farmers’ Market in central Sukhumvit, children and adults alike can join organic gardening workshops such as preparing a vegetable seedling nursery, composting with worms, making terrariums and more. Farmers are also selling their fresh organic produce while vendors prepare fried banana and coconut pancake snacks.
4. Bangkok Runners presents a “Junior Art and Run Morning” at Lumpini Park. Meet at the Smiling Sun Playground at 6.30am to sign in; the run begins at 7am for a distance of one 2.5 km loop. Kids pick up supplies at different stations for a crafts project at the end. Drinks, food and sweet treats will be provided with fun prizes for everyone. Register here. Bring a toy to donate to the School of the Blind.
5. “The EmQuartier Circus in Wonderland” takes place at Quartier Avenue on the ground floor of The EmQuartier from 11 to 15 January, 11am to 8pm. There is a parade of 50+ superheroes, clowns and children’s movie characters three times a day at noon, 3pm and 5pm. Other highlights include a mini gourmet and cuisine workshop on 14 January at 3pm, and an “Iron Chef Kids” cooking competition on 15 Jan at 1pm.
5. “Grow with Me” at IKEA Mega Bangna introduces children to growing their own vegetables and learning about the processes involved, from seed selection, planting and cultivation to harvesting. Kids will get their own packet of seeds to start home vegetable gardens.
6. Centring on the My Little Pony series, The Promenade on Ram Intra Road brings the “Magic of Friendship” to children. From 6-15 Jan, from 11am to 8pm, kids can join an “Explore Equestria” workshop and meet and greet with My Little Pony characters on the weekend at 1pm, 3pm and 6pm. There will also be a costume contest with prizes.
7. Join Rockin’ Jump‘s RJ Carnival on Saturday, 14 January from 10am-8pm. Get two jump sessions for the price of one and enjoy the festive atmosphere, complete with games and prizes, DIY doll making and terrarium workshops, and a magic show from 1pm to 3pm.
8. Many government offices are open to children and their families, including the Government House in the Dusit district. Here, children can take a tour of the famed Venetian Gothic building, have their picture taken in the office of the Prime Minister and check out 20-some dinosaur models set up on the grounds. Also, some military compounds open their doors to children and their families. The Royal Thai Air Force, for example, celebrates Children’s Day at their Don Muang Air Base; here, kids can get up close with various aircraft and watch impressive aerial demonstrations, from around 7am to 3pm.
9. At the Bangkok Planetarium on Sukhumvit Road (Ekamai), children under 18 can learn about star gazing as well as watch the “Experience the Aurora” show in the state-of-the-art theatre for free (while adults pay 30 baht per person). Here’s the schedule; programming is largely in Thai. Spots are limited; tickets will be distributed starting at 8.30am on Children’s Day.
10. All weekend long, Dinosaur Planet is treating kids to special Children’s Day activities, games and prizes, including a show by the dinosaur mascots.
11. K Village has a “Children’s Day Underwater World” themed event on Saturday, 14 January, from 11am to 8pm., with games, activities and free gifts. Also, from 2pm to 4pm, join the launch of Little Library BKK, Bangkok’s first little free community library, at the children’s playground area! In addition to the ribbon cutting ceremony, there will be storytelling and other activities. Please bring a children’s book to donate and share as well.
12. On Sunday, 15 January, at 10am and 1pm (2 sessions), Little Footsteps marks Children’s Day with a 3D dinosaur cookie workshop and lucky draw. Places are limited so please register in advance; there is a 20% discount for this event.
13. Good news for fans of Flow House Bangkok — the urban surfing facility, under new management, is set to reopen on Children’s Day with 11am to 10pm operating hours. Previously purchased Flow Cards and gift vouchers will be honoured; vouchers that expired on 31 December 2016 can still be used from 14 to 31 January 2017.