Taking place on Saturday, 12 January 2019, Thai Children’s Day is all about free activities and treats for the kiddos, including free BTS/MRT rides (under 14 years in age and 140cm in height). Expect plenty of special activities, hosted by government agencies, public parks, retailers, and other organisations. Below are some of our suggestions for fun Children’s Day celebrations.
1. Families with early risers may want to go running together! Bangkok Runners is organising their annual Children’s Day Run in Lumpini Park. Meet at the Smiling Sun Playground at 7.30am for a Zumba warm-up, followed by a 2.5 km run (1 loop around the park), game stations, medals, and cupcakes. Please bring your own water bottles as the event is plastic-free this year. Register in advance.
2. Plan Toys is hosting a day of play for families with children ages 1 to 6, from 9am to 12pm — register in advance, head down to their Sathorn 10 venue, and explore a make-believe cardboard box forest. There will also be animal face painting, a maze with various challenges, and Plan Toy prizes. The event is free of charge, and limited to the first 100 families to register.
3. K Village’s Junior Farmers’ Day Out features a simulated farm setting, with miniature pony rides and farm-themed games like fruit and veggie tossing, chicken egg hunts, and a Lucky Draw. There will also be creative workshops such as a coloring competition with prizes, a potted plant activity (where kids can take the plants home), and Thai dessert (luk-choop or bean paste fruits and veg) workshops. Also, the event encompasses the K Village Farmer’s Market, with plenty of fresh produce and ready-made foods. The event runs from 10am to 6pm at the K Oval of K Village in Sukhumvit 26.
4. Offering something a bit different, FabCafe x TCDC are hosting a Let’s PRINT workshop at TCDC Charoen Krung (3rd floor) where kids ages 3+ can print their drawings onto t-shirts, stationary, pencil cases, notebooks or mobile phone cases. Cafe staff will be on hand to assist in your creative endeavours. To join, register with FabCafe via facebook; sessions times are: 10:30-12:30; 12:30-14:30; 14:30-16:30; and 16:30-18:30. The cost is 300 baht per person for one t-shirt; additional costs for other items apply.
5. One of the more popular traditional activities includes watching the Royal Thai Air Force’s annual air show at the Don Muang Air Base. Park at the airport and take a shuttle to the runway to get up close with aircraft, such as F-16 Fighting Falcon, AU-23 Peacemaker, JAS 29 Gripen, and Eurocopter EC725. They’ll be putting on impressive aerial demonstrations and drills, from 8am to 3pm. Other governmental organisations with special activities include Government House/the Prime Minister’s Office, the Thai Red Cross/Snake Farm, Bangkok Planetarium, and NSM Science Square, among others.
6. Chang Chui is catering entirely to children during the weekend of 12-13 January. From 11am each day, they’ve got a range of kid-centric art and craft activities on their expansive 11 rai premises. This includes exploring their art installations, as well as tie-dye Sharpie t-shirt making, watercolor painting, polymer clay works, and more. There will also be a food and kids’ products market, performances, movies, and a special mobile exhibition from the Cultural Anthropology Museum. If you miss the fun, the program will also be available the weekend of 19-20 January 2019.
7. Museum Siam’s “Adventures in the Kitchen” event is all about Thai food, keeping with their overall theme of “Decoding Thainess”. From 10am to 6pm, kids can learn about the ingredients of Thai food, and play various food-related games as well as join other fun activities.
8. From 10am, Angoon Children’s Park in Thonglor soi 3 will hosts a variety of performances, including Puppet by Jae and Baby Mime shows. There will also be a market catering to parents and kids, as well as DIY learning workshops involving recycled materials.
9. The Arty Children’s Day @ BACC 2019 opens the whole public space to children and those who are young at heart. There will be ten kinds of activities under the theme, “Everybody Is Unique”, which shows how BACC considers art as a channel of understanding human diversity, encompassing all social, cultural, language, religious, racial and ideological backgrounds.
10. Pretty much any major mall will have a Children’s Day program, and OneSiam, operator of Siam Paragon, Siam Center and Siam Discovery, has an extended Children’s Day celebration, from 9-16 January, starting at 10am daily. This OneSiam Amazing Kids Dream event includes: giant Lego pirate ships, themed parades, dinosaur fossil hunting, special foods and sweets from many restaurants, and free toys and promotions for kids.