This year, Songkran is a five day public holiday, from Thursday, 12 April to Monday, 16 April 2018. The full celebrations are just around the corner but they can be a little daunting for younger members of the family. Thankfully there are lots of events going on around town that are not only child friendly, but safe too. Here’s where to go.
1. The main attraction this year is the Bangkok Songkran Celebrations @ Lumpini Park, moved from Sanam Luang. Taking pace from 12-15 April, this celebration is hosted by the BMA (Bangkok Metropolitan Administration).This is a huge celebration, beginning with the parade of the Buddha at 8.30am on 12 April. Celebrating Songkran in this way might be great for some families, but not so for others due to the scale. Those with younger children might choose something more-low key. More details here.
2. The Songkran Tea and Splash @ Jumping Beans is aimed at the under 3s. On Thursday, 12 April, from 9am to 11.30am, babies and toddlers can enjoy a paddling pool, some splashing and little water guns, as well as the usual circle time with stories and songs. People are encouraged to bring swim wear for children and dress in flowery clothes. The entry fee is 100 baht.
3. For ages 0 to 5, check out Songkran Splash @ Little Footsteps on Srinakarin Road on Saturday, 14 April, from 10am to 12pm. Celebrate Songkran in a safe outdoor environment; children will have a blast with different water activities including a water balloon fight! The price is 450 baht per child, including light snacks and drinks.
4. For ages 3 to 8, come and join the OSB Songkran Festival @ Outdoor School, Bangkok on Sunday, 15 April, from 9.30am to 1pm. Children dressed in a traditional Thai costume receive a free gift. Activities include games, a workshop, prizes, splash, food and drinks and lots of fun! Admission fee is 50 baht per adult and 250 per child.
5. For ages 5 to 14, come to the Dinosaur Planet Songkran Splash from 12-15 April for a final chance to enjoy a water fight with dinosaurs before the park officially closes on 20 April 2018. Avid fans should make sure they enjoy this opportunity.
6. Songkran Splash @ K Village is back, from 13-15 April, with the fun starting at 10am (to 6pm) each day. Entry is free and it’s great for children of all ages. There will be a giant Inflatable bouncer and loads of water splashing. Kids will have a blast at the water gun filling stations; you’ve got to bring your own water guns though.
7. For something in the Riverside area for those with older kids, the Songkran Family Fun @ Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok event is on from 13 to 14 April 2018 at the 6th floor swimming pool level from 1pm to 3pm, and at Pier 28 down by the river from 3pm to 5pm. Poolside activities include family Som-Tum and Cocktail making contests and a family Tennis Challenge. Activities in the pool include Muay Talay and Moon Walk games. Winners get free vouchers to spend at the hotel. The water fights continue on the deck in front of Pier 28.
8. This year, some places are hosting Songkran celebrations in the Lanna (northern Thai) style. These locations include Terminal 21 and MegaBangna shopping malls. Not so many water fights here, but lots of traditional food, parades and music so you can experience the essence of Songkran without getting drenched.