Children spoiled for choice on Children’s Day

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Students from Sattahip Km. 5 School in Plutaluang are obviously having fun performing on Children’s Day 2015.  From tanks and fire trucks to ice cream and balloons, area children were spoiled for choice when it came to fun and attractions on Children’s Day. 

From tanks and fire trucks to ice cream and balloons, Pattaya area children were spoiled for choice when it came to fun and attractions on Children’s Day.

Pattaya Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome kicked off the city’s official Children’s Day event Jan. 10 at city hall. Patterned on this year’s theme of “Knowledge and Morality Lead to the Future,” the 8 a.m.-1 p.m. fair featured exhibition booths from various agencies and schools. But the highlight of the display was the big tank and cannon that Sattahip Naval Base brought for kids to see and touch.

Students from Sattahip Km. 5 School in Plutaluang are obviously having fun performing on Children’s Day 2015.  From tanks and fire trucks to ice cream and balloons, area children were spoiled for choice when it came to fun and attractions on Children’s Day. Students from Sattahip Km. 5 School in Plutaluang are obviously having fun performing on Children’s Day 2015.  From tanks and fire trucks to ice cream and balloons, area children were spoiled for choice when it came to fun and attractions on Children’s Day.

In Chonburi, Gov. Khomsan Ekachai was the master of ceremonies at Chonburi Hall. The event included academic exhibitions, reading activities, local games, skills, competitions, gifts giving, awards organized by public and private organizations and free drinks and snacks.

The day also included a dharma lesson, urging youths to pay their respects to Lord Buddha. The governor then opened his office for children and youths to tour, even allowing some to sit in his chair.

A young gunner poses for his mom at U-Tapao Airbase.A young gunner poses for his mom at U-Tapao Airbase.

Nongprue Mayor Mai Chaiyanit led the sub-district’s celebration at Chalermprakiat Health Park two days earlier, with the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Unit bringing out a fire truck. The more than 1,000 kids assembled tried on hats and jackets to imagine themselves battling the flames.

The Social Welfare Division and the Public Health Division provided food and drinks while the Human Help Network Foundation set up a quiz booth for children to win prizes.

Children with limited or no vision participate in the “hit the bucket while blindfolded” game held at the Sanctuary of Truth.Children with limited or no vision participate in the “hit the bucket while blindfolded” game held at the Sanctuary of Truth.

It wasn’t all fun and games, however, as the sub-district fostered the education of area children, giving away 15 bicycles to commute to school and thirty 1,000 baht scholarships to help pay for it.

The Lions Club of Pattaya-Taksin did similarly, handing out twenty 1,000-baht scholarships at Pattaya School No. 10 on Koh Larn.

Lion Chayada Wutsawarakorn and Pattaya City Councilman Banjong Banthoonprayuk also presented the school with 20,000 baht in sports equipment and dolls.

The Tuxedo Magician performs for an excited crowd in Nongprue.The Tuxedo Magician performs for an excited crowd in Nongprue.

Pattaya School No. 11 held its own Children’s Day event early on Saturday with activities including singing, comedy, quiz games, and more.

Streets were crowded all over Pattaya as parents brought their kids to a variety of events throughout the morning. Shopping malls, in particular, were packed with kids clawing at parents to buy them everything from tablet computers to smartphones to robots and sweets.

Sattahip Naval Base brought some heavy artillery to the event at city hall.Sattahip Naval Base brought some heavy artillery to the event at city hall.

Central Festival Pattaya Beach’s “Fantastic Kids Festival” was so large it ran for two days, with help from Yamaha Music Pattaya, the Pipo Pony Club, Boss Dance Studio and shops inside the mall. The mall gave away 2,015 prizes to kids and organized the Prince and Princess Fashion Show, had Bozo the Clown give away balloons, whilst shops passed out cotton candy, popcorn and pretzels.

Pattaya’s police even got into the act, with chief Pol. Col. Supathee Bungkhrong leading a team of officers to the mall to distribute presents, sweets, and toys.

Big guns come out in Sattahip

In Sattahip, Top navy, local and police officials handed out scholarships at the Sea Turtle Conservation Center while kids enjoyed performances by singers, actors, television hosts, competitions, and exhibitions on conservation work being done by Sattahip students. Exhibit topics included conservation of sea turtles and mangrove forests.

Children enjoy themselves at the trampoline cage in Nongprue.Children enjoy themselves at the trampoline cage in Nongprue.

The big guns came out, however, at separate Royal Thai Navy-organized events at the Sattahip Naval Base and Air and Coastal Defense Command.

More than 10,000 kids turned out at Juk Samet Pier to tour Thailand’s only aircraft carrier, the HTMS Chakri Naruebet, and the HTMS Similan and HTMS Yord Fah Chula Lok. The kids were treated to gifts, weapons demonstrations and games. There was also a “duel” between naval cadets using anti-aircraft weapons and amphibious vehicles.

A young man plays doctor for a day courtesy of staff from the new Pattaya Hospital.A young man plays doctor for a day courtesy of staff from the new Pattaya Hospital.

At the Air and Coastal Defense Command airstrip at U-Tapao, youngsters checked out six planes, including CL-215 seaplanes, F-27 MK 400 transport aircraft, A7 fighter jets, Harrier jump jets and helicopters. A low flyby from an F-16 jet excited kids on the ground, who also checked out guns, radar units and vehicles from the Royal Thai Marine Corps.

Not all of Sattahip’s activities focused on guns, however. The Pattaya Sports Club, working with the Suwapat plantation in Pluakdaeng sub-district, sponsored a Children’s Day event at Sattahip Km. 5 School in Plutaluang.

The sea turtles are a big attraction for the whole family at the Sea Turtle Conservation Center in Sattahip.The sea turtles are a big attraction for the whole family at the Sea Turtle Conservation Center in Sattahip.

Sutharat Sanamchai, a member of the Basic Education Committee, school Principal Saipin Jankarn and Plutaluang Deputy Mayor Wissanu Tosombat welcomed PSC charity chairperson Ngamjit Amberson and Sathira Puagprapan to the event attended by 300 children from area schools.

The Suwapat plantation donated 10 bicycles and other presents while the PSC donated 10 scholarships to poor and needy students.

Little ponies were brought to Central Festival Pattaya Beach for children to see.Little ponies were brought to Central Festival Pattaya Beach for children to see.

Central Festival Pattaya Beach gives presents to thousands of children.Central Festival Pattaya Beach gives presents to thousands of children.

Chonburi Governor Khomsan Ekachai opened his office for children and youths to tour, even allowing some to sit in his chair.Chonburi Governor Khomsan Ekachai opened his office for children and youths to tour, even allowing some to sit in his chair.

Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome is on hand to hand out presents to children.Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome is on hand to hand out presents to children.

Pol. Col. Supathee Bungkhrong, Deputy Commander of Chonburi Provincial Police, Acting Superintendent of Pattaya Police Station, leads a team of police officers to bring presents, sweets and toys to give children at Central Festival Pattaya Beach.Pol. Col. Supathee Bungkhrong, Deputy Commander of Chonburi Provincial Police, Acting Superintendent of Pattaya Police Station, leads a team of police officers to bring presents, sweets and toys to give children at Central Festival Pattaya Beach.

Banjong Banthoonprayuk, member of Pattaya City Council, along with members of the Lions Club of Pattaya-Taksin hold activities for children at Pattaya School No 10 (Larn Island).Banjong Banthoonprayuk, member of Pattaya City Council, along with members of the Lions Club of Pattaya-Taksin hold activities for children at Pattaya School No 10 (Larn Island).

Children line up to play games and win prizes at the Sea Turtle Conservation Center in Sattahip.Children line up to play games and win prizes at the Sea Turtle Conservation Center in Sattahip.

Youngsters prepare for the coloring books to be brought out in the coloring booths at Central Festival Pattaya Beach.Youngsters prepare for the coloring books to be brought out in the coloring booths at Central Festival Pattaya Beach.

Children were given “rides” in the Fire Brigade’s cherry picker.Children were given “rides” in the Fire Brigade’s cherry picker.

Thousands of families turned up in Sattahip to tour Thailand’s aircraft carrier, the HTMS Chakri Naruebet.Thousands of families turned up in Sattahip to tour Thailand’s aircraft carrier, the HTMS Chakri Naruebet.

Children pose with a character from the movie “Predator”.Children pose with a character from the movie “Predator”.

Noi Emmerson, Community Service Director of Pattaya Sports Club and friends support a fun Children’s Day event at Sattahip Km #5 School in Plutaluang.Noi Emmerson, Community Service Director of Pattaya Sports Club and friends support a fun Children’s Day event at Sattahip Km #5 School in Plutaluang.

Neoh Kean Boon (center, white shirt), resident manager of Dusit Thani Pattaya leads Dusit Thani Pattaya staff and management to present toys, school supplies and other giveaways while engaging the kids in fun games such as song and coloring contest as well as teaching them some English words and phrases. The parents also were given a seedling for a present to encourage them to teach their kids the importance of a green environment.Neoh Kean Boon (center, white shirt), resident manager of Dusit Thani Pattaya leads Dusit Thani Pattaya staff and management to present toys, school supplies and other giveaways while engaging the kids in fun games such as song and coloring contest as well as teaching them some English words and phrases. The parents also were given a seedling for a present to encourage them to teach their kids the importance of a green environment.