All-day fun set for Children’s Day Saturday


From navy ships to city halls, airports to shopping malls, kids will be everywhere Saturday as the Eastern Seaboard celebrates Thailand’s annual Children’s Day.

Events begin early and run all day Jan. 11 as public and private agencies follow this year’s Children’s Day motto of “Be grateful, be responsible, be disciplined, strengthen Thailand for prosperity.”

In Pattaya, traffic at city hall will be blocked to let hundreds of kids run wild. Businesses will be offering free drinks and children can enjoy game booths and win prizes. The fairground will also host displays of military vehicles from the Royal Thai Army and Marine Corps, rides on crane trucks from the Pattaya Disaster Relief and Mitigation Department and booths with games, food and refreshments.

Balloons and face painting fun during last year’s Children’s Day.Balloons and face painting fun during last year’s Children’s Day.

Similar scenes are expected throughout the city, with thousands of parents taking their children out for fun and games at Central Festival Pattaya Beach, the Sanctuary of Truth, Royal Garden Plaza, and other attractions.

Bangkok Pattaya Hospital plans activities children patients in the hospital lobby with more than 100 lucky draw presents, along with games and quizzes.

Central Festival Pattaya Beach will hold activities in the afternoon, when kids can have fun at many game booths to win prizes. Central Festival will also be handing out presents.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum welcomes children with a special prize to venture in the world of Robots and 8 fantastic amusement playthings. There will also be many games, activities, ticket drawing for kids to participate and to win scholarships as well. The event starts at 8.00 a.m. at the museum on the 2nd floor of Royal Garden Plaza.

Balloon art and colorful giant balloons will be on display at the Royal Garden Plaza Pattaya’s ‘Balloon World’ event with many games and prizes from 8 a.m. onward on the 11th & 12th of January.

In Sattahip, both military and civilian officials annually throw open their doors for kids. Several thousand kids usually get tours of Thailand’s only aircraft carrier, the HTMS Chakri Narubet.

At the Air and Coastal Defense Command airstrip at U-Tapao-Pattaya International Airport, kids usually get to see six types of aircraft, helicopters and a two-jet flyover sponsored by the Royal Thai Air Force.