Imagination meets reality on Children’s Day

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Chonburi Governor Khomsan Ekachai brings two traditionally dressed youngsters to the province’s Children’s Day event at the provincial hall. Throughout the Eastern Seaboard, kids filled their tummies, exercised their brains and widened their imaginations during a Children’s Day filled with military displays, fire engines and quiz games.

Eastern Seaboard kids filled their tummies, exercised their brains and widened their imaginations during a Children’s Day filled with military displays, fire engines and quiz games.

Government organizations and schools, local communities and department stores all got into the fun in Pattaya, organizing activities and hosting contests offering prizes kids crave.

At city hall, Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome and staffers distributed prizes to children and youth participating in activities in front of the King Taksin monument.

Chonburi Governor Khomsan Ekachai brings two traditionally dressed youngsters to the province’s Children’s Day event at the provincial hall. Throughout the Eastern Seaboard, kids filled their tummies, exercised their brains and widened their imaginations during a Children’s Day filled with military displays, fire engines and quiz games.

The city Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department rolled out ladder trucks to give youngsters a taller view, while schools, banks and private organizations manned booths offering games and prizes.

Additionally, a singing contest offered trophies and scholarships to youngsters. There was mock Pattaya City Council to educate the young students and a display of armaments from the Royal Thai Army.

Central Festival Pattaya is crowded on Children’s Day, with the bouncy slide once again being a big hit.

All 11 Pattaya public schools hosted their own events as well, featuring musical shows, retro Thai dances, arts and crafts, food and sweets.

Pattaya School No. 3, for example, welcomed Deputy Mayor Wattana Chantanawaranon and members of city council who handed out scholarships. Activities included shows by students at various levels and lucky draws for prizes.

Pattaya City School 11 held a “retro” Children’s Day, with school officials dressed in colorful traditional Thai dress. Many adults from various organizations donated prizes and gifts to children and students at the school.

Sattahip’s big guns

With the popularity of airplanes and war weapons on Children’s Day, Sattahip always proves a popular destination for kids and their parents.

Ten thousand children visited the HTMS Chakri Naruebet aircraft carrier, HTMS Similan, HTMS Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke, and HTMS Phraphutthalertla Napalai at Sattahip Naval Base.

Face painting is a popular Children’s Day activity at Royal Garden Plaza.

Traffic was jammed for many kilometers but the congestion was anticipated by the Royal Thai Navy, which smoothed out the day as much as possible.

Adm. Narit Pratumsuwan, commander of the Royal Thai Fleet, organized activities, such as full-dress drill performed by Naval Rating School cadets, aerobatic helicopter show, an armaments display featuring amphibious vehicles, tanks, a cannon, anti-aircraft guns, and stage performances, games and prizes.

At U-Tapao-Rayong-Pattaya Airport, yet another 10,000 kids mobbed the tarmac and hangars for the annual Children’s Day air squadron exhibition.

The Royal Thai Navy’s Air Division brought in six aircraft – a CL-215, F-27 MK 400, A7, AV-8 fighter, and a helicopter – for children and adults to see up close. The navy, in cooperation with Royal Thai Air Force, also put on an air show featuring low-flying F-16 and F-5 aircraft, wowing the kids in attendance.

It’s all about the children, and these youngsters seem to be having a good time.

Also of interest were the 37-mm anti-aircraft gun double bases, an advanced radar unit, assault amphibious vehicle, and armored patrol vehicle from the Royal Thai Marine Corps.

50 skydivers showed off static line and formation jumping, a military K-9 unit, and stage performances, whilst singing and gift presentations rounded out the entertainment.

Apart from the military demonstrations, Plutaluang’s Baan Kru Boonchu delivered happiness to autistic children on Children’s Day.

The special-needs home invited Rear Adm. Klahan Petchmeesri, commander of the Royal Thai Marines, to organize activities, host lunch, and give prizes to less-fortunate and disabled children.

Autistic students are overcome with emotion seeing all the wonderful things benevolent people are giving them.

More than 100 children and adults participated in the activities, as well as teachers and students from Siam Business Administration Technological College who assisted the special children in fully enjoying the day.

Chonburi

In Chonburi, Gov. Khomsan Ekachai led the province’s Children’s Day event at the provincial hall.

Activities included an exhibition to exchange academic knowledge, promote a love of reading, plus games, skills contests, and quizzes with prizes as rewards from government and private organizations. Moreover, food and beverages were provided.

The HTMS Chakri Naruebet, Thailand’s one and only aircraft carrier, is always mobbed with curious families on Children’s Day.

The governor also opened the Charoen Dharma room to let children pay respects to Buddha relics and casts of his footprints. Additionally, the workroom for the Chonburi governor was opened for visits that included a chance to sit in the governor’s chair.

Chonburi Gov. Khomsan Ekachai brings children into his office and gives them a chance sit in the governor’s chair.

F-16 and F-5 aircraft excite the crowd with their fly by at the Royal Thai Navy’s Air Division.

The Dusit Thani Pattaya booth, led Chatchawal Supachayanont, was popular with their snacks, toys, games and fun activities.

Some lucky children are given a chance to see Pattaya from above in the fire department’s extended ladder.