THIS SATURDAY IS Children's Day, that very Thai acknowledgement that kids are people too, and little ones everywhere are wetting themselves in anticipation. Try and keep them calm until you reach your preferred fun destination, and do not show them this incredible list of activities arranged just for them.
Bangkok children under 140 centimetres in height can ride the BTS Skytrain for free on Saturday.
If you're flying someplace, keep in mind that the Air Force will be holding its annual air show at Don Muang Airport on Saturday (and rehearsals tomorrow). That's great for kids just wanting to watch, but if you need to fly yourself, you have to squeeze in between these show times: 8:15 to 9:05am, 9:50 to 10:30, 11:20 to 11:50, 12:40 to 1:30pm and 2:20 to 3.
Siam Paragon, True Visions and CMO are hosting Pokemon Day and a Pikachu Dance Party tomorrow through Sunday. Much-loved Pokemon and his pals are jetting in from Japan for up-close-and-personal encounters with the fans. There'll also a giant trampoline and a huge inflatable Pikachu to tumble around in.
As far as the dancing goes, the Pikachu Stomp is making its "world premiere" complete with live music, Pikachu Dance Variety incorporates ballet, hip-hop and street dancing, and Pikachu Thai Dance Cha-Cha-Cha will mingle its own styles, also for the first time anywhere in the world.
Central Department Stores are mounting the Central Baby & Kids Big Surprise Sale with the theme "A World to Inspire". All of the stores and Zen are participating. There'll be educational games, magic shows, science experiments and clowns. The kids can win their own wardrobe in a Hot Wheels competition and Lego Ninjago contest, tour the Barbie House and make fancy masks.
AS SEEN ON TV
Kids' variety specials are on tap on television and youngsters can visit the studios to meet their favourite cartoon characters and show hosts and even learn how to be a news anchor.
Thai PBS headquarters on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road is hosting "Thai PBS Kids Day 2016" from 7am to 3pm. Channel 7 will have the stars of the Disney Club and the Iron Chefs at the Nine mall on Rama IX Road from 10am to 3pm. And NOW26 plans some wild games during its regular |shows.
BIG SCREEN FUN
The Thai Film Museum is charging no admission for screenings of "Ma Mha2" at 1 and 3pm, and there'll be games and a quiz with prizes. Call (02) 482 2013-4, extension 111, to find out more.
The Bangkok Art and Culture Centre is hosting "Dek-Art@bacc 2016: Smile to the World", with arts and crafts workshops aimed at promoting generosity and environmental awareness. That's from 10.30 to 6. Kids can learn to tie-dye, make a notebook and fashion a money-box from a plastic bottle. Bring in items you no longer need and they'll be passed on to the Yuvabadhana Foundation's Pan-Kan Shop. The centre will be decorated with recycled materials.
Mrigadayavan Palace, a former royal residence in Cha-am down Petchaburi way, is open for tours. It comprises 16 teak buildings sitting on concrete pillars and linked by a series of walkways. The Angthong College of Dramatic Arts will present a khon performance at 10am and the exhibition "To Become a Khon Mask" all day.
ON THE FARM
On Sunday the Jim Thompson Farm in Nakhon Ratchasima will let kids go nuts among the orchards and flower gardens from 9 to 5. You can see the mushroom plantation, hydroponic gardens, silkworm rearing, decorative-plant nurseries and sunflower fields and sample the delicious fresh fruit and organic vegetables in season.
You can even try your hand at rice milling, using an antique, hand-operated grinder, winnow some rice and take home your own harvest. Boonlai the water buffalo will be on hand for selfies. Check out www.JimThompsonFarm.com.
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