By Lauren Liu, Public Allies AmeriCorps member
Play in the Children’s Area!
At the Hill Physicians Asian Heritage Street Celebration Children’s Area, children and young people will be able to explore what it means to be Asian American and Pacific Islander through playing traditional games, creating arts and crafts they can take home, and learning about diverse cultures and histories. Every year, the rock-climbing wall and huge inflatable slide are popular attractions, and this year should be no different. A new activity included in the Children’s Area is ArtIsMobilUs, which will host live art where anybody can paint part of a mural with a health theme.
- Watch performances and participate in cultural dance workshops every hour. Dances include Bollywood, Asian hip-hop, Polynesian dance, and taiko drumming.
- Experience Jegichagi, a traditional Korean juggling game, and compete for the highest score.
- Match pictures of food with country origin to win prizes through “Eats Around Asia.”
- Use your senses to learn about different traditional spices with “Smell My Spice.”
- Make a decorative paper kite
- Create candy leis that you can wear and then eat
- Take part in a community circle painting
- Make your own spray-painted T-shirt and button with food-related designs
- Test your knowledge about Asian and Pacific Island geography.
- Learn about Asian and Pacific Islander heroes through a memory game.
- Play board games such as Pachisi, which is the national game of India, and Bau Cua Ca Cop, a game from Vietnam.
- Explore your own and other people’s identities with a community art project entitled “What does API mean to me?”
The Children’s Area was organized by AmeriCorps members from Public Allies in its 5th-year partnership.
2013 AHSC Children’s Area
Children can play games, create their own crafts and learn about history and cultures from all over Asia at the Hill Physcians AHSC Children’s Area, where action, art and education are the themes of the day. As in previous years, the section still features face painting, a rock climbing wall, and a huge inflatable slide, but this year the surrounding booths are connected to each other by theme. Children receive a passport upon entering the section and are asked to travel to at least one booth per theme to receive a stamp. Once they complete their task, they get a fun prize!
· Experience international games, such as Kabaddi, a 4,000-year-old tag-like game popular in India and Sri Lanka. Other featured games hail from the Philippines, China and Nepal.
· Learn dance moves to Asian hip hop beats.
· For those who want something more calm, learn the art of tai chi.
· Fold origami cranes or any other creature you can think of.
· Make lanterns out of lucky red envelopes.
· Design your own t-shirt or poster using spray paint and stencils.
· Make beaded bubble wands, then blow some bubbles!
· Solve word searches and crossword puzzles to learn about Asian and Pacific Islander cultures.
· Test your geography knowledge by answering trivia questions.
The Children’s Area was organized by AmeriCorps members from Public Allies, who planned these booths with the goal of fostering a sense of connection across borders and cultures.