By Lauren Liu, Public Allies AmeriCorps member
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.