The 28th SEA Games Carnival boasts 17 stations from activities for toddlers to sports try-outs, there is something for every one. Photo: John Yeong / SINGSOC
Aside from the resounding cheers emanating from neighbouring competition venues, the open area around OCBC Square in the Sports Hub has taken on a life of its own. From Stadium MRT station to the iconic cauldron—which houses the 28th SEA Games flame— the space has been home to the hustle and bustle of the 28th SEA Games Carnival, which will be open till 16th June.
Boasting 17 stations ranging from activities for toddlers to adventure sports try-outs for older children, the carnival also features magic shows, face painting, balloon art and even dancing. When the kids are tired, the Daikin cooling booth offering free ice cream and the nearby Milo truck provide respite and refreshments. For a truly unique experience, one can also snatch tickets for the hot air balloon and enjoy an unbeatable view of the surrounding waterscape and impressive structures.
Even on a weekday, the bouncy castle’s popularity saw a long line of excited children. Waiting patiently was Paw Sheau Fang, who was with her niece, family friend and her daughter, all of whom were there solely for the Carnival.
“We get to experience the atmosphere and everything, so it’s a good chance for the children to find out what’s going on at the SEA Games,” she added.
With both his children happily perched in his arms, young father Bilson Tay agreed with this sentiment. A supporter of football, netball and swimming, Tay wanted to introduce the Games to his children, but also keep them engaged. “My daughter wanted to see the 28th SEA Games,” he explained. “They enjoy the mood and everyone is happy, including my little boy here!”
Children having fun at Mega Boxing at the SEA Games Carnival. Photo: John Yeong / SINGSOC
Supporting the 28th SEA Games, in all its avenues was even more noteworthy to other families. “From the time our family came to know about the SEA Games, we were very excited and we have been taking an active part in it,” said S Prathiba, who proudly shared that her daughter Tanvi had performed in the SEA Games opening ceremony. “We’re here specially for this [Carnival] today and my kids love it so much that we’re bringing our friends this week.”
Tanvi, whose face was adorned with delicate swirls and flowers, revealed that she supported the Singapore floorball team and her favourite carnival activity was face painting. At this, her younger brother looked up from colouring his Nila portrait and enthused, “My favourite is Walk-on-Water!”
With the exception of Tues, 16 June when the carnival ends, the SEA Games Carnival opens till 9pm daily. Photo: John Yeong / SINGSOC
For the more active children, Zorb Bowling, Mega Boxing, Pool Soccer and the 80m Kids’ Dash are available as well. The Kids’ Dash in particular rewards the fastest runner of the day with a small SEA Games souvenir. These activities aim to introduce SEA Games sports to children in distinctive and appealing ways.
No matter the age of the children in your family, taking time off to visit the Carnival—even on a weekday—is time well spent for all involved.