By Lauren Liu, Public Allies AmeriCorps member
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.