We participated in the City of Bowie International Festival at Allen Pond Park on Saturday, October 2, 2010. We had beautiful weather, fabulously talented au pairs and lots of eager children ready to try our activities. Some of our activities were: painting flags on the children’s hands, creating beaded bracelets, doing geography games and showing people how to write their names in Thai.
Below are some photos. Unfortunately, I didn’t get pictures of everyone who helped at the event. We had a very busy time with lots of kids coming through and I wasn’t able to get photos of some of the volunteers in the middle of the day.
We had a wonderful time at the 2009 City of Bowie International Festival. We were in our usual location right on the water and despite the forecast calling for rain, it turned out to be a perfect day for an outdoor festival. This is our 4th year signing on to provide free children’s activities. The initial estimates were that we had 800-900 children participating this year!
I think the festival gets better and better every year. We were fortunate to be near enough to the stage to see and hear some of the performances. They were amazing.
This year we had au pairs participating representing, Costa Rica, China, Germany, South Africa and Thailand.
Here are some photos…
Kattia from Costa Rica & Lizzie from Germany taking a break to pose for a photo
Little from Thailand showing the children how to write their name in Thai.
Ayanda from South Africa playing a map and geography game with a child.
Kattia from Costa Rica helping the children color some mariposas (butterflies)
Kattia & Lizzie having fun with with the children.
Lily from China and Laya from Thailand
Lebo from South Africa helping the children color butterflies & Lizzie from Germany playing a map and flag game.
Here are all of my International Festival Super Stars who gave their time on a Saturday afternoon to share their culture with children and help us fulfill our motto, “We Bring the World Together.”
Ayanda from South Africa
Little from Thailand
Kattia from Costa Rica
Lily from China
Lizzie from Germany
Laya & Kate from Thailand
Lebo from South Africa
Michaela from Germany
Verona from South Africa
Here is one more photo of Little in her beautiful traditional Thai dress.
Little in her Thai dress