Thailand Day

Sunday, December 9

10:00am – 5:00pm

Join KID Museum and Wat Thai Washington, D.C. as we celebrate Loy Krathong–Thailand’s beautiful family festival! During Loy Krathong, people send candlelit flowers (krathong) carrying wishes down rivers and release floating lanterns into the sky, creating a magical scene. KID Museum will honor this day with hands-on maker activities, traditional dance performances, Thai food, and more!

General Admission: $12 (includes 1 child and 2 adults)
Members: FREE

All-Day Activities (included with admission)

Krathong Making
Krathong is a small vessel that resembles a lotus flower. During Loy Krathong, people float krathong on the water, sending their wishes downstream. Make your own Krathong basket and float it on our very own miniature Thai river, created by our partner organization, Wat Thai Washington, D.C.

Paper Lotus Flower
The lotus has an important role in the daily life of Thai Buddhists. According to Buddhist tradition, lotus flowers are associated with spiritual enlightenment or awakening. Learn how to make lotus flowers out of paper to decorate your Krathong basket.

Cardboard & Textile Chang
Chang or elephants are Thailand’s national animal that symbolize strength, durability and longevity. White elephants especially are the symbol of Thai royalty and treated as sacred animals. Make your own Chang using cardboard pieces and decorate it with your own woven yarn.

Communal Thai House
Using everyday objects and glue guns create your own hut designs, incorporating some of the design and structural concepts of traditional Thai homes. Children may work alone but we strongly encourage them to work together with others to design structures and build a community.

Thai Alphabet
The Thai alphabet has 44 consonants which produce different sounds depending on whether they appear at the beginning of a syllable or at the end. Learn Thai calligraphy and write your own name in Thai.

Thailand Traditional Costume
Try on authentic traditional Thai clothing made from long wraps like the Jong Kraben (Thai sarong), Patoong (Thai skirt), and more.

Thai Food Tasting
Sample Som Tum and green papaya salad (without peanuts). Food demonstrations start at 12:00pm and 3:30pm.

Performances

1:00 – 1:30pm

Rabum Ching
Rabum Ching is a Thai dance with live classical music accompaniment, originating from the central part of Thailand. The dancers play small hand cymbals while dancing.

Rabum Tari Kipas
Rabum Tari Kipas is a folk dance originating from the southern part of Thailand that features colorful fans accompanied by upbeat music with Malaysian influence.

2:00 – 2:30pm

Serng Pong Lang
Serng Pong Lang is a folk dance from Northeastern part of Thailand. The dance is accompanied by an upbeat music and fast choreography.

Rabum Jamparsi
Rabum Jamparsi is a dance from the Northeastern part of Thailand. The dance has Javanese influence which you can see through its movements.

Fon Ti
Fon Ti is Northern umbrella dance. It features the beautiful hand crafted silk umbrellas made by the Thai women in the north.

Live Music

Wat Thai Washington, DC will perform music with traditional Thai instruments like the Ranad Ek, Ranad Thum, and Kong Wong, in between dance sessions.

Food

Thai Cuisine by Nam Waan Catering

  • Chicken Pad Thai
  • Vegetable Spring Roll
  • Variety Thai Salad (Yum)

Price: $5 (cash only)