Family Day 2016 was a homecoming of sorts, held at our very own premises at 5 Sennett Road.
This year, not only SHHK families were invited, nearby residents along Sennett Road were warmly welcomed to join in the festivities, making it a true family event. To make the trip to the event venue a smooth one, specially chartered Hippo buses let families and guests arrive in style this year.
The mega carnival roused to life at 5pm, with lines of excited children pulling their parents along at the games stalls. Fishing, ball pitching, hoop throwing, you name it, we had it all! The main highlight of the carnival, however, were the 12 specially designed games, aimed to bring to life an aspect of our Hokkien culture. A fishing game which you had to reel in prawns instead of fish was a clever setup for the well-known Hokkien saying “where there aren’t any fishes, prawns will do” (meaning: making do with a lesser option).
Other highlights were the animal showcases. The menagerie included ponies, parrots, fighting fishes, crabs, insects and more, kindly made possible by our partners The Singapore Zoo, Jurong Bird Park and Qian Hu Corporation Limited.
Rides were another special highlight of the day. A little train could be seen ferrying enthusiastic families around the premises. Mobile dinosaurs with moving limbs and roaring sound effects were a hit, especially with the boys. Another hit with older children was the rodeo bull as they competed to stay on the mechanical creature for as long as they could. Younger children had their turns on the water maneuvering tiny boats in a rubber float pool. Bouncy castles were extremely popular with the kids too.
On stage, Uncle Jimbo the Magician entertained children and adults alike with fantastic sleight of hand card tricks as well as ventriloquist acts. A rich lineup of performances from Arts & Cultural Troupe, Pre-School, and Dance Theatre rounded up the stage programmes.
For those who wanted a little rest from the excitement, special rooms with movie screenings and art and craft activities welcomed tired feet.
Everyone left the event with mementos: lucky draw and games winners with their prizes; little children cradling precious , hard won prizes from the games; everyone else with a great door gift package! More than the physical mementos, the memories created from an evening of camaraderie within families and among fellow members probably made this event a very special Family Day for all. One member shared that her children could not stop talking about the event even after way past midnight that day. Her words “Can we have another Family Day next year?” probably would resound strongly with everyone who attended that night.