On the 3rd of July, in the year 2010, Wesley Methodist Interact Club held its annual Kids Carnival. The objective of the carnival is so that children who are considered less fortunate than us can come and have a day jam packed with fun. Kids from Pusat Bantuan Sentul, Praise Emmanuel Children's Home and Pertubuhan Kebajikan Shekina were present. Interactors arrived as early as 7 am to prepare for the carnival. The kids from Pusat Bantuan Sentul were escorted by a few of our Interactors from the centre itself.
When the kids arrived, we tried our best to make them feel as welcomed as possible. To lighten up the mood, we invited a clown who constantly cracked jokes and was super good at making balloon animals. Interactor Jia En also went around performing magic tricks to keep the children entertained. The children had more fun trying to expose the tricks than actually enjoying the tricks though.When all the kids came, they were registered and separated into different groups - Bananas in Pyjamas, Barney, Powerpuff Girls, Pokemon and the all time favourite Spongebob Squarepants. The children were taught how to sing the theme songs of their respective groups. The opening ceremony was pretty epic with interactors dropping lots of balloons from the top floor of the form 2/3 block. The kids were exhilarated at the sight of so many balloons.
Then, Interactors Jun Shern and Samantha Ng conducted the ice-breaking games, which were mainly played with songs. The children and the interactors had buckets of fun dancing, singing and laughing at each other when dancing to silly songs. When the "ice" between the kids melted, the station games begun.
The games included Pin the Tail on the Donkey, Limbo, Ring Toss, Folding Paper Planes and also Charades. The children were really involved in all the games and they all had a blast. After the station games, the children were gathered in the canteen to witness an amazing show put on by our very own talented school counselor, Mr Cephas. He blew the kids away with his awesome magic and balloon tricks. The highlight of the performance was when Mr Cephas introduced his puppet and literally filled the canteen with children's laughter with his terrific ventriloquism. Afterwards, the children washed their hands and lined up to get their food for lunch.
After having lunch, the children headed back to the basketball court for a creative session. In this session, a model is selected from each group and he or she has to be decorated with materials given. Examples of the materials included cardboard, a cap and tin foil among others. Each group cracked their heads trying to come up with a design that would ultimately win the contest. Then, each group showed off their models with a catwalk. They then stood on the podium and talked about their design.
After the creative session, presents were given to the group with the best teamwork, the group which won the overall games and the group which won the creative session. The children from groups that did not win anything had nothing to fret though, because party packs and colouring books drawn by Interactor Zhi Pei were given to each and every one of the children.
They say all good things come to an end. Unfortunately, this was an example of the statement. The children had to leave after having a fun-filled day. Although we were sad to part from the cute children, we were happy to see them leave with smiles on their faces.
When the children left, the interactors did not forget to clean the place up! Almost everybody automatically started picking up rubbish and in no time, the assembly ground was as clean as ever.
After that, the outgoing board of the Interact Club gathered all of us to tell us about a general knowledge quiz that will be held soon. Little did we know that they have prepared buckets of water and were going to splash us with them! Some alert interactors ran off before Kar Jin and friends came running with buckets of water and splashed them at almost every interactor. When President Zhi-Yang saw that the O.C. Chan Jun Shern was dry, he decided to chase him down and made sure he was dripping wet when he stopped running. Interactor Boon Chim also decided to take revenge by pouring a whole bottle of water on Anisha.
All in all, the interactors and the children both had two tonnes of fun (each one tonne). The event was considered a success even though there were some minor problems that occured. We will ensure the better quality of the future Kids Carnival.