By Maria Gregoriou
Not many people would argue with the sentiment that children are the future and we should provide them with as much inspiration and opportunity as possible. These things could come in the form of education or entertainment, but surely we all agree that learning while having fun is probably the best way to go.
And, as always, we have many events up our sleeve that perfectly manage to marry the two.
The first will run over three days at the Mall of Cyprus in Nicosia. Although the event is aimed at keeping both children and parents happy, it is being organised by the Andrey & Julia Dashin Foundation to celebrate Global Day of Parents, which is on Monday.
We have all heard of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day but a day for parents isn’t so much in the public eye. It is a day when we can all appreciate parents for their selfless commitment to children and their lifelong sacrifice in nurturing this relationship.
So, in light of this, the foundation is organising a number of activities for the whole family at a place where families tend to gather, The Mall.
The event starts tomorrow at 3pm with face painting and a drawing and arts and crafts workshop for children (Mickey, Minnie and Donald will also be there for the three days). At 4pm, expect to see an acrobatic show, during which you might be able to get up to some juggling of your own. At 6pm it is all about face painting and an artsy workshop again.
Saturday takes off at 10am with more face painting and a workshop, then there will be a live link with Choice FM at 11am. At lunch-time the mall’s food court will be less crowded than usual as there will be an interactive magic show on. Then, just before the foodery gets packed, let the kids who haven’t already dressed their face with paint do so and create some art work for mummy and daddy.
Sunday, or family day as many put it, will again start at 10am and just like it did for the past two days, with face painting, workshops and Disney characters. If you missed the acrobatic show on Friday, then you get a second chance on Sunday at 11am. At 1pm the kids get a last chance to turn their face into a work of art (although mummy already thinks it is) and also make some arts and crafts.
Now, onto our next choice of things to do with the kids. On Saturday you can get the children and go to a performance of Kiki at the Bottom of the Sea, a music educational concert aimed at introducing children to musical instruments.
As you can guess Kiki is the main character of the story. She is a special bird who, along with the children present, is going to listen to works by French composers, meet new friends and young talented musicians of the Cyprus Youth Symphony Orchestra.
The concert will consist of music activities for young children followed by the performance, narration and demonstration of the piano and the woodwind instruments of the orchestra. There will be a performance in Greek at 10am and one in English at 12.30pm.
Global Day of Parents Celebrations
A three-day event with face painting, children’s workshops, acrobatic shows, magic shows and mascots. May 29-31. The Mall of Cyprus, Nicosia. Friday:3pm-7pm, Saturday and Sunday: 10am-3pm. Free. Tel: 25-246120
Kiki at the Bottom of the Sea
Educational concert for young children. May 30. University of Cyprus Main Campus, Nicosia. 10am (in Greek) 12.30pm (in English). €6. Tel: 22-463144