Children’s Village for National Arena
A fun-filled feature of the cultural tapestry that will be rolled out for the Jamaica 50 Golden Jubilee Village at Independence Park will be the exciting Children's Village.
Scheduled to open on August 1, the same day as the Jubilee Village, the kids zone dubbed 'Pickney Rampins' will be nestled in its own exclusive area, specially created for the children to have a memorable Jamaica 50 experience.
According to the organisers, The Jamaica 50 Secretariat, provision is being made to accommodate between 15,000 and 40,000 children per day at the Children's Village, and all the stops are being pulled out to ensure keen supervision. Much of the activity at the kids zone is designed to educate, while providing wholesome entertainment.
"There is a big buzz surrounding the Children's Village," manager Myrna Holmes declared.
"From the reactions during our planning discussions, I envision that we will be hosting quite a few overage kids at the Village," Holmes said with a chuckle.
The excitement kicks off at noon every day with host, the affable writer and storyteller, Amina Blackwood-Meeks. Kids will get an opportunity to experience up close traditional folk dances such as the quadrille, the maypole and Chinese Lion Dance; Indian dancers will be on parade; resident magician Lewayne Turner will be on duty with a bag of tricks up his sleeves and storytellers Nicole Williams, Turnell McCormack and Aziza are ready and waiting to pique the children's imaginations with tales of Anancy, Jack Mandora and, of course the numerous Jamaican heroes and heroines who paved the way.
Holmes revealed that among the other activities planned for Pickney Rampins are a petting zoo; an activity centre housing face painters and animal balloon makers; daily cultural performances; inflatable rides, stand-alone attractions including the Mitsubishi Rally Car Game, other games and, of course, concession stands and a Food Court.
"All the rides that kids love will be there ferris wheel, mechanical bull, dry slide, horse carousel, train, sea-saw aeroplane, trampoline, bounce about with obstacle course and character bounce-abouts. Tickets for the rides will be available on site," Holmes said.
Additionally, there will be quizzes and brain games such as Fun Olympics, prizes and give-a ways, dance contests and a special 'Kids In Concert' showcase each day featuring students from Drews Avenue Primary, Yallahs Primary Liberty Prep School, St Theresa Prep, Portmore Missionary Prep, Teggy Tots, along with Children Pantomime performers, the Bearsay Sisters, Joshua Lewis and Alex Anderson.
Children will be given a taste of "the real, ole time Independence" as the 'villagers' will include jonkannu dancers, stilt walkers, marching and mento band performers and the Maroons, all playing their role against a background of vibrant, message-filled drumming.
Activities at the Jamaica 50 Golden Jubilee Village, under whose umbrella the Children's Village falls, will be held from August 1-6.