Thai Children’s Day 2024

Thai Children’s Day is celebrated on the second Saturday of January, with kid-friendly activities held by cultural institutions & nonprofits.
Thailand
13 January 2024

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In addition to Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, there’s also Children’s Day! Every year, Children’s Day celebrates kids all over the world, but different countries observe the holiday on different days.

Though it’s not a public holiday in Thailand, Children’s Day or Wan Dek is celebrated annually on the second Saturday of January. This year, Thai Children’s Day falls on January 13th, 2024.

Thai Children’s Day should not be confused with World Children’s Day, which falls on November 20th of every year.

Wan Dek in Thailand

A man showing tricks to children at a Children's Day event
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Thai people celebrate Thai Children’s Day by taking their kids out for fun educational activities. Many public services and establishments, such as the various zoos and wildlife parks throughout the country, Thai Red Cross Museum, Museum Siam, Government House, Parliament House, and various military bases of the Thai navy, army, and air force organize special events for children, many of which are free of charge. Here are some exciting activities for this year’s Thai Children’s Day:

  • Children’s Discovery Museum

The Children’s Discovery Museum (🇹🇭) is organizing “The Little Sea Guardian” event on Thai Children’s Day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to raise awareness and teach children about the marine ecosystem. Visitors can participate either on-site at the museum or via livestream on the Children’s Discovery Museum’s official Facebook Page

  • Parliament House

Parliament House is holding the “NASAPA Land: Guardians of the World” event from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring exciting activities such as a welcome speech from the President of the National Assembly, a DIY workshop, a tour of the Senate chambers, and a Q&A session to win prizes.

  • The Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre (BACC)

This year, the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) is hosting the following events: “BACC Kid’s Tours” and a New Year’s greeting card workshop. The Kid’s Tour will be available from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Thai Children’s Day at the Main Exhibition Gallery, while the workshop will be held from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Kid’s Corner, BACC. For more information, visit the BACC website.

  • The Thai Red Cross Society

The Thai Red Cross Society is organizing an event under the theme “Thai Youth with Volunteer Heart” from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Srisavarindhira Thai Red Cross Institute of Nursing with highlighted activities that are both fun and informative.

  • The Thai-Japanese Bangkok Youth Center

The Thai-Japanese Bangkok Youth Center (🇹🇭) is a public recreational center that provides all kinds of facilities for sports and physical activities. Every year, the center puts on the Bangkok Children’s Day festival complete with carnival staples like a mini-Ferris Wheel and concession stands, along with musical performances, prizes, snacks, and plenty of props for family photos including dinosaur statues.

This day is a perfect occasion for families to spend quality time together. ​​On Children’s Day, children under 140 cm tall and below the age of 14 can ride the MRT and BTS railway systems in Bangkok for free!

The Children’s Day motto

As part of a long-standing tradition since 1956, the Prime Minister delivers a new Children’s Day motto every year. This year, the Children’s Day motto as selected by Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, translates as “Broaden horizons, foster creativity, respect diversity, and join forces in building democracy.”

Previous mottos have included “Thai children in the new normal era unite all Thais to build the nation with loyalty and virtue” (2021), “Thai children should think wisely and be responsible for society” (2022), and “Understanding responsibility, achieving discipline, and aspiring to good deeds” (2023).