By: Sunni Zhou
On Saturday, September 7th, 2013, there was an event at the Markham Civic Centre called the RBC Markham-Milliken Children’s Festival. It was an outdoor learning and playing event for kids. It was great and fun, except for the fact that it was raining, so not very many people showed up.
There were a lot of cool zones such as the art zone, the building zone, the game zone, the garden zone, the imagination market, and many more. Each one of them had different activities we could participate in and different crafts we could make. For example, at the art zone, kids could draw, colour, trace, and paint the picture of their dreams.
At the building zone, kids could build anything they wanted with the right materials and tools. I saw a little boy build a huge building with windows. It was very impressive.
At the garden zone, you first get a small pot, and then you fill it with dirt. Afterwards, you poke a hole in the middle and finally, you drop a seed inside. I planted my own bean plant that will one day hopefully grow into a big, well grown, strong, and bean-providing plant.
There were also some rides and a petting zoo that was set up, and we had to pay ten dollars to get in. Unfortunately, it started pouring rain, as if some girl had just lost her favourite job and had started watering her plants in the garden with her tears. So, the bigger activities were removed except for the petting zoo.
The petting zoo was totally awesome! There were lots of goats, a herd of llamas, two zebras, two monkeys, a tortoise, and some pigs. I fed the llamas and goats. The food was one dollar per cup and from that one experience of feeding animals, I learned two very valuable lessons within ten minutes. One, never hold a full cup of food and give it to one animal. It will not only eat all the food, the other animals will try to steal it as well, and that isn’t a very pretty situation. Two, never hold the food between your fingers and feed it to them because they don’t have very good eyesight when it comes to eating and they don’t think about anything else except biting at that period of time. Watch your fingers!
My favourite zone was the button making zone because we learned how to make our own designed buttons. We first took a piece of round paper and drew any kind of design we wanted. I wrote my name and drew a cute little rabbit face on mine. Then, we put it on a button inside a machine. The instructor would twist the machine and the button would come out at the other end of it. .
My experience at the Children’s Festival was wonderful because I had never planted my own little plant or made my own button before, but the most amazing thing was seeing how the monkeys were fed. I would love to go again and I hope next time it won’t be raining.
Hello, my name is Sunni Zhou! I'm 10 years old and I'm in grade three. I go to Vista Heights French Immersion Public School. I really like singing, dancing, cooking, travelling, and everything related to art. A very special thing about me is that I am a journalist and I do lots of thinking, writing, exploring new places, meeting new people, and learning new things. If you love having fun, exploring, writing, and learning, come to Voice K! I wish I could say more wonderful things about myself and Voice K but I really need to go. BYE!