The 3rd Annual Kermes Kiwanis family games festival will be hosted this Saturday and Sunday (May 23rd-May 24th) from 12-6pm in Parque Andres Bello on Via Argentina. The festival, which is hosted by Club Kiwanis Canal de Panama, is a free festival where families can join together to play 15 “street games” that many parents with recognize from their youth. These games include traditional Panamanian games but will many expats will recognize they are the same or similar to the Hop Scotch, Jacks, Pan Queso, King of the Hill, Burro, stick ball, Double Dutch Jump Rope, marbles, and other games played in communities around the world for many generations.
Kermes Kiwanis came as part of the larger Kermes movement to get children away from their computers and video games and back active and outside. While as a blogger I’m certainly a fan of computers and the video games, it’s important for kids to have balance, and the value of playing outside with your friends and enjoying nature and fresh air is lost on many in today’s generation. Kermes Kiwanis also provides a good opportunity for the whole family to get together and enjoy a day of fun; kids, parents, grandparents, etc.
The game stations will be staffed by Kiwanis members and volunteers from local high schools. Volunteers are bi-lingual, so the event is open to all families whether they speak only English or Spanish. Modest prizes will also be awarded to the children.
Parque Andres Bello is located in the heart of Via Argentina, about a 10 minute walk from the Metro Station. As mentioned earlier, admissions is totally free. Donations will be accepted (and will go towards supporting Kiwanis’s other projects to benefit children), but are in no way required. Food, water, and soda will also be available for purchase.
I will be there all day both days taking some pictures and helping with food sales. So if you and your family stop by, make sure to say hi.