Day camps for kids at the Night Safari
Kids enjoy their visit to the Night Safari,
here they get up close and personal with goats at the Petting Zoo.
Chiang Mai Mail online reporters
The Chiang Mai Night Safari will organize summer day camps for kids and
is now taking applications for interested parents.
On March 10, Dr. Sarawuth Srisakun, the CEO of the Chiang Mai Night
Safari, said that the camping activities are held to encourage and
support kids to spend their free time during the summer holidays
learning new things and experiences with wildlife.
The camping activities are separated into two programs, the first runs
from March 14-18, from 9 00 a.m. – 3 .00 p.m. With the activities like
Behind the Zoo and Day Safari activities., and the second program is
from March 21- March 25, 9 00 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The camp costs 1,750 baht per child per program, and there will be three
special promotional packages for the general public from March 11- April
10; “buy one get one” for Day Safari and Night Safari and Chiang Mai
Night Safari Day Camp, for youths under 15 years old prices for the Day
Safari will be 100 baht, the Night Safari 125 baht, and the Walking Zone
25 baht, and the third promotion will be for children shorter than 100
cm a free visit to the Day Safari, Night Safari and Walking Zone.
For more information, please contact the Chiang Mai Night Safari Day
Camp from now on, tel. 053-999088-89.
Feeding the animals is a fun experience for
most of the kids,
here one of the camp kids feeds a rhinocerous.
KKU students make merit for HM the King
KKU Students paid a visit to the famous
golden teak mansion, Vimanmek Palace as part of their field trip to
learn more about the history of the Thai Kings and pay tribute to HM the
King at Siriraj Hospital.
KKU students joined Asst. Prof. Likhit Amatayakong, the Vice President
for Student Development and Institute of Learning and Teaching
Innovation along with Student Development Division lecturers Assoc.
Prof. Maneerat Pattarajinda, Asst. Prof. Nipha Milinthawisamai and
Assoc. Prof. Orawan Buranrak in a merit making project recently as part
of the Rak Por Luang or Love HM the King Project to pay tribute and
offer blessings to HM the King at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok.
Students who participated in the field trip to Bangkok also learned more
about the history of the Thai Kings and Royal family members at Vimanmek
Palace, the largest golden teakwood house in the world. Students also
learned more about Thai youth who are doing good deeds for HM the King,
and learned more about the contest to honor HM the King by making merit,
chaired by Phra Maha Pongnarintre Thitawangso of Wat Suthas Thepwanaram.
Searching for Sanook
An exciting international collaboration between award-winning Interact
Theater from the USA and Rajanagarinda Institute for Child Development
(RICD) in Chiang Mai created an original play comprising actors with and
without disabilities from the United States and Thailand. Interact's
Artistic Director Jeanne Calvit, known for her work in the United States
for the last 30 years as a pioneer in the field of Arts and
disabilities, brought her creative team of Tod Petersen and Natalie
Wilson, and two leading actors with down syndrome, Mike Brindley and
Matt Dahlstrom, to work with twenty very talented young people with
disabilities from Thailand.
of the disabled students perform during rehearsal for the show.
The musical play "Searching for Sanook" was performed Saturday, March 5,
2011 at CMU Art Museum Theater for the Chiang Mai public in a unique and
In November of 2009 Mike and Ann Leming (Directors of Spring Semester in
Thailand affiliated with the Faculty of Humanities of Chiang Mai
University) saw a performance of "Northern Lights Southern Cross: Tales
From the Other Side of the World"--a cross-cultural performance by
Interact Theater and the Tutti Ensemble of Australia at the prestigious
Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They were so inspired that
they thought, "Wouldn't it be great if we could do something like this
in Thailand?" As longtime supporters of the Healing Family Foundation of
Chiang Mai they felt that the artists at Baan Sanook were capable of
similar feats. It was this idea that served as a springboard for the
idea of a pilot project with Interact and Bann Sanook. As things
progressed other groups became involved.
Sponsored by The Healing Family, Baan Sanook, Spring Semester in
Thailand, Rajanagarinda Institute for Child Development (RICD) and
Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts (Minneapolis), Ms.
Jeanne Calvit came to Thailand on February 14, 2010 for a one month
Clown workshop with artists with developmental disabilities. She also
worked with the leaders in the educational and mental health community
of Chiang Mai working with the disabled.
Prior to her arrival Dr. Samai (Director of RICD) and members of his
staff who worked with the disabled of Chiang Mai, Dr. Pradit (President
of the Healing Family Foundation), Dr. Chaiyan (parent of one of the
artists at Baan Sanook), and Ajarns Ann and Mike Leming met together to
discuss this opportunity to collaborate with Interact Center for the
Visual and Performing Arts (Minneapolis). As a result of this meeting it
was decided to initiate a project to provide artists with disabilities
and the educators and clinicians who work with them the skills and
opportunities for creative expression, artistic growth, and professional
performance opportunities. Last year the first clown shows were held at
As a result of the positive changes in the participants during rehearsal
last year, RICD and Interact put together a much bigger effort involving
professional musicians, actors, directors, and persons with
disabilities. Their goal is to create a sustaining NGO Center for the
Visual and Performing Arts for adults of disability and to affiliate
with RICD–the premier Thai governmental mental health facility in Chiang
Mai. In the next two years RICD will build a Performing Arts Center,
built to look like a piano, and to be used in arts therapy for children
This center of international cooperation would serve the adult disabled
population (post high school) presently underserved in Thailand. RICD
would coordinate services by medical professionals with those of the
artistic community in Chiang Mai as we challenge existing stereotypes
that assume people with disabilities are only able to do menial work and
are not capable of higher order skills that involve creativity, focus
and discipline. We would also hope to challenge the artistic community
to recognize and include the unique talents and visions of people who
have long been marginalized in Thai society.
Broadway Musical Magic Comes to CMIS
The CMIS Fine Arts department will stage the Broadway Musical Magic, an
evening of Broadway show tunes with a little drama and dance thrown in
for good measure.
Broadway Musical Magic is an idea concocted by CMIS theater director and
drama teacher, Stephan Turner. Stephan says, “After considering the
level of available talent this year, I could not come up with a single
piece that would have allowed me to display the diverse talents of all
my drama students and others who auditioned. So, I started searching for
a way to make them all stars. I decided to take a risk and try something
exciting and completely different; a medley of Broadway show tunes
spiced up a bit with a few acting scenes and dance numbers. I'm in
suspense as to how it will all turn out, but it certainly will be
interesting. That's for sure!”
“The rehearsal process has been quite different as well. A journey
filled with all the usual ups and downs, highs and lows that come with
any new project. Especially, one that didn't start out as a scripted and
nicely laid out play, but one that's literally writing itself as we go,
in terms of context, order, and style of presentation. Add to this the
fact that most of our students are involved in a number of other after
school activities, and one can begin to appreciate the degree of
difficulty involved in getting everyone together at the same time, which
made scheduling regular rehearsals a logistical nightmare. In the end,
though, I think we will be able to pull it off.”
Broadway Musical Magic will take you on a journey to the Austrian Alps
where, “The hills are alive with the Sound of Music.” Then, you’ll be
off to the Apollo Theater, where a group of young women, known as the
“Dreamgirls”, make it to the big time, only to come crashing back down
to earth. However, these women became stronger as a result, and earned
their place in American musical history. Finally, you'll experience the
trials and tribulations of a group of talented young high school
students as they seek fame and fortune at the most famous performing
arts school in America, the High School of the Performing Arts Academy
in New York City, the school depicted in the Broadway musical and motion
The show opens on Friday, March 25 with a matinee at 1:00 p.m. followed
by an evening performance at 7:00. Additional performances will be held
on Saturday, March 26 at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. with a final
performance on Sunday March 27 at 1:30 p.m.
Tickets are available for purchase in the school office. The cost for
tickets is 100 baht for students and 200 baht for adults. Tickets can
also be purchased from any cast member. Please contact the School Office
for additional information or reservations. 053-242027
Municipal wide spelling bee sponsored by the Rotary Club of Chiang Mai North
The first place winner of the spelling bee
showed poise under pressure at the contest.
By Shana Kongmun
The Rotary Club Chiang Mai North, Payap University and the Municipality
sponsored a spelling contest for students from 11 municipal schools at
Wat Pa Paeng School on Friday, February 25, 2011. 5 children represented
each school at the bee and the initial written test saw all 55 students
listen to 30 spoken words and then write them down.
The top 12 students moved on to the second round where they were asked
to spell 4 words after listening to them being spoken. The final round
saw that top 5 students spell 5 words out loud. The top two students won
prizes of 3,500 baht and 2,500 baht each with a Wat Pa Paeng School
student taking second place. Two third place students won 1,000 baht
each. All students were gifted with Thai-English dictionaries.
(Photos courtesy of Suwannee Sirinapapanth)
The students who won the top prizes show off
The students listened with some trepidation
but applied themselves to the contest.
Rotary Club of Chiang Mai North members led
by Chanman Chanruang and a teacher from Wat Pa Paeng School were the
judges of the contest.
NIS celebrates International Day
Switzerland featured a chocolate fondue
By Shana Kongmun
Chiang Mai’s international schools don’t lack for diversity and NIS
is another one of those schools that celebrates that diversity with an
International Day featuring the food, dress and customs of countries around
With Korea, Taiwan, the United States, Egypt, France, Switzerland, England
and Brazil just a few of the countries represented, there was no shortage of
fun or delicious food. The fondue chocolate fountain on offer at the
Switzerland table was a big favorite as was the nachos at the Mexico table.
John Richardson brought a classic MG convertible from his collection of
classic cars as a feature showpiece at the England table. The Denmark table
was also quite popular offering a traditional rice pudding and the Scotland
table advertised deep fried Mars bars. The Canada table was a bit late but
offered delicious looking apple pie and the Brazil table featured pictures
The kids had a lot of fun sampling the food and playing games while other
students dressed in traditional garb roamed the party. NIS’s International
Day was another in the calendar of fun for Chiang Mai students and their
The England table featured this classic car
belonging to John Richardson.
Nachos at the Mexico table were quite popular.
Students from the Taiwan table dressed in
traditional Chinese garb.
Wearing the mask of Carnival, this little boy
enjoyed the Brazil table.