Toy festival brings children and parents closer

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 28 December, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 28 December, 1994, 12:00am

GOING through the toy time tunnel, making one's own toys and driving at the mini-driving school were not only fun, but also an educational experience for both children and parents.

The Regional Council's Toy Festival not only provided children with fun and laughter during the festive season, but also brought the family closer through toys and games.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the festival, Regional Council chairman Cheung Yan-lung said the festival offered entertaining and educational programmes for all members of the family.

The event was aimed at arousing the awareness of parents towards the education and communication functions of toys and games.

Children get a chance to learn how to drive at a simulated driving school in Fun Land, where parents are allowed to stride along with their children's mini-cars and give directions.

Chan Wing-yang, five, enjoyed her driving lesson very much.

'It was fun. I was speeding just now. It was so exciting!' she said.

Mrs Chan, accompanying her daughter on the road, agreed that such activity could enhance their relationship.

'There aren't many events like this in Hong Kong for children, and it makes me very happy to see her enjoying herself so much.' The festival also features a time tunnel, an exhibition displaying precious toy items from local and overseas collectors such as comics characters, vehicles, aircraft, dolls and spacecraft.

Visitors can learn about the toy trends of different periods and when and where certain toys were manufactured.

At the Toy Factory, children are given the use of miniature tools to make their own playthings.

The activity aims to enhance children's creativity and help them develop group work spirit.

Thematic activity centres also highlight exhibition sections such as the Parent-Child Toy Education Corner and the Children Developmental Activity Centre, which provides professional guidance on the use of toys and games in contributing to children's development.

The festival will run till Tuesday at Kwai Chung Sports Ground. Admission fee is $10.