|Setting up -I had all my STARS stuff out, so my table felt so official!|
|L stepped up to give our booth the cute factor that we were lacking.|
I didn't think to get any pictures of the rest of the event, but along with the informational booths like ours, there were support/therapy booths, carnival games, puppet shows, olympics-style games, live music, food vendors, and all kinds of free activities for kids to take part in.
PlanToys, a local brand I love, had play area filled with their beautiful wooden toys. The boys loved that there was shady place to sit down and play, but I kept waiting for the sales pitch. I couldn't have been more wrong - there were no toys for sale, they were actually giving them away. M played with this wooden cake decorating set for ages... I think I may have to get him one for Christmas.
|For a kid who isn't great with imaginary games, he sure loved playing with this cake.|
Maybe more important than me personally connecting with another parent, however, was that I was able to get the word out to several organizations who help families of children with special needs full time here in Bangkok. Several representatives stopped at my table and took STARS information back to add to their files. They meet with families every day, and they have a much greater chance of reaching people than I do at one Saturday fair.
And lastly, the same hospital who told me L was spoiled and we let him cry too much had a booth directly across from ours. Whim took the high road and kindly stopped by their booth with a handful of pamphlets. Hopefully the next family will end up feeling more supported than we did, and they'll walk away with answers instead of all those scary questions. And that's what SNAP was all about.
|I don't know what he's doing in this picture, but he's cute.|