Here in Guatemala, we celebrate Father’s Day, or Dia de Los Padres, on June 17. Our kids at the school have been preparing for this day by making tons of cute crafts and art projects to celebrate their fathers. This year, we at La Puerta Abierta decided to put on a Father’s Day Fair for our families. We gathered at Alpha y Omega, a park in Santiago, and set up for our day of fun. We started the fair by having all of the families sit in a circle where we listened to a story about Father’s Day as well as some of the kids telling us why they love their dad. Then the kids gave their dads the gifts that they had been working on all week and lots of hugs were shared all around.
Next came the super fun part: games! We had a treasure hunting station, a bowling station, a three legged race, pin the moustache on the Papa, a fishing station, a sack race, and a PE station. The kids and their fathers ran excitedly from station to station with huge smiles on their faces. The kids received a ticket for each game they participated in and at the end they could cash in their tickets for varying prizes! After everyone had collected their prizes, we all sat down and enjoyed lunch and homemade chocolate covered bananas. It was priceless to see how much joy not only the kids, but also the fathers received out of the fair and a beautiful day of fun.