Last weekend we took our kids to the Dragon Boat Festival that is held in the Twin Cities. We have been trying to find cultural events for our kids to enjoy, partly for Jenna and Quinn to get a taste of Chinese culture. When we arrived it was time to eat right away. Bummer right? There were about a dozen local vendors, one Panda Express but all of the others seemed to be little mom and pop shops. I went for the mom and pop vendors. One of the vendor’s food was really good, the other was ok. However Jenna and Quinn really loved the dish I didn’t care for too much.
Our boys really branched out and both got a corn dog….oh well, at least our girls are adventurous eaters as long as there are not too many veggies.
After we were done eating we went down to where they do martial arts demonstrations. They had some sword demonstrations at the time. They were cutting through grass reed mats. The kids had fun watching it.
We then went over to watch some of the dragon boat races. The boats were really far away in the middle of the lake. I would have loved to get a close up picture of the boats but oh well. Each boat had about 20 people rowing so they were pretty big. They also had a drummer keeping the beat for the rowers and the flag catcher. The kids had a lot of fun watching the race for a little while.
We ran into some of our friends up at the festival so while I was busy talking, Ted was dealing with this
I laughed at the picture because I was totally unaware that the kids were fighting the whole time and they were only about 3 ft away from me.
We also sat for a long time watching the different dancers. All of my kids really seem to enjoy watching dancers. A new group would dance about every 15 minutes. Some groups were adults, some were kids, some had props like Chinese fans, some played drums, other danced with cups balanced on their heads. I seemed to like the dance groups that did not have the European influences in them but they were all very entertaining. I caught a quick picture of this little girl warming up for her dance. There were probably about 20 little kids in her group. They were a lot of fun to watch and were definitely a great end to a great day.