Kiddies' Vesak camp at Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo
Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo celebrates one of Sri Lanka's most
colourful festivals at the Vesak edition of Kiddies' Camp. This month's
Kiddies' Camp will take place on Saturday, May 21 at the Waterside where
the little campers will learn the significance of Vesak through a series
of activities, competitions and stories.
Sulochana with her little fans
Celebrating Vesak the children’s way
With the guidance of the Kiddies' Camp crew, the children will
construct creative and vibrant Vesak lanterns which will be hung up on
display. Judges will select the best lantern and every member of the
winning team will take home a prize.
Sulochana Dissanayake, who has graced many Kiddies' Camp over the
months, will set aside her enchanting puppets and entertain the audience
with a dramatized story by Sybil Wettasinghe, a name synonymous with
children's literature in Sri Lanka.
Generations of Sri Lankan children over five decades have
familiarized themselves with her delightful illustrations and unique,
colourful stories. With over 200 books and the State Literary Award and
the Gratiaen Prize under her belt, she has published locally and
internationally and with her work translated into many languages.
Sybil's stories make an interesting and educational read as they are
enriched with references to local customs, elements of cultural imagery
and the splendour of Sri Lanka's natural environment.
At the Kiddies' Vesak Camp Sulochana will narrate the intriguing
tale, The Vesak Lantern, while seated inside a giant vesak lantern
herself. Sulochana's theatrical and interactive approach to
communicating with children at previous Kiddies' Camps and Cinnamon
Lakeside Christmas events have earned her a special place in their
hearts. In the spirit of Vesak, the much looked forward to children's
snacks will be dished out 'Dansal style' and will include mini
hamburgers, pizzas, French fries, hot dogs, finger sandwiches, pop corn,
pasta, -eclairs, brownies, cookies, ice cream, ribbon cake and much
The Kiddies' Camp is open to children aged twelve and below and will
take place from 3 pm to 6 pm.