One of the biggest events of the year – the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta – also has just-for-kids activities that let you make a difference to the environment, have fun, and explore your creativity. This year, there are two activities organised for kids: a beach clean-up, which will also include sports and games; and an art competition that challenges you to make art with sustainable/ recycled materials.
The deadline to hand in artistic creations is January 16; and the beach clean-up will be held on February 11.
The team at the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta wants to spark your creativity and make you more familiar with the marine industry. At the same time, you will be challenged to see the beauty in everyday objects, because you’ll be encouraged to use recycled materials.
The competition is open to youngsters between the ages of four and 18, who will be split up into five separate groups. Each group will have multiple assignments to choose from, so you can choose one that best suits you and your teammates. A first-, second- and third-place winner will be chosen for each available assignment.
Each assignment comes with a description and requirements that will be shared when you sign up. The central theme is recycling, so the more recycled materials used, the better.
Important dates: Sign-up should be done as soon as possible. The deadline for handing in artwork is January 16, 2023, before 5:00pm. The works must be handed in at the St. Maarten Yacht Club. The prize-giving ceremony will take place on January 21, 2023, from 2:00 to 4:00pm at the St. Maarten Yacht Club.
The Regatta team is already in full swing when it comes to preparing for some serious fun for kids at the annual beach clean-up, aimed at youngsters ages four to 18. This will take place on Saturday, February 11, from 8:30am to 12:30pm, on Kim Sha beach.
The day will start off with a presentation by Nature Foundation St. Maarten. You will learn all about the damaging effects of pollution on our beaches and the ocean, and how you’re being part of the solution. Next, you’ll be divided into groups, and try to collect as much garbage as you can.
The group that collects the most garbage will win a special prize. After the clean-up, there will be a quiz based on what you learned during the presentation in the morning. This is another chance to earn one of many fun prizes, donated by TriSport, Rainforest Adventures, The Mailbox, The Scuba Shop, Seaside Nature Park, Rhino Safari, Random Wind, Funtopia, Shipwreck Shops, Domino’s and Top1Toys.
The fun will continue with a variety of beach sports and games with Lab Sports Academy, as well as some tasty snacks.
All photos by photographer Amelie Hing, assistant Charlotte Nicole.