The Kai Jai-Day of the Port will offer numerous free activities dedicated especially to children and their families
On Sunday 22 October the Port of Bilbao Terminal at Getxo will become a free amusement park where visitors can get first-hand knowledge of the Port’s day-to-day activities in a relaxed way.
This is the third year that Kai-Jai (Day of the Port in Basque) will be held and it aims to be a great day of celebration for the Port of Bilbao employees and companies and invites the public at large to its “home”. The event is organised by the Bilbao Port and River Foundation and offers many activities for children up to 12 years old and their families. Among the activities several mock rescue actions using a helicopter and police dogs are featured. Likewise, there will also be games of all kinds (ball pool, inflatables and an extreme inflatable for plunging, seesaws and make-up among others): three theatre performances to learn about the Port of Bilbao in an enjoyable way; a human launcher; a gymkhana; a photocall where they will be invited to take a photo of themselves and keep it as a souvenir, and a miniature port where it will be seen what a port is like and what the different tasks carried out there are: this will be interactive so that participants will become dockers, moorers, tug operators and pilots. They will also learn to tie sailing knots and to recognise the different types of boats. In addition, they will enjoy a mini-boat trip in an inflatable pool.
Besides, the fact that Kai-jai has been organised at the cruise terminal means that it will be possible to watch port service boats going about their normal tasks.
Participants will receive a passport when they enter. As they take part in the different activities, the passport squares will be stamped, and at the end of the itinerary, they will receive a prize if all their squares are stamped. In all, there are 1,500 prizes to be shared among participants.
The activities will take place between 10.30 and 14.30, and a stall will be set up where participants will be able to savour talos – typical Basque corn crepes. The organisers will put on a half-hourly free shuttle bus service connecting the Metro station at Neguri and the Suspension Bridge with the Olatu cruise terminal Getxo, where free parking is also available.
The Bilbao Port and River Foundation
The aim of the Bilbao Port and River Foundation is to promote and develop a wide range of socio-cultural and recreational plans and actions of general interest that will provide greater knowledge of how the past and present relevance of the Port of Bilbao and the River itself have contributed to the economic and social development and the integration of the riverside towns. The Foundation is constituted by the Port Authority of Bilbao and the nine riverside towns of Barakaldo, Bilbao, Erandio, Getxo, Leioa, Portugalete, Santurtzi, Sestao and Zierbena; among its collaborators it also includes some twenty port activity-related companies and entities.