Enjoying a fun weekend at the Tada Center
By Lishea Chen Translated by Ann Lee
Information on the Tada Center
(04) 2229-5848, ext. 340 Mr. Wu, ext. 336 Mr. Chen
If you're looking for a fun place to go on the weekend, head over to the Tada Center (362, FuXing Rd, Sec 3). This DIY center/performance venue used to be Taichung's liquor brewery. After a lot of renovation and remodeling, the space is now bustling with people on any given weekend, enjoying all sorts of activities.
From 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, you'll find two craft activities (usually free of charge), as well as all types of live stage shows. Many activities, like paper cutting and painting, are ideal for children. Occasionally, the center also gives away free, 3D greeting cards to visitors. In the middle of every month, the center hosts a public market; on these days, instead of the craft activities, you can enjoy a performance by the National Taichung Symphony Orchestra.
Though the activities at the Tada Center are usually free, there will be five projects in March that will require a small charge--mostly for parts and materials. On March 1st, you can try your hand at making cabinets and chairs (NT$150/person), while listening to local high school bands performing on stage. On March 2nd, you can make country-style, decorative items and a special type of painting called "Xi Liu Hua(洗流畫)"; Seeyou (西尤), a band that performs Indian-style music, will provide the entertainment.
On the Saturday the 8th, the center will be giving away 100 heart-shaped file holders made with metal and aluminum, and host an acappella group. On Sunday the 9th, they will be painting bamboo cups (NT$30/each) and driftwood (free). The music will be provided by Mala (馬拉). On March 15, you can come visit the monthly market and listen to the orchestra.
The second half of the month will also be filled with exciting, one-of-a-kind DIY activities like tying bamboo knots and mask painting. If you would like to participate in an activity, come to the center by 2:30 p.m., so you can get a coupon for materials at 3 p.m. This way, you won't miss out on a fun, craft-filled time.