Cultural Capital takes off for kids

NEW YORK -- Do you have clients who are taking their kids to Holland this year?

Many of Rotterdam's Cultural Capital festivities focus on entertainment for youngsters.

Highlights include the following:

  • The city's first children's museum, Villa Zebra, is scheduled to open in the Museumpark district in March.
  • Numerous Cultural Capital activities for kids, such as puppet shows and drawing lessons, will be centered around Villa Zebra.

  • World Circus' belly dancers, clowns, acrobats and musicians will visit city squares for impromptu displays of their talent from May 19 to 25.
  • Seven hundred bike messengers will compete for prizes in the categories of skill, speed and creativity from June 1 to 4 at a variety of city venues.
  • The Solero Summer Carnival Street Parade on July 28 is one of Rotterdam's most colorful events. Thousands of spectators line the streets to view the Caribbean-costumed procession, with floats and live music.
  • The European Juggling Festival (Aug. 4 to 10) will welcome 2,001 jugglers to Rotterdam with classes, games, a parade and, of course, a show.
  • Musicians, clowns, acrobats, magicians, break dancers, fire-spitting artists and puppeteers will compete for attention throughout the city from Aug. 17 to 19 during an international street party.
  • The youth festival, Zap Nation (Sept. 8 to 9), will include an open-air, all-night street circus. Young people will demonstrate break dancing, in-line skating, street dancing and skateboarding with R&B and hip-hop tunes providing the musical backdrop.
  • -- Dinah A. Spritzer

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