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