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Kids Euro Festival!

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Hey D.C. — it’s that time of year again.   I love the Kids Euro Festival.  Twenty-seven European Union countries and their embassies open their doors to showcase the best European productions for kids.  With over 150 performances to see over the next month….you can’t go wrong in introducing a new culture to your kids.  There are puppeteers from Finland,  clowns from Estonia, cartoons from Poland, music from Sweden.  Last year I took the boys to see a few different events – mimes from France were by far their favorite and a comical play from Cyprus was a hit as well.   Not only are the performances/films fun but it also presents a great opportunity to check out places you’ve always wanted to see.  The Goethe Institute, French Embassy, House of Sweden, Shakespeare Theatre, Artisphere and others.  Venues also include the Kennedy Center, local libraries, embassies and schools.   For a complete schedule of events click here.  All events are free and many don’t even require reservations.

Learn with the World, not just about it

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Today I learned of two innovative organizations whose work brings students, schools and teachers closer via the internet and social networking.  Today’s students are talking to each other instantly with Skype, working on projects jointly and giving new meaning to the words “international collaboration”.   I’m thrilled that young children around the world can connect instantaneously and that school curriculum can be enhanced exponentially.  With iEARN, over 2 million students are engaged collaboratively every day.

If you have a chance please check out iEARN and Connect All Schools and see if your school can participate.  As iEARN states..students are “Learning with the world, not just about it…”

Explore China at the Kennedy Center

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It’s not too late to catch a few shows at the Kennedy Center showcasing China: The Art of a Nation.  Between now and the end of October you can still catch the Northern Kunqu Opera, the Beijing People’s Art Theatre and the Beijing Dance Theatre.  For younger kids there’s also the outdoor exhibition by leading Chinese contemporary artists.   I took the kids to the MaximIndia Festival back in March and was amazed at the exhibits showcasing culture and art.  If you get the chance, it’s definitely worth an evening visit and you can even grab a quick dinner in the Cafe!

Public Lands & Day of Play

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Today is National Public Lands Day.  So if you’re not already playing in a park, hiking in the mountains or helping clean up our green spaces then think about participating.  Across the country kids, parents and neighbors are working to improve our parks, beaches and forests.  Even if you only have half an hour, or while you’re watching the kids play, pull a few weeds or pick up a bit of trash.  It all adds up and what a great lesson to teach your kids – to take part in taking care of the planet.  If you’re looking for a site to volunteer you can click on the link here.

It’s also the WorldWide Day of Play!   Head down to the Elipse on the National Mall and join Nickelodeon for a day of play.   You can try yoga or zumba,  throw a ball with the NFL, play tennis, dance and even hula hoop!  Tons of activities to encourage play in today’s culture.

Jose-Luis Orozco at Discovery Theater!

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My kids and I love Discovery Theater (O.K., let’s be honest, I love Discovery Theater and they enjoy most of the shows)  If you’re in the D.C. area then please take advantage of their  rich cultural and educational shows.  We have never been disappointed by their events and always leave having learned something new and seen something unique.   And this Wednesday one of our favorite Spanish singers is performing.  Jose-Luis Orozco will sing songs for kids in both English and Spanish.  We’ve listened to his fun tunes for years.  The show is sponsored by the Smithsonian Latino Center.  If you have the chance, don’t miss it!

Learn the National Anthems!

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In honor of the Rugby World Cup, New Zealand 2011 has created  a program called “Learn the Anthems”.   The site lists 20 countries competing in the games along with their flags, map, country information and a recording of their national anthem.   What a great idea to help kids learn about foreign countries and cultures.  Pick a team, learn their anthem and sing along with them.  You can even go a step further in making flags, banners and signs in the native language.  I’m sure after seeing the videos my boys will be most interested in painting their faces like the kids pictured here.  Thank you to Global Kids Oz for sharing another global idea with us.