The idea of traveling overseas with children may seem daunting—but exposing them to other cultures doesn’t have to be. The Kids Euro Festival is a great way to introduce young children to art and stories of the European Union.
The monthlong festival brings together storytelling, movies, dance and other performances specifically designed for kids throughout the DC Metro area. It is sponsored by the Washington based EU embassies and other local cultural institutions.
The Kids Euro Festival runs through November 14, which means there are still a couple weeks left to enjoy a taste of Finland, France, Germany, Denmark among others.
Here are a few we may try to hit up, if I can get over my Halloween sugar coma:
– Nov. 8 @ 10 a.m.- Celebrate Italy at Preschool Story Time.
And here are a couple I’d love to hit up if my daughter were a bit older:
– Nov. 10 @ 1:30 p.m.- The book book workshop– An art workshop aimed for 7-10 year olds with Italy’s Sophie Benini Pietromarchi. She’ll be helping children transform everyday scraps into a picture story. She’ll help them write, illustrate and complete their own books.
My husband and I hope to encourage our children to find joy in learning about and experiencing other cultures. And while we may not exactly think taking our one-year-old on a 9-hour plane ride sounds like any fun, I think we can handle manage a 30-minute car ride to a performance. Small steps.
And guess what? There’s something like this for adults too in the spring. The EU Embassy Open House is one of my FAVORITE DC events.