For the past several years our cluster has participated in the City of Bowie International Festival. It is a wonderful event that brings thousands of people from all over the area who want to sample a variety of cultures from around the globe. We provide free children’s activities. Some years our we have had over 700 children visit our booth!!!
It looks like we will have a nice fall day tomorrow and let’s hope the rain stays away.
Depending on when you stop by, you might join us to do one of the following:
- writing your name in Thai
- learning the colors in various languages
- map games
- flag games
- temporary tattoos
- getting your hand painted with the flag of Mexico, Italy, Peru, Colombia or Germany
The City of Bowie International Festival will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2012, 11 am-5pm at Allen Pond Park, Northview Drive, Bowie, MD 20716.
This event is FREE, Family-Friendly and open to the public. Hope to see you there!
February 3, 2011 marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year. Also known as the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival is the most important traditional Chinese holiday. 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit in the Chinese Zodiac.
Here are some links to learn more and find some related activities for kids:
Chinese New Year Info and Activities
Chinese New Year Crafts
Chinese New Year Printables
We had a wonderful time at the 2009 City of Bowie International Festival. We were in our usual location right on the water and despite the forecast calling for rain, it turned out to be a perfect day for an outdoor festival. This is our 4th year signing on to provide free children’s activities. The initial estimates were that we had 800-900 children participating this year!
I think the festival gets better and better every year. We were fortunate to be near enough to the stage to see and hear some of the performances. They were amazing.
This year we had au pairs participating representing, Costa Rica, China, Germany, South Africa and Thailand.
Here are some photos…
Kattia from Costa Rica & Lizzie from Germany taking a break to pose for a photo
Little from Thailand showing the children how to write their name in Thai.
Ayanda from South Africa playing a map and geography game with a child.
Kattia from Costa Rica helping the children color some mariposas (butterflies)
Kattia & Lizzie having fun with with the children.
Lily from China and Laya from Thailand
Lebo from South Africa helping the children color butterflies & Lizzie from Germany playing a map and flag game.
Here are all of my International Festival Super Stars who gave their time on a Saturday afternoon to share their culture with children and help us fulfill our motto, “We Bring the World Together.”
Ayanda from South Africa
Little from Thailand
Kattia from Costa Rica
Lily from China
Lizzie from Germany
Laya & Kate from Thailand
Lebo from South Africa
Michaela from Germany
Verona from South Africa
Here is one more photo of Little in her beautiful traditional Thai dress.
Little in her Thai dress