The International Family Fair is a day full of inspiring workshops, interesting seminars and an information market where you may speak to experts in the fields of parenting, raising international children, child development, health & wellbeing, education, third culture kids and moving across borders. The fair is here to help parents with children from 0 to 12 years old, it doesn’t matter whether you are new to the Netherlands or have been here for years, whether you are looking for specific services or just want to know what is available for international parents, all parents (and their kids) are welcome!

International Family Fair

Date: 11th of October 2014

Location: BLOOM – House of Health in the center of The Hague
(Koninginnegracht 28, The Hague)

Time: 13:00-17:30

Costs: €12,50 (including 2 presentations of choice)
Children 6+ : €2.50

More info and tickets:

29 September 2014


Jubilee-edition Betovering: The best way to spend your ten-day Autumn break in The Netherlands! From the 17th to the 26th of October at over forty locations in The Hague.

Festival De Betovering (The Enchantment) celebrates its fifteenth year this year. The Hague sees the manifestation of its very own zoo in the 2014 Autumn break and children from 2 – 12 years of age are once again invited to enjoy all this festival has to offer. Laugh and be surprised during a theatre or dance production, get busy in a tattoo or film workshop, stay overnight in a museum, discover which musical instrument suits you best and much, much more! The Enchantment is the international arts festival for a younger audience during the Autumn break in The Hague and, last year, welcomed a record number of visitors: over 20,000.

The Hague’s kids want their zoo back! There was once an actual zoo in The Hague – with elephants, lions, camels, tigers, llamas, zebras and even a live sea lion show – until a route had to be made for troops during a war and the zoo was closed down. “A big town like The Hague just has to have a zoo!” as stated by the children who took part in the 2013 brainstorm, arranged by the organisation, to pool ideas for this year’s festival. After having built their own city, Tapatoo during past editions of the festival, this year they’re all revved up for TapaZOO! Tapazoo will not only be founded and built during the festival in Theater aan het Spui (the heart of the festival), but will extend outside along the special Tapatoo route from the Spui to the Grote Markt: The Animal Allée!

A taste of the programme Of the 350+ options included in the programme, many are international productions. These include the Swedish Marmalade for toddlers, Circ Panic from Spain, Kish Kush, a dance performance from Italy, Mavis Sparkle from England and many shows originating from Belgium. The more established of The Hague’s own companies also join in to celebrate the jubilee; NTjong will perform in various libraries, the Residentie Orkest will visit local neighbourhoods and the Nederlands Dans Theater collaborates with the Holland Dance Festival on a spectacular dance tour. You can sleep over in the Kinderboekenmuseum just like Mees Kees on camp. There are also all sorts of workshops to choose from, as usual, such as learning how to make paper in the Nationaal Archief, painting in the Mauritshuis or camera-acting at Theaterschool Rabarber.

De Betovering (The Enchantment) Each year during the Autumn Break the international children’s art festival ‘De Betovering’ (The Enchantment) takes place in The Hague. From the 17th till the 26th of October 2014, children between the ages of 2 and 12 years will be treated to some 350 performances and workshops in almost all of The Hague’s museums and theatres.

Suzanne Verboeket, director of De Betovering: “I believe in fantasy and tales, I believe that they tell us a lot about who we really are, deep down inside. When children come into contact with art, they see the stories in another’s heart and mind. When they create things themselves, they open a door to that place in their minds where their own imagination and stories lie. That’s why I find it so important for children to experience and create art themselves. It helps them to better understand themselves, others and the world around them, to be more open. Ten days of The Enchantment: it’s going to be a feast of fantasy and wondrous tales!”

— Check for the complete programme, how to book tickets, ticket prices and other information. Many of the performances, dance workshops and visual arts workshops are suitable for non Dutch-speaking visitors. Please take note of the NDR-logos in the programmes (No Dutch required) or, when viewing the full festival programme via our website choose the British flag. The ticket price for the majority of the performances and workshops is €6.00.

— Festival De Betovering For: everyone from 2 to 12 years of age Where: in 48 cultural institutions, in and around The Hague When: Friday the 17th to Sunday the 26th of October, 2014 Programme/Tickets:

29 September 2014

Until Sunday 26 October 2014 Panorama Mesdag presents an exhibition of original prints  by Lawrence Alma-Tadema, who was related to the famous The Hague painter Hendrik Mesdag. Added are 20 ‘Grand Tour Souvenirs’ that refer to Alma-Tadema’s work.

The prints are engravings copying Alma-Tadema’s oil-paintings, which were romanticized depictions of life in Antiquity that charmed European and North American contemporaries. The colourful and decorative prints, which are historically and archeologically amazingly well documented, have now become rare.

Lawrence Alma-Tadema27 September 2014


Podium Vocale – Laan van Meerdervoort 32, The Hague.


* Thursday 23 October, 12.45-13.15 hrs, Entrance free

DuoSuoni sing and play Strozzi, Frescobaldi, Caccini


* Sunday 26 October, 12.00-13.00 hrs. Entrance € 8,50

Compositions for clarinet and piano by Reger, Cahuzac and Poulenc


* Sunday 16 November, 14.30 hrs. Entrance € 4,00

Open Podium Concert for amateur musicians. Participation free of charge. Please contact Henk Mak van Dijk 070-3106292 or Nora Tours 070-3451423


* Sunday 23 November, coffee concert, 12.00-13.00 hrs. Entrance € 8,50

Piano compositions by Schumann and Chopin


* Thursday 27 November, luch concert 12.45-13.15 hrs. Entrance free

Delta Pianotrio plays Beethoven and Brahms


* Sunday 7 December, coffee concert 12.00-13.00 hrs. Entrance € 8.50

Ensemble Scaramuccia plays The Dresden Manuscript – old compositions for violin and basso continuo

For more information please go to

29 September 2014


Mrs Vandana Sharma, an experienced cook and teacher, offers delightful workshops for Indian cooking. She writes:

Here is the schedule of the coming workshops for the months of September till December 2014.  These sessions will be organized at my home (Atjehstraat) on Saturdays from 6 pm till 10 p.m. The cost is €40 per person per workshop. If you participate in 3 sessions, you will get 10% discount.

Learn some  easy to prepare, nutritious and impressive dishes for sophisticated everyday cooking highlighting recipes from different parts of India like dal (lentils), palak paneer (spinach with cottage cheese), biryani (rice), kebabs etc.  The mouth- watering recipes are easily adaptable to other vegetables, pulses, grains or even meat, fish and poultry, if you are cooking for friends and family at home.

I also offer special events such as teambuilding cooking classes for your employees or cooking parties. Do you wish to surprise someone with an original gift? Give them something they’ll never forget! You can choose a date, time and also the style and menu perfect for your friends/event.

If you are interested, please contact me on my mobile:  06 5588 3510 or email Please do visit my website too.

27th September Mughlai cuisine OR Parsi cuisine
4th October Punjabi menu
11th October Traditional Vegetarian meal
18th  – 25th October CLOSED for Herfstvakantie
1st November Traditional Indian meal
8th November Indian Party snacks
15th November Traditional Vegetarian meal
22nd November Punjabi menu
29th November Mughlai cuisine OR Parsi cuisine
6th December CLOSED for Sinterklaas
13th December Traditional Indian meal

Hope to hear from you and look forward to seeing you soon!!

Vandana Sharma, 24 September 2014