Grachtenloop
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Grachtenloop Haarlem 2016

Relaxed evening running contest in the city centre of Haarlem with about 3500 participants on June 24, 2016. This Grachtenloop will be the 22th edition of the running contest. Distances are 1000m (KidsRun), 5km and 10km along the…
child rights index (Photo: www.blikopnieuws.nl)
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The Netherlands 11 places lower in child rights index

The Netherlands tumbles 11 places in child rights index: from second to 13th place in a new ranking of countries’ attitudes to children’s rights. The KidsRights Index is the annual global index which ranks how countries adhere to and…
Kleverpark Festival
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Kleverpark Festival 2016

The 32nd edition of the Kleverpark Festival is upon us and even more fun, more surprising, more exciting, more comprehensive and instructive than previous years. Kleverparkweg, Schotersingel and Van Ostadestraat and Kleverpark change…
Designwezen Haarlem
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Designwezen Haarlem spring edition

This Sunday, May 15 it's time for a new springtime edition of Designwezen Haarlem, a 100% handmade market. In the stunning location of museum Het Dolhuys there will be delicious food, lovely music, performances and of course the beautiful…
Happy Mother's Day! (Picture: Arianna Ardia)
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Happy Mother's Day!

Moederdag or Mother's Day in the Netherlands is always the second Sunday of May: this year on May 8th. What, how, since when, ideas for Mother's Day, what to write in Dutch on a Mother's Day card. And... a drawing. Download and let your kid(s)…
Koningsdag Haarlem
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King’s Day 2016 in Haarlem

King’s Day (formerly Queen’s Day) festivities invite locals and visitors alike to celebrate the King’s birthday. In the streets, squares, canals, parks and everywhere in between, the city is bursting with orange. King’s Day is the biggest…
international school
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International School Haarlem Survey

Should there be an international school in Haarlem?. The Haarlem City Council wants to hear your opinion. Let hear your voice and fill out our short online survey. As you perhaps know Haarlem doesn’t currently have an international…
Teylers Museum
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Teylers Museum Is A Unique Haarlem Treasure

When you enter Teylers Museum, you get the feeling you’ve stepped back in time. At the Teylers Museum, art and science come together with a hint of magic. It's not a museum for the modern age, but it is a museum for the modern imagination. The…
'Buurman & Buurman'
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'Buurman & Buurman' turns 40!

The Dutch very popular characters, loved by adults and kids, are turning 40. To celebrate Pathé Cinemas are showing an hour long special daily until the 6th April 2016.  For those who do not know what 'Buurman & Buurman' is 'Two…
de Oerkap
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City Beach de Oerkap Opens April 1st

Who doesn't know the Oerkap, our Haarlem City Beach along the Spaarne, within walking distance from the Haarlem station. They are almost finished renovating, so it is time for the opening party on April 1st! And that's no joke. The Oerkap…
Keukenhof Gardens open till May 18th
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Keukenhof Gardens open from today till May 16th

Enjoy the fabulous sea of flowers of Keukenhof Gardens. With 32 hectares and approximately 7 million flower bulbs Keukenhof is the world’s largest flower garden and probably the most beautiful spring park in the world.  Keukenhof Gardens…
Linnaeushof, Europe's biggest playground, is open
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Linnaeushof, Europe's biggest playground is open again

Speelparadijs Linnaeushof: the biggest playground of Europe! So close! Linnaeushof is located in Bennebroek, a 15 minute drive from Haarlem and Leiden, just some more from Amsterdam and The Hague.  During the whole season (April till…
Fun Fair Koningsdag
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Fun at the Fair

It is nearly that time of the year when the Grote Markt turns into a Fun Fair! Yipee! This is a great excuse to let your children run riot while you drink coffee on a sunny terrace or if you're anything like me, this is the perfect time to let…
Baby murder Foto: Colourbox
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Woman kills baby, "looked too much like lover"

A gruesome story from Romania. A 27-year-old mother has killed her newborn baby because she found out that the child looked more like her lover than her current husband. No similarities Elena Smocot was home alone with her 4-year-old son,…
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Johnson & Johnson admits: their baby products contain cancer-causing chemicals

How is it possible that trusted corporations, headed by mothers and fathers just like you and me, sell potentially cancer-causing baby products? Any kind of carcinogenic material shouldn't come into contact with things we put in and on our bodies,…
Test Down
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All pregnant women should get easy Down’s test

A simple test for Down’s syndrome should be freely available to all pregnant women, Labour and Socialist MPs said last Tuesday in a debate with health minister Edith Schippers. The NIPT test is a DNA test on maternal blood to screen…
interview
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Challenges of Expats – Interview of the month February

This month I introduce you to Nadia, from South-Africa to Weesp and soon to Hoofddorp. In my mission to help expats integrate, I take interviews regularly, and reveal great stories and advise for you. Arriving in a new country is such…
Chocolate
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These 7 Popular Chocolate Brands Exploit Child Slaves

US Uncut published a handy guide to make us aware and to help avoid buying chocolate products produced by child slaves. More of these products are available in the Netherlands so we want to spread the word here as well. Mars, Nestle, Godiva,…
Toddler Tips: The “No!” Phase

Toddler Tips: The “No!” Phase

Your toddler is developing at a very fast pace. One day they he is a helpless little baby, not being able to communicate effectively and making an effort to crawl, and the other he can suddenly walk, talk and make choices. Well, it’s not that…
holidays
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12 Powerful (and Inexpensive) Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season

We have all heard it before: the holidays are a time for giving, for selflessness and random acts of kindness. It feels good to give, not only for the recipient but for the giver as well; many scientific studies show giving, especially in the…
birth
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I gave birth in the Netherlands - and it didn't suck

As a foreigner living in the Netherlands, probably you've heard all the "horror" stories about giving birth in this country in where women HAVE to give birth without drugs, or that there are barely any prenatal check-ups (what do you mean only…
Gifts
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Top tips in choosing gifts for children for the holiday season

The holiday season can be a period of frenzy for most parents. With all the assortment of toys and gadgets, parents feel the pressure in choosing the right gifts that not only will be appreciated but would hopefully also benefit their development. So…
Designwezen
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This Sunday winter edition of Designwezen 2015

Our member Valentina Spinelli asked us to share an event in Haarlem that she is co-organizing: the winter edition of Designwezen, the only 100 % handmade market in Haarlem, this Sunday, November 29, 2015. Valentina is an expat mum in Haarlem. Along…
Terrorism (photo: Ksayer1 ob Flickr)
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Answering our kids' WHY question on terrorism

Since the events of 13/11 in Paris, perhaps you've seen the articles on “How to talk with your kids about terrorism.” I read several useful tips, yet for me, as most parenting guide go, I especially liked "trust your intuition—you know…
Intocht Sinterklaas
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Hij komt. Sinterklaas arrives!

On Sunday, November 15th Sinterklaas (Santa Claus) will be back with his helpers in Haarlem.  The boat from Spain is on its the way. Nearly half filled with presents, chocolate letters and pepernoten but who and what will Sinterklaas…
Wonder Wander
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Exhibition i WONDER i WANDER today in De Lichtfabriek

De exhibition i WONDER i WANDER in De Lichtfabriek (the old the Light Factory) is part of Kunstlijn Haarlem. Themes of the exhibition are Alice in Wonderland and the big questions: Who are we? What is reality? The Light Factory is…
Talk (photo: Tracy Brown Hamilton)

Why You Should Encourage Your Kids to Talk Back

Earlier this summer, when it was finally my daughter's turn for a carnival ride, she wandered a few steps away from the line. I stepped out to pull her back and was confronted by a 5- or 6-year-old boy who'd been standing behind us. "Excuse…
Rice Cakes
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Warning: Don’t Let Your Children Eat Rice Cakes

Well-known rice products found in grocery stores all over the world can be harmful to young children. A new study has revealed excessive levels of a carcinogenic substance in some popular favorites and is issuing a warning to parents. Adults…
Kinderopvang Op Stoom
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Op Stoom: The best kinderopvang in Haarlem

I am the mum of three little kids: a five-year-old son and two toddler daughters. For five years, we have relied on daycare in Haarlem: four years with Op Stoom and one year with Kinderopvang Haarlem. My conclusion: Op Stoom is much better! Op…
Bilingual
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Becoming Bilingual: A Piece of cake?

This article isn’t about children that were exposed to more than one language since birth, but about kids that were exposed to a different language after the acquisition of their mother tongue. That was my case at five. I know people usually…