Kids' World international festival at Expo Square through Saturday
BY NOUR HABIB World Scene Writer
Thursday, November 15, 2012
11/15/12 at 4:02 AM
Kids' World, the biennial international festival presented by Tulsa Global Alliance, will be at the Exchange Center at Expo Square through Saturday.
The event began nearly 20 years ago, and this year organizers expect 15,000 attendees. The festival will feature food, performances and activities from representatives of more than 55 cultures and organizations.
Each booth representing a country has a hands-on activity geared toward teaching children something about that culture.
Organizers and longtime attendees have said the event complements what children are learning in the classroom and gives them an opportunity to learn about new cultures from the source. Among the countries and cultures represented this year are Switzerland, Indonesia, China, Norway, the Cherokee Nation, Brazil and Jordan. Also represented this year are Tulsa's eight Sister Cities: Tiberias, Israel; San Luis Potosi, Mexico; Celle, Germany; Zelenograd, Russia; Amiens, France; Utsunomiya, Japan; Beihai, China; and Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
Children who attend this year's festival will have the opportunity to try on shoes from Holland, learn to write their names in Japanese and see replicas of a Mayan temple, Big Ben and a German house. Other activities include learning the process of cheese-making in Switzerland, watching Turkish dances and hearing French songs.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is $4 for everyone 18 and younger and $5 for adults.
Special rates are available for school field trips, home-school groups and scouting groups. For more information, visit tulsaworld.com/kidsworld2012 or call 918-591-4750.
Original Print Headline: Think global
Kids World will be at the Exchange Center at Expo Square through Saturday. Tulsa Wourld file