Every year, Children’s Day is celebrated with great enthusiasm in different countries of the world and at different dates. And even though not all countries keep the same date, there is a Universal Children’s Day on November 20th of each year starting 1954 by the United Nations General Assembly. This is not simply a day to celebrate children for who they are, but to bring awareness to children around the globe that have succumbed to violence in forms of abuse, exploitation and discrimination.
In Romania, Children’s Day (Romanian: “Ziua Copilului”) is celebrated on June 1st, date settled at the World Conference for the Wellbeing of Children, held in Geneva, Switzerland in 1925. It is said that the day was chosen due to the “Dragon Boat Festival” in 1925, when the Chinese consul-general in San Francisco gathered a number of Chinese orphans to participate at the event, yet there are no certainties it isn’t simply a coincidence of dates.
In honor of this international celebration, we have put together a list of events or places for parents and children:
Bucharest Zoo –on the 1st of June, for the “Human Cub Day”, the access in the zoo will be free for all kids, while balloons, face-painting and a mini discotheque will be organized for their entertainment.
The Animal Farm in Pantelimon: 4.5km away from Cora Pantelimon (Bucharest), there is a magic land for animal lovers. You can easily spend the whole day at the Animal Farm where kids can discover domestic animals and learn more about each of them, have fun on the playgrounds, jump on the trampoline or ride the ponies.
Bucharest Botanical Garden – is organizing “An-tan-te”, an outdoor event where both children and adults are welcomed on the playing ground. Here we will enjoy Romanian childhood games such as 9 Pietre (“9 stones/the castle”), Cornete (“cones”), Elasticul (“the rubber band”), Frunza (“the leaf”), Diri Diri, 21, Patratica (“squares”), Tara Tara Vrem Ostasi (“country country we want soldiers”), Ratele si Vanatorii (“hunters and ducks”) and others. There will also be a trailer-bar and an ambulance-bar with Romanian limonades and snacks, an outdoor library and groovy music.
Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum – is awaiting all kinds, parents and grandparents to celebrate “Children’s Day” with popular music, comic theater, creative workshops and gardening classes. As well, there will be an exposition of children made painting following the theme of the event “Growing up in the Village”
Herastrau Park – June 1st is not only a special day for children around the world, but it is also the Opening Day of Aqua Expo in Herastrau Park. Starting 9:00 to 21:00 you can wonder around admiring freshwater flora and fauna, but also from seas or reefs. In the aquariums you will be able to see sharks, seahorses, clown fish, Amazon Angel, Cat and Butterflys, over 300 fish species, 100 species of coral and invertebrates and over 100 underwater plant species. At 11:00am you will be able to enjoy the performance of the “Shelter of Horses Tei-Toboc”. Their show will include jumping over obstacles, stunt riding and horse training demonstrations, as well as horse riding or carriage rides for children and a rock concert.
Children’s World Park – Friday, starting 11:30AM, Children’s World Park will hold the second edition of the international “Black Sea Kite Festival”. Part of a huge green area from the 4th District of Bucharest, the park is famous for having many exercise machines, football and basketball fields and even a karting track.
Cismigiu Park – the park will be decorated with colored balloons and fairytale scenes panels, its alleys will be filled with living statues, mimes, jugglers, costumed characters, clowns and magicians that will take the little ones in a fairytale world.
Aventura Edenland – 20km away from Bucharest, the adventure park “Edenland” is inviting you to a full day of activities: tree houses, special tree tracks for both kids and adults, you can ride the bike through the forest or you can try new thrilling experiences by jumping from 15m height, obviously in a safe way.
Airsoft, archery and paintball fields are as well at your disposal, while kinds can develop their interpersonal skills in the playground specially designed for them.
ASA Learning is inviting all kids and parents to “Ceainaria Cinci” for a fun and entertaining English Workshop. Outdoor activities will be designed according to the kid’s ages and will include aerobic, treasure hunts, games of describing images and drawing while a lemonade break is included in the price.
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