Koningsspelen, Queen’s Day and Keukenhof- oh my!

by farrah on April 29, 2013 · 11 comments

We had some sun here this weekend which is always so nice! It could be just a tid bit warmer- get us out of the 50s please- but if there’s no rain I’m not complaining. Last week was pretty interesting- for the first time I volunteered for the day at Brody’s school during ‘Koningsspelen’ the country-wide school Queen’s Day celebration which kicks off our two-week break and celebrates both the new king and the previous Queen.

As Queen’s Day is a huge deal here-everyone wants to be a part of the fun. I’ve mentioned before that English is widely spoken and I have yet to be in a situation where I can’t communicate with someone. That was, until Friday. Children don’t really start English for a couple of years- so a class filled with 4, 5 and 6 year olds who didn’t understand me was a little bit of a challenge. For example, I didn’t know how to help kids get their breakfast at the buffet.

Left to right: Not the real King & Queen, buffet style, shakin’ his groove thing to the kids’ anthem for the Royal Family.


They were afraid to tell me what they wanted- and me being leery of the whole ‘hagelslag‘ thing, I didn’t really get it. For breakfast a bun slathered in butter and laden with candy sprinkles was ok? I guess. Just not something I am used to serving little people. Or anyone for that matter.

Left to right: We’re ready, stacking game, racing cups game, and a really weird game where the kids look for a marsh mellow hidden under a pot on the floor. And then eat it.


For the rest of the morning I took my group of 10 kids along with 2 other moms on a tour of games. Unfortunately for the majority of the time it was pouring- and as noted previously- the Dutch are indeed hearty, not to be deterred by a little rain. I, on the other hand, was miserable. But the kids had fun and that’s all that matters.

Not to be left out, L & C also celebrated at their peuterspeelzaal.


We spent the rest of the weekend shopping in the city centers of Oisterwijk and Tilburg on Sunday. And of course- bike riding. We just got Pops a seat for the back of his bike and I’m really excited to hit the trails around here soon. Not to mention being about 45lbs lighter on my bike. Wahoo!

 Going Dutch, chocolate shoes fit for a queen, Tilburg city center.


Tomorrow is the big day- and alas we will not be packing up the boys to head to Amsterdam. We’re getting over a stomach bug which has convinced me we need more of a mellow way to celebrate (no bounce houses please!) so since Dad is off we decided come rain, cold or what have you- we ARE going to see Kukenhof and the darned tulips. I have been putting off this trip for a month because the weather was never ‘just perfect’ and at this point it probably never will be.

We’ll drive the hour or so for the day and see what all the fuss is about. From what I’ve dug up online there are playgrounds and a petting farm so hopefully the boys will have a good time. My Instagram feed will hopefully be fun. Already planning some short trips to Ghent and Brugge in Belgium as well as Day Out With Thomas in Utrecht. School breaks are great but also exhausting! Hope you have a wonderful week.

What do you think about all this fuss over the king?

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Danielle April 29, 2013 at 10:15 am

Oh, I love it! It looks like the kids had a blast. Who wouldn’t love any reason to celebrate?


2 farrah April 29, 2013 at 10:37 am

I agree- and this is really pretty awesome to experience. I’ve always been a little mystified by kings and queens- so to be a part of this is fantastic!


3 Jennifer April 29, 2013 at 11:30 am

So fun! Enjoy Keukenhof, I went once and it’s beautiful. Also been to Brugge, very pretty.


4 farrah April 29, 2013 at 2:55 pm

I am telling the boys that they can watch ‘craw-crawlate’ (chocolate) being made in Brugge 🙂 They’re sold. Please let it be sunny tomorrow! Please please!


5 Kristen April 29, 2013 at 11:45 am

Looks like fun! I’m always up for fun! I have to say that non speaking English kids would intimidate me a bit so I’m glad you had the 2 moms helping you. Also, a roll with butter and sprinkles sounds just about how Ash would love to celebrate…carbs, butter and sugar, her three fave things! Hope you all have fun today!


6 farrah April 29, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Thanks! And I think many, many kids would love this whole sprinkle thing. But boy oh boy does it ever make a mess!


7 Leighann April 29, 2013 at 3:24 pm

I think this is incredible! I also love that your children are experiencing such diversity


8 Kristin April 29, 2013 at 10:43 pm

FUN! And love those shoes.


9 christie April 30, 2013 at 1:45 am

I want those shoes. Feel better. Just survived a bounce house…not my happy place, those bounce houses.


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