Friday, March 6 - Sunday, March 8

Welcome back. I truly hope everyone returning from one of the service trips had an unforgettable experience. Again, thank you for your service, it makes a difference, in the lives of others and in your own life! 

We are starting school/spring in a time with many questions. I'd like to refer you to the information page on the website. Throughout the weeks I'll announce my tips for you, not knowing which one of the events will continue or could be cancelled. So, I urge you to please check the organizers' websites.

Just like we did in November, we need to plan ahead to really enjoy all that will be offered during spring time in The Netherlands. So, just a few dates to put in your agenda:

This weekend, we're starting with an annual event in Rotterdam: Museumnacht010. A wonderful possibility to discover different museums at night, the feel is completely different. When you buy the passe-partout you'll have access to all the museums and their exhibitions that night between 20:00 - 01:00. Special 'museum night busses' will travel every 20 minutes to the different locations. By wearing your passe-partout bracelet, transportation is free!

These tips only have three museum visits mentioned, the above ones in Rotterdam and a lovely museum and park, so close to home: Museum Voorlinden in Wassenaar. I find this place amazing, especially for kids! You'll enjoy their collection which is continuously changing, always a good excuse to return. And so easy to get to from where most of us live.The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is one I mention this time for a superb temporary exhibition: Caravaggio-Bernini. Baroque in Rome, until June 7 in the Philips wing of the Rijksmuseum. Do not miss this!

It is only two more weeks away; tulip time is just around the corner, the opening of the Keukenhof on Saturday, March 2. Be sure to plan your visit there, but avoid visiting on Saturday, April 25, the day of the Flower Parade (do watch the flower parade but avoid the Keukenhof that day). Multiple visits to the Keukenhof are advisable. There is so much to see, not just the grounds and tulip fields but also the greenhouses offer a different exposition every few weeks. Check their calendar. More information on this event will be shared in upcoming editions of Weekend Tips, as it is an event that you will not want to miss.

Spring, summer and fall are also great times to discover The Netherlands from the water. This country can be toured completely by boat. The HISWA, the Amsterdam Boat Show has everything to help you find the right boat, water activity or anything to prepare you to be ready for the upcoming watersport season. From Wednesday March 11 - Sunday, March 15 at the Amsterdam RAI.

But, right now, spring has sprung! The crocuses are doing their best, other spring flowers such as hyacinths and tulips will soon follow and the roundabouts and gardens will change to a colorful carpet of colors. Also, in the fields we'll start to see cattle coming back from their stables and little lambs will be darting around. Just around the corner from ASH is the local farm Nellesteijn. You can stop by at this wonderful farm to see the new born lambs, every Wednesday through Friday from 13:00 - 17:00 and Saturdays from 11:00 - 17:00 during the month of March. The farm has a wonderful collection of their own cheeses and is biking distance for most of us or even walking distance from the school. This is a fun place to visit for the entire family. Location: Maaldrift 6, Wassenaar. 

This Sunday, March 8, the City-Pier-City Half Marathon takes place. This family event held in The Hague attracts thousands of participants and spectators each year. This fast NN Half Marathon will garner considerable interest both nationally and internationally. But it offers far more than that. The NN CPC Half Marathon The Hague has become a true tradition. It also hosts The Netherlands’ largest school run, with thousands of children participating from almost 100 schools. Even if you do not run (or walk) this event has great implications for the traffic in The Hague and Scheveningen. So make sure you'll check out the public transport and road disruptions.

Art lovers may be interested in the following event (taking place next week), the world's leading Art Fair in Maastricht, TEFAF, from Saturday, March 7 to Sunday, March 15. The TEFAF is universally regarded as the world’s leading art fair, setting the standard for excellence in the art market. The fair truly is an event not to be missed by collectors and art enthusiasts. The only disadvantage is that this fair is not the place to take younger children. If you plan on attending the fair, think about spending some time in Maastricht as well. It's a city with a completely different culture than the one you experience in the west.

For our North American families (and families with friends and relatives in the USA and Canada), don't forget that Daylight Saving Time starts this Sunday, March 8. In Europe, DST starts on Sunday March 29.

Have a good weekend.

Bernie