Explore the Sights, Sounds and Tastes from Cultures across the Globe at the International Children’s Festival in Hampton, Virginia, April 17, 2010

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This April 17, 2010, the International Children’s Festival returns to downtown Hampton, Virginia’s Mill Point Park. Taking place 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., this highly-anticipated annual event features over 30 countries and allows a unique opportunity for children of all ages to experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of cultures from across the globe.

Mill Point Park in downtown Hampton, VA is the site of this year's International Children's Festival

This April 17, 2010, the International Children’s Festival returns to downtown Hampton, Virginia’s Mill Point Park. Taking place 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., this highly-anticipated annual event features over 30 countries and allows a unique opportunity for children of all ages to experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of cultures from across the globe.

A wealth of exciting activities are planned for this year’s program, including a costumed Parade of Nations showcasing a breathtaking array of exquisite fabrics, bold colors, and exciting designs. Entertainment for this year’s festival will include the popular Dragon Head Dance, strolling classical guitarist Jim & Sylvia Kalal, the Happy Dutchmen “Oompa Band”, and Toni Crowder as the “Opera Clown”, animals from around the world by Busch Gardens Animal Ambassadors, and native folk dancers just to name a few. Entertainment will take place on three stages.

To help children further stimulate real travel and enhance their worldwide journey, Passports to Adventure are available FREE this year courtesy of Busch Gardens. As the children visit each country, they will have their visas stamped to confirm their interaction with the organizers of each booth. If they visit every country at the festival, the child will then be entered into a special “World Traveler” prize drawing, with winners receiving a family four-pack to Busch Gardens.

Select countries will also be selling native cuisine at this year’s event, providing exotic and tempting treats from Turkey, Italy, Japan, and more. The designated food court area will remain open until the conclusion of the festival.

Sponsors for this year’s festival include Hampton Unity Commission, Hampton City Schools, and returning this year our presenting sponsor Busch Gardens Williamsburg.

For more information on the 2010 International Children’s Festival, call 757-727-8311 or check out http://www.hampton.gov/parks/icf. Admission to the festival is free and ample parking is available throughout downtown.

Partially bordered by the Hampton Roads harbor and Chesapeake Bay, Hampton, with the new 344,000 sq. ft. Hampton Roads Convention Center, is located in the center of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area. Hampton is the site of America's first continuous English-speaking settlement and is home to such visitor attractions as the Virginia Air & Space Center and Riverside IMAX ® Theater, Hampton History Museum, harbor tours and cruises, Hampton University Museum, Fort Monroe, award-winning Hampton Coliseum, The American Theatre, among others. Hampton was twice-named All-America City, the nation's oldest and most prominent community recognition award.

2010 INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL
Participating Countries

Brazil
Caribbean Islands
Egypt
England
France
Germany
Ghana
Greece
Iceland
India
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Japan
Korea
Lebanon
Mexico
Morocco
Native Americans
Nigeria
Norway
Panama
People’s Republic of China
Philippines
Poland
Russia
Saudi Arabia
Scotland
South Africa
Spain
Taiwan Republic of China
Thailand
Turkey
USA
Vietnam

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