Families will have an opportunity to sample the world's cultures in a single day during the Children's World's Fair from noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at the Louisiana Children's Museum, 420 Julia St., New Orleans. Admission is $20, or $30 for "Early Explorer" tickets that allow admission at 10 a.m. and include a goodie bag. Proceeds from the events will benefit the museum's educational programs and exhibits. For tickets, visit lcm.org.
Visitors to the fair will enjoy lively cultural performances and explore the games, music, literature, native attire, crafts and flavors of destinations including Croatia, Germany, Ghana, Honduras, India, the Philippines, Puerto Rico and Switzerland.
Countries also will highlight the global importance of science, technology, engineering and math with interactive activities and hands-on science experiments.
Participants will "travel" to Croatia and learn to speak and write in Croatian; play Cat's Cradle and create an Edelweiss flower in Germany; and make crystals like those found in South Ghana. Explorers will play soccer and have their faces painted as a Mayan of Copan in Honduras. They'll also visit the Taj Mahal, create an authentic rangoli painting and taste aloo chat, a popular and flavorful snack, in India. In the Philippines, they will explore the world of volcanos and predict when they will erupt, and will decorate a parol, a Filipino lantern.
At the Puerto Rico station, young voyagers will create colorful maracas and play juego de peregrine, a game similar to hopscotch. In Switzerland, they will dress like Swiss mountaineers in an alpine hat and taste popular Swiss chocolates and cheeses.
The Children's World's Fair Center Stage will feature performances throughout the day. Music will include a songs from the Deutsches Haus Kinderchor and traditional Croatian songs performed by Olivia Belle Gray. Dance will include authentic Indian dances choreographed by Ruby Creative Dance and a chicken dance.