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April 24, 2013

A day at the Efterling

Filed under: Holiday — Duane @ 3:37 am

Taking the kids to the Efterling had always been something we have wanted to do. We had the chance on Thursday to fulfil this dream. Funnily enough we didn’t see everything by closing time.

UPDATED – added new pictures, corrected spelling errors and added new content. Been a hectic few days and has been difficult to remember things that happened a number of days ago.

Efterling homepage is useful to understand better what the Efterling is all about.

Even though we were staying in the south of Holland we still had a hour’s drive to get to the Efterling. Unlike theme parks back home the Efterling doesn’t open until 10 am (a lot of places do that here in Holland), so we had a leisurely morning to get ready. We had thought as the school holidays were finished that there would not be many people at the Efterling. How wrong we were. There were a number of school groups as well as groups of other young children. So we had to be directed to a park to make things easier for the number of people also parking.

Once in the park we made our way to the Sprookjesbos – Fairy Tales Forest is the literal translation, but I like to call it the Enchanted Forest. We spent close to 2 hours in the forest, looking at the different fairy tale displays and the kids reactions to the different displays. The one thing the kids REALLY wanted to see was the Rapunzel display. Below is the wicked witch climbing Rapunzel’s hair:

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This was their reactions:

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There were some new displays that Agnes and I had not seen before and one of these, the Speaking Tree, was probably the best. Caitlin asked if it was real and if we had Speaking Trees back home in Australia. Lucas said he liked the dragon display the best, even though at the display he did not want to get close to the dragon.

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Lucas and Oma Jola watching the dragon:

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Another display that was new was a play. Two people, one man and one woman, played the part of 3 characters from fairy tales as puppets. Not little hand puppets, but a puppet that one hand would disappear in, and the other hand would be used to move the puppet’s hand. The guy played the Big Bad Wolf, while the lady played the Wicked Witch and Cinderella. The play involved singing, dancing and general fun and games – lots of fun for everyone young and old. The play ended with kids able to join the actors on the stage to do the final dance.

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Watching the play:

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Here are more photos of different things in the Sprookjesbos:

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This guy’s eyes move:

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After lunch we spent some time so that the kids could try a number of merry go round rides. Then going to try some other rides around the place. A special part of the Efterling is Droomvlucht (Dream Flight). You get into a cable car and are taken through the display. The display is filled with elves, fairies and other magical beings in forests as well as a space display. It is an extremely interesting experience for young children. Caitlin and Emma enjoyed their first time so much, they went for a second time with Timo. Here are some photos that came out watching Droomvlucht:

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The one thing everyone wanted to do, even the kids, was the Pagoda – a merry go round that goes up into the air. We have done it before and the kids saw it as we came into the park. Unfortunately by the time we got there the Pagoda was closed due to the high wind. A shame but we spent the time on the “magic” boats that moved themselves on the lake.

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Speaking of the wind – It was bitterly cold at the Efterling when the wind was blowing, which was most of the time. Apparently the wind was so cold, in the north of Holland it put the temperature into the negative, despite being about 14 degrees. Unsure how cold it was where we were, but after the boat ride we had to get out of the wind and have something warm. We found a place to eat and got the see the kitchen utensils “come to life” and enact a dance. I had mustard soup to warm up. If you have never had mustard soup, even the one Agnes has made, do not knock it until you try it. Yummy and hot enough to warm the innards.

By the time the park closed – 6pm, we had not seen all of the park. We saw a good portion of the park, but not everything. However I think we saw the best bits – the Enchanted Forest. We finished up the day by going into the souvenir shop, deciding what to get for the kids to remember the day. In the end we got each of the kids a doll – Assepoester (Cinderella) for Caitlin, Roodcapje (Red Riding Hood) for Emma, and Draak (Dragon) for Lucas.

We thought the kids would fall asleep on the way back to Center Parcs, but that was not to be, which was a good thing as we arrived late for dinner and there was just enough food for us to eat. Friday morning we thought the kids would sleep in late, and while they did sleep in, it was not as long as we thought. And the drive back on Friday saw the kids playing with their new dolls the entire way home.

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