Monday, November 2, 2009

Moomin Visits Washington

One of our family's all-time favorite characters in children's literature is Moomin, the Finnish hippo. If you haven't heard of Moomin, consider this your wake-up call. Moomins are kind of a Finnish version of Ugly Dolls. Created by cartoonist Tove Jansson, the Moomins are a fantastical (and extremely cute) family of trolls who look remarkably like hippos. They have all kinds of adventures with other nutty characters, and the series is notable for its focus on inclusion and acceptance.

Finns are also well known for their technological innovation, comprehensive healthcare system, and (my personal favorite) amazing family leave policies (covering both moms and dads). Did you know that their students are the smartest in the world? Check out the article in the Wall Street Journal about "What Makes Finnish Kids So Smart?" that ran last year - clearly the Finns are doing a lot right.

You can learn about the world of Finnish children from birth to teen covering education, health care, fashion (Marimekko anyone?), hobbies, environment, school architecture, music, Moomin characters, and much more for free at the Finnish Embassy until November 15th as part of the "I Kid You Not - Kids and Teens in Finland" family exhibit. This is part of the Kids Euro Festival that's being going on all Fall in Washington. The exhibit is open Friday to Sunday, 11am-4pm, and is sure to appeal to tweens and the entire family.

MsTwixt and family plan to soak in the atmosphere this weekend at the Finnish Embassy at 3301 Massachusetts Avenue, NW.

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