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The Museumkaart advantage

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Not sure what to do with the kids during the summer break? Take them to one of the hundreds of unique, kid-friendly, inspiring and fun museums in the Netherlands!

Did you know that you can gain entrance often at a reduced price or for free with the Museumkaart?

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ticnic a success!

by Mala Raman

30 Jun 2019. This year we had perfect weather for our annual picnic. To our regular participants, our once a year, pre-summer gathering is known as the tícnic. In a not too warm, not too cold outdoor venue, a big crowd of tíc members and guests came together to once again help bring the club season to a close.

In the middle of a lush green park on the campus of Tilburg University, everyone happily sat at the picnic tables or on the grass to enjoy a good old-fashioned cookout. Thanks to many of our male members who “manned” the grill, there were hamburgers, veggie burgers, braadworst and kip saté to be gobbled up. Members also brought many delicious types of salad or dessert to share.

No tícnic is complete without some fun group activity. This year we had a rousing game of “Finska” (an ancient Finnish game) that consists of 12 wooden pins arranged into a group. A throwing log (called the Mölkky) is thrown underarm in an attempt to knock down pins to score exactly 50 points. If points are scored that causes the score to exceed 50, the player (or team) has their score reset to 25. The winner is the first to achieve the 50 points. Judging by the theatrics, it was a nail-biter until the end!

All in all, we had a fantastic day; it was great to have so many of our members join this year’s outdoor festivities.  To all who attended: we hope to see you again in the upcoming club year. To those who couldn’t make it this year: come by next year and share in the fun!

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#TilburgInternationalClub #expatlife #summer #picnic #ticnic

#TBT: Another fun TICnic!

In just a couple of days we will once again meet up for our annual “TICnic” on the lovely grounds of Tilburg University.  For Throwback Thursday, let’s take a look the fun and games from last year!

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by Anne van OorschotI am back home after attending the annual tíc picnic…tícNic and it was, as usual, really fun. A couple of the guys did a great job of grilling all the different meats and vegetarian options and I feasted (OK, a bit too much!) on all the delicious and unique salads people had brought.

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Candle Making is fun!

IMG_881530 Mar 2019. Review by Mala Raman. We had a small but enthusiastic tíc crowd who were greeted by Mirjam at the Kaarsen Temple on a bright but cool Saturday afternoon. The kids received a brief explanation on the 2 types of candles they were going to make.

They happily got to work creating imaginative and elaborate pyramid candles. They had plenty of tools to help shape the candles of their dreams with metal cookie cutters, sheets of wax, sharp carvers and their own little fingers! Once they were done, Mirjam coated the candles with a transparent layer of wax as a finishing touch.

The second type of candle was about building layers of different coloured wax and then peeling back the layers to created a multi-coloured candle. After a quick break with a drink and “iets lekkers” the kids got back into the creative flow!

The kids were happy to take home their beautiful creations!

#tilburginternationalclub #tickids #candlemaking #expatlife #artsandcrafts

The Museumkaart advantage

museum-kaartNot sure what to do with the kids during the Christmas break? Take them to one of the hundreds of unique, kid-friendly, inspiring and fun museums in the Netherlands!

Did you know that you can gain entrance often at a reduced price or for free with the Museumkaart?

The Museumkaart program has been running since 1981 and now has over 1 million card holders.

Currently you can see highlighted museums that have special programs running just for kids on THIS page (Dutch only). Three well-known museums in Tilburg that are always great for the kids are De Pont, De Textielmuseum and De Natuurmuseum. With the Museumkaart, you can get in free to all three!

The Museumkaart (museum card) is an annual membership card available to (temporary or permanent) Dutch residents which gives unlimited free entry to approximately 400 museums in the Netherlands – including 38 museums in Amsterdam.

You can apply for a Museumkaart at museumkaart.nl (Dutch only).  You can also purchase a temporary (tijdelijk) Museumkaart over-the-counter at various museum (not all Dutch museums accept the Museumkaart); the list of museums can be checked on the website.

The following purchase prices are valid at least until 30 June 2018:
Adult Museumkaart €64,90
Child (age 0-18) Museumkaart €32,45

The card is great for the ability to just pop into a museum for 30 minutes and visit a new exhibition – and you won’t feel the pressure to see everything. Considering the current entry fees (€15-17.50) to get into each of the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Hermitage, Maritime Museum, NEMO and Stedelijk – means the card quickly pays for itself after just 4 visits. For expats and residents it can offer fantastic value over the whole year.

 

#tilburginternationalclub #expatlife #museumkaart #Netherlands #vacationfun

Guests are Welcome!

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Guests are always welcome at any #TilburgInternationalClub event. It’s a great way to get a feel for the club, our members and the types of events you can come to expect as a member.  In the past, many of our guests have become members after a full tíc experience!

Many expats feel, even after living in the Netherlands for a longer period of time, never fully welcomed into Dutch society and therefore, never feel an affinity with the culture. A key upside to being a guest of tíc, is getting out to meet locals, learning about the country, better understanding social routines and customs all within a supportive group of individuals and families with like circumstances.

Want to know more about attending a tíc event as a guest? Check out our Guests Welcome page for more details.  Have questions or already interested in one of our upcoming events? Just let us know at til.int.club@gmail.com!

We look forward to meeting you!

The Museumkaart advantage

Not sure what to do with the kids during the Christmas break? Take them to one of the hundreds of unique, kid-friendly, inspiring and fun museums in the Netherlands!

The Museumkaart (museum card) is an annual membership card available to (temporary or permanent) Dutch residents which gives unlimited free entry to approximately 400 museums in the Netherlands – including 38 museums in Amsterdam.

Did you know that you can gain entrance often at a reduced price or for free with the Museumkaart?

The Museumkaart program has been running since 1981 and now has over 1 million card holders.

Currently you can see highlighted museums that have special programs running just for kids on THIS page (Dutch only). Three well-known museums in Tilburg that are always great for the kids are De Pont, De Textielmuseum and De Natuurmuseum. With the Museumkaart, you can get in free to all three!

You can apply for a Museumkaart at museumkaart.nl (Dutch only).  You can also purchase a temporary (tijdelijk) Museumkaart over-the-counter at various museum (not all Dutch museums accept the Museumkaart); the list of museums can be checked on the website.

The following purchase prices are valid at least until 30 June 2018:
Adult Museumkaart €64,90
Child (age 0-18) Museumkaart €32,45

The card is great for the ability to just pop into a museum for 30 minutes and visit a new exhibition – and you won’t feel the pressure to see everything. Considering the current entry fees (€15-17.50) to get into each of the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Hermitage, Maritime Museum, NEMO and Stedelijk – means the card quickly pays for itself after just 4 visits. For expats and residents it can offer fantastic value over the whole year.

#tilburginternationalclub #expatlife #museumkaart #Netherlands #vacationfun

Delicious treats from the Christmas Cookie Party!

by Alisha Z. (tícKid!)

08 Dec 2018. The cookie workshop was a lot of fun. There was lovely Christmas music in the background for decorating different Christmas themed cookies.

There were snacks and drinks for everyone. All the people that were there made beautiful cookies with all the icing that was self-made. We also had plenty of cookie decorations.

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The tables were very festive and everyone had plenty of room to work on their creations.

Some cookies were left over, so people took them home to decorate on their own!

#tilburginternationalclub #expatlife #Christmascookies #decorating #holidays

Guests are Welcome!

welcome-banner

Guests are always welcome at any #tilburginternationalclub event. It’s a great way to get a feel for the club, our members and the types of events you can come to expect as a member.  In the past, many of our guests have become members after a full tíc experience!

Many expats feel, even after living in the Netherlands for a longer period of time, never fully welcomed into Dutch society and therefore, never feel an affinity with the culture. A key upside to being a guest of tíc, is getting out to meet locals, learning about the country, better understanding social routines and customs all within a supportive group of individuals and families with like circumstances.

Want to know more about attending a tíc event as a guest? Check out our Guests Welcome page for more details.  Have questions or already interested in one of our upcoming events? Just let us know!

We look forward to meeting you!

#Tilburg #Expatlife #club #guests #international

Guests are Welcome!

welcome-banner

Guests are always welcome at any #tilburginternationalclub event. It’s a great way to get a feel for the club, our members and the types of events you can come to expect as a member.  In the past, many of our guests have become members after a full tíc experience!

Many expats feel, even after living in the Netherlands for a longer period of time, never fully welcomed into Dutch society and therefore, never feel an affinity with the culture. A key upside to being a guest of tíc, is getting out to meet locals, learning about the country, better understanding social routines and customs all within a supportive group of individuals and families with like circumstances.

Want to know more about attending a tíc event as a guest? Check out our Guests Welcome page for more details.  Have questions or already interested in one of our upcoming events? Just let us know!

We look forward to meeting you!

#Tilburg #Expatlife #club #guests #international

The Museumkaart advantage

Not sure what to do with the kids during the fall break? Take them to one of the hundreds of unique, kid-friendly, inspiring and fun museums in the Netherlands!

The Museumkaart (museum card) is an annual membership card available to (temporary or permanent) Dutch residents which gives unlimited free entry to approximately 400 museums in the Netherlands – including 38 museums in Amsterdam.

Did you know that TIC organizes activities that feature museums within the Netherlands at least once or twice a year? Did you know that whether or not you are visiting a museum with TIC or on your own, you can gain entrance often at a reduced price or for free with the Museumkaart?

The Museumkaart card program (also known as the Museumjaarkaart or MJK) has been running since 1981 and now has over 1 million card holders.

Currently you can see highlighted museums that have special programs running just for kids on THIS page. Three well-known museums in Tilburg that are always great for the kids are De Pont, De Textielmuseum and De Natuurmuseum. With the Museumkaart, you can get in free to all three!

You can apply for a Museumkaart at museumkaart.nl (Dutch only).  You can also purchase a temporary (tijdelijk) Museumkaart over-the-counter at various museum (not all Dutch museums accept the Museumkaart); the list of museums can be checked on the website.

The following purchase prices are valid at least until 30 June 2018:
Adult Museumkaart €59.90
Child (age 0-18) Museumkaart €32.45

The card is great for the ability to just pop into a museum for 30 minutes and visit a new exhibition – and you won’t feel the pressure to see everything. Considering the current entry fees (€15-17.50) to get into each of the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Hermitage, Maritime Museum, NEMO and Stedelijk – means the card quickly pays for itself after just 4 visits. For expats and residents it can offer fantastic value over the whole year.

#expatlife #museumkaart #Netherlands #vacationfun

Guests are Welcome!

welcome-banner

Guests are always welcome at any #TilburgInternationalClub event. It’s a great way to get a feel for the club, our members and the types of events you can come to expect as a member.  In the past, many of our guests have become members after a full TIC experience!

Many expats feel, even after living in the Netherlands for a longer period of time, never fully welcomed into Dutch society and therefore, never feel an affinity with the culture. A key upside to being a guest of TIC, is getting out to meet locals, learning about the country, better understanding social routines and customs all within a supportive group of individuals and families with like circumstances.

Want to know more about attending a TIC event as a guest? Check out our Guests Welcome page for more details.  Have questions or already interested in one of our upcoming events? Just let us know at til.int.club@gmail.com!

We look forward to meeting you!

Another fun TICnic!

by Anne van Oorschot.

I am back home after attending the annual TIC picnic…TICnic and it was, as usual, really fun. Jasper and Jonas did a great job of grilling all the different meats and vegetarian options and I feasted (OK, a bit too much!) on all the delicious and unique salads people had brought.

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There were also interesting desserts, with several delicious “ethnic recipes” – like making a little trip around the world while staying right in Tilburg 🙂

After our meal, the new Event Team had a fun photo scavenger hunt planned. There were teams of adults and kids scurrying around trying to complete their list of tasks. The team that completed all of their “tasks” and finished first as well as most creatively was declared the winner.

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Every year, we take a moment to give a big Thank You to the TIC Board Members who work hard to make sure TIC remains an interesting, educational and fun club for its members. And, after 10 years, I am leaving the TIC Board (but not the club!) and it was nice to take a moment to say a “proper” goodbye to our members.

After the inspired competition, great food and good company, most of our group stayed to enjoy the rest of the afternoon in the sunny weather while catching up with their TIC friends. A fitting close to another fun TIC year.

Our great new Event Team is already hard at work planning many fun activities for the coming club year (1 July 2018 – 30 June 2019). They have lots of new and interesting ideas, but old favorites such as book club, movie nights and borrels will continue, as well.

We have a very special Welcome Event planned for Saturday, 8 September 2018 to mark TIC’s 10th anniversary, so jot it down on your calendar and plan to attend!

In the meantime, I and the rest of the Board wish you a good summer – full of sunny weather, interesting activities and relaxation.  We look forward to seeing you at a TIC event in the near future.

TICKids: Het Spoorwegmuseum

In a follow-up of our post from yesterday on the Museumkaart, for Throwback Thursday, here’s a look back at our trip to the Spoorwegmuseum (entrance fee is normally €17,50 per person over 3 and free with the Museumkaart!).

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The popular mini-train ride!

The popular mini-train ride!

16 March 2013

by Mala Raman

A small but enthusiastic group met at Het Spoorwegmuseum on a cold by dry winter day.  Since all of the attendees were Museumkaart holders, entrance to the museum was free! And, to add to the excitement of the day, most arrived by train from Tilburg that dropped them off right in front of the museum’s doors!

The group was greeted with bag lunches and while everyone munched away, a small explanation was given about what was available to see and do at this very large, historic site.

Around and around we go!

Around and around we go!

For the most part, the group stuck together and the kids set the pace of the day.  Luckily for this event, we had dry weather that allowed the kids to play outside for a while.  The kids took a spin on the miniature train that did slow loops around a pond, under a tunner and over “road” crossings.  After the testing out the slides and the climbing rock, the group went straight for the new exhibition, “Trial by Fire.”  The Fire Test, like all the other rides in the museum, was a real experience. Movies, props and special effects turned the Fire Test into a super-exciting journey through history.

Afterwards, the group separated and families explored their favorite parts of the

The mini-train with the life-size train in the background!

The mini-train with the life-size train in the background!

museum including the overhead viewing of the old steam locomotives, the Steel Monsters ride, the Örient Express” theater show and, of course, the gift shop!

The group met up again for ice cream (and coffee for the older kids;) and talked about what the kids found most interesting.  Of all the great exhibits in the train museum, the kids really loved the mechanical train (that you usually see outside shops) that took the kids on a stationary ride with motions and sounds to complete the experience!

After having a ton of fun, the group called it a day and headed home with tired, but happy, little people who won’t soon be forgetting their day at the Train Museum!

The Museumkaart advantage

Not sure what to do with the kids over the long summer break? Take them to one of the hundreds of unique, kid-friendly, inspiring and fun museums in the Netherlands!

The Museumkaart (museum card) is an annual membership card available to (temporary or permanent) Dutch residents which gives unlimited free entry to approximately 400 museums in the Netherlands – including 38 museums in Amsterdam.

Did you know that TIC organizes activities that feature museums within the Netherlands at least once or twice a year? Did you know that whether or not you are visiting a museum with TIC or on your own, you can gain entrance often at a reduced price or for free with the Museumkaart?

The Museumkaart card program (also known as the Museumjaarkaart or MJK) has been running since 1981 and now has over 1 million card holders.

Currently you can see highlighted museums that have special programs running just for kids on THIS page. Three well-known museums in Tilburg that are always great for the kids are De Pont, De Textielmuseum and De Natuurmuseum. With the Museumkaart, you can get in free to all three!

You can apply for a Museumkaart at museumkaart.nl (Dutch only).  You can also purchase a temporary (tijdelijk) Museumkaart over-the-counter at various museum (not all Dutch museums accept the Museumkaart); the list of museums can be checked on the website.

The following purchase prices are valid at least until 30 June 2018:
Adult Museumkaart €59.90
Child (age 0-18) Museumkaart €32.45

The card is great for the ability to just pop into a museum for 30 minutes and visit a new exhibition – and you won’t feel the pressure to see everything. Considering the current entry fees (€15-17.50) to get into each of the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Hermitage, Maritime Museum, NEMO and Stedelijk – means the card quickly pays for itself after just 4 visits. For expats and residents it can offer fantastic value over the whole year.

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