The wonderfully whimsical outdoor sculpture garden, ‘Fairytale Sculptures by the Sea’ on the boulevard of the seaside resort Scheveningen in The Hague is an activity the whole family will enjoy.
Some of the fairy tales and stories represented are Gepetto and Pinocchio, Moby Dick, and Hans Brinker, the Dutch boy who saved his country by plugging his finger in a leaking dike.
Two sculptures that literally stand out are Gulliver’s Travel to Lilliput, which features an incredibly long-legged Gulliver being chained to the ground by the tiny Lilliputians, and the 43-foot “The Herring Eater” that pays homage to Scheveningen as the center of the Dutch herring industry.
One of the most photographed of the Fairytale Sculptures is the “Crying Giant”, which depicts the giant (the US) crying after the events of 9/11.
The exhibition has been on display since 2004, though it was removed for a short time during a project to redesign Scheveningen Boulevard. Each sculpture has a QR scan explaining each fairy tale or legend and to help identify those stories that may very specific to a particular country or region.
Another family-friendly activity prominently situated on Scheveningen Boulevard is Sea Life Scheveningen featuring more than 150 different species of marine animals in over 45 aquariums. Kids can touch a starfish and crabs at the rock pool, interact with giant sea turtles and also walk through an underwater tunnel surrounded by tropical sea water with sharks, stingrays and other sea creatures swimming overhead!
Admission to the sculpture and is open 24 hours a day, while Sea Life Scheveningen is € 16 for adults and €12.50 for children 3-11 years old. Purchase your ticket online to receive a discount. Visit www.visitsealife.com for more information.