Do you love learning about and collecting minerals? Are you between 7 and 12 years old? Awesome! Come to our kids club and you’ll meet other young mineral enthusiasts and learn more about minerals and collecting. You’ll have the opportunity to identify your finds in the Voyage of Discovery and discover new minerals. Interested? See below for our schedule. We meet once a month on Mondays at 3.30pm.

The mineralinos are supported by the Friends and Sponsors of TU Bergakademie Freiberg association (VFF).

Programme 2018

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Field Trip: Reiche Zeche

On our excursion to the Reiche Zeche mine in Freiberg we are looking for minerals from the Freiberg area. These include galena, pyrite or quartz, as well as sphalerite and barite. Which one will you find ?!

Dear parents of the "mineralinos",

On Saturday, April 14, 2018, we would like to go on an excursion with the children of "mineralinos" at 9:00 am. This time we drive to the Reiche Zeche mine in Freiberg to search for minerals.

Schedule of the excursion

9:00 am               Meeting point: Parking Reichsche Zeche / Besucherbergwerk
                           (Fuchsmühlenweg 9, 09599 Freiberg)

9:15 am               Shared walk to the heap and briefing

9:30 am               Looking for minerals

12:00 pm             End of the event / picking up the children in the parking lot

For the excursion your child needs the following things:

  • Food and especially drinks
  • Bicycle helmet
  • Waterproof footwear, ankle-high with thick, warm socks
  • Slush pants or long pants that can get dirty
  • warm, weatherproof jacket
  • (Working) gloves
  • change of clothes
  • small hammer and goggles
  • Packaging material, such as old newspapers or pulp
  • Note and pencil to label the finds
  • Bag / basket

Without these things your child is not allowed to participate in the excursion.

The excursion is managed by the supervisor of mineralinos, Michael Gäbelein
(Mineralogist). He is also a passionate mineral collector. Christina Seifert, museum educator of terra mineralia, will also be there. Parents can also join the excursion and help their child a little. Please inform your child that they must follow the instructions of the supervisor.

The number of participants is limited to 20 children. Participation is free. Please register your child at the information desk of terra mineralia (by phone +49 (0) 3731 394654 or by e-mail at fuehrungen@terra-mineralia.de) until Wednesday, April 11, 2018. Please leave your telephone number and e-mail address. We need your details so we can contact you in case of bad weather.

Monday, 9 April 2018, 3.30 pm

What do you do at a Mineral Show?

At our meeting we prepare for the visit of the Freiberg Mineral Show. The mineralinos have their own stand there and are allowed to exchange their minerals with other visitors or sell them. This is going to be exciting!

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Field Trip: Visit to the Freiberg Mineral Show

Swap, trade, buy - and of course discover many new minerals. Many exciting discoveries await you at the Freiberg Mineral Show.

Monday, 4 June 2018, 3.30 pm

What is a Micromount?

Discover the world of small minerals that show their beautiful crystals under the microscope! You can collect micromounts very well, because they fit in every nursery cabinet.

Monday, 20 August 2018, 3.30 pm

My Holiday Finds: What Have I Found?

Were you far away on vacation and traveling the world? Or did you come across native minerals in your native mountains? Bring your best holiday finds in the terra mineralia. Together we will find out what you have exactly found.

Saturday, 25 August 2018

Field Trip: Niederschlag

Together we travel to Niederschlag - a mine where fluorite and barytes have recently been mined. Whether you can find there minerals for your own collection?

Monday, 1 October 2018, 3.30 pm

We’ll be Cutting our Field Trip Finds

You can bring your findings from our field trip to Niederschlag. Then we grind the fluorites and make their great colors shine.

Monday, 5 November 2018, 3.30 pm

Visit to the Special Exhibition

Together we visit the special exhibition "Diversity counts!". Here you get to know the habitats such as forest, meadow or sea and find out which animals live there.

Monday, 3 December 2018, 3.30 pm

Christmas Party with Fluorescent Minerals

We spend a cozy Christmas Party afternoon together. We do not let candles shine, but minerals! You want to know how that works? We find this out together in exciting experiments.