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 2019

Saturday, 23 March 2019, 9:00 am

Excursion: Through the Tharandt Forest

On Saturday, 16 March 2019, we would like to meet the children of the "mineralinos" at 8:45 am to go on an excursion to the Tharandt forest. There we look at different rocks, like basalt, phyllite, rhyolite and ignimbrite and take samples.

Excursion data/procedure

8:45 am                  Meeting point: car park "Zigeunerplatz" (at GoogleMaps: car park at the Trie-bisch) S194 from Grillenburg to Tharandt, about 1,5 km after Grillenburg on the left side in the crossing area Hauptstraße/S194 with Mühlweg
9:00 am Start of the excursion (approx. 6 km)
01:00 pm End of the event, drive home

For the excursion your child needs the following things:

- Catering and above all drinks
- firm, comfortable shoes, optimal ankle high with socks
- mud trousers or long trousers that can get dirty
- warm, weatherproof jacket
- (Working) gloves
- change of clothes
- small hammer, chisel and safety goggles
- Brush for cleaning the finds
- packaging material, such as old newspapers or cellulose
- Paper and pen to label the finds
- Bag/basket

Without these things your child is not allowed to participate in the excursion. The excursion will be led by the mineralinos' supervisors, Michael Gäbelein (mineralogist) and Paul Stammwitz (student of geotechnics and mining). Both are passionate mineral collectors. They are supported by me.

Since the journey has to be made by private car, we would be happy if you as a parent/driver participate in the excursion and help your child. Since there are only limited parking spaces available locally, which we share with other forest visitors, we encourage the formation of car pools. Please inform your child that he/she must follow the instructions of the carers exactly.

The number of participants is limited to 20 children. Participation is free of charge. Please register your child by Thursday, 14 March 2019 at the terra mineralia information desk (03731 394654 or fuehrungen@terra-mineralia.de). Please leave your telephone number and e-mail address so that we can contact you in case of bad weather. Many thanks in advance.

With a friendly Glück auf!

Christina Seifert
Museum Education/Events

Monday, 8 April 2019, 3:30 pm

Our Excursion-Finds will be determined!

Find out which rocks you found in the Tharandt Forest! We will determine and label them together.

Saturday, 18. Mai 2019, 9:00 am

Excursion: Off to the Freiberger Mineral Exchange!

Whoa! So many minerals in one place. Here we can exchange our finds and search for new minerals for our own collection.

Monday, 3 June 2019, 3:30 pm

Visit of a real mineral collector

Heute kommt uns ein echter Mineraliensammler besuchen. Er wird Stücke aus seiner Sammlung suchen und erzählen, wann er sein erstes Mineral gefunden hat.

Saturday, 14 September 2019, 9:00 am

Excursion: Surprise!

This trip will be a surprise for you!

Monday, 7 October 2019, 3:30 pm

Our excursion finds will be determined!

Wir bestimmen gemeinsam unsere Funde und arbeiten sie in die eigene Sammlung ein.

Monday, 4 November 2019, 3:30 pm

How to exhibit minerals?

Together we prepare a small exhibition. We select the most beautiful finds of the year and consider how best to arrange them in a showcase.

Monday, 2 December 2019, 3:30 pm

Metten afternoon with presentation of the own exhibition

Our little exhibition opens. Parents and friends are invited to a Metten afternoon together.