Past Holiday Programmes 2019

Winter holidays, 9 February - 3 March, 10 am - 5 pm

It's bubbling in the volcano

Want to know where and how volcanoes erupt? Or what minerals and rocks are formed by the fire mountains? In the terra mineralia, you can dive over the volcanic slide into the land of dark ash clouds and sparkling lava. In the hands-on lab "Forschungsreise" many exciting experiments await you.

Volcano Augustine, Alaska, photo courtesy of U.S. Geological Survex, McGimsey, Game, Wikimedia Commons.

Pentecost holidays, 8 - 16 June, 10 am - 5 pm

The search for the secret mineral code

From 8 to 16 June 2019, the terra mineralia will be a mysterious place, because visitors of all ages will be taking part in a scavenger hunt through the mineral exhibition of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg.

Discovery boxes are hidden in the entire exhibition. They contain hints and questions about various minerals. At the end, the answers result in a mysterious mineral code, which is decoded in the hands-on laboratory "Forschungsreise". There the girls and boys enter their code into a mineral generator. If it is correct, the machine "spits out" a real mineral.

These minerals can then be determined by the children themselves. Like a real mineralogist, they examine the various properties such as color, line color, breakage, gloss and much more. The students of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg are there to help until the solution to the mystery is found. Of course, the self-determined mineral can be taken home at the end.

The holiday programme of terra mineralia "In search of the secret mineral code ..." will take place daily from 8 to 16 June 2019 from 10 am to 5 pm. For the visit one should plan approx. 90 minutes. The beginning is possible at any time. The last run begins at 15:30 o'clock at the latest. Children's and after-school groups are requested to register for the holiday programme. Further information can be obtained from the terra mineralia information desk on 03731 394654 or by e-mail at fuehrungen@terra-mineralia.de.

Important information at a glance:

Period: 8 - 16 June 2019, daily from 10-17 hrs.
Duration:      approx. 90 minutes
Last start: 3:30 pm
Participation: for families with children at any time and without registration,
children's and after-school groups with advance reservation
Age: from 8 years (younger children need the help of their parents to read and write)
Entrance fees:    adults 10 Euro, children 5 Euro, family ticket 22 Euro

Summer holidays, 6 July - 8 September, Thurs-Sun, 10 am - 5 pm

Minecraft - Little Builders

What do Obsidian, Lapislazuli and Redstone have in common? They all appear in the popular computer game "Minecraft", which is already played by girls and boys of primary school age. The aim of the game is to collect raw materials and process them into objects so that players can build their own 3D world from countless cube-shaped blocks. They also encounter monsters to protect themselves from or other inhabitants to trade with. During the summer holidays at terra mineralia from July 6th to September 8th, young and old can get a closer look at the game.

The children's task is to find various ores and rocks in the exhibition. In each exhibition hall there are large, cubic "ore blocks" hidden. Among other things, they learn which minerals the ores in the real world are made of, how they look like, or whether they even exist. With this knowledge, a special worksheet is then created on which the children add colorful stickers or drawings to missing blocks and develop their own little Minecraft world as little master builders.

In the hands-on laboratory "Forschungsreise" the students of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg show how the mining of ores in a real mine works. For this purpose, they have set up a walk-in ore tunnel into which the girls and boys can "drive". There, the little master builders learn what is necessary after the ore has been extracted until a tool, such as an iron pickaxe, is produced at the end.

The summer holiday programme of terra mineralia "Minecraft - Kleine Baumeister" takes place from 6 July to 8 September every Thursday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. You should plan about 90 minutes for the visit. The beginning is possible at any time. The last run starts at 15:30 at the latest. Groups of children and after-school groups are requested to register for the holiday programme. Further information is available from the terra mineralia information desk on 03731 394654 or by e-mail at fuehrungen@terra-mineralia.de.

Important information at a glance:

Period:  6 July - 8 September 2019
 Thursday - Sunday, 10 am - 5 pm
Duration:  approx. 90 minutes
Last start:  3:30 pm
Participation:  for families with children at any time and without registration
 Children's and after-school groups with advance reservation
Age:  from 8 years
 (younger children need the help of their parents in reading and writing)
Entrance fees:  adults 10 Euro, children 5 Euro, family ticket 22 Euro