April 22nd is Earth Day, an event celebrating the environment all around the world; this year marked its 50th anniversary.
The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970: that day nearly 20 million people took to the streets to march for a safer planet.
Since that day, every year, citizens together with agencies, organisations and the UN, have been setting up marches and events to raise awareness of environmental issues and the protection of the Earth.
Explora also celebrates Earth Day and provides 5 tips to find out how small actions can make the difference for the future of our planet, a common gift that we all share and that makes our lives all the more valuable.
Happy Earth Day!
Water is a valuable asset: let’s save it in our daily life when having a shower, brushing our teeth, or watering the garden.
Recycling means turning an item into raw materials which can be used again for a completely new product; our duty is to properly follow this first step, which is sorting out waste.
Not all materials need to be recycled: you may turn them into creative objects giving free rein to your imagination.
Sow, plant and take care of green plants at home, at school or in your district: trees are essential for our life and the future of our planet.
A kitchen is an ideal space to understand “conscious consumption” and learn how to avoid wasting: products are like “windows to the world”, they tell us stories of distant and near places, people, relationships, choices and values.
Following the DPCM dated March 4th, 2020, issued by the government to contain and tackle the outbreak of COVID-19, which provides for the precautionary measures to be adopted throughout the national territory, attendance in the Explora pavilion is reduced to 85 visitors for each timed visit from March 5thto 15th, 2020, to ensure a safe distance between persons
Activities at the Museum will be regularly carried out with workshops and free play between exhibits until further notice and provision from the government.
To tackle the situation, the Museum has adopted extraordinary measures for cleaning and sanitising all spaces and exhibits at closing times between timed visits; hand cleaners have been set up and the Regione Lazio guidelines have been affixed; staff members have also been trained to ensure visitors the best and safest experience in the Museum premises.
To spread best practices, until March 15th, 2020, children are offered the opportunity to attend the “I wash my hands” workshop to learn how to properly wash their hands.
While acknowledging the emergency, Explora looks forward to being again a landmark for all children, families and schools who during the years honoured Explora for being an inclusion and growth environment.
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Artisan for a day is coming back to Explora, an initiative by Autostrade per l’Italia for children and their parents to discover the importance of manual skills and get to know old trades.
On weekends of November 16th-17th, 23rd-24th, November 30th and December 1st children, aged from 6 to 12 years, led by expert artisans will take on old trades and tinker their way to new creations. The workshops will teach them how to use tools and materials, help them to discover the tricks of the old trades and learn traditional techniques while watching artisans making their handcrafted pieces.
Each weekend is dedicated to a different trade:
November 16th-17th – The first weekend will be dedicated to letterpress printing using movable type, inks, proof presses and historical printing presses at the Betterpress Lab school of art by Francesca Colonia and Giulia Nicolai.
Betterpress Lab is an independent workshop based in Rome, printing with traditional movable type and producing fine art letterpress and decoration products. Francesca (a degree in Decoration at the Accademia di Belle Arti of Rome) and Giulia (a degree in Classical Philology at the Sapienza University of Rome) have joined their skills and passions to develop a project focusing on the language of words and images, based on reviving tools and knowledge of traditional manual typesetting.
November 23rd-24th – The second weekend will be dedicated to the trade of “woodworker”. Children will create wooden frames using traditional woodworking tools and techniques together with the Mook artists by Francesca Crisafulli and Carlo Nannetti.
Mook is a joint project by Carlo Nannetti and Francesca Crisafulli. They both live and work in Rome where they took their degrees, and are teachers at the European Institute of Design. Their artistic activities range from sculpture to graphic arts, from illustration to design, including workshop building for children on art and recycling. Mook creates and produces objects using recycled materials, unique pieces from picking up and assembling “dumped off time” material.
November 30th-December 1st – The third weekend will be dedicated to “The artisan of time”. The artisans of time from the Bottega Polvere di Tempo by Adrian Rodriguez Cozzani will create a real hourglass using recycled objects and sand.
Polvere di Tempo was born out of a passion for craftsmanship and the construction of ancient timekeeping devices. The workshop is focused on portable sundials and hourglasses, an unusual yet greatly fascinating subject. Now the workshop produces compasses, globes, maps and the likes.
Come to Explora and have a nice journey with “Autostrade per l’Italia” into trades and traditions, using technique and creativity.
Thanks to Autostrade per l’Italia
Age Group: 6-12 years
When: November 16th-17th, 23rd-24th, November 30th and December 1st at 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm.
How to attend: Tickets include access to workshops which are to be booked in the Museum. Booking is required for admission to the museum only, and should be made online on the website.
Duration: 40 minutes.
What are you doing for Halloween? Spend the scariest holiday of the year at the Explora Museum: four days full of fun, creative and playful activities.
From October 31st to November 3th, age-group workshops will take place at each timed visits:
- Spider trick or treat – for children aged 3-5 years – to find out how to build a recycled-paper spider and play funny tricks on your friends;
- Thrilling engineers – for children aged 6-7 years – to tinker with gears, levers and pulleys and make a spider crawl across its web;
- Play with Dracula – for children aged 8-11 years – to build a noughts and crosses table game with recycled materials, letter dies, glue and colours and challenge your friends.
Age Group: 3-11 years
When: October 31st at 03:00 pm and 5:00 pm; November 1st, 2nd and 3rd at 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 03:00 pm, 05:00 pm
How to attend workshops in the pavilion: tickets include access to workshops and are limited; to be booked in the Museum within the first 30 minutes after visit starts. Booking is required for admission to the museum, online or calling number +39 (0)6 3613776. If you purchase your tickets online, you are admitted to the museum without queuing at the ticket office. biglietteria.
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In addition, on November 1st, 2nd and 3rd: Officina in cucina- What pasta are you?, the Explora workshop, set up in an area outside the exhibit pavilion where children can learn about new ingredients in a real kitchen and challenge their skills among ovens, tables and lots of odd tools to make the perfect recipe and prepare tasty wholemeal dumplings.
Officina in cucina, Cooking Lab
Age: 5-11 years
How to attend workshops in the Cooking Lab space: Activity to be bought online.
When: November 1st, 2nd and 3rd, at 10:45 am and 03:45 pm.
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2019 Springtime at the Explora Museum offers a plethora of events to spend your holidays having fun and making discoveries.
While waiting for the holidays, why not to attend the weekend workshops on April 6th-7th and 13th-14th:
- Print, what an impression! – for children aged 3-5 years, to play with a printing technique and create patterns, drawings, decorations and original and custom textures called embossing.
- A whale of energy! – for children aged 6-11 years, to discover energy through an entertaining activity that will help understand scientific phenomena through some materials’ behaviour.
Will you be in Rome on the Easter bank holidays? Come and have fun at the Museum!
From April 18th to 28th springtime workshops are available to visitors on the four timed visits (10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 03:00 pm and 05:00 pm):
Walking around a farm park – for children aged 3-5 years, the art craft workshop to learn how to decorate DIY toys creatively.
Valuable Plastic – for children aged 6-11 years, an interactive exhibit workshop, Valuable Plastic, to learn how to collect, re-use, recycle and make new objects from plastic packaging, unveiling the secrets of plastic and learning how to recycle consciously.
Age Groups: 3-5 years and 6-11 years
When: April 6th-7th and 13th-14th and from April 18th to 28th at 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 03:00 pm and 05:00 pm.
The Museum is open on April 21st and 25th (Easter and Liberation Day), and closed on April 22nd.
How to attend: tickets include access to workshops and are limited, to be booked in the Museum within the first 30 minutes after visit starts.
Are schools closed on holidays? Spend a whole day at the Museum, choose the Camp!
Taking place on April 18th-19th, 23rd, 24th*, 26th*, 29th* e 30th*, the Explora Camp is a fully immersive experience of innovation, experimentation, science, arts and nature which allows to learn and understand in a different way and stimulates creativity and curiosity. (*minimum number required)
Go to the Camp page
On weekends and holidays add to your visit the Courgette cookies workshop, the last event at Officina in cucina, the Cooking Lab – Recipes from the garden: the activities are offered in a real kitchen where to take a healthy and tasty snack out of the oven.
Go to the Officina in Cucina page
Create, glue, tie, decorate: on sale at the Explora bookshop the Easter Egg Kit, assembled in the Made in Explora space, a teaching aid to make learning easy and decorate Easter trees creatively.
Celebrate Carnival at the Museum: on schedule from February 23rd some workshops to live the funniest time of the year together!
For children aged 3 to 5 years: the Carnival grimaces workshop to learn in a creative and dynamic way what some very curious animals eat.
For children aged 6 to 11 years: the Masks Made in Explora workshop, to make a mask in the new space where children can use dies, stamps and customise their creations in the maker style. By attending the workshop, children can discover the new space Made in Explora, which was created to give a new life to the traditional letterpress printing through the technological approach of tinkering and making,which allow children to learn, through intuition and play, STEAM (Science, Technology Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) subject matters.
In addition, Officina in Cucina will offer Recipes from the garden – Pea cake, the event featuring the recipes to celebrate the Explora vegetable gardens, part of the GARDENStoGROW, Urban Horticulture for Innovative and Inclusive Early Childhood Education project, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.
Cooking workshops will also be available for younger children aged 3 to 5 years!
Cooking courses for little chefs aged 3-5 years take place in the morning, from 10:45 am; for children aged 6-11 years in the afternoon, from 03:45 pm. The would-be chefs will be given the task of making soft soufflés rich in vitamins, proteins and minerals and learn how to make tasty half balls out of seeds.
Age Groups: 3-11 years
workshops: February 23rd-24th and March 2nd-3rd at 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 03:00 pm and 05:00 pm, February 28th and March 5th at 03:00 pm and 05:00 pm.
Officina in Cucina (Cooking Lab) February 23rd-24th and March 2nd-3rd for children aged 3-5 years at 10:45 am and for children aged 6-11 years at 03:45 pm.
How to attend:
workshops: tickets include access to workshops, however the number of participants is limited; workshops should be booked in the Museum within the first 30 minutes after your visit starts.
Officina in Cucina (Cooking Lab) Activity to be bought online. BUY