Tobies Friends

The project dedicated to sustainability and environmental protection.

Tobies Friends is a project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union dedicated to children and created with the aim of offering them storytelling products about nature, but also experiences of interaction and socialization.


The activities of the Tobies Friends project include:

  • highlighting the wonders of woods and forests;
  • conveying, educating and providing the tools to understand the importance of trees;
  • acting through planting and maintenance activities in natural areas.

To achieve these important objectives, all European project partners join forces in a stimulating combination and sharing of good practices both in the field of education and in the field of sustainable development and environmental protection.

Project partners:

  • TANT MIEUX PROD (France) – coordinator;
  • Explora, the Children’s Museum of Rome (Italy);
  • Drustvo Jasa (Slovenia).

The project envisages the production of audiovisual material to raise public awareness in favour of a responsible approach to nature.
In particular, a TV series dedicated to the climate, the environment and ecology will be produced, with reflections on the economy as Europe’s current priorities.
The Tobies Friend series is an eco-fiction about Tobie Lolness, the protagonist of a fictional story who lives in a microcosm populated by elves, fairies and gnomes, apprehensive about the fate of an environment threatened by pollution and climate change.
The special feature of all audiovisual products is the focus in the production phase on alternative and more sustainable approaches, with the future of the Planet and audiences in all countries in mind. Tobies Friends will not only provide its audience with food for thought, but will also help facilitate the transition to active participation of European families.

Explora contributes to the project through the creation and concrete implementation of different proposals such as:

  • the creation and realization of four workshops about the seasons;
  • the realization of four indoor and outdoor activities about the environment;
  • the setting up of a temporary exhibition about trees, forests and the environment reaching the general public.


Project duration: 48 months
Tobies Friends is a project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union

(Italiano) A.A.Arrivederci

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A sea of creativity

On Thursday March 3rd at 5.00 pm, you are invited to the inauguration of the space A sea of ​​creativity, the new exhibition dedicated to sustainability and inclusion thanks to a digital art installation with which to create ingenious machines and sea-cleaning creatures. your invention and free it in the multimedia sea: it will move before your eyes!



A sea of ​​creativity is the result of the experience of the AAA Festival, hosted at Explora thanks to the AAA Accessible Art for All project, co-financed by the Creative Europe program of the European Union. Dedicated to environmental sustainability, the project made it possible to raise awareness among the museum public through creative moments with artists, workshops, interventions on the installations, also transforming the toilets into a masterpiece of Toilet Art.

Discover the exhibit…





A sea of creativity

The installation to discover sustainability. 


AAA. Accessible Art for All

Toilet Art a project to deliver in 5 partner cities important messages for current and future European societies, Approfondisci

(Italiano) Economia Circolare

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The free online course to plant and care for a vegetable garden in your school.


Make your own veggie garden in a box. Monday, November 4th, 2019, from 05:00 pm to 06:30 pm.
The GARDENStoGROW event to discover the potential of a school garden.
Admission is free, booking is required.

2019 Teachers’ Open Day

Monday, October 7th, from 04:30 pm to 07:00 pm. To investigate new approaches and methods and get to know the world of STEAM education, creative workshops, dance and inclusion best practices in the 21st-century school. Admission is free.

European Researchers’ Night 2018

On September 28th, 2018, the Explora Museum will celebrate the European Researchers’ Night, featuring I do not waste, to find out how to reduce food waste, an event promoted for the 13th edition of the European Researchers’ Night organised by Frascati Scienza, dedicated to the BE a citizEn Scientist: la scienza è partecipata (BEES) project.

Admission to the Museum is free for timed visits at 07:30 pm and 09:15 pm, with workshops to be booked and free-admission activities: I do not waste wants to make children and families aware of the food waste issue with the help of Researchers and Scientists who will present activities and workshops created for all age groups.

Together with CREA, a research centre for food and nutrition, and CAR SpA, a food and agriculture centre of Rome, the I do not waste event is meant to highlight how strong the link between environment and food is and how Science, Research and Technology can help us reduce food waste.

On schedule: 

  • Shed light on waste
    Workshop for children aged 3-5 years, booking is required.
    Can food waste be avoided at home, at schools or while shopping? Find out how to do it with small bee-shaped robots: attend the workshop and have fun discovering how to reduce waste by playing. The activity aims at raising preschool-aged children’s awareness of food waste. 
    By Maria Mattera, a nutritionist researcher at CREA alimenti e nutrizione.
  • The right shopping 
    Workshop for children aged 6-8 years, booking is required. 
    Science and Research are working on it, collecting and analysing data to reach the goal: Can we produce a sheet of paper creatively using food scraps? Learn how to recycle creatively, combining new technologies, research and environment and reducing waste by studying keywords such as purchase, shopping, packaging and re-use.
    By Laura Rossi, a biologist nutritionist researcher at CREA alimenti e nutrizione.
  • Programme your consumptions
    Workshop for children aged 9-11 years, booking is required. 
    Shopping and purchases, recipes and amounts of servings, expiration dates and labels; enter the world of robots and computer programming and learn how to adopt correct food habits and understand all the steps in the “waste chain”.
    By Maria Luisa Scalvedi, a nutritionist researcher at CREA alimenti e nutrizione.
  • Not looking good, but good
    Workshop for children aged 3-11 years, booking is required.
    Cannot a less-than-perfect fruit be good? Why when buying fruit and vegetables do we tend to discard those that are not looking good? For children and families alike, this workshop explains how half the food waste takes place at home and provides information on how to reduce food waste caused by a wrong and misleading perception of what healthy food should look like.
    By Mauro Uniformi, an agronomist at Agribioeco Laboratori Riuniti.
  • FOODCONS Food Consumption Data Base
    Free-of-charge kiosk for adults. 
    Supported by CREA researchers, the activity helps adults learn about health and disease prevention, food education and sustainability by providing data on the impact that our food choices have on the environment. Foodcons is a software created by CREA that provides data trends and analytics on “Food Consumption”.
    By Marika Ferrari, a biologist researcher, and Umberto Scognamiglio, a researcher at CREA alimenti e nutrizione.

The European Researchers’ Night, organised by Frascati Scienza, is a great event that brings science in the streets, among citizen, young people and students. This project is supported by the European Commission (GA No. 818728). 

Thanks to: CREA, research centre for food and nutrition
                  CAR SpA, food and agriculture centre of Rome

When: September 28th, 2018
Entry times:  First visit at 07:30 pm, second visit at 09:15 pm
How to attend: free admission to the Museum with online booking required for admission to the museum only.
Booking will be available from Tuesday, September 18th, 2018.
Workshops can be booked in the museum and are for different age groups.

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