Children’s Museum put to the test: Excellent knowledge for toddlers put to the test

Once you enter Friedrichgasse’s number 34, you feel a little like you just fell into a rabbit hole at Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. Large fabric flowers bloom meters above the ground, snails compete in races, a tongue a few feet long stretches the red carpet for visitors, and there is also a cow. However, this does not produce pana cream, as in the film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book, but aims to illustrate with play where milk comes from and how cows are milked. One or the other will have already seen what is at this address: Of course, this description can only be for this FRida and FreD Children’s Museum in Graz operate. Only recently have the gates reopened for normal operation after two years of Corona. Behind these, children and parents can expect two new ones, lovingly designed and detailed New exhibitions: “Does it taste good?” and “Everything Grows”. We saw both of them up close. Our critical testers: Simon and Lea.

What do the egg numbers in the supermarket say? How do chickens live? Lea and Simon know this now

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Both are practically professionals when it comes to children’s museums. They have already visited one or the other exhibition in the past. “But we have not been there for a long time,” Simon and Lea tell Dad Georg, who is also accompanying us. All right – shake the fence post I realized. But now we are here and you can play, try and experiment extensively.

A garden for giants

As soon as we walk through the door, Simon and Lea enter the bathroom. You can see that they know each other. Just take off your shoes and jacket and you are ready to go. The first thing you need to do is climb to the top floor “Everything grows”Powered by the gate of the sun. Simon and Lea run forward – we adults follow. Once you climb into the exhibition, it becomes clear: anyone who thought of a typical museum with soft exhibits and the “Please do not touch” sign is wrong. Touching the exhibits is not only allowed here, but is expressly encouraged!

There is no single station where Lea and Simon could not actively try something. Grass seeds waiting to be planted, berry cakes can be baked in a leafy wigwam, headphones tell you what actually happens during composting and, and, and … Shameless Lea is blooming play and experiment really up. At the age of nine, Simon is a little more critical at first (the exhibition is intended for children ages three to seven) – but is a good playmate for his little sister. And obviously he really enjoys the climbing frame with the big sunflower seeds.

Sunflower seeds move through the tubular system

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the food is magical

The lower floor is also colorful and imaginative. The exhibition awaits Simon and Lean there “Do you like it?” for children from the age of eight, enabled by Klaus Tschira Foundation. Right at the entrance, a friendly lady from FRida & freD is waiting with an experiment: two liquids of different densities are poured into a glass. Then comes a pea – Simon and Lea can see how peas fall through the lower density liquid much faster than through the second higher density liquid. Then it has to do with the Striezel braids, popping the popcorn, folding the serve and turning the pancakes. Here’s Simon is a professional: he skillfully throws pancakes in the air in the pan and catches them in flight. “My mom can do much better,” he says. “She even manages two revolutions.” Last but not least, there is fast mealwith which flavors can be explored: a piece of bread, apples and chocolate as well as flour worms.

A future chef? Simon clearly shows talent when he throws pancakes

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How did they both like it? “Very good. The experiments were exciting and the stations were really fun,” says Simon enthusiastically. He liked the flour worms more. “They taste good – really good!” Lea also had a lot of fun today: “I thought Striezeln weaving was great,” she reveals.

Created in collaboration with FRida & freD – Children’s Museum in Graz.

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