Schloss Ambras Castle, © Schloss Ambras
Schloss Ambras Castle, © Schloss Ambras

Cultural Activities for Kids

Culture can’t be exciting for children? These theatres & museums prove otherwise!

In-house productions for young people, colourful children’s workshops, children’s theatre or concerts to join in – theatre inspires the mind and music the body. Tirol offers many opportunities to delve into the world of thespianism.

The goal of reducing children’s “angst” threshold for museums was the brainchild of the KiM (Children at the Museum) Association, who host great children’s workshops and events. Whether art, historic, scientific or technical museums: many institutions provide great sensory experiences, exciting adventures and a plethora of interesting facts about Tirol’s eventful history.  Every little knight and damsel will be in their absolute element!

1 · Music & Theatre

Klangspuren Schwaz Festival for New Music, © Klangspuren Schwaz/Gerhard Berger

Tiroler Landestheater: In-house children’s plays and productions for young people, as well as many theatre teaching resources including workshops, introductions and debriefings on the individual pieces, invite young people to get involved in the world of theatre.

Feel the sound barefoot: Klangspuren Schwaz – the Festival of Contemporary Music – regularly organise colourful, imaginative and exciting workshops for children. In addition to listening, children will be encouraged to put all their other senses into action.

Stromboli: The Strombomboli Theatre, based at the Kulturlabor Stromboli in Hall, regularly bring sophisticated children’s theatre to the stage. With a special intuition for their target audiences, Stromboli play into the hearts of children and adults alike and have become an integral part of the young Tirolean theatre scene.

Junges Tiroler Symphonieorchester (Young Tirolean Symphony Orchestra): family concerts, cushion concerts and interactive concerts – the symphony orchestra hopes to inspire even the youngest classical and chamber music fans with a diverse children’s programme.

2 · Castles and Fortresses

Schloss Ambras Castle, © TVB Innsbruck/Bernhard Aichner

Tratzberg Castle: this fortress nestled on the former border with Bavaria is considered to be the epitome of a 16th Century Tirolean castle. Younger visitors enjoy exciting tours where they encounter castle ghosts and may even discover a few hidden trap doors.

Ehrenberg Castle: A visit to Ehrenberg Castle in Reutte is a great experience for the whole family. Children are introduced to lots of interesting information on the Middle Ages during a quiz rally with Sir Rüdiger, after which the boys and girls are appointed as knights and damsels of the castle.

Ambras Castle: Ambras Castle offers guided tours for children and children’s workshops on a wide variety of topics. Children can discover what life was like around 500 years ago in most exciting way. And before or after visiting, the little ones can play in the fabulous English Castle Park and feel like real knights and maidens. By the way, don’t miss Ambras Castle Festival, which takes place every year in August!

Landeck Castle: Children can look forward to an exciting treasure hunt at Landeck Castle! Children’s afternoons are hosted in these 13th Century former administrative quarters every summer, when children are introduced to lots of interesting information and games and handicrafts can be enjoyed.

Hofburg Innsbruck: The imperial world is brought closer to young people during exciting children’s tours. At Innsbruck Hofburg they can discover what former castle life was like, find out about the big wedding and become acquainted, of course, with Empress Sissi and her special flair.

3 · Art and Cultural History Museums

Tirol Farmstead Museum, © Museum Tiroler Bauernhöfe

Tirolean Provincial Museums: The four associated houses comprising of the Ferdinandeum, Volkskunstmuseum (Folk Art Museum), Zeughaus (Armoury) and Tirol Panorama are equipped with a great museum educational programme. Art and history come alive during interactive themed tours for children and imaginative workshops inspire young visitors to creative works.

Golden Roof Museum: Kunz von der Rosen, the personal court jester of Emperor Maximilian I accompanies children of all ages through the museum in the golden roof. A separate room with creative games and selected children’ books makes one curious to find out more about the Middle Ages and the everyday lives of knights and princesses.

Museum of Tirolean Farms: 14 historic farms from all over Tirol form a village that immediately transports visitors to bygone days and introduces them to ancient rural life. Children can play in the wonderful natural landscapes as they walk from farm to farm and solve numerous riddles at the various adventure stations. The interesting programme is complemented by diverse events held over the course of the year.

Museum der Völker: Go on a world tour in Tirol? No problem in Schwaz, at the ethnological museum. During child-friendly tours, visitors learn about ancient currencies (e.g. snails and swords), the religions of Asia and Africa and lots more about the world’s diverse cultures.

Aguntum: The Roman town of Aguntum in Dölsach in East Tirol is Tirol’s only Roman town. Today, visitors can take part in excavations, create Roman jewellery and mosaics at children’s workshops, or even try out some Roman cooking. Jewellery, clothing and ceramics are on display at the museum and the excavated town can be viewed from the 18-metre high observation tower.

4 · Scientific and Technical Museums

Audioversum Innsbruck, © Audioversum Innsbruck

Hall Mining Museum: The city of Hall acquired great wealth from centuries of salt mining. A tunnel still leads from the centre of the beautiful old town into the underground mines, giving visitors an idea of the incredibly harsh working conditions back then. Tours take around 45 minutes and are a great experience for the whole family, especially as the City of Hall has many more attractions to offer families.

Hainzenberg Gold Mine: Not the “white gold” of salt, but real gold was mined in Hainzenberg in the Zillertal Valley. The fact that this precious metal was not always a blessing for the region is clearly demonstrated in the mine. Tours take around two hours and end with a ride on the Zillertal Gold Express and a visit to the wildlife park.

Schwaz Silver Mine: Kitted out with a construction helmet and protective jacket, visitors hop on the mining railroad, a small underground railway, and ride 800 metres deep into the mountain. From there, you can follow in the footsteps of the miners along an adventurous path and find out lots of interesting facts about working underground. History also features strongly, with information on Europe’s social and economic development and living in a time when the world was considered flat graphically displayed.

Lehenlahn Mine: Families can look forward to a special highlight in Thierbach in Wildschönau. The site of a former copper mine is now home to a permanent exhibition of numerous Tirolean (semi) precious stones: rock crystals, garnets, malachite, azurite and other treasures are showcased in an underground display. Children will find the fairy-tale tunnel and fairy-tale mountain particularly delightful.

Hall Mint: Franzl, a coinage officer from days gone by accompanies children through the exciting history of coins via audio guide. During a tour of the premises, they will see impressive embossing machines, interesting coins and find out where the dollar originates from. Those who manage to solve the coin puzzle will be appointed as Junior Mint Master of Hall Mint.

Bell Foundry: Grassmayr Bell Museum, the deserved winner of the “Austrian Museum Prize”, is an exciting combination of foundry, museum and sound space. Children especially love the impressive bells and playing with the different tones. Bells are cast every Friday and visitors are invited to observe the whole process at close hand.

Audioversum: Visitors of all ages are invited to immerse themselves in a 1,000m² “World of Sound” in all its aspects at the Audioversum in Innsbruck. The exhibition showcases exciting displays that invite you to join in, listen, understand and be amazed. Using innovative technology, “listening” becomes tangible in the Audiversum. A family tour takes place every Sunday at 15.00 hrs!

Zeiss Plantarium: „Planets at your Fingertips“, „The Little Moon Bear“ and „Holidays under the Stars“ – are just some of the names of the special children’s programmes offered by the Zeiss Planetarium in Schwaz. Suitable for children from the age of four, they are whisked on a journey through the universe and its origins – adults too enjoy a varied programme.

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