Family Days: Winterwunderzeit

Family Days: A Winter Wonderland!
Saturday & Sunday, December 20-21, 2014 / 10 AM-6 PM / Ars Electronica Center

press release: Family Days: A Winter Wonderland! / PDF

(Linz, December 17) On the last weekend before Christmas, the Ars Electronica Center is hosting a winter wonderland featuring fun, family-style activities: let robots paint your designs onto Christmas tree ornaments, conjure up blinking jewelry out of obsolete computer parts, ski down Kitzbühl’s famous Streif in 3-D, or get a close-up look at the Ars Electronica Center’s incredible LED façade and see patterns you create light up the Linz cityscape.

Program overview:

LED Façade Tour
Saturday & Sunday, December 20-21 / 4:30 and 5:30 PM / Duration: 30 minutes
Seat reservation tickets available at the box office on the respective day of the event

38,500 LEDs deliver multihued illumination to the Ars Electronica Center’s 5,100-m2 façade. This tour offers visitors the opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes look at the amazing infrastructure and to use it as their own personal coloring book!

Decorate Christmas Tree Ornaments
Saturday & Sunday, December 20-21 / 10 AM-5:30 PM

Tinsel, straw stars and glass balls are classic Austrian Tannenbaum decorations. In this workshop, participants can custom-design Christmas tree ornaments and have them painted automatically by a robot.

Blinky Tinkering
Saturday & Sunday, December 20-21 / 10 AM-5:30 PM

High-tech junk gets a new lease on life and serves as the raw materials for colorful jewelry created by participants in Blinky Tinkering workshops. Equipped with flashing accessories, they’re perfect high-profile companions during the dark winter days to come.

Winter Wonderworks
Saturday & Sunday, December 20-21 / 10 AM-5:30 PM

Winter Wonderworks have lots of fun in store for visitors of all ages. Use a tiny PicoCricket computer and Legos to assemble amazing mechanical creations—for instance, a gift slingshot or a paper ball time-machine.

Family Tour

Saturday & Sunday, December 20-21 / 11:30 AM, 2 & 3:30 PM / Duration: 1½ hours; price: €3 (not included in admission); maximum group size: 15; reservations recommended: call 0732.7272.51 or send an e-mail to

The Family Tour is a fascinating journey through the Ars Electronica Center for young and old. Serving as guides are Infotrainers, who bring along lots of inspiring ideas about the future.

Advent Special in Deep Space
Sunday, December 21 / 2-2:30 PM

On the last Sunday of Advent, a visit to Deep Space, the Ars Electronica Center’s state-of-the-art screening room, is a great way to get into the Christmas spirit. The 16×9-meter projection surface delivers a mind-blowing visual experience of specially selected content: a downhill ski run in 3-D, animated shorts and images of Earth taken from outer space.


Blinky Basteln / Florian Voggeneder / Printversion


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