Semester Break at the Ars Electronica Center

Lots of Fun and Games!
Semester Break at the Ars Electronica Center

(Linz, February 15, 2018) The long-awaited semester break is finally here! And while school’s out, the Ars Electronica Center is stepping in with a diversified lineup of vacation activities for kids age 6-11. Whether you’re into piloting a quadcopter through an obstacle course, designing biological cells or performing experiments on space-age building materials, the Ars Electronica Center is the place to go for hands-on educational fun! Preregister by calling 0732.7272.51 or via e-mail to

“On to Mars!” is the motto of Family Days this coming weekend, Saturday & Sunday, February 24-25. The diverse offerings range from tinkering with outer space machines to 3-D journeys through the cosmos in Deep Space 8K.

Overview of our activities during semester break:

Quadcopter Flight School
Wednesday, February 21 / 9:30 AM-12:30 PM

At Quadcopter Flight School, aspiring pilots age 8-11 get a brief introduction to small, multi-rotor, unmanned aerial vehicles and then get experience steering them through an obstacle course. And while they’re having fun, the young aces also learn a thing or two about the many interesting ways quadcopters are being used in science, art and entertainment.

What Supercells Can You Imagine?
Wednesday, February 21 / 1:30-3:30 PM

Cells are the tiniest units of living creatures. The human body consists of more than 10 trillion cells, each of which performs a particular function. Here, 6-10-year-olds learn about the structure of these chambers of biological wonders and then try their hand at designing a cell of their own—based on the models nature provides or strictly products of their own imagination.

It’s (Not/Only) Rocket Science!
Thursday, February 22 / 9:30-11:30 AM & Saturday, February 24 / 2-5 PM (in conjunction with Family Days)

There are 1,738 satellites orbiting Earth and making it possible for us to partake of the internet, watch TV and get directions without unfolding a map. But what sorts of flying objects are out there besides satellites? And what materials are utilized to manufacture them? Here, 6-10-year-olds are able to conduct a variety of experiments to get hands-on experience with the construction materials that make space travel possible.

Overview of our Family Days program:

Deep Space Focus: Astronomy
Saturday & Sunday, February 24-25 / 11:30 AM-12 Noon & 4:30-5 PM both days

Humankind has been fascinating by the sight of the night sky since time immemorial. At Deep Space 8K in the Ars Electronica Center, astronomy enthusiasts can get spectacular close-up looks at the heavens during a 3-D trip throughout the known universe.

Family Tour
Saturday & Sunday, February 24-25 / 11:30 AM & 2:30 PM

The Family Tour is an interesting and eventful guided tour through the Ars Electronica Center featuring fascinating ideas about the future of our world.

Deep Space Special: Playground Milky Way
Saturday & Sunday, February 24-25 / 2 & 4 PM both days

It’s made up of 100-300 billion stars, has a diameter of 100,000 to 120,000 light years, and is classified as a barred spiral galaxy. It’s the street we live on: The Milky Way. At this Deep Space Special, visitors—young and old alike—will begin by considering the planets of our solar system before turning their attention to the whole galaxy. Then the cosmic fun continues in Deep Space 8K, where playful gamers can save the Earth from total destruction!

Workshop: On the Trail of the Men from Mars?
Sunday, February 25 / 2-5 PM / Kids’ Research Lab

What actually are the preconditions for life, and can life originate anywhere at all in the universe? At this workshop, participants of all ages can slip into the role of researcher and attempt to establish which locations in the cosmos are best-suited to bringing forth life.

Workshop: Mars, Moon & Machines
Saturday & Sunday, February 24-25 / 2-5:50 PM both days / Lobby

The Ars Electronica Center’s arts & crafts station is morphing into a workshop for outer space machinery just in time for Family Days. In addition to building rockets, up-and-coming young astronauts can design apparatuses that will come in handy to colonize Mars. Kids, give free rein to your imagination!

Auf zum Mars! / credit: Robert Bauernhansl / Printversion

Quadrocopter Flugschule / credit: Florian Voggeneder / Printversion

Kinderforschungslabor / credit: Magdalena Sick-Leitner / Printversion