The boys (and girls) of summer
Posted on 25 July 2012 by vivien
From free street theatre in the city to residential sports holidays in Italy and the Netherlands, from games in the park to museum workshops, the summer programme is packed with entertainment and activities for kids.
There may still be some places remaining at one of the Ville de Luxembourg’s Service des Sports’ S.d.S. Sport-Wochen camps which take in everything from rock climbing to diving, skateboard to sailing. Some of the camps are residential, while others take place in the city. The camps welcome all levels and are led by certified instructors and coaches, assisted by helpers specially trained by Luxembourg’s Service des Sports. Alongside the sports programme, various other activities are planned during the camps. The camps cost a fee, though city residents pay significantly less than non-residents.
But not everything has to cost money – the Ville de Luxembourg is once again making free sports equipment available at the Kinnekswiss in the city park. A wide range of activities, from a gentle game of petanque or croquet to ultimate Frisbee and rugby can be enjoyed throughout the summer. And at the other end of the park, the Pirate ship adventure playground is also free and great fun for kids who like climbing, sliding and splashing about in water.
For a more structured day out in the city, the annual Kanner in the City event on the place Guillaume II as well as place d’Armes, allows kids to paint, try out stilts, do some juggling, go down strange slides, ride bikes and enjoy games and entertainment.
In August the same squares and streets will fill with musicians, comedians, clowns, acrobats, mimes and fantasy street theatre performances as part of the annual Streeta(rt)nimation weekend.
If the sun refuses to shine, then the city’s museums offer a range of indoor activities. The Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’art contemporain is also continuing its Saturday workshops throughout the summer. Aimed at children between the ages of 6 and 12, the two-hour workshops themes are connected to the current exhibitions and take place every Saturday at 3 p.m. While up on the Kirchberg, Mudam is hosting Mudamini workshops and in association with its exhibitions and also offering the chance for kids aged between 6 and 12 to earn a “Mudamini guide” certificate so that they can take family and friends on a tour of the modern art museum. The two city museums – Villa Vauban and the Musée de l’Histoire de la Ville de Luxembourg – also host workshops for kids with themes connected to their temporary or permanent exhibitions.