28.05.2021

Tallinn makes a gift to children on Child Protection Day

On the occasion of Child Protection Day, June 1st, the City of Tallinn will make a symbolic gift for children, providing free admission for children up to 19 years of age (incl.) to the Tallinn City Museum and its branches, as well as the Tallinn Zoo and Botanical Garden.

According to Mayor Mihhail Kõlvart, bigger events and family days cannot be organized, but nevertheless, emotive and cultural pastimes can be enjoyed in other ways as well, following the current rules and restrictions. "That is why the city's cultural organisations - the City Museum, the Botanical Garden and the Zoo - offer children and their families a chance to visit with no entrance fee, to take time for each other and spend a nice day together," said Kõlvart. "Our visitor centres have also been long-sightedly waiting for guests during the restrictions, so the joy of reuniting is mutual. With this, we also wish all children and their families a happy start to the summer.”

All houses of the Tallinn City Museum are open and the exhibitions are waiting to be discovered in the Kiek in de Kök Fortifications Museum, the Miiamilla Children’s Museum and the newly reopened Jaani Seek Gallery.

In the mini-garden of Miiamilla Children's Museum, an outdoor exhibition “Children with Green Fingers” is open, which enables little visitors to gain gardening skills and introduces a green way of thinking. In the Miiamilla café room, lobby and outdoor terrace, you can see Arvo Iho's photo exhibition “Changing Old Kadriorg”, which is a pictorial overview of the development of Kadriorg from old to new.

The exhibition “Urban Animal. Cow, bedbug and dragon in the history of Tallinn” in Kiek in de Kök Fortifications Museum takes visitors to a medieval city street, where you can see the life of domestic animals from the pigsty to the party table. However, the world of wild and untamed animals is open in the basement of the tower. The joint exhibition of the Kalamaja Museum and Kalamaja Basic School "My mother (s)" is open in the school garden at Vabriku tn 18 until June 18. The exhibition "Insulation Dialogues", created in collaboration with 130 photographers, has been opened in the Jaani Seek Gallery, which summarizes the isolation experiences of the last year. You can find out more about what is happening in the City Museum here.

On Child Protection Day, Tallinn Zoo is also full of exciting activities and performances. For example, the Tallinn Central Library will hold a children’s event in the Zoo, conducting quizzes, puppet shows and much more. The Estonian Youth Theatre involves children in interactive workshops. The Zoo Nature Laboratory presents a science show, where you can see colourful flames, magic vapour, and a large amount of elephant toothpaste. The Rescue Board shows children rescue equipment and teaches rescue techniques. In addition, the Zoo offers late-night excursions for children (see the Zoo's website for more details).

On Children's Day, Tallinn Botanical Garden holds an excursion "Treasure Hunt" for children, where participants can search for edible and spice plants and fill a crossword puzzle based on the findings. The “Treasure Hunt" will take place on June 1 at 11 am and 2 pm and up to 25 children can participate in one group. The Botanical Garden is worth visiting all June, because both alliums and irises are in bloom: the collection of the Botanical Garden includes 56 species of alliums and 160 different varieties of irises. In addition, early peonies, apple trees, magnolias, rhododendrons, lilacs, etc. offer flowering beauty. In the Tallinn Botanical Garden, you can buy worksheets "Friends with Plants", play the discovery game "Botany" and order guided tours to get to know the plant kingdom more thoroughly. Tallinn Botanical Garden is open daily from 10 am to 7 pm.

The Children's Kindergarten's song festival "Meie lapse laulupai" will also take place on Child Protection Day, which continues the tradition started in 2018, but which will be organized virtually this year. The recording of the song festival can be seen on the screen of Vabaduse Square on June 1, starting at 11.11, when the nation-wide action "Caress the child" takes place.

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