Krokoseum Creativity Centre for Children


Franckeplatz 1, Haus 1, 06110 Halle (Saale)
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Contact Person

Susanna KovacsHead of the Krokoseum Susanna Kovacs (Head of the Krokoseum) Susanna KovacsHead of the Krokoseum phone+49 345 2127 575

How did the crocodile and his animal friends end up in the Cabinet of Artefacts and Natural Curiosities? Why did courageous people once travel to distant countries on dangerous missions? What was it like to live behind the walls of the Orphanage more than 300 years ago? The answers to these questions can be found in the Creativity Centre for Children, the Krokoseum, which measures 300 m2 and is located in the basement of the Historic Orphanage. Here it offers a wide range of cultural and museum educational activities.

Curious children and families can linger, discover, marvel, discuss, experiment, potter, relax and play. Based on the historic treasures of the Francke Foundations and the exhibitions on different themes held in the Historic Orphanage, we start daily expeditions back in time, during which you too can take part in the adventure of investigating riddles from the past.

In the morning, our educational staff accompany groups of children and school classes on discovery tours; in the afternoon, children (up to 12 years of age) and their families can participate in free programmes that can be arranged individually.

Slogan_Leseclubs_12-09-2013  Who has never wished to sit on a dragon’s back and look down to the world from above, courageously fight giants, free princesses, possess magical powers, solve tricky detective assignments or learn of exciting adventures in distant lands? That can never be? But it can! Just stick your nose in one of the many books from the Krokoseum library and you will experience your miracle – following in the footsteps of pirates, pharaohs, and knights, of fairy tale characters or great heroes such as Pippi Longstocking, Alice in Wonderland, Aladdin or Odysseus.

Learning to read without performance pressure and in this way develop the joy of reading is the idea behind the Reading Club, which was inaugurated in the Krokoseum on 9 February 2015. The regular offers and diverse activities of the Children Creativity Centre in order to promote literacy will be further expanded and strengthened by means of the opening of a reading club. The reading club aims at six- to twelve-year-olds and was set up nationwide within the framework of the “Culture makes us strong: alliances for education” programme of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. A reading club is a facility outside the school with regularly supervised offers as to reading and writing. It is a cozy room with a vast array of books, audio plays, magazines, movies and much more. Children reading joyfully – and those who wishing to follow suit – are presented with the opportunity to daily let off steam in the Krokoseum library and to become acquainted with the many other literacy projects in the Krokoseum. The Krokoseum library – with more than 1.000 books – is open between 12.00 and 16.00. (Closed on Friday 12.00–14.00 and Saturday, but open on Sunday 10.00–18.00.) There is a wide variety of picture books, primers, fairy tales, stories and tales, comics, and non-fiction. The books are systematically arranged and can also be studied on the Internet.

And this is how a week at the Krokoseum looks like:

Each afternoon on weekdays alternating hands-on programmes take place. The Krokoseum team invites guests and professionals such as writers, artists or craftsmen to help shape the cultural, museum, art and media programmes on offer. The Francke Foundations’ Wunderkammer and Historic Library feature regularly on the programme. All daily programmes apply throughout the year and are free of charge.


Monday | 14.00–15.00 |Time to play

15.00–16.30 Uhr | “The stuff that dreams are made of” – Sewing with children from 6 years

16.30–18.00 | Children’s store: Open Sesame!
Varied pre-school afternoon for parents with small children up to 6 years of age

17.00–18.00 | Reading club – Visit the Lesefee (reading fairy) for children aged 6 to 12 Stories, language games and everything about books and what is hidden between two covers


Tuesday | 14.00–15.00 | Creative workshop

15.00–16.00 | Paper workshop – Creative handcraft afternoon with Regina Kasparek

16.00–18.00 | The steaming Wunderkammer laboratory
Science and experiments for children in the museum

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Wednesday |14.00–15.00 | Ping-pong

15.00–16.00 | Wood Workshop

16.00–18.00 | BuchkinderWerkstatt – language, literature and illustration for children with the BuchkinderWerkstatt Halle and authors of children's books.

Krokoseum29  Thursday | 14.00–18.00 | Cultural “free table” for children
Cook as in Francke’s time, healthy treats on a fine table, music and recitation. A cultural eating and dining experience for children to enjoy.
The cultural “free table” for children is part of the tradition founded by Francke and connects several issues: dissemination of knowledge and experience in the field of healthy nutrition, decorating the table and trying out recipes. Here aspects such as community, acceptance and conveying a culture of eating are placed at the centre of attention.


Considering the fact that (grand)parents also like to spend time with their (grand)children in the Krokoseum and take pleasure in shared astonishment, research, inventing and pottering, the Krokoseum offers parents a special programme:


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Each Sunday 10.00–12.00 Brunch for families
Shared breakfast for fathers with children. Everyone brings something delicious.

12.00–18.00 Free games
Various games available on more than 300 m² for the entire family.


Last Sunday of the month 15.00–18.00 Family workshop
Artifices and art work. Artistic creation under expert guidance, including an interactive family tour of the current exhibitions of the Francke Foundations with invited artists, experts and professionals.


Children’s birthday parties

Children celebrating their birthday and their guests aged between 6 and 12 await a very special experience in the Krokoseum of the Historic Orphanage. Around the themes “Ghosts, fairy tales, pirates and knights” many exciting things can be discovered. After a brief introduction to the history of the house, a treasure hunt takes place. Next the children are feasted to a festively decorated coffee table before heading for the artist’s workshop to build, tinker and construct. Small games conclude the birthday party.
The fee is 60 euros (for up to 10 children and 3 adults). The catering is the responsibility of the parents.


Kindergarten an Primary Schools

The Krokoseum creative centre for children is open for groups from kindergarten, schools or after-school care centres every Friday between 9.00 and 12.00. The wide-ranging catalogue of themes remains valid for the entire year. But we also try to cater for your own individual ideas when it comes to exploring the Historic Orphanage and Francke’s “school town”.

Secondary School Levels I and II

Familiensonntag FFW  Secondary school levels I and II pupils can experience Francke’s world for a day. Actively exploring the historic foundation’s grounds gives a vivid impression of Francke’s visionary social commitment, enabling us to experience his innovative paedagogical work at first hand. The Cabinet of Artefacts and Natural Curiosities brings to life the instruction in natural sciences (Realien), which Francke introduced more than 300 years ago in order to help individual pupils to further their personal talents. Has Francke’s goal to make the world a better place by improving the life of individuals been achieved today? Several educational modules have been developed to allow school classes to discover Francke’s world according to curriculum-related topics.

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