Education for schoolchildren
Christmas Cakes - tradition and improvements
Very, very long ago in Lithuania, ghosts were called manes, and just before St. Christmas it was believed that manes visit us at Christmas, so our ancestors called the wonderful magical long night Kūčiės (Christmas Eve) in honour of manes. On this night, miracles are said to happen. In order to avoid missing them, you need to prepare in advance. Christmas Cakes are one of these helpers. They are good for spells, gifts, predictions, games and of course food. They are the main attraction on Christmas Eve. In every family, the tradition of making Christmas Cakes was passed down from one generation to the next, but the number of such families is decreasing and sometimes we forget the old traditions.
This education is a wonderful experience for children to get to know with the Christmas cakes, otherwise in Lithuanian called as kleckučiai, prėskučiai, galkutės, kalėdukai, buldikai, pulkeliai, kukuliai, paršeliai, šližikai.
At the beginning, the children will be introduced to the story of why Christmas cake is so important and why we talk about it.
Later, after a nice introduction, the children will make the most delicious traditional Christmas cakes themselves, bake and eat them with poppy seed milk and, of course, some will be left as gifts for their parents.
Help for the friend will also be encouraged during the class. The child shall help those who are not successful or achieve the desired result together. It is both personal and teamwork – making Christmas cakes.
Education will create a Christmas mood in the heart of every child, and sitting at the table together will remind them of the most beautiful holidays of the year.
Discover the dinosaur
In order to help children to learn about the mysterious world of dinosaurs and the science of palaeontology, we invite our visitors to “Discover the Dinosaur” (the educational activity), where children will gouge a clay tablet and search for a dinosaur fossil.
Fossils are the most important part of the archaeological heritage, and thanks to their study, scientists have discovered the history of life on Earth and the process of evolution.The “Discover the Dinosaur” education consists of three parts: theoretical, experiential and practical.
During the theoretical and experiential parts of the education (up to 15 minutes), the educator will introduce the children to the most interesting facts about dinosaurs. At an open discussion, the participants will explore the differences between carnivorous and herbivorous dinosaurs, look for similarities between dinosaurs and their descendant birds, and examine the dinosaurs in the park. Dinosaus move, make sounds, and have the same physical dimensions as the “scary lizards” that used to live in the past.
In the practical part of the “Discover the Dinosaur” education (duration – 30 minutes), the educator will introduce the children to the profession of a palaeontologist, his/her working tools, the basic rules and specifics of gouging, the theoretical definition of a fossil. By gauging clay tables and searching for a dinosaur fossil, children will practically discover several layers of the Earth (clay and sand), and will individually choose the best gouging strategy.
Schoolchildren will find one of four (Tyrannosaurus, Stegosaurus, Triceratops or Branchiosaurus) dinosaur skeleton fossils. The gouging experience will develop participants’ critical thinking, diligence, responsibility, and cultural awareness. The gouged fossil will be given to the children. This practical result will motivate the children to share their knowledge about dinosaurs and palaeontology with their parents when they return home, and will help them to assimilate the information they have heard during the education even better.
We are bringing this educational programme to schools all over Lithuania.
What an egg, a dinosaur and a chicken have in common?
So which comes the first – the egg, the chicken or the dinosaur? Do you really think you know the answer to this long-standing question? We offer to book the education “Egg, dinosaur and chicken – what do they have in common?” and take a trip back in time to millions of years ago.
During the education, children will learn about the evolutionary change, the ancestors of chickens – dinosaurs – and archaeological heritage. Children will be introduced to six dinosaur characteristics that are dormant in the genes of chickens. Scientists still find a lot of dinosaur DNA in the chicken genome. Therefore, children will be introduced to the history of world formation and the animals that existed at that time. They will also get interesting facts that give them the joy of discovery, awareness and creativity.
During lectures, facts are presented in children’s language. They get information about dinosaurs’ brains that have the size of walnuts and were not very intelligent; they will alos be informed that they swallowed rocks to digest food in their stomachs, or that their teeth had the size of bananas. We will travel together to the past – to the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods and we will meet the most impressive prehistoric dinosaurs, plants and animals.
We will explore together the prehistoric world through experiences, imagination and hands-on activities. The archaeological heritage gives children the opportunity to get to know the treasures hidden in the Earth. The fossilized dinosaur eggs is one of such treasures, which prove that our great reptiles, the dinosaurs, laid eggs too.
During this activity, schoolchildren will be gouging eggs and look for dinosaur embryos. This work requires diligence, responsibility and creativity. Also, during the session, children immediately help their friends, who are not successful; they wor in team helping or achieving the desired result together.
The most important thing is that children can take the discovered embryo home and show their parents the achievement of that day. Give you children the possibility to discover new historical treasures of the Earth.
The secrets of the birch grove
In order to help children to calm, tame silence and introduce them to the birch as one of nature’s and easily accessible calm therapists, we will invite the children to stop at the birch grove in the park. The educator will take the children’s class to the birch grove in Radailiai Park, where they will be invited to sit on black and white chairs, corresponding to the main colors of the birch trunk.
The educator will inform the participants about the different questions that are glued on the bottom of the chairs. The answers to these questions will be like a ticket to the experiential and practical stage of education.
Education consists of three parts: theoretical, experiential, and practical. During theoretical education, children will be introduced to the significance of birch tree in Lithuanian mythology, folk art, and medicine.
In the experimental part, children will explore physical properties of birch (what does it smell like, what kind of sensation does it create when you are near it, what does the tea of birch buds and leaves taste like). Blindfolded, they will try to guess which is birch leaf from three different tree leaf teas (oak, linden, birch).
In practical part, children will make a dream catcher from a birch branch and look for similarities between Lithuanian and Indian customs, which really exist. In pagan times, Lithuanians believed that the devil was driven away from people or animals by gently hitting them with a birch branch. A red ribbon tied around a stem or branch also saved from this evil spirit. Craddles were made of birch wood and were supposed to protect the purity of babies. Making of dreamcatchers meanwhile is one of the protective rituals of the American Indians. Dreamcatchers were hung near the child’s cradle in order to protect it from bad dreams. The juxtaposition of two cultures and the search for pearls will develop the participants’ critical thinking, and practical production of a dream catcher – creativity.
The education will be completed by a visit to rabbits, alpacas and goats, which the children will feed and cuddle.
A detailed introduction to the birch tree, birch grove and animal therapy will help to form children’s cultural awareness of the processes taking place in nature.
Little earth's treasure explorers
In order to help children get to know the mysterious world of dinosaurs, the science of paleontology, to understand the meaning of fossils and its connections with the “secrets” made in childhood, we are conducting the education “Little Earth Treasure Explorers” in Dino Park, in Radailiai. Education consists of three parts: theoretical, experiential and practical.
During the theoretical and experiential education parts (duration – up to 20 minutes), children will get the information on the most interesting facts about dinosaurs. During the open discussion, the participants will see the differences between carnivorous and herbivorous dinosaurs, look for similarities between dinosaurs and their descendant birds, by examining dinosaurs in the park that move, make sounds and match the physical dimensions of the “terrible lizards” that lived before.
The practical part of the education (up to 40 minutes) consists of two tasks: excavating a Tyrannosaurus fossil in a simulated park outcrop and creating a secretion in the territory of Radailiai Park. By searching for the fossil, digging it up, and trying to identify it, children will get acquainted with the profession of a palaeontologist, his/her tools, specifics of his/her work, the fossil’s characteristics, and will broaden their knowledge of geography.
By asking participants a question about what they can leave behind in the ground, we will invite children to create secrets from flowers and plants. The sectrets are usually layed under a glass and filled with earth and digged in the park. The creation of a secret will bring children closer to the games and culture of their parents, and develop their creativity and sense of aesthetics. Finding parallels between the fossil and the secretion will develop participants’ critical thinking.
At the end of the education, participants will present their work and share their impressions, thus developing their rhetorical knowledge and emotional intelligence. By leaving their secrets in Dino Park, participants will contribute to the beautification of the park’s infrastructure and will give other participants the joy of discovery by unearthing the secrets they left behind.
The organisers of the education provide all the necessary tools for the participants.
21 wonders of the world
Duration: 60 min
Participants' age: grades 6-9
Number of participants: from 10 to 45 pupils at a time
Price: 8 € per pupil
In order to introduce schoolchildren to the most impressive architectural structures from all over the world in just one hour, the educators of the part are running an education programme “21 Wonders of the World” at the Babylon Gardens. We invite everybody to a wonderful journey around the world from the shores of America to the beaches of Australia.
During the education, children will learn which continents are home to certain cultural objects, in which country they were built and what makes them special. The education consists of theoretical and practical parts.
During the theoretical part of education (duration – up to 40 minutes), while walking around the garden, the participants will be introduced to twenty-one miniatures of architectural structures from four continents of the world: Africa and the Middle East, Asia and Oceania, Europe and America. Nine of 21 miniatures of the “Gardens of Babylon” are featured in the most significant lists of the most impressive structures in the world. The Gardens of Babylon and the Pyramid of Cheops are included in the list of World Wonders; Windmills, Sydney Opera House, St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow – on the UNESCO World Heritage List; The Pantheon, the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal, the Colosseum – to the latest list of wonders of the world.
The practical part of the education (duration – 20 min.) consists of identifying twenty-one architectural objects from the photo displayed on the multimedia screen and sticking stickers of the objects in the miniature park on the world contour map poster.
Both the theoretical and practical parts of the ” Twenty-one Wonders of the World” education will expand the participants’ cultural awareness, strengthen their knowledge of art, history, and geography due to familiarity with architectural structures, the history of their creation, and their significance in the world.
The discussion with the participants about the miniatures of the “Gardens of Babylon” will expand the schoolchildren understanding of architecture (the most characteristic building of neoclassicism – the Arc de Triomphe), mythology (the Great Sphinx of Giza, the Merlion Fountain, the Trevi Fountain), religion (the Egyptian pyramids, the Taj Mahal Mausoleum, St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Pantheon, temple Horyuri – Nara), performing arts (Sydney Opera House, Colosseum).
Master, discover and rediscover energy
Exclusively for the groups, Eureka offers a unique educational program “Master, discover and rediscover energy”.
Not only the schoolchildren will watch how and which kind of electricity can be generated, but in unified teams, they will try to find and test how solar energy is going to work; or about steam energy from Tesla. This will help them to get information about devices that will be able to use energy from different sources in practice, as is the case with light bulbs.
The atmosphere of the Eureka Laboratory and the exciting experiments in harnessing and rediscovering energy will not only ensure a fun time, but will also reinforce the team spirit and light up the science maze. The Eureka House of Illusions is located in the premises of Villa Aldona, owned by the Tiškevičius family. Many of the architectural spaces and solutions are still present in the building. Contemporary art and history are in one place, intertwined in activities, colours and accents.
“Eureka“ is the challenges your mind and your perception of the world. Three floors full of unreal exhibits will pleasantly surprise you and make your head spin. One can can try to understand the Devil’s Tunnel, wander through a maze of mirrors, find out how old animation works, visit the Universe Room or test your eyesight with optical illusions.
In our interactive basement, you will also find more serious exhibits that demonstrate the laws of physics or require logical thinking. You can test the power of your voice at the decibel meter, understand the speed of sound, figure out illusionist tricks and much more! You can also test yourself and dare to stand barefoot on the most real nail feet or lie down on a bed of nails.
The joy of discovery is guaranteed!
In search of living nature
By learning about nature from nature, a child learns that seemingly scary plants, insects and animals are not scary at all, but rather necessary and and play an important role.
The education “In search of living nature” is designed to get to know and touch the living things very closely.
In the course of our education, we will introduce the children to the birds, the variety of houses, the location of the voyves, and why bats need a house.
In searching for an ant in the Dinosaurs Park, we will find out why some animals or beetles are stored in the Red Book, while others are not yet recorded. We will look for knowledge of the deep Lithuanian traditions, beliefs and customs, and discuss the importance of biodiversity and ecosystem support services to adapt to climate change.
The children participating in the education will meet and feed the amazing alpacas, the park’s iconic animals. They will visit the nearby rabbit town – learning to understand what rabbits eat, what not to give them, how to hold and stroke them and how not to pick them up.
Getting to know wildlife up close will definitely strengthen the bond between children and nature.
Hi, Oak Tree
Our old park is a great place, home to spruce trees, green oaks… and white birch trees… There are so many interesting processes, creatures and colours in nature. How many secrets it holds! The children will be able to unravel these mysteries through exploration. One of the most interesting is the nature education programme “Hi, Oak Tree!”. It greately stimulates children’s interest in their environment and its processes, and develops a care and love for nature and all living things.
This education will help children to understand animal behaviour, the desire to communicate, to get to know the living world around them, to open up new spaces of exploration and to search for natural materials.
Children will develop critical thinking, visual perception of space, concentration, patience and perseverance as they explore the park and learn about the natural world. Each task will bring the wonderful joy of discovery and they will try to unravel more and more of the mysteries hidden there.
Nature education can also be a great introductory learning tool to get children interested in biology, physics, chemistry and the natural sciences. From the very first minutes of the excursion, pupils will be drawn into a trap of tasks. They will try to remember or guess the coded names of the trees, connecting with the twists and turns of history, saying hello to the oak tree and hugging the relative of Lithuania’s oldest tree. They will also search for a wild anthill and try to guess why ants are so unfriendly to others.
During the education children wukk have the ability to orient in the environment, goal achievement and physical activity. Responsibility and teamwork will be developed there.
At the end of the education, all will all go and feed the alpacas and rabbits. It is said that being with alpacas is part of stress therapy, relaxing the body and spirit.
Explore and rediscover science and history
Exclusively for groups, Eureka offers a unique educational programme “Explore and Rediscover Science and History”. There we will observe chemical and exothermic reactions, colour changes, the evolution of oxygen and hydrogen, and the physical properties of different gases.
All the most fascinating experiments in one educational session. The atmosphere of the Eureka laboratory classroom and the fascinating experiments will not only ensure a fun time, but also reinforce your scientific knowledge.
The Eureka House of Illusions is located in the premises of Villa Aldona, owned by the Tiškevičius family. Many of the architectural spaces and solutions are still present in the building. Contemporary art and history are in one place, intertwined in activities, colours and accents.
“Eureka” challenges your mind and your perception of the world. Three floors and more than 60 unreal exhibits will surprise you and make your head spin. In our interactive basement you will also find more serious exhibits that demonstrate the laws of physics or require logical thinking.
You can test the power of your voice at the decibel meter; understand the speed of sound, figure out illusionists’ tricks and much more! You can also test yourself and dare to stand barefoot on the most real nail feet or lie down on a bed of nails. You can try to get through the Devil’s Tunnel, wander through the maze of mirrors, find out how old animation works, visit the Universe Room or test your eyesight with optical illusions.
The joy of discovery is guaranteed!
Extraordinary treasures of Upside-Down House
Why is it so curious to look through the keyhole of the neighbors’ home? Because it always seems that their house not only has greener grass, but has also hidden treasures, secrets and intriguing hobbies that no one can find out about.
The educational program “The extraordinary treasures of the upside-down house” are team tasks that develop not only attentiveness, but also the ability to focus on tasks that test knowledge of mathematics, geography and literary science.
The UPSIDE-DOWN HOUSE is a unique house built on a roof where everything is turned upside down, playfully upsetting our daily routines and senses.
The education gives unlimited freedom to convey fantasy in real space, using the most modern means of expression.
Little scientists in the magical world of optical illusions
Here they will learn about optical illusions, the world of 3D drawings, interactive exhibits, logic challenges, many more fun, and engaging exhibits.
During the education, children will not only learn how to make electricity from a lemon or how a volcano erupts, but also observe chemical and exothermic reactions.
We will even show how to make electricity from fruit and of course do other interesting experiments, guaranteeing a great time and knowledge about the world around us. This is not just a museum where you come, see and leave. There everybody has the opportunity to participate, observ and make experiments.
The Eureka House of Illusions is set in the premises of Villa Aldona, owned by the Tiškevičius family. Many of the architectural spaces and solutions still remain and are preserved in the building. Contemporary art and history are in one place, intertwined in activities, colours and accents.
“Eureka challenges your mind and your perception of the world. Three floors and more than 60 unreal exhibits will surprise you and make your head spin. In our interactive basement you will also find more serious exhibits that demonstrate the laws of physics or require logical thinking.
You can test the power of your voice at the decibel meter; understand the speed of sound, figure out illusionists’ tricks and much more! You can also test yourself and dare to stand barefoot on the most real nail feet or lie down on a bed of nails. You can try to get through the Devil’s Tunnel, wander through a maze of mirrors, find out how old animation works, visit the Universe Room or test your eyesight with optical illusions.
Everything is interesting in the Eureka House of Illusions – even learning!
Prehistory, dinosaurs and me (Google Generation)
This is an education using modern technology to introduce young people to prehistory. It is an archaeological experience using the young people’s best friend – the mobile phone.
Using visual aids, participants will learn about the Mesozoic era, during which dinosaurs lived. The education will not only give schoolchildren a dry history of how the world was formed and the animals that existed at that time, but also interesting facts that will give them the joy of discovery.
After the presentation of the Mesozoic era, the class is divided into several teams. Participants get mobile phones with clues. They have to find all the clues within a given time using GPS and a smartphone app. By solving the tasks, the pupils learn about dinosaurs, their existence and their peculiarities.
The education will foster teamwork, strengthening cooperation, communication, awareness and creativity skills. In order to achieve results together, participants will have to help those team members who are less successful and of course, the biggest incentive is to get a reward after finding all the clues.
Come and test your brain and your feet in the “Prehistory, Dinosaurs and Me (Google Generation)” education.