This summer, art activities for children and teenagers in Milan continue. Summer camps are the perfect opportunity to bring children closer to the arts in a playful way, providing the chance to interact with inspiring and engaging content, and perhaps, make new friends. Children’s curiosity is the major driving force that every year pushes Milanese art institutions to offer a calendar of programs according to the exhibitions and collections they host. Throughout the summer, children can explore the mysteries of the 23rd Milan Triennale, become palaeontologists discovering fossils, experiment with photography and even take their first steps in cultural journalism. Here is a list of the top arts-focused summer camps in Milan to keep the kids busy during the holidays.
Age from 6 to 11 – €200 per week
The campus is focused on dreams: an exploration of the unknown from multiple points of view, delving into the themes of the 23rd Triennial International Exhibition “Unknown Unknowns: an Introduction to Mysteries” which is on view until December 11. Each week a different “dreamer” — scientists, artists, astronomers, geographers and writers featured in the Triennale — will be the focus of Triennale summer camp’s calendar of activities between art and science. (Triennale Milano, viale Alemagna, 6; +39 02724341; triennale.org).
Kids – €170 per week
MudecLab turns into a newsroom where kids can build their newspapers, write articles and reports, and test their ability to observe art collections. By observing and actively participating in the visits to the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions, kids will move their first steps in the world of cultural journalism. They will also have the opportunity to interview personnel of the museum. (Mudec Milano, via Tortona, 56; +39 02 54917; mudec.it).
Natural History Museum
Age from 6 to 10 – €189 per week
At the Natural History Museum children become young explorers discovering the natural world and humans’ evolution. Inside the Paleolab they will experience an adventure among fossils, ammonites, cells and living organisms with experimental activities, scientific laboratories and team games. The camp is an opportunity to live a unique summer between history, science, play and fun. (Milan Natural History Museum; corso Venezia, 55; +39 02 8846 3337; coopculture.it).
MUBA – Children’s museum Milano
Age from 6 to 11 – €180 per week
At the MUBA, each week is unique. Every week, the museum’s educators provide a variety of programs to encourage everyone to express themselves freely and creatively. Children will help build the plans and activities so that they may actively and thoroughly explore the museum. There will be no shortage of fun, play, or creativity. (Muba Children’s Museum Milan; via Enrico Besana, 12; +39 02 43980402; muba.it).
Age from 6 to 12 – €180 per week
Diocesano Museum dedicates its summer camps to photography. Each week will be dedicated to a series of themes taken from the current exhibition “Elliott Erwitt 100 Photos” and the new murals by the Milan-based collective Ortica Noodles outside the museum. Children will have the possibility to observe and test with the camera — or smartphones —different types of photography from portraits to landscapes. (Museo Diocesano Carlo Maria Martini – Chiostri di Sant’Eustorgio; +39 02 8942 0019; chiostrisanteustorgio.it).
Age from 6 to 11 – €180 per week
Who lived in the Castello Sforzesco and how did the artists work inside it? These are the questions that will guide children through the weeks of the summer camp of the Castello Sforzesco. Filled with fun activities, the camp will allow children to discover the secrets of the history of Milan and the great artists that lived in the castle, while experimenting with oil painting on canvas, charcoal drawing and bas-relief. (Castello Sforzesco; piazza Castello; adartem.it).
Museo del Novecento
Age from 11 to 15 – €180 per week
The museum of the 20th Century invites children to creatively observe Milan through the lens of the camera. With the help of tutors, children will learn the fundamental techniques of photography — such as framing, lighting, colour, and composition — and will experience the value of communication by addressing macro genres in the history of images: portraits, landscape and still life. (Museo del Novecento; piazza del Duomo; adartem.it).