Family Day at the Wende Activities

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In conjunction with #WendeOnline, Family Day at the Wende offers thematic art-making workshops and prompts inspired by the Wende collection for all ages. Family Day at the Wende is held the last Sunday of every month for children and adults alike. Share your creations with us on social media @wendemuseum on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Family Day returns in November with What’s On Your Plate?: A Socialist Feast Activity. Food culture in the GDR was equally shaped by the German culinary traditions of the past and the reality of state-run grocery stores often not being able to meet consumer demand for imported “luxury” foods. Selecting from a variety of East German culinary staples, assemble your plate for a feast, then construct an imaginary menu of your own, drawing from your favorite childhood foods.

Keith Haring painting a section of the Berlin Wall in 1986. Photograph: © Heinz J. Kuzdas

Virtual Family Day at the Wende returns in October with SYMBOLIC ART, a paint-by number-style coloring activity. In October 1986, renowned New York artist and activist Keith Haring, often credited for bridging the gap between the street and the gallery, was invited to paint a mural along a 300-foot section of the western side of the Berlin Wall. Using the colors of the East and West German flags and a continuous interlocking chain of human figures, the work was meant to stand as a symbol of unity in a divided world.

However, the completed mural did not last long. West German graffiti artists soon began to cover over Haring’s work, and, within a few months, there was little left of the original mural to see. Just three years later, people on both sides of the wall would pick up sledgehammers and begin to dismantle the Berlin Wall for good. 

The message of art can transcend the physical realm, living on even after the work’s destruction. You are invited to bring this lost work of art back to life through coloring and creativity.


In the early years of the Cold War, clothing manufactured in East Germany was designed with functionality, rather than fashionability, as a priority. 

Soviet Blo(c)k Printing is an all-ages activity that invites you to create your own unique pattern on fabric using everyday household items. The technique of block printing has been used for thousands of years to apply decorative designs to fabrics, and you are encouraged to continue in that tradition through this creative artmaking exercise. 


This month's Family Day activity invites participants to create a time capsule in the spirit of the 
Wende Stories initiative. As the mission of the Wende Museum is to preserve the past in order to inform the future, it is important that we teach others how to document and share their own personal stories and experiences, especially in this current moment of societal change. Choose from three different methods of creative reflection and learn more about historical examples showing the importance of recording and preserving life experiences.




Celebrate Family Day by hopping in a time machine and taking control of the joystick as we continue our PLAY X GAMES X ART programming by sharing access to a virtual reproduction of Poly-Play, the only arcade-style video game produced in East Germany.

Manufactured by VEB Polytechnik in the mid-to-late 1980’s, only a few consoles are known to still exist today. The multi-game system contains eight different gaming experiences. Highlights include the Pac-Man clone Hase und Wulf (Hare and Wolf), one-on-one racing game Autorennen (Motor Race), and Schmetterlinge (Butterflies), based on the Czeck cartoon series Der kleine Maulwurf. This reproduction will be fully playable via OpenEmu, an open-source game emulator.


The Wende Museum presents the latest Family Day activity, PLAY X GAMES X ART, a collaborative effort with ESMoA. We invite you to explore the intersection of free play and creative thought by crafting your very own board game - combining elements from familiar board games, small household objects, and printable templates based on historical games to design a new gaming adventure all your own! 


April's Family Day activity is titled Planet Earth Surveillance. During the Cold War, both superpowers recognized the strategic advantage of spying on the other from the sky, and thus the age of the spy satellite was born.

Inspired by the Wende's Executive Director, Justin Jampol, and his journey on the Travel Channel's Lost Secrets to uncover the secret history of the U.S. military’s confidential space program, this activity invites you to explore the origins of outer space photography and observe your own surroundings using publicly-accessible satellite imagery via Google Earth.


A series of artmaking prompts and activities inspired by the artists' processes from The Medea Insurrection: Radical Women Artists Behind the Iron Curtain.