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.



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! 


Planet Earth Surveillance 

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.


The Artists' Process in The Medea Insurrection: Radical Women Artists Behind the Iron Curtain

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