The Simpsons, snowboard & sledge slopes, story telling, workshops and theatre in the City of Arts and Sciences

Dec 14, 2007

The City of Arts and Sciences has programmed a series of special activities for the Christmas period that includes a wide range of leisure ideas such as workshops, story telling, snowboard and sledge slopes, an area dedicated to Formula 1, the presentation of Laura Gallego’s latest book with the author in person, a party based on the famous character Tintin, and the Oceanographic Park will be run along the theme of the Simpsons’ famous hometown, Springfield.  
Tomorrow, Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th December, most of the activities will take place. From 11:00 am to 3:00 pm the Park will turn into Springfield, the Simpsons’ city, with the famous characters walking around the facilities greeting the visitors. There will be different marquees around the park that will represent Springfield’s School, Police Station, and Library, as well as Mr. Burns’ mansion, Bart’s gang and Moe’s Bar. In these places the little ones in particular will be able to participate in different workshops for drawing, make-up, badges, balloons with the faces of the characters, catapults, diabolos, with popcorn and soft drinks, and workshops for pets. Among other things they can have photos taken in the Simpsons’ Hall or enjoy the stories and books from the series.

Furthermore, as of tomorrow Saturday 15th December to Sunday 6th January, there will be two slopes on the Paseo Sur (Southern Promenade) from Saturday 15th December until Sunday 6th January. One will be to try snowboarding and the other for sliding on sledges with monitors and equipment, for beginners in these activities. The timetable will be from 11:30 to 14:30 and from 17:00 to 21:00 except on 24th and 31st December, when it will close at 19:00, and on 25th December and 1st January when it will open from 17:00 to 21:00.

In addition, the young Valencian writer, Laura Gallego, will be presenting her latest book, “The Empress of the Ethereal Ones”, tomorrow Saturday, 15th December at 12 o’clock in Science Museum’s Auditorium. Her followers will have the chance to chat with the author, who will be signing copies of her work. There is free entrance to this activity, although the seating is limited.

This weekend other activities will also be held in the Museum, some of which will be related to the environment. In this sense, the “Sustainable” walkway will be held in the Museum’s Calle Mayor (“Main Street”) and outside the building from 10:30 to 11:30 and from 17:00 to 18:00. Here, the main themes will be renewable energies such as solar power and windmills, and sustainable transport.

The children’s theatre play “The Tree” will be presented from 12 o’clock to 1 o’clock in the Calle Mayor. This will highlight the importance of the existence of trees. Also, from 11:00 to 13:00 and from 17:00 to 19:00 the children’s “Green Christmases” workshops will be held. These will combine Christmas-related activities with responsible consumerism and environmental education.

Other workshops taking place in the Calle Mayor will be “Build your own Universe” from 10:30 to 13:30 and Foucault’s workshop from 13:00 to 13:30. Then there is the DNA workshop from 18:00 to 18:20, and the Bicycles workshop that will take place from 12:30 to 13:30 in the Paseo Sur (“South Promenade”) where visitors will put their sense of balance to the test by riding different kinds of bicycles.

Coinciding with this year’s centenary celebration of the birth of Tintin’s creator, the Belgian illustrator Hergé, the famous comic book character will also be a main theme from 10:00 to 18:00 in the Calle Mayor.

In the Tintin Party there will be books and films, the “Tintin’s World” exhibition, a photographic set, and a comic workshop that will teach drawing in the Tintin style. In addition, all those who wish may turn up in fancy dress as one of the Tintin characters, the best one receiving a prize on Saturday and on Sunday.

Moreover, sudoku fans will have a corner dedicated to this game in the Museum’s Calle Mayor from 10:00 to 18:00, where they may participate in a Marathon and in solving a giant sudoku. From 11:30 to 12:00 it will also be possible to enjoy a Parkour demonstration, acrobatic gymnastics to the rhythm of music on different platforms located on the Calle Mayor.

In addition, different personalities from the Valencian society will be participating in story telling on the Museum’s Calle Mayor on Saturday 15th from 17:00 to 18:00 and on Sunday 16th December from 12:00 to 13:00 and from 17:00 to 18:00.

The Arquerías (“Arches”) in the Science Museum is housing an area dedicated to Formula 1 as of 10th December. This sporting event will take place in Valencia as of 2008. The area will have various interactive activities related to the sport. It will be open from today Friday until Sunday 16th December from 11:00 to 19:00, and from 22nd December to 6th January from 11:00 to 19:00, with the exception of Monday, 24th December (from 11:00 to 14:00); Tuesday, 25th December (from 16:00 to 20:00); Monday, 31st December (from 11:00 to 15:00) and Tuesday, 1st January (from 16:00 to 20:00)

To gain access to the activities taking place in the Oceanographic Park and the Science Museum it will be necessary to acquire an entrance ticket, with the exception of the Formula 1 area, Laura Gallego’s book presentation, or the Bicycle Workshop, which have free access. The prices for the slopes are: - Snowboard slope: 4 euros adults & 3 euros children (under 12), for two descents. Sledge slope: 5 euros adults & 3 euros children (under 12), in 30-minute sessions.