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2nd Children's day in Żelazowa Wola

2nd Children's day in Żelazowa Wola 2nd Children's day in Żelazowa Wola

The 2nd Children's Day took place on Sunday, 29th of May 2011 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Photos: M. Dusza, M. Majchrzak


10.30-10.00 – Piano recital of Marek Bracha (in the Manor)
11.00 – Meeting with Lidia Kućmierz reading selected fragments of her book, and signing the book. (outside the Manor)
12.00-12.45 – Piano recital of Lidia Grychtołówna (in the Manor)
12.45-13.30 – Meething with Michał Rusinek reading selected fragments of his famous book "Little Chopin" (outside the Manor)
13.30-15.00 – Meeting with the actor Zbigniew Zamachowski (outside the Manor)
14.00-15.00 – Meeting with Mariola Wojtkiewicz, the author of the book about Żelazowa Wola (outside the Manor)
15.00-15.45 – Piano recital of Jerzy Sterczyński (in the Manor)
15.45-16.15 – Meeting with Anna Czerwińska-Rydel and Józef Wilkoń; authors will talk about their book „Jaśnie Pan Pichon” ["His Menship Senieur Pichon"] (outside the Manor)
16.15-16.45 - promotion of the book „Tajemnicze Dźwięki” [Secret Sounds] by Anna Czerwińska-Rydel (outside the Manor)
16.45 – Results of the painting competition (outside the Manor)
17.00-17.45 – Piano recital of Marek Bracha (in the Manor)
17.45 – Official ending of the Childre's Day (outside the Manor)

The meetings were moderated by Katarzyna Pruchnicka
Polish Radio Programme III

The photo gallery from the 1st Children's Day from 2010 is available on the official website of the Chopin Museum: Children's Day 2010



Hereunder some of the attractions which were waiting for our young guests are presented:


Children experienced the works of the best XIXth century artists and  challenged their own skills. The meeting was supervised by professional painters. Afterwards children’s works were presented on a special exhibition.


This was an area filled with the atmosphere of creativity and experimenting. All participants were able to bring their works home as souvenirs. The meeting was supervised by professional artists. Children worked also on creating and decorating simple music instruments from the group of Carl Orff’s Instruments, such as sound box, xylophone, maracas and rattles.


Traditionally the visitors were invited to participate in a special course of jewellery making. There were thousands of colourful beads from which one could have created a bracelet, necklace, earrings with a music motive.  

A story

The visitors experienced a fascinating journey to the magical world of imagination with the well known author of children’s stores. Children got to know the working methods of the author of stories from the moment the first idea is born through the process of illustrating to the moment the book is published.  


The sculpture studio was the field for true artists. Here the most persistent visitors had an opportunity to get to know the techniques of the sculptor’s work.

Children and their parents tried to recreate the bust of Chopin from a very plastic material – soap.

The Island of Little Children

Little children were invited to our special garden, in which they could spend safely many happy, joyful hours. Together with the carers children played in a garden full of little houses, tunnels, slides and swings. As an additional attraction we offered face painting.What's more, there was a programme of physical activities and sports and for our youngest visitors we prepared an inflatable swimming pool with balls.

The Island of Art (Island – Barcarolle)

There was also a programme of theatre class for children and youngsters entitled: Spontaneous Chopin, based on the motives of the programme Chopin’s Sisters in which the actors-animators wearing dressed from Chopin’s time play and tell a story about their little brother Fryderyk. This programme was rich in music elements – dancing, singing, group performance of a song and many contests for children and their carers. This programme was repeated several times during the whole day.

Educational field game

This year we organized a historical rout devoted to Chopin’s trips. All visitors willing to participate in the game were asked to sign in at the register point – they got a special starting card. Along the rout there was a number of places, in which the participants could have found next instructions and tips necessary to continue the game.


During the Chopin Anniversary Year the Children’s Day in Żelazowa Wola organized by the Chopin Institute turned out to be a huge success and gathered about 6500 visitors.

On this special day Żelazowa Wola was ruled by children. We have organized many different games, theatre plays, meetings with authors of the books for children: Anna Czerwińska-Rydel and Michał Rusinek, and the actor Zbigniew Zamachowski, concerts of young pianists and eleven years old cellist, exhibition of the works of Józef Wilkoń and many other great attractions. We distributed over 80 kilos of fudges, 4000 occasional badges, 5000 CDs with the Chopin Menu and many other things that made our special guests very happy.

We hope that this year we will repeat the success and we invite all children for the weekend before the actual Children’s Day to visit Żelazowa Wola with their families.

We invite everyone to have fun together in Żelazowa Wola.