The round belongs in the square. That’s what four-year-olds learn in the “soccer kindergarten” at the Munich Soccer School (MFS), whose business was taken over 20 years ago by economist David Niedermeier and sports scientist Michael Schuppke. Since then, they have been giving children who are enthusiastic about football the opportunity to practice their sport independently of a club – with a lot of fun in the competition, which should take place with as little pressure as possible to achieve results.
Training takes place in small groups with a maximum of twelve players, who play in all positions – including the goalkeeper. In addition to the weekly courses, the holiday camps are central, for which they cooperate with Philipp Lahm’s parent club FT Gern, with DJK Würmtal, TSV Solln and 1. SC Gröbenzell, who make their places available to MFS. A concept for success, today around 100 employed trainers work at “MFS – Schuppke, Niedermeier & Partner” in the greater Munich, Augsburg and Lower Bavaria area.
One of them is the 26-year-old business psychologist Jakob Berz, who, together with his colleague Denis Falchan, set up a new department at MFS last year: athletic training. Why? “If you look around the football fields at the moment, you can see what kind of packages are going around there. Training tricks and tactics alone is no longer enough,” says Berz.
Even as a little boy, he fetched the balls for MFS boss “Faxe” Niedermeier at both home clubs, TSV Solln. Today, however, he no longer collects balls there, but rather the young football-loving clientele. For example for the “Athletics Camp” from April 3rd to 5th, Halle & Outdoor TSV Solln or there for the program “Fit from the holidays”, in which coordination, passing and goal-shooting exercises are trained. All camps below www.muenchner-fussball-schule.de.
Lilalu: holiday program of the Johanniter
The demand for Lilalu, the Johanniter holiday program, has always been high. “But after the pandemic, it rose steadily again. Exchange and exercise have become even more important for children,” says Lilalu spokeswoman Vera Tichy. In the two Easter holidays, workshops invite children and young people aged five to 13 to take part in a variety of activities that focus on movement, creativity, team spirit and fun.
From April 3rd to 15th, 14 full-day, supervised, five-day workshops will be offered in five districts of Munich. Although the first week is almost fully booked, there are still places in the second week, says Vera Tichy. For example at the Dance Academy with hip-hop, jazz and freestyle, but also with drama, cheerleading, hula hoop and acrobatics. “The general rule is: just look it up on the website or call our office, because there are also places available at short notice,” says Tichy.
Of course, a well-loved tradition is also maintained during the Easter holidays: at the end of each week there is a big final show in which the young artists can practice their newly acquired skills on aerial silks and trapeze, somersaults, magic tricks, cheerleading choreographies, stunts, acting and demonstrate martial arts. Good to know: “For families with lower, but also middle-income, there are reduced tickets through the support of the city of Munich, which is still not known to everyone,” says Vera Tichy. Detailed information about the program at www.lilalu.de.
Dine in museums, roam through Schwabing as a street artist or take a break
The heart of the children’s art center in Schwabing is the open program. The varied offer in the creative workshop and media laboratory can be visited by children from the age of two together with an accompanying adult. There are no limits to the joy of experimenting with a wide variety of design techniques. You can come by without prior notice, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and also on Fridays during the school holidays.
There are also all-day workshops during the Easter holidays. “Drawing through the wonderful Goetz Collection or two days as a street artist through Schwabing – we have thought of something suitable for all interests,” says Judith Silbereisen, program manager at the Kinderkunsthaus. There are still places available on April 13th and 14th in the workshop “Art. Making”; or you can visit the exhibition by the artist Imi Knoebel in the Goetz Collection on April 11: the color surfaces of his pictures make you want to spring and to grab the paint pots yourself. An overview of the program can be found at www.kinderkunsthaus.de.
When do you ever have the opportunity to get to know three museums in one go? This opportunity is offered by the “Iss was?! Essen, dine, dine…” holiday program, in which young visitors can explore the Five Continents Museum (April 4), the Bavarian National Museum (April 5) and the Alte Pinakothek (April 6). . April) in search of special dishes, valuable crockery or festively set tables. Afterwards you can get creative yourself, inspired to trendy still lifes, to “table toppers” and all sorts of other things. A fine museum-pedagogical concept that is now so popular that it is held during the summer holidays under the motto “Exotic worlds?” is even increased to five days in five museums. “Leisure time in the museum” below mpz-bayern.de.
Many people’s favorite color is blue, and the group of artists around Franz Marc also called themselves “Blauer Reiter”. What happens around the world in the animal and plant world in the blue hour when the day draws to a close? What shades of blue can be found in nature? Young visitors to the Franz Marc Museum can paint their own mysteriously enchanted twilight picture on canvas from 1001 self-mixed shades of blue (April 11). A giant ball, on the other hand, can be pushed in the museum park, which is perfectly suited for this purpose: using self-made rails, ropes, roof battens and beer table benches, the participants create a marble run for a giant polystyrene ball there (April 13). The museum education team at the Franz Marc Museum in Kochel am See offers these and many other courses during the Easter holidays www.franz-marc-museum.de.
Anyone who has perhaps just seen Steven Spielberg’s film “The Fabelmans” knows that young film buffs are never too young to start their own experiments. From April 10th to 14th, the Munich Film Workshop has just the right offer for anyone interested between the ages of 11 and 15. The five day course Film workshop for children and young people, this time at the Kulturhaus Neuperlach, is suitable for all young people interested in film – regardless of whether they have previous experience or not, everyone gets the opportunity to realize their project. The youth film festival shows where the journey can go in the future “Flicker and Noise 2023” from March 30th to April 1st in the Gasteig HP8 – in which, among other things, the contribution “(K)ein Platz für 2” by the Filmwerkstatt’s Filmkids group is shown.
Of course, you can also be creative on your own and independently of scheduled courses. Two new offers from Kosmos Verlag are just the thing: blackbirds, magpies, goldfinches, starlings and the whole flock of birds remain in the children’s non-fiction book “Fly with us!” by Lauren Fairgrieve and Kate Read not only between the covers of books, but also find their way into children’s rooms as 3D figures. Ten native bird species are presented in beautifully illustrated portraits, which can be separated from the book as models and hung on the ceiling. Whereas the experiment box “blossom press” Children from the age of six on a voyage of discovery into nature. Nasturtiums and marigolds can be planted in the small growing set and later preserved with the flower press as decoration or for the herbarium.