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Visiting Ballorig and Aeolus (story#9)

Student stories 7 November 2007, 00:00

Student of MA in International Leisure and Tourism Studies Elena Starkova tells: In some of my last news I noticed the site visit. Site visits, or the field trips, are a part of our studying program. 

Student of MA in International Leisure and Tourism Studies Elena Starkova tells: In some of my last news I noticed the site visit. Site visits, or the field trips, are a part of our studying program. It is a visit to the company or organisation somehow connected with the learning topic.

Our site visit was to the center "Ballorig and Aeolus". It’s an adventure discovery center for kids aged 3 to 12 years, close to Leeuwarden. We had a very informative and really fascinating tour around its buildings, interviews with an employer student on an internship and the manager – graduate from Stenden University Leisure Management.

The center consists of 2 buildings for kids of different age and skills. Aeolus is the unique center in this area that is specialized in learning and experimenting. And Ballorig is a net of centers that can be found in Netherlands, Germany and Denmark as well.

We started our excursion with Aeolus. There are three issues that Aeolus tries to teach kids about. They are: water, wind and energy. We have been in the experimental room where you can experience very interesting and unusual things, like blowing machine that prevents ball from falling, talking dishes, that let you hear the voice of a person from some meters even whispering, hypnotising machines and so on. It might be interesting not only for kids of different age but also for grownups.

There we visited a special photo room that keeps your shadow on the wall for some time even after you leave. We discovered very funny holograms, such as gun towards you and following you when you move or a lady that is taken under the prison by hologram and begging you to help her watching you.

Ballorig is designated mostly for small kids under 6 years. There are different playgrounds, small racing car fields, excavator you can try to get a ball with, canteens and restaurants. Besides indoors activities you can also enjoy outside entertainment. Outdoors there is a train that will show you the history of Friesland on the way, lighthouses representing 7 islands of Netherlands and so on.

I really enjoyed our field trip. I was climbing, jumping in the kids playground, laying with the balloons around, tried to work on the excavator, participating in various activities.

It was really fun! And the next day we applied our knowledge and observation received during the site visit to the theory we studied at Stenden University. It was very interesting and useful because the topics we discussed were leisure, play and experience.



   

 

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