Experience adventure, play, and let yourself be surprised

08 Apr 2024 15:00 Entertainment

At the HAMBURG PORT ANNIVERSARY from May 9th to 12th, 2024, little explorers and curious sailors will be able to immerse themselves in the maritime world of yesteryear and today, experiencing adventures, playing, learning new things, and being treated with surprises. Daredevil kids can climb into the rigging of a real three-master, hunt for treasure, and sing songs at a karaoke event. The large play area with its bungee trampoline and high rope course, visits on board numerous ships, and the exciting hands-on activities will all make kids’ eyes light up.

Ship Ahoy – go on board the Open Ship

Many open ship activities will also be catering for younger guests of the HAMBURG PORT ANNIVERSARY. Our little landlubbers shall enjoy some unforgettable experiences when boarding and discovering the ships right up close. Numerous museum and traditional ships, naval vessels, tall sailing ships and emergency vehicles will be inviting ship lovers of all ages to visit. Aboard the research vessels “Atair” and the new “Uthörn”. it will be possible to take a look below deck and see their innovative equipment right up close. Little daredevils will be right at home on board the “Rickmer Rickmers”. After first signing-up, children can climb into the shrouds of the three-master and sit high up in the rigging. Anyone who wishes to try their hand at learning morse code can also visit the “Cap San Diego”. Children and other young people can try out the morse code machine. They can then learn to spell out their name in morse code, after which they will then be rewarded with a radio operator’s certificate.

Voyaging through the elements

This year, the green in front of St. Michael's Church will be transformed into a wonderworld of experiences. This is where this large children's festival will focus on the four traditional elements of our world: earth, fire, air, and water. On all four days from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., children along with their families can visit the Michelwiese where they can climb, do crafts, jump and play. At interactive learning stations on various sustainability topics, new things can be learned about in a playful setting. The children can then put their skills to the test and have fun on the bungee trampoline or the high rope course.

Set sail with a shuttle to the Hansahafen

Curious explorers can take a free shuttle from stage 10 at the St. Pauli Landungsbrücken across the Elbe to the Hansahafen. Departures run from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., leaving every 30 minutes. There, guests both young and old can experience how people used to dive within the harbour using the copper helmet diving device, or how the fittings for the masts and the ship's hull were forged by hand. During forging in the open, children aged 12 or older will be able to enjoy the opportunity of picking up a blacksmith's hammer themselves. Those who are particularly brave can then look forward to a “Sing your favourite song” karaoke event in Shed 50a. There, everyone can sing along live with a microphone and show off their singing prowess. In the German Harbour Museum, kids (from 6 to 14 years old) can also learn about knots and maritime crafts, or acquire their harbour license (for children from 6 to 12 years old).

Hunt for treasure in the footsteps of the pirate Klaus Störtebeker

On a treasure hunt, children can seek out Klaus Störtebeker's gold treasure and learn about the Speicherstadt and its history in a playful setting. The young explorers can all learn what a barge is, and can also try out some cocoa beans. Register for this at the Speicherstadtmuseum. The tour is for children aged 6 to 12 accompanied by an adult.

Meet the “Peppercorns”

The big stars from the popular children’s series “Die Pfefferkörner” will be inviting you to an exclusive meet & greet on Saturday from 12 to 2 p.m. Fans can then experience their TV idols right up close, collecting autographs, and taking unforgettable selfies.

Discover some exciting apprenticeships

Some of the event partners, such as the General Customs Directorate, which will be present with its operational ship “Helgoland”, shall also be providing information about potential training opportunities for young people during their school holidays. The Maritime Federal Police Inspectorate is also taking part in the PORT ANNIVERSARY with its operational vessel “BP 81 Potsdam”. On board the ship, young people can don virtual reality headsets and gain insights into the work of the federal police both at sea and on land. Using the VR headsets, kids can participate in controlling a sailing yacht off Helgoland, or virtually abseil on board from a helicopter.

Free family service: The KinderFinder lost kids service

If children and parents ever become parted, they can be quickly reunited if the children have their parents' contact details on hand. For this purpose, free bracelets are distributed upon which parents can write their child's name and their telephone number. These can be acquired from the stands on the Bunte Hafenmeile, at the information point, and wherever a KinderFinder poster is hanging. The PORT ANNIVERSARY is hosted by the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, represented by the Ministry of Economy and Innovation. Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH has the role of event coordinator for the HAMBURG PORT ANNIVERSARY.

At the HAMBURG PORT ANNIVERSARY from May 9th to 12th, 2024, little explorers can dive into in the maritime world of yesteryear and today.

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Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH

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