The Children’s Park has been created by the Reggio Children team – an International Center for the protection and promotion of children’s rights and their potential. The Children’s Park is an area dedicated to exploring the Expo theme through fun. Curated by Sabina Cantarelli, the park provides an area for children, where they can enjoy activities and educational games, but also relax. The concept is titled Ring around the planet, Ring around the future, symbolizing the gesture of hugging the planet.
From July 1 to September 13, the Children’s Park will stay open longer!
From Monday to Friday, from 10:00 to 21:30
Saturday and Sunday, from 10:00 to 23:00
The Children’s Park according to Sabina Cantarelli
What story does it tell?
Humans, plants and animals, so all living beings. Each connected and responsible for the other’s future, producing a strong relationship between them. The main aim of the Children’s Park is to help children understand the topic of sustainability through activities which are stimulating and fun. The idea is for children to feel immersed in a natural but also fantasy world, a bit like Alice in Wonderland, so they enjoy themselves whilst exploring the complex subject of life on planet earth.
Can you give us three reasons to visit?
Three main reasons to visit the park are the setting, the games and the interaction. Firstly, Expo Milano 2015 aims to offer children a place where they can learn and have fun at the same time. Secondly, the Children’s Park is packed full of games and activities to get children actively involved. Lastly, it provides a wonderful opportunity to develop relationships through the installations, where they are encouraged to interact with others.
What is your vision of the future?
The concept of the Children’s Park
is that only through the knowledge of others and the environment and by working together can we solve some of the major challenges that the planet is facing. It’s a powerful message delivered in a powerful setting.
The cultural and architectural project according to Reggio Children
Where does your inspiration come from?
Claudia Giudici: The project closely links education, communication, architecture and service design. The inspiration comes from the 50 years of educational experience of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia, and Reggio Children’s
approach to learning. The idea of the Children’s Park is also to use architecture as a communication tool. The characteristics of places and objects are very important for children; colors, shapes and sounds are all key elements when learning and communicating.
In what way do you communicate with visitors?
Michele Zini: The Children’s Park is designed as a forest, housing eight installations, each inspired by the theme. The installations are situated outdoors but are covered by a roof, allowing the different activities to take place. The idea is to create a mixture of natural and artificial, where children can explore and experience.
The UN's presence in the Children Park
The Children Park also hosts one of the 18 UN installations, thus offering the vision of a world where no one, from the youngest to oldest, suffers hunger.
The UN space, in collaboration with UNICEF Italy, was decorated by Lorenzo Terranera who will illustrate the Zero Hunger Challenge in a comprehensible manner, also for the youngest visitors. A cartoon named “Leonardo Expo”, created especially for this universal exposition, co-produced by Gruppo Alcuni and RAI Fiction in collaboration with FAO and UNESCO.
is present with 18 multimedia installations, easily recognizable by their giant blue spoons. These UN Spaces are located in various areas of the site along the itinerary dedicated to the theme “The Zero Hunger Challenge • United for a sustainable world”.
View Sabina Cantarelli's Biography
Sabina Cantarelli is founder and honorary president of the Muba Foundation, a non-profit organization that from January 2014 has managed the Rotonda della Bersana space in Milan. The foundation focuses on art for children and offers various activities that engage children with art through games. It is active in Milan at the Triennale and in other Italian and international cities.
As a Board Member and Executive Director, Sabina has been involved in the International Association of Children’s Museums Hands on! International, which includes over 200 children’s museums, educational spaces within museums and Science and Discovery Centers. She has collaborated with some of the major institutions in the education system and is currently the curator of the Expo Milano 2015 children’s area. The Children’s Park project, developed with Reggio Children will have an outdoor space with installations dedicated to the theme Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.
View Claudia Giudici's Biography
Born in Reggio Emilia where she also lives, she graduated in Clinical Psychology. From 1995 to 2007 she worked at the Preschools and Schools Institution of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia, where she was elected President of the school board in 2009. She is a member of the board of Reggio Children s.r.l. and has collaborated on many research projects on family participation with the University of Hamphire (US) and the Bocconi University of Milan. The topic of this collaboration was individual and group learning processes. She also worked on psychological rewarding processes with the University of Harvard-Project Zero and on “the hundred languages of children” with the Reggio Emilia Institute and the University of Stockholm. She participates in projects on the relationship between appearance and learning and on the learning of written codes, and plays an active role in various research programs, conferences and congresses, both in Italy and abroad.
Claudia Giudici has authored both national and international articles. Publications include: Giudici C, Krechevsky M, Rinaldi C, Making Learning Visibile. Children as individual and group learners, 2001, Reggio Children and Project Zero; Giudici C. e Vecchi V, Bambini, arte, artisti. I linguaggi espressivi dei bambini, il linguaggio artistico di Alberto Burri, 2004, Reggio Children; Filippini T, Giudici C, Vecchi V, Dialoghi con i luoghi, 2008, Reggio Children.
View Michele Zini's Biography
An architect and designer, he is one of the partners of ZPZ PARTNERS, a studio that manages architectural, design and research projects. He has been teaching design at the Milan Polytechnic since 1998 and was a lecturer at the Master of Design course at the Domus Academy from 1995 to 2002 and coordinater of the Masters in Urban Management course from 1999 to 2002. ZPZ focuses on the design of innovative environmental systems and on Construction Management, with an emphasis on sustainable development. Michele Zini has also developed scenery and integrated staging systems, interior design and corporate identity for Motorola, Algida, Vodafone, and RCS. ZPZ was founded in 1998 with Claudia Zoboli and Michele Zini as Senior Partners. ZPZ has run projects in Italy and abroad in places such as Tokyo, San Francisco, Mumbai, Moscow and Seoul and is involved in research at the Milan Polytechnic, DARC and Reggio Children.
Project Manager: Sabina Cantarelli
Coordinator: Reggio Children
Educational Project: Reggio Children, Claudia Giudici
Graphics and Communications: Reggio Children - Rolando Baldini
Design and Architecture Reggio Children - ZPZ Partners: Michele Zini
Design of Services: Reggio Children - Stefano Maffei