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Children's festival on 17 & 18 June 2023

From 9.00 to 17.00

On June 17 and 18, 2023 Carnuntum turns into the city of children. Young Roman lovers can immerse themselves in the Roman past with numerous activities in the reconstructed city district. The historical adventure begins on arrival, when the young visitors are transformed into citizens of ancient Carnuntum by means of Roman garments. Roman delicacies can be sampled in the kitchens, and in the spa there are explanations on how to make exquisite scented oils and ointments according to Roman recipes.

Those who want to test their handicraft skills can get tips at various handicraft and hands-on stations. What natural remedies did the Romans use? In the herb garden, the Medicus reveals secrets of ancient medicine. Sack races, pantomime, ancient legends, dice and role-playing games and much more provide lots of fun!


1) Painting papyri: Simple bookmarks with pre-printed designs are painted and can be taken home by the children.

2) Table games: Orca, round mill, and the dice tower.

3) Try on armor: Those who want to know how a real legionnaire felt.

4) Shooting wild boar: In the Danube floodplains, the game population in ancient times was much higher than today.

5) Meadow games: Hoop driving, sack hopping, menhir throwing and hobby horses were simple games documented in ancient times.

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7) Roman legends: Ancient legends and myths are told in a way suitable for children.

8) Sandbox with drum stones for the very youngest visitors.

9) Schola Romana: "We learn not for life, but for school"? Also in Carnuntum there are lessons in the Latin language, they calculate with abacus and write on papyrus and wax tablets.

10) Gluing shards: Being a good archaeologist requires patience above all. Under the guidance of an expert cultural mediator, attempts are made to glue matching shards.

11) Bullae craft: Roman children were given a bulla as a pendant by their parents after birth. These were supposed to protect the child from all evil.

12) Soapstone: under expert guidance, a soapstone blank can be cut and oiled and then worn as a pendant (on a ribbon).

13) Painting mosaics: In Roman times, mosaics were made with the help of different colored stones.

14) Jewelry making: Roman jewelry was formed from metal wire and decorated with glass beads, as is still common today.

15) Baking bread and tasting moretum: Baked out in olive oil, Roman breads are a delicacy.

16) Pulsum: the meal of the poor population consisted of rolled barley, beans or scrap wheat. These were simmered together with vegetables to make a porridge, which in the best case could be enhanced with bacon or sheep's cheese.

17) Pompa: The procession (pompa) through the Roman city with music and festive congregation took place on special occasions.

18) Perfume and cosmetics: Beauty is an important theme in all eras.

19) Globi baking: Globi or globules were balls of semolina and curd baked out in oil and coated with honey.

20) The house slave tells about the life of the family in the house of Lucius.

21) Senate: Periodically the city council had to meet and make important decisions for the city.

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