Watchmaking Village - Children workshops

In the City | 9 - 13 April

The Musée International de l'Horlogerie (MIH) in La Chaux-de-Fonds will be hosting workshops for children as part of the In the City program from April 9 to 13, 2024. Parents and children will be invited to discover these introductory watchmaking workshops.

  • Sundial

    Carve out your own fully operational wooden sundial and learn how to tell the sun's time!
    Children create their own portable wooden sundial, fully functional and inspired by historical sundials. After building the object, children are introduced to the concepts of true time, solar time, and legal time. With a compass in hand, telling the time using the sun's rays becomes child's play with their sundial, assembled and decorated during the workshop!

    Schedule:

    English sessions:

    • Tuesday, April 9: 10:00 am
    • Saturday, April 13: 10:00 am

    French sessions:

    • Wednesday, April 10: 10:00 am
    • Thursday, April 11: 10:00 am
    • Friday, April 12: 10:00 am

    Age: 8 - 12 years old

    Capacity: 12 participants per workshop

    Languages: English and French

  • Refurbish your clock!

    Learn the secrets of how clock mechanisms work by assembling and dismantling a clock!
    Gears, striking hammer, hands, anchor, case... Children become familiar with the components and operation of a clock by fully assembling and disassembling its mechanism! This workshop allows children to better understand the meticulous work of the watchmaker in creating this measuring instrument and also to grasp the elements and workings of a mechanical movement.

    Schedule:

    English sessions:

    • Wednesday, April 10: 2:00 pm
    • Friday, April 12: 2:00 pm

    French sessions:

    • Tuesday, April 9: 2:00 pm
    • Thursday, April 11: 2:00 pm
    • Saturday, April 13: 2:00 pm

    Age: 8 - 14 years old

    Capacity: 12 participants per workshop

    Languages: English and French

  • Build your clepsydra

    Come and discover the secrets of the first time-measuring objects and build your own clepsydra!
    What is a clepsydra? How were intervals of time measured before the invention of chronographs? Children explore the principles of operation of the first time-measuring instruments and construct their own water clock. Based on the oldest known clepsydra to date, the Karnak clepsydra in Egypt, children will have Egyptian-themed decorations and hieroglyphics at their disposal.

    Schedule:

    English sessions:

    • Thursday, April 11: 3:30 pm

    French sessions:

    • Tuesday, April 9: 3:30 pm
    • Wednesday, April 10: 3:30 pm
    • Friday, April 12: 3:30 pm
    • Saturday, April 13: 3:30 pm 

    Age: 6 - 10 years old

    Capacity: 12 participants per workshop

    Languages: English and French