Countdown to the Games
17-25 June 2023

Join in and have fun at the Activity Zone

The photo shows a little girl who participated in the Young Athletes program during the World Games in Berlin, holding a plush Unity in her arms.
Young Athletes demonstration (for spectators and honored guests)
Anna Spindelndreier

When soap bubbles and paper airplanes fly through the air and happy children's cheering can be heard, then the Activity Zone of Berlin 2023 has begun. Especially for the younger visitors there is a lot to discover and try out at Messe Berlin and the Neptunbrunnen – but people of all ages are welcome here.

Our Special Olympics Activity Zone offers all visitors of Messe Berlin (hall 8.2) from 18 to 25 June a lot of fun and various opportunities to get active. Part of the Activity Zone is the Young Athletes program and the Non-Competitive Sports Offer.

The activities offer people of all ages with and without disabilities the opportunity to test their performance level, learn new sporting skills or simply try something new.

Kids testing their skills in sport games, jumping through loops and various barriers set up by the volunteering stuff
Young Athletes demonstration (for spectators and honored guests)
Anna Spindelndreier

"I've never made such big soap bubbles before, this is really cool" said Nele from the Lise-Meitner-Gymnasium in Falkensee (Brandenburg) full of joy. She came to the fairgrounds with her whole class.

At first, they watched the badminton competitions before starting the 16 stations of the Non-Competitive Sports Offer in front of Hall 8.2.

This offer is characterized above all by the special stations. Each station stands for a German federal state and is thematically related to regional characteristics.
The Young Athletes program, where children ages 2 to 7 with and without disabilities run, throw or kick together, is also part of the Activity Zone.

This offer is also important for families, teachers, caregivers and people from the community to learn how to share and live the joy of movement with all children. In addition to motor skills, the stations promote values such as emotional and social skills.

Educator Jacki tells us that the five to six-year-olds liked it best to run together on long skis. There was a lot of laughter. Jacki adds: "I am very happy that we are here today. It's such a nice atmosphere and it's so international."

All further information about the Activiy Zone at Messe Berlin is available here. Please note that a ticket or accreditation is required for access to the exhibition grounds. Tickets are available here or on site (card payment only).

In the photo, two children start a race.
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The photo shows two men in the Activity Zone. One of the men is blowing big soap bubbles.
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In the photo you can see two children. The children climb over a hurdle.
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In the photo you can see a little boy with two balls in his hand.
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EN Activity Zone
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The photo shows a station of the Young Athletes Program, where childrin jump over hurdles.
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The photo shows a man and two small children. They participated in the Activity Zone and the children are happy about their participation ribbons.
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In addition, visitors of the Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023 can take part in a smaller selection of the non-competitive offerings at Neptunbrunnen for free as part of the Special Olympics Festival.

Here, too, there is running, jumping, crawling and more. And all this right next to the 3x3 basketball court and the festival's other diverse offerings.

Fun and a stamp for participation are guaranteed for all. We look forward to seeing you there.


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