NEWS

CANCELLATION: NØRDCAMP
10/1/2014 NØRDCAMP has unfortunately been cancelled due to too few registrations. Read more
NØRDCAMP, MEDIACAMP and NØRDNIGHT are coming to the Capital of Children!
8/28/2014 NØRDCAMP, MEDIACAMP and NØRDNIGHT are coming to the Capital of Children! Read more
See what has happened so far in 2014
6/25/2014 2014 has already been an eventful year in Capital of Children. Take a look at the different events and projects so far this year. Read more
The National Finals in Scholastic Chess breaks record
3/17/2014 More than 600 students are attending this year's National Finals in Scholastic Chess, which will be held on March 21 in Capital of Children. Read more
Nordic Championships in school chess
2/10/2014 Young people from the Nordic countries will spend this years winter holidays in Billund and fight to become Nordic School Chess Champion. Read more
Capital of Children on display in Milan
2/10/2014 Capital of Children will be on display in Milan when Design School Kolding exhibits for the 3rd time. Read more
Capital of Children kids star in TV show
1/10/2014 - Children’s show “Lige i skærmen” is produced in the Capital of Children and aired on 30th December 2013 at 2.30pm on DR Ultra. Read more
Children from Billund and Dubai play together through ‘Hole in the World’
12/9/2013 More than 60 children from the Capital of Children built LEGO houses and animals with children in a Dubai shopping center thanks to a pioneering ‘Hole in the Wall’. Held at the Innovation House in Billund on Friday 6th December. Read more

TIMELINE - Click the arrows to read more

  • 2009
  • 2010
  • 2011
  • 2012
  • 2013
    • Architectural competition

      Architectural competition

      Billund Municipality announces an architectural competition to create an overall plan for the future development and planning of Billund town center. The winning idea is the Capital of Children. 

       

    • For the first time, Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, Chairman of the LEGO Foundation, accounts for his ideas and visions for Capital of Children in Billund trade promotion magazine, In Momentum; "I hope to see the town of Billund develop positively. Billund is the home town of the LEGO Group. It is here we have grown, and we're here to stay. This is our headquarters. For three generations, the Kirk Kristiansen family has interacted closely with Billund Municipality as the LEGO Group has grown." 

      The LEGO Foundation and Billund Municipality have a history of working together and it is a natural step for them to work together on Capital of Children. Billund Municipality and the LEGO Foundation nominate a working group to develop a vision for Capital of Children. The LEGO Foundation creates a secretariat to manage the LEGO Foundation's and the LEGO Group's involvement in Capital of Children.

    • March

      March

      Billund Municipality adopts the framework and organization for municipal involvement in Capital of Children.

       

    • April

      April

      Billund Municipality and the LEGO Foundation together announce their vision for Billund to become Capital of Children. A global center for, about and with children.

       

    • June

      June

      Billund Municipality starts work on creating a joint pedagogical foundation for all municipal employees who work with children. Learn more about this on Billund Municipality's website.

       

    • November

      November

      The Billund municipal council approves a new development strategy "Five paths to growth". Capital of Children is one of the five paths.

       

    • December

      December

      In a joint feature article and interview, Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, Chairman of the LEGO Foundation, and Ib Kristensen, mayor of Billund Municipality, explain the plans for Capital of Children. They announce the foundation of a PPP company, Capital of Children Company. With effect from January 1st 2012, the company is responsible for running the Capital of Children activities.

      The LEGO Foundation offers all schools in Billund Municipality a LEGO® Education Innovation Studio and announces that the LEGO will set up an international childcare center and international school in Billund to open in August 2013. Billund Municipality sets up three project groups under the "Urban Development from a child's perspective" umbrella.  The groups will work on a development plan for the town of Billund, temporary activities in a transitional period and ongoing initiatives and activities.

    • January

      January

      Capital of Children Company is founded on January 1st 2012.

      CEO Mette Thybo starts work on January 10st 2012. Capital of Children opens an office in the town hall complex in Billund.

      About 120 municipal managers and employees begin an intensive English language course. They can be expected to be asked to use in English in connection with the Capital of Children project.

       

    • February

      February

      Capital of Children Company presents the Capital of Children logo. The logo reflects the very great ambitions for Capital of Children and refers also to the project's local roots.

      We want more people to settle in Billund, Capital of Children. KIRKBI A/S cuts the first sod in construction of 35 sustainable apartments on a plot between Smutten, Lindevej and Hybenvej in Billund.

       

    • April

      April

      Capital of Children's website www.capitalofchildren.com goes live.

    • May

      May

      Capital of Children Company nominates the company's Chairman of the Board.

      The new Chairman is Michael Hjortlund, who has two sets of twin daughters.

    • August

      August

      Company Town

      The historical "Company Town" route, which tells the story of how Billund and the LEGO Group have developed together over the last 80 years, will open in August. The route will be opened along with three new playgrounds in Billund on Friday, 31 August 2012.

      Further information, including map of the Company Town trail, can be found at www.companytown.dk

    • August

      August

      bObles Animals

      Capital of Children Company, the Municipality of Billund and the LEGO Foundation are opening three new thematic play areas. One of them comprises the bObles animals in Billund Center's garden - nearby Billund Brook and Skolevej. The five purple elephants and five green crocodiles are primarily intended for children aged 0-6. The animals are stable and securely fastened to the ground. The largest elephant weighs over 1300 pounds, and the four others each weigh 330 pounds.

      Billund's children dedicated the bObles play area on August 31, 2012.

    • August

      August

      The Dance Arch

      Capital of Children Company, the Municipality of Billund and the LEGO Foundation are opening three new thematic play areas. One of them is the Dance Arch in the Shopping Plaza, which is an interactive play area with voice and music. Among other things, there is a stop dance and dance competition.

      The play area is primarily intended for children aged 6-12. Billund's children dedicated the Dance Arch on August 31, 2012.

    • August

      August

      Parkour Fun

      Capital of Children Company, the Municipality of Billund and the LEGO Foundation are opening three new thematic play areas. One of them is the Parkour Fun, which is a new meeting place for the town's teenagers. Teenagers from Billund Middle School have participated in designing the course.

      They will challenge each other in parkour, the increasingly popular art of movement. The focus is on getting from point A to point B by using only your own body. Billund's children dedicated the Parkour Fun on August 31, 2012.

    • September

      September

      KIRKBI A/S acquires the Billund town hall complex. Capital of Children Company and the LEGO Foundation set up the knowledge center for children's play, learning and creativity.

      Capital of Children Company will move in first. Companies an researchers will follow.

    • September

      September

      H.M. The Queen and H.R.H. The Prince Consort receive a thorough presentation of Capital of Children Company and the vision of placing Billund on the world map as a unique place for children.

      This took place while the royal couple were on an official full-day visit to Grindsted and Billund on Monday, September 3, 2012.

      The Chairman of the Board of the Capital of Children Company, Michael Hjortlund, conducted the presentation for the royal couple in Billund Center's auditorium.

    • October

      October

      Hundreds of residents enjoy the scary sights of ‘Billund Night’, where bright pumpkins and other Halloween decorations give a spooky feel to the evening’s festivities. The Capital of Children Company (CoCC) also takes part in the cultural night with an information stand in the town hall.

      With the help of the town’s children from day care, kindergarten and schools, the town hall is decorated with pumpkins, spiders, cobwebs and floating ghosts (all of the friendly variety though!).

    • November

      November

      Children from the Capital of Children pay tribute to the UN’s Child Convention, which turns 23 years old on 20 November 2012. Birthday celebrations take place at Lalandia in Billund with more than 600 happy guests.

      With UNICEF ambassadors Bubber, Mek Pek and Basim in attendance, children from two local schools perform a rap track they wrote about the Convention.

    • November

      November

      Capital of Children Company (CoCC) moves into its new premises in
      Rådhuscentret 1.

      CoCC rents a 600 square-meter space within the 4000 square-meter town hall. KIRKBI A/S purchased the town hall from Billund Municipality.

    • December

      December

      The Billund Trade Association invites residents to celebrate the festive season, when the town’s large Christmas tree in the square is lit.

      This year, the Trade Association asks Capital of Children Company CEO, Mette Thybo, to make the traditional Christmas speech, and she does so with a very festive-looking Mr Fox (see picture). CoCC also announces its Christmas competition for children, where they can win extra Christmas gifts.

    • December

      December

      The Capital of Children becomes as a partner in a major new research center at Aarhus University, when the school wins a 60 million kroner grant from the Tryg Foundation.

      The money will be used for a new research center focusing on building knowledge about children’s play, learning and well-being in Denmark, starting in March 2013.

    • December

      December

      CoCC establishes a children’s panel to consult on future Capital of Children projects. The panel will meet 3-4 times a year and will consist of six pupils from primary schools in Billund Municipality.

      The children’s panel holds its first meeting on 4 December 2012 and decides to name itself ‘Community for Children’.

    • February

      February

      Due to the close cooperation with the Danish Scholastic Chess Federation, seven of Billund Municipality’s nine schools take part in School Chess Day on 8 February 2013 (photo).

      LEGO Foundation donates the chess materials to the participating schools, and also makes it economically feasible for the Capital of Children to host the national finals in April 2013.

    • February

      February

      There is a whole lot of hacking and cutting going on in the winter holidays as more than 150 children try their hand at ice sculpting in the Capital of Children.

      The day is a big success, with 500 residents turning up to watch the young ice artists make their creations in a marquee set up by the Billund Trade Association in front of the CoCC offices.

    • March

      March

      A new ‘Quality Mark’ scheme for shops hosting child-friendly experiences launches in the Capital of Children. The Children Welcome Quality Mark will be displayed in shop windows and advertises that they have a focus on children.

      A shop can interact with children in many ways. It’s up to the imagination of the shop owners!

      The deadline for applications for the Children Welcome Quality Mark 2013 is 1st March 2013.

    • April

      April

      Capital of Children hosted the first Scholastic Chess National Finals ever. It was attended by 450 children.

      The National Finals was held in Lalandia Billund, where also Mohamed Ali, second place in this year’s Danish Eurovision contest, performed in a break.

       

    • June

      June

      Capital of Children host the annual international ELSIN (Education, Learning, Styles, Individual differences Network) Conference between 17-19 June 2013. It is the first time researchers and teachers specializing in learning styles meet in Denmark.

      Conference participants take a ride around Billund on LEGO bikes to see many of the great experiences young people can enjoy in the Capital of Children.

    • June

      June

      On Tuesday 25 June, nearly 500 local children and parents meet at a Billund kindergarten to enjoy a festive morning of fun, including an appearance by a cheeky clown! Capital of Children give each child a ‘bucket hat’ to protect them from the summer sun.

      The young fun-seekers, aged 0-6 years old, are a mixture of kindergarten, nursery and daycare children.

       

    • July

      July

      The popular street football tournament ‘Laudrup and Høgh Street’ – founded by former national team members Brian Laudrup and Lars Høgh – is held in Billund on 10 July, in cooperation with Capital of Children.

      Both local children and tourists dribble their way to some football fun in the sun between 9am-5pm. The winning team wins a place in the national finals in Odense in August.

    • August

      August

      Saturday 31 August sees the year’s big market day take place at the Capital of Children, in cooperation with the Billund Trade Association. A special invitation was extended to the Make A Wish Ønskefonden Denmark.

      The organizers received numerous gifts and donations from local shops and businesses which were sold at auction to raise 62,000 kr. for the Make A Wish Ønskefonden. The money will be used to fulfil the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses.

    • September

      September

      Capital of Childrens’ new Story Telling Workshop, created in partnership with DR Ultra, begins on Wednesday 3 September.

      The workshop tutors are director and screenwriter Mariella Lund Jensen and actor Robert Reinhold, both of whom are well-known from the children’s TV show BARDA on DR.