Festive activity session at South Shields Musuem

Festive activity session at South Shields Musuem
Festive activity session at South Shields Musuem

Festive activity session at South Shields Musuem

Caudwell Children, is to hold a festive activity day, for children up to the age of five, at the South Shields Museum and Art Gallery, Ocean Road, South Shields, NE33 2JA.

The Christmas session will take place from 1:30pm on Tuesday 19th December, 2017, and will cost just £2 per child whilst parents and carers will enjoy free entry into the museum.

The yuletide activities, delivered in partnership with the Little Lions Playgroup, will see participants discovering the museum’s collections through a variety of hands-on activities, stories, songs and play.

The seasonal session will be delivered as part of Caudwell Children’s Family Services programme, created in the North East with funding support from the Big Lottery.

Whilst it will be a fun filled afternoon for participants it will also provide the museum with an insight into how accessible the museum’s galleries are for disabled children. As Michelle Dias, Regional Family Services Coordinator for Caudwell Children, explained: “It’s going to be a really tactile, hands on experience that will engage all the senses of those who take part.

“The museum and art gallery has a fantastic collection of over 450,000 objects, ranging from Roman artefacts to contemporary art, and their handling collection reflects this diversity.

“The session will be perfect for children with any disability or additional need. Not only that but at the conclusion of the activities families will be asked to provide valuable feedback on the accessibility of the galleries and share ideas on future sessions they would like to attend.

“This will give them the chance to help shape what the museum and gallery deliver in the future.”

Caudwell Children staff, and volunteers, will be on hand throughout the afternoon to support families as they explore that exhibits within the galleries.

“Museums have radically changed over the last 20 years,” said Michelle. “Once they were largely seen as old, dusty spaces, inhabited by academics. But today they are places of entertainment, education and fun.

“The interactive exhibitions to be found in most museums today make them exciting, lively, places where children love to learn.”

To book a place call Michelle Dias on 07875 206760 or email Michelle here. 

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