Museums used to be d-u-l-l for kids. But these days, children can enjoy a whole range of activities that are educational but high on the fun factor too. Just look at the variety in these free museum activities for March, from around the country.
Why do people wear masks and disguises? Find out at the Glasgow Museums Resource Centre on 17 March from 1-3pm, where you can examine items from the World Culture collection then have a go at your own design (GlasgowMuseums.com/0141 276 9300).
Choose whether to learn all about bugs and beasts with Really Wild Show television presenter Nick Baker on 3 March 11-4pm, or to find out what is lurking under Northern Ireland’s seas at Our Undersea World at Ulster Museum (Nmni.com/028 9044 0000).
Imperial War Museum North’s Once Upon a Wartime promises thrilling tales which draw on novels such as War Horse and Carrie’s War. Interactive entertainment, reading and storytelling activities and unique objects of interest are offered in the Manchester exhibition (Iwm.org.uk/0161 836 4000).
It’s all about HM The Queen this year and at the National Museum in Cardiff, The Queen: Art and Image presents sixty images of Elizabeth II from the likes of artists such as Annie Leibovitz and Andy Warhol. Open Tuesday-Sunday. (MuseumWales.ac.uk/029 2039 7951).
Take a few minutes at 10am on 17 March to discover the story of time at Oxford’s Museum of the History of Science. About Time! Involves trails, talks, object handling and entertainment (Mhs.ox.ac.uk/01865 277280).
Interactive Snakes and Ladders workshops are offered for under 5’s on 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 March at London’s Museum of Childhood. There are two sessions on each of these days, 10.30-12pm and 1-2.30pm. You’re warned to “dress for mess!” (Vam.ac.uk/moc/ 020 8983 5200).
Learn more about your local Bobbies past and present at the Essex Police Museum in Chelmsford, where objects, documents and photographs dating from the 1840s will show how local policing has evolved through history. Open on 7, 14, 21 and 28 March from 1.30-4pm (Essex.police.uk/museum/01245 457150).
England: South west
What was it like on the home front in Exeter during World War II? Share memories, learn about make do and mend, listen to wartime songs and more at Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery on 18 March at 10.30-12.30 and 1.30-3.30 (RamMuseum.org.uk/01392 265858).
Join in with some science busking in Reading town centre on 10 March 12-3pm or meet Mother Nature at the Museum of English Rural Life and learn about the science of nature and biodiversity. 17 March 2-4pm (Reading.ac.uk/merl/ 0118 378 8660).
England: South east
And now for the science bit… Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery present Science Magic 9–18 March as part of National Science and engineering online Week, which offers games, trails and art activities (TunbridgeWellsMuseum.org/01892 554171).
Pre-booking is advised for many of these activities so do contact your chosen venue ahead of your visit to avoid disappointment.
If you know of any free children’s events and activities in your area, please share! Comment below or email [email protected]