Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Enjoy the Family Friendly Museum from Home...

... and nominate us for an award!

Nominations are now open for the Kids in Museums Family Friendly Museum Award From Home.

Charity Kids in Museums is inviting families and museums to share what they think is the best virtual activity created by a museum, gallery, historic house or heritage site. They are celebrating the most creative ideas keeping families occupied and entertained during lockdown and we hope you might have loved one of our activities enough to put us forward!

Not had a go at our resources yet? Head over to our Activities at Home page to see what you’re missing! We’ve picked out a few highlights here to get you started.

We miss welcoming you all to our museums so our team have been beavering away to bring the collections to you here on our blog and on our social media. With games, quizzes, crafts, crosswords and more, we hope you’ll find something for everyone this half term and beyond.

Although the kids can’t come and play in our kitchen at Wakefield Museum right now, they can have fun colouring in our Victorian range, or spotting the differences in some retro toys that they might recognise from the museum.

Our friendly local dragon, Ilbert misses showing you and your Mini Museum Explorers around Pontefract Castle and wants to say hello online instead! You can also check out our fun paper craft activities inspired by the castle. What will you make first – a Tudor kitchen, a siege cannon, or your very own fiery dragon?!

Are there any budding curators in your family? Have a go at designing your own displays inspired by Pontefract Museum and show us how it’s done!

If you’re missing Castleford Museum, how about making a Roman soldier finger puppet inspired by the town’s history as an important fort. Or follow in the footsteps of local photographer Jack Hulme and start snapping! You can discover Jack’s fantastic photos, have a go at taking your own, and get an Arts Award Discover for your efforts with our new specially designed resource pack.

And if that’s not enough to keep you going, for even more fun with our weird and wonderful collections, check out our regular creative challenges on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Dig the paints and crayons out for #WFMuseumsArtFun on Mondays and get the creative juices flowing with our #PonteCastleBeCreative and #WFMuseumsBeCreative writing prompts on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

After you’ve had fun with our collections, if you would like to support us and share an online activity you have particularly enjoyed with your family, please nominate us on the Kids in Museums website: 

The deadline for nominations is 5pm on 30 June 2020. 

Thank you! 

An expert panel will meet in mid-July to whittle entries down to a shortlist. These activities will be reviewed by family judges. Their feedback, combined with the views of an expert panel, will decide the award winners.

For more information visit the Kids in Museums website: www.kidsinmuseums.org.uk

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