Kids in Museums

Kids in Museums We work with museums to help them welcome and include children, young people and families. Registered charity 1123658 We are a charity dedicated to making museums open and welcoming to all children, young people and families.
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We support and champion family friendly organisations through wide-ranging initiatives, including the Family Friendly Museum Award and Takeover Day. We invite heritage organisations to sign up to our Manifesto, which sets out simple guidelines for making museums easy to reach for all ages.

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Merry Christmas from all of us at Kids in Museums πŸŽ„
25/12/2020

Merry Christmas from all of us at Kids in Museums πŸŽ„

Today we're signing off for Christmas with a look back at what you have helped us to achieve this year. Here's our year ...
21/12/2020
Manifesto - Kids in Museums

Today we're signing off for Christmas with a look back at what you have helped us to achieve this year. Here's our year in numbers:

⭐ 35,000: The amount of people who searched for Wally in our Where's Wally? Spooky Museum Search with Walker Books at around 70 venues across the UK.

⭐ 2.3million: The amount of Twitter users who saw Takeover Day posts from young people on Digital Takeover Day.

⭐️ 400: The amount of nominations we received from around the world for our Family Friendly Museum Award From Home.

⭐️ 100: The number of at home activities from museums and heritage sites we shared during lockdown to keep families entertained.

⭐ 11: The number of museums we are supporting to engage families with playful activities that work with social distancing measures.

⭐ 90: The percentage of participants that rated our training courses as excellent or good.

⭐ 1,000: We are SO close to reaching 1,000 organisations signed up to our Kids in Museums Manifesto! Check if your organisation has signed up here: kidsinmuseums.org.uk/what-we-do/manifesto

The Kids in Museums office is closed from 23 December to 4 January. From all us of here, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Find out about our Kids in Museums Manifesto: what it is, how it’s useful to your organisation and how to sign up.

19/12/2020
The Hepworth Wakefield

Six sleeps to go! πŸŽ„

If you're looking for Christmas craft ideas to keep the family busy this weekend, we would recommend a look at the The Hepworth Wakefield page for more like this πŸ‘‡β„

https://www.facebook.com/TheHepworthWakefield/videos/2690151804581032/?__so__=channel_tab&__rv__=all_videos_card

Discover how to make paper snowflake decorations with The Hepworth Wakefield's artist Jo Blaker. Share pictures of your snowflakes with us using #THWCreates.

VACANCY We’re looking for a new trustee to support the work of Kids in Museums in Wales. Find out more and apply: bit.ly...
15/12/2020
Vacancies - Kids in Museums

VACANCY We’re looking for a new trustee to support the work of Kids in Museums in Wales. Find out more and apply: bit.ly/2qEXeqY Please share with anyone who you think might be interested.

SWYDD WAG Rydym yn chwilio am ymddiriedolwr newydd i gefnogi gwaith Kids in Museums yng Nghymru. I ganfod rhagor a gwneud cais: bit.ly/2qEXeqY

Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru | Arts Council of Wales GΕ΅yl Amgueddfeydd Cymru / Welsh Museums Festival Welsh Government

Vacancies Want to work for Kids in Museums? Check our latest job opportunities here. A pupil tries their hand at being a librarian at the National Library of Wales Takeover Day. Current vacancies Ymddiriedolwr sydd Γ’ ffocws ar gefnogi gwaith Kids in Museums yng Nghymru Mae Kids in Museums eisiau he...

A Christmas elf's tale πŸŽ„Last year we gave several museums a Best Years Ltd elf to help them engage families over the Chr...
13/12/2020

A Christmas elf's tale πŸŽ„

Last year we gave several museums a Best Years Ltd elf to help them engage families over the Christmas break - including Ancient House Museum.

The museum's History Club (aged 6-10) used the elf to explain UK Christmas traditions to their friends at Obsidian Museum in Nagawa, Japan. ι»’θ€€ηŸ³δ½“ι¨“γƒŸγƒ₯γƒΌγ‚Έγ‚’γƒ  This included making a Christmas pudding, decorating a tree, writing a letter to Santa and more.

The elf and his book of Christmas traditions was posted off to Nagawa in Japan, where he was taken into all the local elementary schools.

This year, we've had an update from the elf. He has been knitted some new elf friends. They are wearing hats in the shape of the Nagawa mountain. Together they are welcoming visitors at the Obsidian Museum and learning about Japanese traditions.

Thank you to Ancient House Museum, its History Club and Nagawa Museum for sharing the elf's story and spreading the Christmas joy. ✨ Great to see how this elf has helped to engage young people and start meaningful conversations across countries.

This is your last weekend to enter our Christmas Competition with Mini Travellers - Family Travel & Best Years - and the...
13/12/2020

This is your last weekend to enter our Christmas Competition with Mini Travellers - Family Travel & Best Years - and the prizes are still very much up for grabs!

Create a mini version of your favourite museum and share it with us in the comments πŸ‘‡

Today we are excited to launch our CHRISTMAS COMPETITION! βœ¨πŸŽ„πŸŽ

We are pleased to be partnering with Karen from Mini Travellers - Family Travel to give away a copy of her new book, The Little Museum, as well as a Best Years Ltd toy and Christmas decoration, and Β£20 to spend in a museum shop of your choice!

To enter, we want you to shrink your favourite museum that you wish you could visit. You can create your little museum in any way you like, or use the template in this post.

Share your little museum image with us in the comments. You must be following our page and Karen's page too. πŸ‘ Good luck!

Karen is also offering ALL our followers Β£2 off your copy of The Little Museum using the code Museums. Visit her website to order your discounted copy: minitravellers.co.uk

Visit Autism in Museums to find the relaxed openings happening this month at museums and galleries in the UK. Great to s...
12/12/2020
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Visit Autism in Museums to find the relaxed openings happening this month at museums and galleries in the UK.

Great to see this provision continuing in museums that are able to open.

https://www.autisminmuseums.com/

Autism in Museums is an initiative to raise awareness of accessibility for all in museums and cultural venues. We support, promote and advocate for inclusion in everything you do.Β  Looking for Autism Friendly events near you? Check the Events page Want help making your venue or event inclusive? Con...

Fancy being involved in Sudbury Hall & The National Trust Museum of Childhood's first ever online exhibition?Email them ...
10/12/2020

Fancy being involved in Sudbury Hall & The National Trust Museum of Childhood's first ever online exhibition?

Email them for an activity pack βœ¨πŸ‘‡

We’re looking for children’s stories from 2020 to help us look back and tell the story of the pandemic from children’s points of view. What have been the best and worst memories? What do children most remember? If you would like to get involved, get in touch at [email protected] and we'll send you an activity pack.

How amazing is this entry for our Christmas Competition?! We love this shrunken 'carry case' version of the Ashmolean Mu...
09/12/2020

How amazing is this entry for our Christmas Competition?! We love this shrunken 'carry case' version of the Ashmolean Museum.

Shrink the museum you most wish you could visit to win a Mini Travellers - Family Travel book, Best Years Ltd toys and Β£20 to spend in a museum shop of your choice!

You can create your little museum in any way you like - be it a drawing, model or something else!

Share it on our pinned post (the one that appears at the top of our Kids in Museums page) for your chance to win! You must have also liked our page and the Mini Travellers - Family Travel page. Full T&Cs: bit.ly/3ov2bet

Entries close next Thursday (17 December). Good luck!

Book your place on our latest training course:πŸ”Ή Welcoming families with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND...
08/12/2020
Welcoming families with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Book your place on our latest training course:

πŸ”Ή Welcoming families with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)
πŸ”Ή 21 January 2021
πŸ”Ή With Sam Bowen, Special Needs Mum and Museum Development Officer

Our recent survey found that two thirds of SEND families are keen to visit museums, even with COVID-19 restrictions in place. However there are key things museums need to provide to create a welcoming and enjoyable experience.

Join us to find out how to make your venue inclusive for all families: bit.ly/33BkQh0

Do you want to make your museum more welcoming to families with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), but need guidance?

🎁 Day Six of our Kids in Museums Advent Calendar 🎁The Museum of Childhood Ireland Project collected children's experienc...
06/12/2020
Project 2020 Exhibition – The Museum of Childhood Ireland Project

🎁 Day Six of our Kids in Museums Advent Calendar 🎁

The Museum of Childhood Ireland Project collected children's experiences and memories of lockdown as part of their Project 2020.

You can now view the exhibition online: museumofchildhood.ie/project2020-exhibition

✨ Day Five of the Kids in Museums Advent Calendar ✨We loved that Alexandra Palace invited young people to design their s...
05/12/2020

✨ Day Five of the Kids in Museums Advent Calendar ✨

We loved that Alexandra Palace invited young people to design their social distancing signage. Their designs were installed around the boating lake by street artist Carleen de Sozer. Keep your eyes open for them on your next visit!

Today we are excited to launch our CHRISTMAS COMPETITION! βœ¨πŸŽ„πŸŽ We are pleased to be partnering with Karen from Mini Trave...
04/12/2020

Today we are excited to launch our CHRISTMAS COMPETITION! βœ¨πŸŽ„πŸŽ

We are pleased to be partnering with Karen from Mini Travellers - Family Travel to give away a copy of her new book, The Little Museum, as well as a Best Years Ltd toy and Christmas decoration, and Β£20 to spend in a museum shop of your choice!

To enter, we want you to shrink your favourite museum that you wish you could visit. You can create your little museum in any way you like, or use the template in this post.

Share your little museum image with us in the comments. You must be following our page and Karen's page too. πŸ‘ Good luck!

Karen is also offering ALL our followers Β£2 off your copy of The Little Museum using the code Museums. Visit her website to order your discounted copy: minitravellers.co.uk

03/12/2020
Kids in Museums Advent Calendar 2020: Day Three ❄

Day Three: Kids in Museums Advent Calendar ❄

The Tower of London has installed a Changing Places toilet, making it the oldest public building to do so.

The facility will help open up access to heritage for more than a quarter of a million people in the UK with conditions like muscular dystrophy. #IDPWD2020

02/12/2020
Kids in Museums Advent Calendar 2020: Day Two ❄

🎁 Day Two of our Kids in Museums Advent Calendar 🎁

Today we're giving a shout out to Horniman Museum and Gardens, which launched its Climate and Ecology Manifesto in January. The museum has pledged to take action on the climate emergency and shape a positive future for generations to come.

You can read more about Horniman Museum and Gardens's commitment to the environment in our blog from World Environment Day: bit.ly/2zUu78g

01/12/2020
Kids in Museums Advent Calendar 2020: Day One ❄

Welcome to the Kids in Museums Advent Calendar! We’ll be celebrating one family friendly thing a day until Christmas.

We start with the winner of our Family Friendly Museum Award 2019: Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum.

After winning our award, the museum saw a 20% rise in visitor numbers and its busiest half term ever!

Since COVID-19, the museum has continued to provide family friendly activities online, as well as share its work through training and conferences. You can watch more about the museum on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y44CI6-BpkA

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01/12/2020

Kids in Museums

We love the fascinating questions that come out of Takeover Day! This year from Selly Manor: how did the Tudors cut thei...
30/11/2020

We love the fascinating questions that come out of Takeover Day! This year from Selly Manor: how did the Tudors cut their toenails? πŸ€”

Year 7 were fascinated by Tudor toenails during #TakeoverDay! Does anyone out there know how the Tudors cut their toenails!?

Kids in Museums Archbishop Ilsley Catholic School and Sixth Form Centre

Happy Museum Shop Sunday!Dinosaur t-shirts, water robots, festive socks, ride on London buses... our Kids in Museums Chr...
29/11/2020

Happy Museum Shop Sunday!

Dinosaur t-shirts, water robots, festive socks, ride on London buses... our Kids in Museums Christmas Gift Guide has you covered for kids' gifts this year! bit.ly/3fH9n4k

Discover more unique museum gifts, along with many discounts this weekend, using #MuseumShopSunday.

28/11/2020
Westminster Abbey

🌟 Five ideas for family fun this weekend 🌟

1. Tune into Westminster Abbey's Weekend Wonder session at 11am. This week they are starting the countdown to Christmas with an advent calendar craft.
https://www.facebook.com/WestminsterAbbeyLondon/posts/3485945204787679

2. Make an embroidery peacock with Worcester City Museum & Art Gallery 🦚
https://www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk/collections/activities/

3. Design your own wrapping paper with Tate Liverpool πŸŽ„
https://twitter.com/tateliverpool/status/1332253076804104194?s=20

4. Make an origami crane and write a message of kindness for someone you know with this guide from Manchester Museum.
https://twitter.com/McrMuseum/status/1327341913779924999?s=20

5. Create your own pixel art character with The National Videogame Museum.
https://thenvm.org/using-piskel-to-make-pixel-art/

Families! The first Sunday of Advent is this weekend. Join Aaron in this week’s Weekend Wonder to get prepared for this exciting season. Fill your home with hope as we countdown to Christmas and get creative with a spinning advent calendar craft.

Here is the Kids in Museums Christmas Gift Guide 2020 for the children in your life! πŸŽπŸŽ„πŸŽ…To celebrate Museum Shop Sunday ...
27/11/2020
Our Kids in Museums Christmas Gift Guide - Kids in Museums

Here is the Kids in Museums Christmas Gift Guide 2020 for the children in your life! πŸŽπŸŽ„πŸŽ…

To celebrate Museum Shop Sunday this weekend, we've put together some of our favourite picks for kids from museum shops across the UK: bit.ly/3fH9n4k

By shopping in museums, you can find truly unique items, as well as supporting the heritage sector during this difficult year. Many museums are also offering discounts this Sunday, so remember to check their social media for more details.

Happy shopping!

Featuring items from Natural History Museum, London, The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, Science Museum, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, National Museums Scotland, Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, London Transport Museum, BALTIC Centre For Contemporary Art and National Trust.

25/11/2020
Chippenham Museum

A big thank you to Edith who gave us a tour of her local museum, Chippenham Museum, on Takeover Day!

Didn't she do a great job?! πŸ‘πŸ‘

This was filmed before national lockdown restrictions.

Today is Kids in Museums #TakeoverDay and we couldn’t think of anyone better than our great friend Edith from Edith Explains to take over the job of telling everyone about our museum.

Edith visited us a few weeks ago and told us why she loves our museum and why you should come and visit us when we reopen again.

Through our annual Kids in Museums Takeover Day on Friday, young people:πŸ› designed shop merchandiseπŸ–Ό shared their favour...
23/11/2020
#TakeoverDay 2020

Through our annual Kids in Museums Takeover Day on Friday, young people:

πŸ› designed shop merchandise
πŸ–Ό shared their favourite bits of their local museum
πŸŽ₯ taken us on virtual tours
🎨 created artwork and animations
🎼 learnt about local history and Indian dance
πŸ—£ discussed wellbeing and racism in museums

...and much more!

A huge thank you to everyone who took part in #TakeoverDay 2020. Catch up in our Twitter Moment below or in our Instagram highlight.

Ten years of Takeover Day complete βœ…

https://twitter.com/i/events/1329834622520332288?s=20

See what happened when we let young people take over museums' social media accounts for our 10th annual Takeover Day on 20 November 2020 - during a national lockdown!

Our 5 ideas for family fun this week πŸ‘‡1. Have a go at designing environmentally friendly inventions for Lucy the Dragon ...
22/11/2020
Fun learning at home | Museum of London

Our 5 ideas for family fun this week πŸ‘‡

1. Have a go at designing environmentally friendly inventions for Lucy the Dragon to use at Lincoln Castle. Your design will be displayed in an online exhibition!
https://www.lincolncastle.com/content/lucy-dragon-lincoln-castle-big-draw-climate-change

2. Write about the great outdoors and enter Richard Jefferies Museum’s Young Nature Writers Competition. What stories of your local landscapes can you bring to life? πŸπŸŒΎπŸŒ³πŸŒ΅πŸ„πŸ’β˜οΈβ˜€οΈπŸŒŠπŸ‚πŸŒΏ
https://www.richardjefferies.org/young-nature-writers-competition

3. Bake some madeleines, learn how to do a 1950s chignon hairstyle and have a singalong with Beamish Museum’s Takeover Day activities.
http://www.beamish.org.uk/discover-beamish-from-home-2/

4. Make a pirate hat with Poole Museum Service ☠
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMGEY_t_sJ0&feature=youtu.be

5. The Museum of London may be closed, but the #MuseumOfFundon is open! Test your memory matching skills, find out what the stinkiest museum object is, draw a portrait and much more on their website:
https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/families/fun-home

Museum family fun, but from your own home. We bring ideas, learning and games to your family.

20/11/2020
The Glucksman

We love this virtual tour created for #TakeoverDay of one of the winners of the Family Friendly Museum Award From Home. While museums are closed it’s great to be able to go on this very special tour of the gallery. 😍😍😍

😁Let's celebrate #WorldChildrensDay together with a virtual Kids in Museums #TakeoverDay!

Watch & listen to our young guides Aaron, Ellie, Elliott & Mia who walk you through the @University College Cork art collection currently exhibited in the gallery.

#KidsRuleTheWorld #KidsExplainArt #YoungGuides #Takeover #basilblackshaw
Arts Council Ireland Cork Arts University College Cork

20/11/2020
Teign Heritage - Teignmouth & Shaldon Museum

Well done Emilia πŸ‘πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ‘ We look forward to seeing the merchandise. Fab idea to include children’s ideas in your museum shop #TakeoverDay

Laura Wall Art and Illustration is here to announce the winner of our 'Marvellous Merchandise' competition! Well done to all the talented young artists who entered. There were some beautiful designs! Huge congratulations to our winner, Emilia Ford (age 9), whose design will be featured on some fabulous new merchandise! #TakeoverDay Kids in Museums

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