We are getting ready for what will hopefully be a very busy holiday week at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. Our theme this half term is Animals and there will be lots for families to see and do.
Every day of half term (17th-21st February) we have two exciting drop in activities taking place:
- In the Learning Zone you can meet some amazing real animals from Animalmania, the mobile zoo (on 18th and 21st) and the Minibeast Roadshow (on 17th, 19th and 20th) between 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm each day. You can even hold some of them if you are feeling brave enough! (£1 per person)
- In the Activity Zone families can work with local artist Lucy Read to make and decorate their own animal puppets (on 17th, 19th and 21st) or bearded dragon character to take home (on 18th and 20th), between 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm, daily. These activities are designed for families to take part in together and all ages are welcome. (£1 per child)
You can also pick up a copy of our free Animals in Art trail from the animal handling activities or from the vestibule reception desk.
We also have two hour artist led workshops for children looking for a more in depth activity and to improve their artistic skills (on 19th and 20th Feb). Please book online in advance for this session (morning or afternoon workshops available). £5 per child, suitable for ages 7 and over.
For further details of events and activities for families across all of Birmingham Museums sites please visit www.bmag.org.uk/events
(Please note that children must be supervised by a responsible adult at all times.)
Informal Learning Officer
Conservators Deborah Cane, Deborah Magnoler and Cymbeline Storey have been getting muddy in order to make a fun interactive for kids!
This video shows the Hoard conservation team preparing for an Anglo-Saxon Extravaganza Day at BMAG that will take place on February 16th 2012. They are making up “mock” Hoard finds in soil blocks. Kids will be able to use the same tools that they use on Hoard artefacts to remove the dirt and find what lies beneath. Of course there won’t be any gold!
There will also be Anglo-Saxon soldiers prowling around BMAG on February 16th, a specialist in medieval metal work giving demonstrations and you have the chance to get a genuine (okay, I mean fake) battle scar! Find out more on the BMAG website.