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Museum Watch


Have you got any small culture vultures in the family? Or simply want a new place to visit? Then head to one of our local museums – while some kids may groan at the thought, many are packed with fantastic, interactive exhibits and fun activities designed to keep young minds enthralled in the holidays. Here’s our pick of the best.


A trip to MERL will keep everyone happy this summer


The River & Rowing Museum will be bursting with bears this summer!


Join the team at the River & Rowing Museum for bear filled family fun days and get your paws into creative fun-filled activities. From 3rd August - 3rd November, revisit your favourite stories and meet some of literature’s most famous bears, including Rupert and Winnie-the-Pooh, before discovering new stories filled with polar bears, panda bears and toy bears. Go on your own bear hunt through the bears’ glade, curl up with your favourite story in the bear cave and enjoy dressing up as your favourite characters. Take time out in the Museum Café, grab a souvenir of your day at the shop, or even extend your day by taking a boat ride from the Museum’s jetty. W: www.rrm.co.uk


Fun-filled Family Activity Days in Maidenhead


Visit Maidenhead’s local museum for four fabulous and fun-filled family activity days. Get crafty with stained glass windows, boater hats and 1930’s menus inspired by their Skindles exhibition and take to the skies for a whole day dedicated to their super Spitfire. Drop in for just £1 per child from 10.30am to 3.30pm on 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th August. Don’t forget you can book a flight in their Spitfire simulator throughout the summer. T: 01628 780555 W: www.maidenheadheritage.org.uk


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Head to the MERL, with indoor and outdoor opportunities to have fun, explore and learn. Picnic and play in the lovely garden, explore the woodland area with their brass rubbing trail, and say hello to the chickens. Or, head inside to discover the stories of the countryside, follow one of the gallery trails, play the digital or hands-on games and activities, try on a costume and have a go at brass rubbing in the Studio. Throughout the holidays there are also bookable family workshops, drop-in events and from 14th- 16th August, Jelly are running another of their popular Art and Heritage Club courses. W: www.merl.reading.ac.uk/whats-on


Reading Museum keeps mini hands and minds busy this summer!


Join them at Reading Museum and out in the Abbey Quarter this summer for another fantastic selection of family events, including their ever popular Teddy Bears Picnic, Ladybird Bug Club, Roman Fun Day as well as making Creepy Crawly Pots, Ladybird Glitter Badges, Ladybird & Friends Spoon Creatures and decorating Dotty Cakes. You can also join Arts Asia who will be running activities alongside their exhibition, including Monoprinting and printing on Calico Tote Bags or onto canvas. A selection of fun trails will be available at the museum throughout the summer and younger visitors can enjoy a story in their weekly Tales for Tots every Wednesday. W: www.readingmuseum.org.uk


Get Victorious at Windsor & Royal Borough Museum


Join the museum team every Tuesday during the summer holidays. Get inspired by their exhibition celebrating 200 years since the birth of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert by taking part in some Victorian themed activities. Go and be a Victorian pioneer and discover railways, design hats, pose for photographs and reimagine local Victorian life. Activities are aimed at children aged 4-11 years. No need to book, just drop in. See their listings for more information or follow them on Facebook. F: www.facebook.com/ WindsorRoyalBoroughMuseum


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