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Museum Activities for the Countdown to Christmas!

Tuesday 28 November 2017

ST ALBANS MUSEUMS

A Christmas Celebration - Saturday 2nd December, 11am – 3pm (last entry 2.40pm)

A festive family fun day!  Create a decoration for our Christmas tree and make your own festive baubles to take home.  Listen to some cosy Christmas stories and see if you can spot the stars in our gallery trail.

Free (£1.50 per child for the craft activity and museum entry charge applies to all non-residents).

Wreath making workshop - Saturday 2nd December, 10am – 12.30pm

As the nights draw in, come and decorate a wreath to bring festive cheer to your home. All materials are supplied.

Please book in advance either in person at Verulamium Museum or by phone 01727 751810.

£27.50.

Tots' Tales - Wednesday 13th December, 10.30am – 11.30am, 11.45am – 12.45pm and 1.30pm – 2.30pm

Join us for a story, craft activity and a museum hunt inspired by The Gruffalo’s Child by Julia Donaldson. Suitable for children aged 2 – 4 years, accompanied by an adult. An extra session has been added due to popular demand but please book in advance either in person at Verulamium Museum or by phone 01727 751810.

£3.00 (museum entry charge applies to all non-residents).

Crafts in the Collonade - Wednesday 20th December, 2pm – 4pm (last entry 3.40pm)

Simple festive crafts inspired by the museum’s collections.  All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

£1.50 (museum entry charge applies to all non-residents).       

Museum Explorers - Thursday 21st December, all day

Borrow items from our explorer kit to help you investigate the museum. What will you discover as you venture into Verulamium Museum?

Free (museum entry charge applies to all non-residents).

Crafts in the Collonade - Wednesday 27th December, 2pm – 4pm (last entry 3.40pm)

Simple festive crafts inspired by the museum’s collections.  All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

£1.50 (museum entry charge applies to all non-residents).       

Museum Explorers - Thursday 28th December, all day

Borrow items from our explorer kit to help you investigate the museum. What will you discover as you venture into Verulamium Museum?

Free (museum entry charge applies to all non-residents).

ROYSTON MUSEUM

Willow Christmas Decorations  - Wednesday 6th December, 1030 to 12 noon

Simple techniques to make festive bits and pieces - choose from a range of Christmas weaves and plaits to make some hand crafted decorations. Suitable for beginners.

Part of the regional Traditional Hertfordshire Project. £5 per person

To book contact Royston Museum on 01763 242587 curator@roystonmuseum.org.uk

Historical Crafty Kids – Winter Celebrations - Saturday 9th December

Discover how people in history celebrated winter with crafty activities and a trail around the museum. Part of the regional Traditional Hertfordshire Project.

£3 per child. Drop-in activity, no need to book in advance

Crafty Kids: Merry Christmas! - Saturday 16th December, 10.30am-12noon        

Christmas themed craft activities for kids. 

£3 per child.  Drop-in activity, no need to book in advance. 

Please note that Royston Museum closes to the public for Xmas & New Year on Thursday 21st December at 5pm (last admission 4.45pm), and re-opens on Wednesday 3rd January 2018 at 10am.

ELSTREE AND BOREHAMWOOD MUSEUM

Games Night - Tuesday 28th November – 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm

The museum is having a special evening opening for an old-fashioned games night on the second floor at 96 Shenley Road, Borehamwood, WD6 1EB.  Everyone is welcome to join the museum volunteers and play a selection of games.  You can also see the museum’s popular Toys Games and Gadgets exhibition which runs until 13th January.

It is free, and refreshments are offered.  Please ring the museum if you are planning to come along on 01442 454888 – further information at http://elstree-museum.org.uk/whatson.php

Museum opening hours: Tuesday – Thursday 12pm – 6pm, Saturday: 3pm – 6pm

POTTERS BAR MUSEUM

Also has a games theme to their current temporary exhibition on the History of Merit Toys.  Merit was a Potters Bar factory and brought us some classic childhood games.  They invite you to come along for a nostalgic trip through childhood in the exhibition which runs over the Christmas period.

Wyllotts Centre, Darkes Lane, Potters Bar, EN6 2HN

Open: Tuesday and Wednesday 2.30pm – 4.30pm, Saturday: 11am – 1pm

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM AT TRING

Christmas Starfish - Thursday 30 November and 14 December 10.30-11.00

Audience: Under 5’s - Get messy with clay to create a starfish decoration.  In this led activity, under 5s play with clay to create a unique starfish to decorate their Christmas tree.

£2 per child.  Drop-in activity, no need to book in advance. 

Rudolph Christmas Trail - Saturday 2 December – Sunday 7 January (10.00-17.00 Mon-Sat and 14.00-17.00 Sunday)

Audience: Suitable for all ages. Follow Rudolph around the world as he delivers gifts and meets new animals.  Take a journey around the museum with Rudolph to explore his new friends. On your trip spot hidden reindeer and have a go at some games. Complete the trail and receive a chocolate treat!

Ticket prices: Child £1 per trail

Behind the Scenes:  Voyages of Discovery - Thursday 7 December 11.00-12.00 noon

Step behind the scenes to see the world-renowned bird collection including historic specimens linked to Darwin, Wallace and Shackleton.  Discover the different types of scientific collection, how they are prepared, conserved and used by researchers from around the world.

The tour is themed around the Voyages of Discovery. Get the rare chance to look at historical specimens and hear about the great lengths explorers took for science.  

Photo ID required, advance booking required.  Audience: Adults, £10 per ticket. 


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