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Family Join-In Activities

All children to be accompanied by an adult. No booking required. Sessions are designed for children that are age 3 and above. Children below 3 are welcome, though they may need a little more grown-up assistance with the activities. 


Easter Holiday

We’ll be celebrating all things Picasso during the Easter Holiday, as the block-buster exhibition Picasso & the Masters of Print draws to a close.

The sessions will be at 11am, 12noon, 2pm and 3pm. Each session last’s for about an hour and costs £2.70 per participating child.

Friday 7th April – Bag yourself a Picasso! - Get inspired by the prints on display and decorate your own bag to take away.

Tuesday 11th April – Make a Mini Miro. - Create paper sculptures in the style of Miro

Wednesday 12th April – Print Masters. - Design a printing tile and have a go at printing with it.

Monday 17th April – Picasso Portrait Party - A drop-in workshop where you can create your own Picasso style portrait.

The Monday workshop is a little bit different because the museum is open from 2pm – 5pm - This workshop will run between 2pm and 4pm. Participants can join in any time during the workshop. Cost is £2.70 per participating child. All children must be accompanied by an adult.


May half-term

The May half-term activities are on Tuesday 30th May, Wednesday 31st May and Friday 2nd June.

Join us for a week of events brought to you by volunteers from our Black History Month working group. Enjoy storytelling, music and crafts during these three days of workshops.


June Arts Jam

4th – 24th June

Bedford’s June Arts Jam is back for 2017! Running from 4th – 24th June, Full House Theatre is bringing a fine selection of performances and activities for children and their families to cultural spaces in Bedford, all for free or at a low cost.

Enjoy wide-eyed wandering with Day Dreamers at The Higgins, a playful and immersive audio performance made for and with children. For little ones One Little Word at Wootton and Kempston Libraries is a beautiful and gentle story of friendship, power struggles and the rich world of creative play. Children with inquisitive minds will love Tales of Birbal at the John Bunyan Museum, ancient stories akin to Aesop’s Fables, using puppetry, music and storytelling. At St Cuthbert’s Hall Happily Ever After will delight older children with its hilarious and poignant story of a Prince who falls in love with another Prince. Full House Theatre’s own The Elves and The Shoemaker at The Place Theatre is a toe-tapping and topsy-turvy story that will delight young and old alike.

For more info visit http://www.fullhouse.org.uk/


Summer Holiday

22nd – 25th August and 29th August – 1st September

Join us for two whole weeks of holiday activities on the theme of EXPLORATION. Inspired by our current exhibitions Romance & Rebellion: The Art of the Victorians And The Shorts Brothers we’re looking at all kinds of exploration.


‘This place is really amazing with all the little activities for kids’ (Keira)

‘On a scale of 1 to 10 I would write 10/10’ (Luca Phillips Age 8)


Click here for details of Saturday Archaeology Workshops for 8 - 16 year olds