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May Mayhem at Museums

During the children’s May half-term holiday, why not venture further afield and explore some of the great family sessions being held at the Colchester & Ipswich Museums, Suffolk venues.

The Ipswich Museum has everything from mammoths to mummies, plus many other weird and wonderful curiosities. While, Christchurch Mansion houses the biggest collection of John Constable paintings outside of London.

All six Colchester & Ipswich Museum venues offer fun, hands-on sessions that encourage children to express themselves through a variety of mediums such as art, music and literature.

The activities are best suited to children aged two and above and many keep Mum and Dad amused too!

Ipswich Museum are putting on a family-friendly adventure, Museum by Magic Lantern Light, 17th May, that takes you into the world of fairytale animals using imagery, performance and play. The audience travels through the museum galleries to discover that the animals come alive, perform and engage with their visitors. Get down Under the Sea, Ipswich Museum, 28th May, press your own clam shell and make the treasure to hide inside it or Make your own underwater creatures, Ipswich Museum, 30th May, using balloons and brown tape to create a Puffa fish.

teddy_cmGet creative and Make your own photo frame, Ipswich Art School, 31st May, to put your special photos in. Join the Food Glorious Food Trail, Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich, 25th May – 2nd June, complete the quiz around the museum and design your own drinking glass using the Museum’s China Room as your inspiration. Bring your teddy bear along to the Teddy Bear’s Picnic Event Day, Christchurch Mansions, Ipswich, 29th May, and listen to some much-loved stories, make a waistcoat for Teddy and enjoy a picnic.

Why not Go Potty, 30th – 31st May at Colchester’s Natural History Museum. Decorate a flower pot using materials of your choice, add a seed and then take it home to nurture.

• For further information and to book
an event place at all Colchester and
Ipswich Museums venues, please visit www.cimuseums.org/whats-on

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