We’re excited to be introducing new club activities in 2020 – Sensory Play and new seasonal activities.
Our clubs are free, include some time exploring the museum before getting crafty and creative with our trained Enablers, and the whole family is invited!
Remember: Places MUST be booked in advance, and clubs do tend to fill up. So give us a call on 01422 330069 to book your places. You can read more about each creative theme on our website.
- Sunday 2nd February Tie-Dye
- Sunday 1st March Clay Play
- Tuesday 7th April Easter Fun
- Tuesday 14th April Sensory Play (Down syndrome)
- Sunday 26th April Print Making (Autism)
- Sunday 10th May Stop Motion
- Sunday 21st June Tie-Dye
- Sunday 12th July Clay Play
- Tuesday 21st July Summer Fun
- Tuesday 28th July Print Making
Accessible Santa’s Grotto
Two years ago, we launched our autism-friendly grotto sessions – opening Santa’s Grotto an hour earlier, with bookable timeslots available, and lots of ways to tailor the grotto experience for all children.
We work hard to ensure that our grotto is always accessible, with trained staff and adjustable lighting and sounds. We know, though, that many families with disabled children find it beneficial to be able to book specific timeslots on arrival rather than having to join the grotto queue, and especially so when we open the grotto doors earlier at during a time when the museum is quieter.
An accessible grotto for children with any additional needs
Last Christmas, a few families of disabled children told us that it’s not just children with sensory conditions that would benefit from being able to come to these extra sessions – that children with any disabilities would. So this year we’ve changed things up by introducing our Accessible Grotto Sessions for disabled children and their families!
Our Grotto is always accessible: just let our elves know what changes or support you need and they’ll be happy to accommodate. However, if your child is disabled and would benefit specifically from being able to book a specific slot, during our quietest periods, come along on Grotto Days when we open at 10am and book a visit to the Accessible Grotto on arrival.
Accessible support in ALL grotto sessions:
- All staff trained in disability awareness
- Lighting can be subdued, and music turned off if required
- Adjustments to outfits, e.g. Santa’s Beard
Additional options during Accessible Grotto sessions:
- Book on arrival and get assigned a time slot so no need to queue. Just come to the grotto at your time!
- Scheduled when the museum is quieter
To visit the grotto for either session-type, pay at the tills on arrival. Grotto visits are charged in addition to museum admission (remember – essential carers visit free) and cost £4 per child, including a small gift.