Now that the Summer Holidays have drawn to a close it’s worth putting something in the diary for the kids to look forward to. Not as bribery of course (ahem), but to enhance their learning out of school too. Here we have a host of activities across the UK that have an erudite slant!
Black Country Living Museum, Dudley
The Black Country Living Museum has a great offer on giving a 2 for 1 admission. This award winning museum brings the Industrial history of the West Midlands to life. History has never been this real – a village comprising 50 shops and houses and actors to interact with, who tell the story of what it was like to live and work during the Industrial Revolution.
Jorvik Viking Centre, York
Celebrating York’s heritage, this museum gives kids a real insight into the sights, sounds and, yes, even smells of Viking times in the city. For children who like their histories horrid, there are two exhibitions on at the moment detailing the diseases and illnesses that affected the Vikings, as well as the weaponry used at the time.
Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre, West Sussex
One child goes free with each paying adult at this open air museum. There are many resident craftspeople who will demonstrate their arts, such as glass blowing, pottery and woodturning. BT have a permanent exhibition of communications artefacts and hands-on displays.
Bristol Aquarium, Bristol
At this aquarium, enjoy £2 off each ticket and kids under 3 go free! There are the usual underwater tunnels that we expect from aquariums these days, but with the added bonus of a “Learning Lab” to teach groups about various aspects of sea life. Plus they have a Giant Pacific Octopus, which is enough to impress even the most hard-to-please kids!
This science museum in Birmingham is offering 25% off each single entry. There are four floors of interactive displays, with something for kids (and grown-ups) of all ages. The exhibits and ideas explore the past, present and future of science and technology. Tickets last all day so you can go out and explore the Bristol Harbourside and then pop back into the aquarium.
The Roald Dahl Museum, Buckinghamshire
Family favourite Roald Dahl is celebrated at this story centre, offering a kids go free voucher at the moment. Aimed at 6-12 year olds, here you can dress up, make up your own stories and learn about one of Britain’s best-loved storytellers.
Edinburgh Dungeon, Edinburgh
Get up to £7 off when you book online. Not recommended for younger kids or the faint of heart, the Dungeon has rides, historical exhibits and actor-led shows. New this year is a William Wallace experience where his severed head comes back to life to tell you his story. Gruesome yet enlightening!