Families/Children: Special Events
Fun and Dance with Jackie
A fun dance class with Jackie Bardwell, designed to give children inspiration through structured and creative dance techniques: warmups, movement games, short sequences to highlight different ways to put steps and moves together, themes and images for them to improvise around, ideas for choreography and form, and to learn a short routines.
Please wear suitable comfortable clothing, with soft shoes, but bare feet is fine.
There will opportunities to perform at a later date, when they are ready, with open watching days for families and friends.

Tuesday 2nd May, 4.30pm - 5.30pm

£5 per session

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Families/Children: Regular Activities
Morning Sunlight Club: Drop in and Play  
A Sunday morning play session for children who love to run around in nature: find bugs, play games, discover, make things, paint, construct, hide, find, and have fun together.
For children 5 years ++
Please wear all-weather scruffy gear as we will be outside whatever the weather.
Sundays from 2nd April to 16th July, 10.30am to 12.30am 
£5 per session
Booking essential: spaces limited to 12 children


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Story Walks: with stories, arts, music & play
For under fives and their carers. Come and enjoy nature in all weathers through stories, art, gardening, music and play. Please wear warm suitable waterproof clothing and footwear.
Thursdays - from 19th January (term time only), 10.30am to 12noon
£2 per child (£1 for subsequent children) Pay on the door
Family semester passes available (January to July) £30 (21 Sessions)
Become a Friend of the museum and enjoy 20% discount on events (online only)
Special offers for parents in the cafe - tea or coffee £1 and cake £1

You may want to go to the library and read the books (or buy from a bookshop) beforehand
1. 19th Jan: The Ding Dong Bag by Polly Peters
2. 26th Jan: The Little Red Hen by Nicola Baxter
3. 2nd Feb: The Listening Walk by Paul Showers
4. 9th Feb: Bumpus Jumpus Dinosaurumpus by Tony Mitton (with Dinosaur hunt)
5. 23rd Feb: Mr Gumpy's Outing by John Burningham
6. 2nd March: The Magic Bed by John Burningham
7. 9th March (Family Choice - What's your favourite story?)
8. 16th March: Hurry Up Great Big Potato! (Planting Day) Story by Hilda Sheehan
8. 23rd March: The Enormous Turnip
10. 30th March: Wood Magic by Richard Jefferies (Animal story walk in the garden)
11. 6th April: On the Way Home by Jill Murphy
12. 27th April: The Bad-tempered Ladybird by Eric Carle
13. 4th May: Author Visit (TBA)
14. 11th May: A very special, Swindon Festival of Literature event with Elli Woollard (in person) and her book The Dragon and the Nibblesome Knight. See details in special events section above.
15. 18th May: Everything Sunflowers! Planting, stories, seeds, and growing!
16. 25th May: Oi! Get Off Our Train by John Burningham
17. 8th June: Camping Out (Mini Farmyard Tales) by Heather Amery (Making camps!)
18. 15th June: Jack and the Beanstalk
19. 22nd June: My Big Blue Boat and Bevis by Richard Jefferies
20. 29th June: Puss in Boots
21. 6th July: The Mulberry Bush by Annie Kubler
22. 13th July: An Alice in Wonderland end of season tea party (dress up if you like)

Pay on arrival
Art & Inspiration for Home Educated Children
Arts awards and arts fun and adventure for children who are home schooled. Be inspired by nature, art, poetry, music and everything creative. Optional study towards Discover and Explore Arts Award with Suzie Simmons or optional study towards Bronze & Silver Arts Award with Hilda Sheehan.
Once a month on Thursdays, from 19th January, 1.00pm to 3.00pm
£7 per session
Arts Awards Moderation: £10 for Explore, £20 for Bronze.
Friends of the Museum 20% Discount: Insert Code FRIENDS17
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The Montessori Art-House for Parents & Under 5s
A parent and child morning of free art-play in a prepared indoor & outdoor Montessori environment at the Richard Jefferies Museum. Children will be encouraged to celebrate nature through the arts and discover their own creativity and talent at the museum. Art gives children a solid foundation for future growth. Through art, they are exploring, creating, expressing, and developing self. By providing a rich art area children will have a chance to choose their medium: paints, pastels, clay, pencils, crayons, and construction - art in nature, through exploration and play, will be encouraged in all weathers. Practical Life activities will also be on hand, to develop life skills in many areas.
Bring suitable scruffy clothing, outdoor clothes and wellies as well as an art apron to leave at the museum. With Hilda Sheehan (Montessori Diploma)
Starting Monday 15th May 10.30am to 12.00midday
6 sessions @ £5 per session, per child - Total £30
(To enrol, pay a £10 deposit and £20 on the first day of class)
Friends of the Museum 20% Discount: Insert Code FRIENDS17

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Magic Mondays
Every Monday during the summer holidays Magic Mondays are back, with a different exciting theme each week, plus stories, arts & crafts, music, dancing, den building, and general fun & games for the whole family.
24th July until 22nd August, 1pm to 3pm
£5 per family, or family pass for all Mondays (£15)
Friends of the Museum 20% Discount: Insert Code FRIENDS17

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Lego Lounge 
Lots of Lego and Free Imaginations. Every week throughout the summer, we put out a mass of Lego (and a few other bits and pieces) for the under 10s to come and enjoy... unless of course they just want to run around the gardens!
Cafe for parents.
Thursdays from 27th July to 24th August, 10.30am to 12.00am 
£5 per session
Booking essential: spaces limited


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Art & Nature Club 4 to 6 years (Unaccompanied)
Creative sessions for children over 5 years, where they can explore the arts in nature, have fun studying artists, learn about different materials and develop their artistic skills in whatever way suits them best. There is also an option to study towards an Arts Award.
10 places only. Booking essential.
Next day to be announced
£20 for course
Arts Awards Moderation: £10 for Explore, £20 for Bronze.
Friends of the Museum 20% Discount: Insert Code FRIENDS17

Coming soon
Open Air Holiday Club for 5 to 11 years (Unaccompanied)
A day of arts, play, den-building, storymaking and storytelling in nature. Drop your children off with Hilda, Sue, and Suzie for a fun enriching morning. Bring a packed lunch, scruffy clothing plus outdoor warm clothing for running about in all weathers. Wellies are advisable. For 5 to 11year olds.
£15 for each session
Friends of the Museum 20% Discount: Insert Code FRIENDS17

Coming soon