Lots to do at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum during school holidays


Photo provided by Rugby Borough Council.
Photo provided by Rugby Borough Council.

Rugby Art Gallery and Museum is preparing to launch a summer program loaded with creative games next week in time for the start of the school holidays.

The Playful Summer program offers children a wide range of opportunities to play, from helping to build a miniature rugby from Duplo bricks to exploring nature in the great outdoors.

The program supports the Summer of Play, a nationwide campaign that calls for the freedom to play for children after Covid-19 restrictions are eased.

Playful Summer includes Mindful Mondays, where Calm Space’s Jemma reveals relaxation and mindfulness techniques before helping children create clay sculptures or nature-inspired designs.

The building zone aims to develop children’s imaginations, developing communication and problem-solving skills during Duplo play sessions, while Giant Alphabet Art challenges kids to create a colossal from A to Z in using a variety of printing tools and techniques.

St Andrew’s Church is home to the Playful Summer’s Sustaining Hope Project, where participants can help build a giant piece of art from woven willow and natural resources, and Outdoor Explorers also encourages children to explore and create in the big spaces.

National events also play a role in the fun summer, with the Tripontium collection of Roman artefacts inspiring a weekend of activities to celebrate the Archeology Festival, and the art gallery and museum teaming up with Council’s Play Rangers team to mark National Gaming Day at a major event at Whitehall Recreation Ground on Wednesday August 4th.

With a wide range of other free workshops, outdoor sessions and art activities taking place throughout the school holidays, the Rugby Art Gallery and Museum provide plenty of opportunities for children to have fun during the school holidays. summer.

Sally Godden, senior manager of learning and outreach at the art gallery and museum, said the summer program builds on the success of the fun trail, safe sessions and suitable for Covid families developed by the art gallery and museum as part of the national children’s museum lottery – funded the project Play in Museums in a Socially Distanced World – one of 11 museums across the country selected to participate.

“The Playful Trail was recognized at the Kids in Museums 2021 conference and the National Play 2021 conference hosted by Playful Planet, and the trail development experience has helped us design a diverse program of activities throughout the years. summer school vacations for kids of all ages, ”said Sally.

“The Covid restrictions have meant the children have spent long periods indoors, inactive and isolated from their friends, so Playful Summer and our commitment to supporting the Summer of Play provide Rugby children the perfect opportunity to get out. , get creative and stay active while on vacation. “

The fun summer takes place from Tuesday July 20 to Saturday September 4.

Seats for all sessions must be reserved in advance and children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information on the full program and to book sessions visit www.ragm.co.uk/playfulsummer

Cllr Howard Roberts, Rugby Borough Council recreation and wellness portfolio holder, said: “With Covid restrictions lifted, we can all look forward to better days this summer and the Rugby Art Gallery and Museum has a program of activities to inspire and entertain children during the holidays.

“I am delighted that we are able to offer these sessions for free, but with limited seating at all sessions, I encouraged everyone to book early.”

For more information on events and exhibits at the Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, visit www.ragm.co.uk


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