David Livingstone Birthplace museum has launched a new summer programme filled with storytelling and outdoor adventure.
With the summer holidays officially underway, it is the perfect time to visit the David Livingstone Birthplace museum for a fun family day out. The 2022 Summer Programme, which includes a number of workshops and activities, has been inspired by David Livingstone’s love of nature and storytelling.
Livingstone loved exploring from a young age and would spend his time collecting plants and researching what they could be used for, he hunted for fossils and even fished in the river Clyde.
The museum is set in acres of beautiful park land and includes nature trails, the Livingstone and Lion sculpture, and the exciting play park, which was inspired by Livingstone’s steamboat and his journeys along the Zambezi River. Inside the museum children can embark on a fun and interactive experience. They can discover the fearsome lion and navigate the stars as they explore the museum’s intriguing objects and play with various interactives.
The summer programme will include activities to help teach children, and adults, how important it is to look after the environment. The team at the museum are determined to encourage a healthy eco system, full of plants, trees, animals and insects. The list of exciting activities on offer at the museum this summer is available below.
Storytime At The Museum – every Monday
Every Monday there is an interactive session of stories, song and movement held at the museum, based on Southern African and Scottish stories. The session will take place in the museums story telling corner which is located on the second level of the exhibition. This event is aimed at children between the age of two and six years old.
Crafts sessions – every Tuesday
Every Tuesday at the museum there will be a crafts session where children can get creative making animal masks, comic strips, story books, puppets, etc. With no set theme it gives the kids the option to have fun and use their imagination to create exciting pieces.
Wildlife and nature exploring
Den Building – 13 July (10:00-12:30)
Den building is another fun activity on offer this summer. People are invited to come and join The Conservation Volunteers and find materials across the museum’s grounds to make your very own den and learn all about the different animal habitats, from hedgehogs to badgers.
Hedgehog Habitats – 20 July (10:30 – 12:30)
The Hedgehog Habitats special workshop will be run by the Conservation Volunteers as they teach children and adults all about hedgehogs. The event will include recording hedgehog numbers, building habitats, hunting for bugs and learning more about how we can encourage more of these prickly characters to live in the museum’s gardens and parks.
Youth Open Day – 22 July (12:00-16:00)
David Livingstone Birthplace will host a Youth Open Day which will include food and refreshments with a DJ present to play music throughout the event. Activities will be on offer such as table tennis and a print-making workshop.
This will be a day to celebrate the museum’s vibrant young adult audience and also open applications for the museum’s new Youth Engagement Project.
Junk Art session – 29 July (13:00-15:00)
The museum will also host a Junk Art Session which is free to attend and will encourage participants to find inspiration in the stories and objects of the museum’s collection. This will include items of furniture, shields, and musical instruments. Attendees will have the opportunity to create sculptures out of recycled material.
Play Day – 3 August (11:00-16:00)
To celebrate Play Day 2022, David Livingstone Birthplace museum is teaming up with Operation Play Outdoors to bring a day of fun activities for everyone to get involved in. There will be games available inside and out, providing a chance for children to have fun, be creative and to try out new things. Entry to the museum will be free all day for children.
To find out more about the summer activities on offer at the David Livingstone Birthplace museum visit website.
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