For the creatively-minded child, the area’s art galleries and museums are providing a wide range of summer holiday activities and events.
Many are low cost or even free and some don’t need to be booked, ideal for a family day out. They’re certainly a way to keep the kids occupied for minimum outlay.
Huddersfield Art Gallery is running three two-hour workshops on Tuesdays, August 5, 12 and 19.
The first is Dazzling Designs with artist Annie Beech, who will lead the group to explore colour and pattern in the gallery and then create their own work to take home.
Art Explorers on the 12th is a mixed media session led by Amy Hirst and will also be based around the works in the gallery.
Lastly, Drawing Inspiration by Jake Attree on the 19th will give youngsters basic drawing skills. All three workshops are £5 each and need to be booked. For further information call 01484 221964 or email email@example.com
At Bagshaw Museum near Batley, which is well worth a visit for its exhibitions alone, children can join a toy theatre and Punch & Judy workshop on Tuesday, August 5, for just £1 a head. The activity runs from noon until 4pm and no booking is required.
Later in the month, on August 19, a South Asian-themed craft afternoon, also starting at noon, will show youngsters how to make a crocodile and dress a peg doll. This workshop is also £1, with no booking needed.
Dewsbury Museum is hosting Make and Play sessions on August 7, 14, 21 and 28, from noon until 4pm, at which children can make toys and games. The drop-in events are free for five to 14-year-olds.
Red House Museum in Gomersal is running two children’s craft activity days, from 11am until 5pm on July 29, August 7,12 and 21, covering the topics of flowers, trees, bugs and birds. Normal admission charges to the house apply, no booking necessary.
Further details of all the above can be found on www.kirklees.gov.uk/museums
Kershaw’s Garden Centre, Brighouse, is hosting regular Thursday morning craft sessions for youngsters, from 10 am until noon, from now until August 28.
With themes ranging from Finger Puppets to Paint a Pot, the centre asks for £1 to cover materials.
Last but not least, the National Coal Mining Museum near Wakefield is planning free art and craft workshops on weekdays, from 1pm until 4pm, and each week will have a different mining theme.
For details check out www.ncm.org.uk
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