Perfect Portraits - Julian Opie
16 February,
10.30-3.30 (Free with admission)
Be inspired by the Julian Opie, Collected Works exhibition and create your very own silhouette and moving flip book. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.


Beautiful Birds – Family Fun Day

17 February, 11.00-4.00 (Free with admission)
Come and explore the Birds of Paradise exhibition and take part in these fun drop in activities for all the family:

1.    
Make a pompom Angry Bird
2.    
Feed the hungry birds with your very own hand made bird cake
3.    
Create a personalised felt bird
4.    
And much more!
5.    
Explore the Museum with a bird themed trail.
Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.


Jays Animal Encounters
18, 20 February,
10.00, 11.00, 12.30, 1.30, 2.30 (sessions last 1½hours), £5.00 per child
Jay will return to The Bowes Museum with a selection of wonderful creatures including tarantulas, snakes and scorpions! During this bookable workshop children will be able to handle the animals and learn interesting facts about these marvellous creatures before creating a piece of artwork to take home. Booking required on 01833 690606. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom there is no charge for the event. Payment required at time of booking.


Let’s Celebrate Chinese New Year

19 February,
11.00-4.00 (Free with admission)
Celebrate the Year of the Goat at The Bowes Museum by making wonderful Chinese New Year crafts and origami creations with Lip Lee. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.


Birds of Paradise – Feather Masks
30, 31 March, 10.00-3.00 (Free with admission)
Be inspired by the spectacular Birds of Paradise exhibition and create a personalised feathery mask to take home. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.


Eggscellent Easter Crafts

1, 2 April, 10.30–12.00 or 1.00–2.30 4.00 per child)
Come and join in our eggscellent crafts– it will definitely get you into the Easter spirit!
Booking required on 01833 690606. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom there is no charge for the event.

Easter - Family Fun Day
6 April, 11.00-4.00 (Free with admission)
Celebrate Easter with these fun drop-in craft activities:

1.    
Easter Baskets with a treat!
2.    
Make a spring daffodil
3.    
Create beautiful butterflies
4.    
Explore the Museum and outdoors with an Easter themed Egg Hunt.
Children must be accompanied by an adult for whom normal admission applies.


Behind the Scenes – Conservation at The Bowes Museum

7, 8 April, 10.30–3.30 (Free with admission)
See how conservators look after and care for our special artefacts in this fun and interactive drop in workshop. Children must be accompanied by an adult for whom normal admission applies.


Confected, Borrowed and Blue

9, 10 April, 10.30–3.30 (Free with admission)
Explore the Confected, Borrowed and Blue exhibition and see beautiful blue and white ceramics before painting your very own clay tile in a personalised blue and white design. Completed artwork can be taken home to be used as coasters. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.


Printing Lace

26 May, 10.30-3.30 (Free with admission)
Explore the new Common Grounds: Lace Drawn from the Everyday exhibition with a children’s trail before trying printing techniques to create your own lace inspired artwork to take home. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.


Romans – Family Fun Day

27 May, 11.00-4.00 (Free with admission)
During this fun packed day of drop in activities you will:

1.    
Make a Roman head pot
2.    
Create a Roman shield
3.    
Produce a personalised Roman bookmark
4.    
Design your very own mosaic
5.    
Explore the Museum with a Roman themed trail.
Children must be accompanied by an adult for whom normal admission applies.


Ships Ahoy!
28 May, 10.30-12.00 or 1.00-2.30 (£4.00 per child)
Look at the different paintings in the Museum which include boats and then paint your very own model boat to take home. Booking required on 01833 690606. Children
must be accompanied by an adult, for whom there is no charge for the event.

Fantastic Fans

29 May, 10.30-3.30 (Free with admission)
See some amazing textile fans in the Museum collection before designing your own paper fan. Children
must be accompanied by an adult for whom normal admission applies.

Summer School

20, 27 July and 3, 10, 17, 24 August (10.00–12.00) £30.00 per child
Explore the Museum collection and try a variety of fun craft activities including clay work, printing and silk painting. Booking required on 01833 690606. Children do not need to be accompanied by an adult.


Prehistoric People Crafts
20 July, 6, 21 August, 10.30-3.30 (Free with admission)
Explore the Prehistoric People exhibition and try making Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age inspired creations to take home. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.


Silver Swan Spectacular

21 July, 10.30-12.00 or 1.00-2.30 (£4.00 per child)
Sketch the amazing Silver Swan before trying a variety of Silver Swan themed crafts. Booking required on 01833 690606. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom there is no charge for the event.


Nature Artist
22 July, 10.30-3.30 (Free with admission)
Walk around the grounds of the Museum and collect natural items before returning to the education vaults to make a collage or painting with your finds! Children
must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.

Marvellous Mouse

23, 24 July, 10.30-3.30 (Free with admission)
Can you find the golden clockwork mouse in the Museum collection before making your very own mouse to take home? Children
must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.

Stone Age to Iron Age - Family Fun Day

28 July, 11.00–4.00 (Free with admission)
Come and join The Bowes Museum in this fun packed day of drop in fun for all the family. Activities include:

1.    
Storytelling with Adam Bushnell
2.    
Make a hunting headdress
3.    
Create your own cave painting
4.    
And much more!
5.    
Explore the Museum with a themed trial.
Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.


Treasures of the World
29, 30, 31 July, 10.30-3.30 (Free with admission)
The Bowes Museum displays objects from around the world. Explore the collection before trying creative craft activities linked to different countries including Italy, Holland and Greece. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.


Bug Hunt
4 August, 10.00-12.00 or 1.00-3.00 (£4.50 per child) Suitable for 5+
Can you find any bugs as you explore the Museum grounds? Learn about bug habitats with a wildlife expert and then make a bug to take home!
Booking required on 01833 690606. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom there is no charge for the event.

Fantastic Founders – John and Joséphine Bowes
10, 11 August, 10.30-3.30 (Free with admission)
Learn about the founders of the Museum in this interactive workshop and make something to take home before exploring their amazing collection. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.


Creative Cave Painting
14, 24, 25 August, 10.30-3.30 (Free with admission)
Mix your own cave paint and create your own cave painting in this fun drop in workshop. Children
must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.

Toys from the Past – Family Fun Day
18 August, 11.00–4.00 (Free with admission)
Come and join The Bowes Museum in this fun packed day of drop in fun for all the family. Activities include:

1.    
Make a super sock puppet
2.    
A pirate, solider or princess – what will your peg doll become?
3.    
Create a pop up puppet to surprise your friends
4.    
And much more!
5.    
Explore the Museum with a toy themed trial.
Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.


Simple Samplers
19 August, 10.30-3.30 (Free with admission)
See some amazing samplers in the Museum collection and get stitching to create your very own sampler bookmark to take home! Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.


Helen Stephens Storytime
20 August, 10.30–12.00 or 1.00-2.30 (£4.00 per child)
Back by popular demand! Children’s author and illustrator Helen Stephens returns to the Museum with a fun packed workshop. Listen to Helen reading some of her stories, learn tips on how to draw characters and make a simple craft linked to her picture book. Booking required on 01833 690606. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom there is no charge for the event.


Squirrel Hunt
26 August, 10.00-11.30, 12.00-1.30 or 2.30-4.00 (£4.00 per child) Suitable for 8 and under
Walk around the grounds of the Museum and learn about the different habitats which exist with a wildlife expert. See if you can spot a squirrel and then make a mask.
Booking required on 01833 690606. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom there is no charge for the event.

Spectacular Silk Painting
27 August, 10.00-12.00 or 1.00-3.00 (£4.50 per child)
Explore the Museum’s collection and sketch your favourite object before turning it into a silk painting. Booking required on 01833 690606. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom there is no charge for the event.


Toytastic
26 October,
10.30-3.30 (Free with admission)
Explore the Dolls, Bears and Robots gallery, have a go playing with some replica toys and make a toy to take home. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.


Wild Animals - Family Fun Day
27 October,
11.00-4.00 (Free with admission)
Come and join The Bowes Museum in this action packed day of drop in fun for all the family.
1.    
Meet an incredible range of friendly animals from Jay’s Animal Encounters including snakes, scorpions, spiders and much more!
2.    
Paint a piece of aboriginal inspired artwork
3.    
Make a paper chain ssssssnake
4.    
Create a standing meerkat
5.    
Design a wild animal mask
6.    
Explore the Museum with a wild animal trail
Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom normal admission applies.

Halloween Crafts
28, 29, 30 October,
10.30-12.00 or 1.00-2.30 (£4.00 per child)
Be brave and take part in these Halloween themed craft workshops.

Wednesday 28th October: Witches

Thursday 29th October: Beastly Beasties

Friday 30th October: Spells and Magic
Booking required on 01833 690606. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom there is no charge for the event.

Christmas Fun

21, 22 December
, 10.30–12.00 or 1.00-2.30 (£4.00 per child)
Get into the Christmas spirit and create some wonderful crafts to make your Christmas Day extra special! Booking required on 01833 690606. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom there is no charge for the event.