2 July—3 July 2016

Summer of Childhood Festival Launch

Woo-hoo it’s the weekend! And what a weekend we have in store for your whole family.

Our fantastic nostalgic exhibition The Story of Children’s Television from 1946 to Today opens this weekend and we are holding a two-day festival of fun to celebrate everything we love about children’s television past and present. You can buy tickets at reception or on your smartphone.

Introduce the whole family to programmes you remember from your childhood and quiz each other on theme tunes and character catchphrases!

Make sure you pick up a Summer of Childhood Family Guide filled with loads of activities to do around M Shed all summer long.

Saturday

All aboard the John King!
11am – 4pm
Explore the floating harbour aboard a diesel tug, built in 1935. The trips last 30 minutes and you can buy tickets on board on the day. £6 adult | £4 child/conc. Show your boat ticket at reception to get £1 off adult exhibition entry.

TV Toy Hack
11am – 3pm | Studio 1 – Floor 01
Take inspiration from Toy Story and invent your own TV characters made from unwanted or broken toys in our fantastic TV Toy Hack. Run by Rachel Shelley from Scrapstore/Ape Project.

Puppet Studio
Throughout the day | Foyer – Floor 02
Be inspired by Bill and Ben, Fingerbobs, The Muppets and Furchester Hotel to make your own simple puppets and stage your own puppet show. Self-directed overseen by volunteers.

Storytelling
Various times | Places Gallery – Floor 01
Tickets please! Jump on board the ever popular M Shed play bus for Jackanory storytelling time. Revisit some classic stories from 1946 to today. Check the bus for times and age suitability. Sessions last approximately 15 minutes. Times TBC.

Sunday

‘My Pet and Me’ Story Trails
10.10am-10.30am, 11.40am-12pm, 12.30pm-12.50pm, 2pm-2.20pm, 4pm-4.20pm
Meet in the foyer on Floor 01
We’re delighted to welcome CBeebies TV presenter Ferne Corrigan  (My Pet and Me) who will be leading a series of ‘My Pet and Me’ related story trails based on Dr Seuss’ What Pet Should I Get?

Aardman Model Making Workshops
10.30am – 11.30am: Make Your Own Shaun the Sheep
1pm – 2pm: Make Your Own Gromit
3pm – 4pm: Make Your Own Shaun the Sheep
We’ve also teamed up with Aardman Animations to offer three amazing model making workshops. Make your own Gromit or Shaun the Sheep and learn how the experts make world famous characters.

Workshops are £5 per child and free for the accompanying adult.

Tickets need to be booked in advance (see below). Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Most suitable for children aged 5 and over.

All aboard the John King!
11am – 4pm
Explore the floating harbour aboard a diesel tug, built in 1935. The trips last 30 minutes and you can buy tickets on board on the day. £6 adult | £4 child/conc. Show your boat ticket at reception to get £1 off adult exhibition entry.

Ujima Radio
10am – 4pm
Ujima Radio will be at M Shed live broadcasting the day’s events and they’ll be looking for people to interview about their favourite Children’s TV programmes, theme tunes and characters.

Parent and Child Fayre
11am – 4pm | Events Suite – Floor 02
Mingle with Chase from Paw Patrol and Peppa Pig mascots. Visit stalls with things to buy, activities including drawing and jewellery making, animal experiences, business opportunities for stay at home parents and fun and education for all the family. This is a commercial event with free entry.

Book your Aardman workshop tickets here