• Mon. Jun 24th, 2024

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sccTHIS HALF TERM, why not take advantage of the wide range of free exhibitions and activities at Sunderland’s museums and libraries.

Sunderland City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Public Health, Wellness and Culture, Councillor John Kelly, said:” With school holidays coming up it is great to see a wide range of activities, for the young and young at heart, across the city. It is a fantastic time for everybody to make the most of the top class facilities we have in Sunderland.”

The city libraries will be holding fun family activities across the city during half-term holidays, all with a sporting theme. Events are suitable for all ages and all children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

Design a football shirt shaped scrapbook

Make a football shirt shaped scrapbook of your favourite football team.

Bunny Hill Library- Tuesday 31 May, 2.00 – 3.00pm
Ryhope Library – Tuesday 31 May, 2.00 – 3.00pm
Washington Millennium Centre Library – Friday 3 June, 2.30 – 3.30pm

Make an Olympic torch and medal

Gear up for Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games by making your very own Olympic torch and medal.

Houghton Library – Wednesday 1 June, 2.30 – 3.30 pm
City Library and Arts Centre – Wednesday 1 June, 2.30 – 3.30pm
Hetton Library – Thursday 2 June, 2.30 – 3.30 pm

Create a concertina footballer

Make your own Euro 2016 footballer and decorate them in your favourite football team’s colours.

Washington Town Centre Library – Tuesday 31 May, 2.15 – 3.15pm
Fulwell Library – Wednesday 1 June, 2.00 – 3.00pm
Shiney Row Library –Thursday 2 June, 2.30 – 3.30 pm
Kayll Road Library –Friday 3 June, 2.00 – 3.00 pm

Make Rio 2016 Olympic Games mascot and flag

Get ready to cheer the athletes on in this year’s Summer Olympic Games by making the official mascot and flag.

Sandhill View Library – Thursday 2 June, 10.45 – 11.45am
Washington Town Centre Library – Thursday 2 June, 2.15 – 3.15pm
City Library and Arts Centre – Friday 3 June, 2.30 – 3.30pm

There will also be plenty to see and do at Sunderland’s fantastic museums during Whit Week. Quizzes, activities and creative workshops will have something to challenge and captivate the most enquiring minds as they explore the natural world and get creative with messy art projects.

Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, Burdon Road, Sunderland, SR1 1PP

We are going green fingered at the Museum this half term with a range of activities to support the International Garden Photographer of the Year exhibition which runs until Sunday 26 June

Mega Bug Hunt Saturday 28 May – Sunday 26 June
Museum opening hours

Can you find all the giant bugs hiding around the Museum and Winter Gardens? Find them all to crack the code and reveal a secret message. Return your quiz to museum reception and claim a themed prize. £2.50 per entry.

Magical Gardens Wednesday 1 June
11am – 12.30pm & 1.30pm – 3pm (drop in)

Create a miniature garden inspired by magical worlds including fairy dells, pirate dens or wizard castles. The event is free but donations are welcome.

Habitat Hats Friday 3 June
11am – 12.30pm & 1.30pm – 3pm (drop in)

Create your own incredible habitat hat inspired by forests, ponds or gardens, decorated with flowers, plants and animals. The event is free but donations are welcome.


Monkwearmouth Station Museum, North Bridge Street, Sunderland, SR5 1AP

Stationmaster’s Garden Trail Saturday 28 May – Sunday 5 June
Museum opening hours

The Monkwearmouth Station Museum garden volunteers tend the stationmaster’s garden, and they have won Britain in Bloom Community Garden awards for their outstanding efforts. This time they have set a challenge-can you find all the plants from the stationmaster’s garden which have been planted by mistake in the Museum?

Collect you free trail from museum reception and claim a prize sticker when completed.

Messy Art Day – Trains Tuesday 31 May
1.30pm – 3.30pm

Use the history, displays and images in our fabulous museum to inspire you to paint, draw and get creative in our messy art zone.

Messy Art Day – Spring Things Thursday 2 June
1.30pm – 3.30pm

Use our fabulous messy art zone to celebrate everything you’ve seen this Spring. it’s your chance to paint, draw and be really creative.

For more information please contact the Museum Learning Team on 0191 5612323 or e-mailmuseumlearning@sunderland.gov.uk.

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