Summer holidays just got more exciting: Selfridges Birmingham has teamed up with Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery to host a variety of complimentary fun kids activities in store during the six-week break.
Every Thursday between July 25 and August 29, Museum staff will take up residence in the children’s department on Level 1 of the premium Bullring & Grand Central department store to lead a series of themed activities.
Youngsters will have the opportunity to unleash their creative know-how, complete fun science challenges and even enjoy historic artefacts close up. They will be able to complete a series of Duplo and LEGO challenges at LEGO Lab, while budding scientists will have the opportunity to take part in experiments and activities.
Artistic children can immerse themselves in a scrap-booking and card-making workshop and those who love to combine arts and tech can create wobble bots and draw bots. Museum staff will also be whetting the appetites of mini-historians with family challenges based on its 3000 years of Egyptian artefacts and a session when participants can get their hands on 10 specially selected objects from its collections.
Sam Watts, General Manager of Selfridges Birmingham, said: “We know it can be difficult to entertain children for the whole of the six-week holiday, so we’re excited to collaborate once again with Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, which has selected some fantastic activities that will allow youngsters to be creative and use their imaginations to the max. We’re looking forward to welcoming both Museum staff and families here for these Thursday events.”
Alex Nicholson-Evans, Commercial Director at Birmingham Museums Trust, said: “We are thrilled to be partnering with Selfridges to bring our free, fun museum activities out to families visiting the store this summer. Our friendly learning team will be bringing science, art, and history to life, and showing a glimpse of what we have on offer across our sites during the six-week holiday.”
25 July – LEGO LAB
Birmingham Museum will challenge children to complete a series of LEGO and Duplo challenges using the most imaginative and creative ways possible. Suitable for children aged 5 and above, LEGO Lab takes place at 11am and 1pm. It is free to join in but spaces are limited. To secure a place, book at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lego-lab-selfridges-birmingham-tickets-63564689698
1 August – SCIENCE SCHOOL
Children can take part in mini science experiments and science-related activities. Suitable for youngsters aged 8 and over, these drop-in activities take place at 11am and 1pm. Book your complimentary place at:
8 August – CRAFTY KIDS
Based on the Museum’s collections, this fun craft activity will allow participants to let their imaginations run riot and will include mask and card-making that they can take home. There are two sessions at 11am and 1pm, suitable for children aged 5 and above. Book your complimentary place at
15 August – DRAWBOTZ
Make your own draw-bots and wobble bots in this fun activity, which promises to be a great way of introducing children to hands-on tech in a fun and creative way. There are two sessions organised for 11am and 1pm for children aged 6 and above. Spaces are limited and must be booked in advance at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/drawbotz-selfridges-birmingham-tickets-63565406843
22 August – EGYPTIAN ADVENTURE
Ancient Egypt is a fascinating period of history and in this activity, Museum staff will set challenges for families as they learn about some of the artefacts from more than 3000 years of Egyptian life and culture. Suitable for children aged 5 and above, there are two sessions organised for 11am, 12:30pm and 2pm. Spaces are limited and must be booked in advance at:
29 August – AROUND THE WORLD IN 10 OBJECTS
Get up close and personal with 10 historic artefacts from around the world that have been chosen specially by staff at Birmingham Museum. Hold the items in your hands and learn all about them in this intriguing session. Suitable for children aged 5 and above, there are two sessions organised for 11am and 1pm - spaces are limited and must be booked in advance at: