Amazing exhibitions and interactivity for children of all ages
Leeds City Museum is free to enter and is located in the heart of the city. It has exhibitions dedicated to the city and a fantastic 'Toddler Town' for young children to explore and play. There is also a Museum Minis Trail, a free guide for toddlers to help them explore the museum!
We loved visiting the Leeds City Museum as there was so much for my little girl to see, touch and explore. The levels of interactivity were very high throughout the whole of the museum, with lots to do on each floor. The ground floor was one of my favourite parts to the museum as it housed the Life on Earth Gallery. Here you will find the Leeds tiger and lots of other amazing animals. They have areas for story telling with books and cozy cushions and an art space for children to create and colour animal drawings. There is also a number of dress up costumes and my little girl loved running round this space dressed as a tiger.
The exhibition that centred around the history of Leeds is also a must see, especially the 'Toddler Town' area. There is lots here to spark the imagination from puppet shows, to dolls houses to building bricks. There is a great computer based activity to help build the key sights of Leeds. We spent quite a lot of time here and my girl enjoyed role playing and building in this space.
They have a fabulous programme of events throughout the year for children and these are often centred around the temporary exhibition space. When we visited this was the Beavers to Weavers space and so the 'Museum Minis' sessions were designed around making and creating for children under 5 and their parents and carers. In addition to this, they hold multi-sensory mornings and tiger craft sessions in the pop-up sensory room. These sessions are free to attend and they are organised on a drop in basis.
We combined our visit with a trip to The Tetley and walked around the Christmas Markets. It was a really fun packed and very cheap day out!
Additional information: Address: Leeds City Museum, Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 8BH
Opening hours: Monday closed, Tuesday to Friday 10:00am until 5:00pm, Saturday and Sunday 11:00am until 5:00pm
In York, fans of The Gruffalo can join in the twentieth anniversary celebrations at Waterstones on Saturday 23rd, when the bookshop will hosting story-telling times, treasure hunt, games and activities.