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Sensory Play

Hands-on play sessions for under 5s

Pre-booking only. Tickets cost £2 per child in addition to museum entry. 

Friday 21 January 2022: Unsung Heroes – HM Coastguard, air ambulance and mountain rescue
10.00-11.00 & 13:00-14:00 

In honour of our new HM Coastguard exhibition opening at the end of this month, it's time to explore some of our more unsung emergency services. We'll be enjoying some water play and creating some of our own helicopters, air ambulance or mountain rescue; your choice!  There will be songs and stories too of course.

Friday 18 February 2022: Under armour
10.00-11.00 & 13:00-14:00 

Ahead of our Arms and Armour weekend in February, we will learn about the different materials used to make armour and why some work better than others. We will create our own armour too, and of course there will be the usual songs and stories. There may even be a sword fight or two.

Friday 18 March 2022: It's spring time in Sheffield
10.00-11.00 & 13:00-14:00 

It's spring time here at NESM! We'll be looking at what a special time this is in the natural world, tending to flowers that you can take home, making some bunny ears, and using our stuffed animal friends to learn about how to look after some baby animals. There will be our usual songs and stories, with a spring twist.

Friday 8 April 2022: Is it a bird, is it a plane?
10.00-11.00 & 13:00-14:00 

No, it's our superhero sensory play! We'll be celebrating our emergency services superheroes over the Easter weekend but during this session we'll be finding out about the ones from cartoons, films and graphic novels. We'll sing some superhero songs and read some superhero stories. You can also make your own superhero and then create a comic strip with them in it. and put them to the test with some challenges. Can you and your hero beat them?

Friday 6 May 2022: May Day
10.00-11.00 & 13:00-14:00 

Each year the RNLI run a fundraising campaign called 'May Day' and we will use this May Day to learn a bit more about them. We'll also find out about how to stay safe at the beach over the summer and what different beach flags mean. We'll explore the vehicles the RNLI use and how to use torches to send signals. And we'll enjoy some songs and stories too.

Friday 3 June 2022: A real Royal variety
10.00-11.00 & 13:00-14:00 

In this session we are celebrating the Queen's platinum jubilee and her 70 years on the throne. You can make your own crown and dress up as royalty while learning about the history of her reign. We'll sing royal songs and enjoy a story all about Her Majesty. We'll celebrate with our own virtual fireworks display too.