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Sensory Play

Hands-on play sessions for under 5s

Come along to our monthly sensory play sessions, where under 5s explore a different theme each time and get hands on with crafts, interactive activities, songs, stories and more. Come and join the fun! Pre-booking only. Tickets cost £2 per child in addition to museum entry. 

Friday 1 July 2022: Sun, sea and songs
10.00-11.00 & 13:00-14:00 

What do we enjoy doing during the summer? Ice creams? Playing in the paddling pool or the sandpit? Lighter nights that let you play outside for longer? Or maybe holidays? Or all those sporting events we get to watch or take part in? Whatever your favourite is, we’ve got them all here alongside crafts, songs and a summer-themed story. Why not bring your best bear friend along too, for a teddy bears' picnic? (If you forget them, don’t worry, there will be plenty here to choose from). 

Friday 29 July 2022: Mega machines
10.00-11.00 & 13:00-14:00 

This summer holiday at NESM we are all about Mega Machines! In this session you’ll get to play with and get in some mega machines of your own design. You’ll have to fix some broken vehicles as a mechanic too. Clean them up in our very own car wash and then take them out for a test drive on our track. The usual songs, story and crafts will be here too.

Friday 26 August 2022: Very vintage!
10.00-11.00 & 13:00-14:00 

NESM are heading to Norfolk Park on Bank Holiday Monday for the Sheffield Fayre and the return of our Vintage Village. To celebrate, this sensory play session is going vintage too. We will be creating a wash day and learning about how people used to wash clothes, trying some old school games, dressing up, and having a go at potato printing too. We’ll have our usual story and songs as well.

Friday 23 September 2022: All around the world
10.00-11.00 & 13:00-14:00 

In this session we'll be finding out all about emergency services around the world. We'll create different flags, and play with globes and planes. We’ll learn about the different numbers, vehicles and equipment that the emergency services in other countries use and dress up in some of their uniform too. And of course there'll be songs and stories to enjoy as well.

Friday 21 October 2022: Halloween spooktacular
10.00-11.00 & 13:00-14:00 

It’s Halloween at sensory play! (Yes, we know we are bit early but it's never too early when you love everything spooky like we do.) We’ll be creating our own peg bats, doing some invisible writing and there will be apple bobbing too. There will also be some spooky songs and terrifying tales - all suitable for the littles ones of course. 

Friday 18 November 2022: Become a curator (Kids in Museums takeover day)
10.00-11.00 & 13:00-14:00 

At these special sessions, developed as part of Kids in Museums takeover day, your little ones will have the chance to become mini museum curators. They'll be able to handle real museum objects and create their very own exhibition. They’ll speak to members of our staff about their jobs and learn all about what it's like to work in a museum. But there will still be time for our usual story, crafts and songs too.

Friday 16 December 2022: A merry museum Christmas
10.00-11.00 & 13:00-14:00 

Merry Christmas everyone! As the festive season is in full swing, at this sensory play we’ll be singing Christmas songs and listening to a special Christmas story. We’ll be getting messy creating tree ornaments and Christmas cards too. We’ll also be wrapping presents to put under our very own Christmas tree.