Kelvingrove Kids Fun
- Kelly Apter
- 18 February 2010
If you’re a primary school aged child growing up in the Central Belt, people are falling over themselves to entertain you with fun workshops. Pre-schoolers do increasingly well, too. But when it comes to those tricky teen years, the well of participation has a tendency to dry up.
Which is what makes the free events programme at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum so impressive – nobody is left out. At one end of the scale they have Toddler Time every Friday at 11.30am and 2.30pm, introducing tots aged 0-3 to the collection through stories and songs. After which you graduate up to Kelvingrove’s Family Weekends, held every Saturday and Sunday from 11am-4pm for ages 4-12 and their families.
As Learning Supervisor, Michelle Berry explains, the diversity of the session leaders is reflected in their activities. ‘We’ve got quite a mixed bag of staff here at Kelvingrove, such as ex-zoo keepers,’ she says. ‘And they help people explore areas of the museum related to their specialism.’
Specialists have also been drafted in for Get Into The ‘Grove, Kelvingrove’s latest venture aimed at 12-17-year-olds. Run on the last Sunday of each month from 1-4pm, the workshops have so far focussed on animation and comic book publishing, with soundscapes and t-shirt design planned for February and March. Materials are provided and there’s always something to take home afterwards.
‘We noticed that young people weren’t visiting the museum,’ says Berry, ‘and we wanted to create something specifically for them. All the sessions involve working with talented Glasgow-based artists and musicians so they can learn new skills and techniques they may never have tried before.’
Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow. To find out more about any of the above, call Michelle Berry on 0141 276 9509.