'Learn Something New' Events

Junior Shadow a Keeper
Weekends - Twycross Zoo
Experience being a zoo keeper for the day. £120 per person

Kite making session
21 July 10am-12pm - Evington Park House
Come along, make a kite and then fly it on the park.

Man on the Moon Day – How to be an Astronaut
21 July 11am-4pm
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
Come and participate in this interactive talk to see if you have what it takes to be an astronaut!
Pre-booking is recommended.

Rock Art
27th July 10.30am-12.30pm / 1.30pm-3pm - Snibston, Leicestershire
Join local wildlife artist Rowena Holmes and create your own painted riverbed friend.
You’ll learn all the techniques you need to decorate your stone with acrylic paints.

Who Lives in the Garden?
28th July 11am – 3.30pm
Belgrave Hall Museum & Gardens, Leicester
Meet the experts to find out all about hedgehogs, foxes, birds and bugs.
Mini-beast hunts, spotters trails, crafts, stories and refreshments.
£2 for activities
More information contact 0116 2266590

Arty Sparkly Party Fun Craft Day
29th July 11am-3.30pm
The Guildhall, Leicester
Bring along a t-shirt and have a go at jazzing it up with fabric crayons, glitter and sparkles! Or bring a jam jar or glass and try glass painting and jewellery making. £2 for activities
More information contact 0116 2532569

Festival of British Archeology – Sherlock Bones
29th July – 10:30 to 3:30 pm
Silk Mill – Derby’s Museum of Industry and History   
Discover how human bones can tell you a person’s age, their sex and how healthy (or not!) they were.

‘Eating Creepy Crawlies’ Exhibition at Highcross Leicester
31st July – 31 August
30thJuly – 31 August
This summer Highcross Leicester has teamed up with the Natural History Museum. From 30 July - 29 August be prepared for creepy crawlies in all shapes and sizes. You can take a walk round a giant Desert Locust and Stick Insect and watch in awe as they move and mimic the real thing. Explore an exhibition that uses a mix of real specimens, beautiful photography and graphic panels and learn everything there is to know about creepy crawlies and why they’re eaten all over the world. Exhibits will be in the Lower Mall outside Debenhams

Explore Mondays
Every Monday throughout the exhibition there's the chance to explore the exhibition Indiana Jones-style. You'll get the chance to follow Dov - a professional storyteller - as he takes you on an adventure throughout the centre demonstrating key survival activities along the way.
Tours are FREE but require advance booking. Tours take place on the following dates at 12 noon, 2pm and 4pm and will run for around 30 minutes.

Monday 2 August
Monday 9 August
Monday 16 August
Monday 23 August=

To book your place visit www.highcrossleicester.com

Discover Sundays
Each Sunday throughout the exhibition Highcross will play host to a number of performers in St Peter's Square and Old Grammar School Court from 12 noon. With everything from Gorillas to Stiltwalkers it promises to be anything but a lazy Sunday.

Sunday 1 August
Two Mountain Gorillas and their explorer friend go walkabout around Highcross

Sunday 8 August
Gravity, a graceful and charming duo will be performing a stunning mix of stilt circus skills.

Sunday 15 August
Pongo is an inquisitive, affectionate, adorable and cheeky eight-foot baby Obobee bird accompanied by eccentric pet shop owner Bill Oddity. Watch out or you might end up going home with a feathery new friend!

Sunday 22 August
Does God play dice with the universe? Why did Darwin spend eight years with only barnacles for company? Could all the species on earth fit in the ark? How did kangaroos get from Mount Ararat to Australia? Is the dodo’s last egg going to hatch? Come and meet Darwin and the Dodo to find out more!

Sunday 29 August
Draped in the colours of spring and autumn, two acrobats 'Treeo' perform amazing lifts and balances that will both astound and captivate.

There's plenty to get your teeth into and best of all it's totally FREE!

Paper Bead Workshop
3rd August 11am & 1.30pm - Newarke Houses Museum
Don’t throw away your empty cereal box.  Come and have a go at rolling it into beads. 
Learn to recycle and re-use paper that would otherwise have been thrown away.

The Life of a Star!
3rd August 11am – 4.30pm
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery. Hear all about the life and death of stars, what their colours mean and how astronomers tell the difference. Free. Pre-booking recommended.

Make Your Own Mill Workers
5th Aug – 10 to 3pm
Silk Mill – Derby’s Museum of Industry and History
In this interactive workshop you can have a go at making your own finger puppet mill workers.

Children’s Festival – ‘Riverside Festival Art Zone’
7th – 8th August
Riverside Festival Art Zone
Enjoy a packed programme of creative activities

Have Fun with Clay Day!

12th August 11am – 3.30pm
The Guildhall
Use your imagination to create your own clay sculpture to take home and keep. £2 for activities.

Make Your Own Mill Workers
12th Aug – 10 to 3pm
Silk Mill – Derby’s Museum of Industry and History
Have a go at making your own mill, complete with waterwheel, in this hands-on workshop.

Pond-dipping and mini-beast hunting at Snibston Grange

14th August
Snibston Grange Nature Reserve, Snibston, Leicestershire
Join the park Rangers to search for creepy crawlies in the woods.
Nets and equipment provided. Please see website for prices.

Watercolour Workshop
31st July and 21st August 11am – 3.30pm – East Midlands Designer Outlet junction 28 of the M1.
Interactive watercolour demonstration and taster sessions with demonstrations from TV artists Matthew Palmer
Free of charge. Matthew will be painting live on site and talking about how he’s creating the picture every step of the way. He’ll also be inviting you to have a go and sample the delights of water colour for yourself.

Paint along with Matthew Palmer workshop
18th September 10-12.30pm and 1.30-3.30pm - East Midlands Designer Outlet junction 28 of the M1.
£15 per person, all equipment provided.
Full workshop with group tuition and riving one to one advice from Matthew. The perfect way to get started. Spaces are limited.