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Choc choc chocca – Easter at the Museum

Cornwall’s museums are choc-choc- chocca with treasures to explore, stories to enjoy and a host of family friendly activities waiting to be discovered this Easter.

Perfect For:
Little GCG, Easter fun, arty crafty kit and caboodle

Think tearing around a magnificent playpark before making a special Easter card for a friend, playing eye-spy from Falmouth’s tallest tower then going on a smuggling adventure or seeing an Egyptian Mummy then checking out some tailormade poetry … there are days out aplenty ready and waiting for you.

 Penlee House Gallery & Museum

The magic of Penlee House is seeing world-class art in a completely relevant local context, often a stone’s throw from where they were created.  Free family activities take place every Saturday at the Gallery; drop in any time between 2.30pm and 3.30pm. On Saturday 12th April come along and have a go at designing your own Easter cards and on Saturday 19th Aprilhave a go at making some Easter decorations to take away and decorate your house.

On Wednesday 9th April 1.30pm-3.30pm come along and be inspired by Penzance’s original town charter, think crafty word play, trying out quill pen writing and creating illustrated letters.  This is local history with a literary twist!   For ages 7-13.  £4.50 per place.  Booking essential; please contact the gallery to book on 01736 363625.

National Maritime Museum Cornwall

The National Maritime Museum Cornwall  is silver winner of Best UK Heritage Attraction at the British Travel Awards and was recently shortlisted for the Kids in Museums Daily Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award.

The museum offers regular family friendly workshops and craft sessions, all free with Museum entrance ticket. Throughout the holidays families can enjoy a Free Traders Tail across the museum plus there’s a different creative craft activity every day during the school holidays ; Saturday 5th to Thursday 17th April,  12pm-3.30pm : Smugglers!   Make your own flintlock pistol, pop-up smuggler and secret chest with a concealed compartment.

Tuesday 8th and Tuesday 15th April, 11.30am, 2pm & 3.30pm Douglas Dapper’s Hide and Seek: The Story Explorer smuggles himself into the Museum and goes on a rummage for stories of kegs and contraband.

Thursday 10th and Thursday 17th April,  11.30am, 2pm & 3.30pm

Shhh! Smugglers  : Join the Captain to hear tall tales of real smugglers, running secret cargoes into Cornish coves.  Learn about ‘The King of Prussia’, Battling Billy, and Jack Rattenbury.  Hear tales of Parminter, the Revenue man, and his black dog, Satan.

Friday 18th to Monday 21st April,  12pm-3.30pm  Chocoholic Chicks: make your own magnificent bunny and chick masks.

Royal Cornwall Museum

There’s lots for families to enjoy together, get up close to the plants, fungi and animals in the Natural History Gallery,  learn about different birdsong in the discovery area and see artefacts from Greek, Roman and Egyptian civilisations.

Wednesday 9 April, 11am – 1pm Story Republic : Join storyteller Sally Crabtree for a workshop exploring songs, poetry and stories. Suitable for children aged 8 and under. You’ll need to book a place for this workshop. £4.50 per child to include adult entry. Book at

Friday 11 April – Throughout the day Pop up Story Republicans: Throughout Friday morning you’ll be able to catch special 15 minute pop up sessions from The Story Republicans.

Saturday 12 April – Free Family Open Day, enjoy Culture Kids workshops, discovering Cornish tales in our storytelling sessions and more.

Wednesday 16th April, 11am – 1pm Story Republic: Join Beano cartoonist and illustrator Nick Brennan for a creative, hands on workshop with The Story Republic.  Suitable for children aged 8 and over. You’ll need to book a place for this workshop. £2.50 per child.

Falmouth Art Gallery

The gallery has gained a national reputation for providing innovative family & community workshops winning (amongst others) The Guardian Kids in Museums Award. In February 2014 Falmouth Art Gallery was in The Guardian’s top 20 of friendly museums in the UK.

All that and its free entry every day for everyone … the gallery runs free drop-in family workshops on Saturdays from 2pm – 3pm.

Over Easter enjoy “Yesterday’s Play” on Saturday 5th April make traditional, homemade toys out of paper, card and string and on Saturday 12th April “Still Life ” uses props to make still life like the ones displayed in the gallery.

Grown up supervision is required for all activities so come and get stuck in too.

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Choc choc chocca – Easter at the Museum

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