Monday, 14 July 2008

Cartoon Capers at Kirkleatham Museum

Redcar's Kirkleatham Museum is offering lots of free summer holiday fun, centred around its exhibition of cartoon characters, drawn by the late Robert T Nixon from South Bank.

You can start in the Museum's Cartoon Workshop, open until August 31, exploring the 'No Boundaries' exhibition and then design your own cartoon character, write your own comic strip or have five minutes peace in the quiet corner and read some old favourite comics and annuals.

Every Tuesday and Thursday of the school holidays, there are family crafts and activities, with drop-in sessions between 10am-noon and 1pm-4pm. Most activities take about half an hour to complete. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Dates and activities are:

Thursday, July 24: Make a door dangler with a comics and cartoons theme.
Tuesday, July 29: Make up a story and tell it with a photo frame and your own photos.
Thursday, July 31: Draw cartoon caricatures and make masks.
Tuesday, August 5: Make a comic-style house or even a whole village - using only card!
Thursday, August 7: Control and direct your own comic movie
Tuesday, August 12: Organise a comic makeover for your bedroom
Thursday, August 14: Make an X-Ray, then use light to reveal what's inside
Tuesday, August 19: Make a crazy spinner and give your friends a shock!
Thursday, August 21: Make manic eyes and a mad mouth
Tuesday, August 26: Make your cartoon fancy dress costume
Thursday, August 28: Make a bug bookmark

The Museum also has 'Memories of Childhood' family loans boxes, containing a selection of garden-size traditional games, such as skittles, quoits, snakes and ladders and dominoes, skipping ropes, boolahs and kites.

Families can borrow a box to play with in the Museum's gardens and grounds for a couple of hours. Loans boxes may be booked out by placing a returnable £20 deposit or leaving your car keys at the Museum's reception desk.

*Out-of-school groups, playschemes and other groups of 15 or more can individual activity sessions on Wednesdays throughout the school holidays. Contact Education Officer Liz Vine on 01642 496400 for details.

The Museum's summer opening times are Tuesdays-Sundays, 10am-5pm.

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