In February the Library and No 5 are taking part in the Playful Museums Festival: a festival to show that museums are wonderful places for enjoyment, fun and learning, especially for young children under 5 years and their families!
On Friday 10 February children will be able to meet children’s book author and illustrator Paul Howard in No 5. Paul Howard has illustrated many award-winning books for authors such as Allan Ahlberg, Jeanne Willis and Michael Rosen. He is probably best-known as the illustrator of Jill Tomlinson’s animal stories including the classic, ‘The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark’.
On Monday 20 February children’s entertainer Polly Poppet will hold a Rhyme Challenge in the Library.
A total of seventeen museums across Northern Ireland will take part in The Playful Museums Festival. The project is organised by the Northern Ireland Museums Council with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Beth Frazer, Playful Museums Programme Coordinator said, “I am very happy to be leading this exciting new project. It has opened up local museums and their collections, showing them as inspiring places for young children. We hope that the Festival will encourage even more parents to bring their young children to enjoy the museums activities on offer”
Beth added, “The festival will last from 1 to 28 February with free, drop in and bookable events for 0-5 year olds. Programmes are designed to encourage early years learning and development, but most of all it is fun.”