This October half term, Warwick Arts Centre was host to a new series of activities designed to help families get more from their visit. The STAMP IT programme saw creative activities linked to the family shows take over the upstairs foyer throughout the week. Families collected stamps for each activity in their STAMP IT books and once it was full, children were rewarded with a 20% discount on selected Autumn and Christmas shows.
There was a chance to introduce Your Toys to Snow Mouse, the star of one of our Christmas shows, make your own hot air balloon to help you navigate Around the World in 80 Days and plant your own magic beans while embarking on a microscopic investigation (in conjunction with the University of Warwick’s Life Sciences department) to help get you ready to delve into the giant world of Jack and the Beanstalk.
We were encouraged by the positive reception of the new activities with some families building a day out around coming to the Arts Centre because of the creative opportunities on offer. Many said they were excited for their children to engage with visual arts and science alongside their visit to a live show and that they would come back again whenever these opportunities were available. It shows an appetite for more family friendly activity, something that we are keen to explore again in the run-up to Christmas.
And while the foyer saw programme related activity at specific times, the Mead Gallery was more of a focal point for constant creative activity throughout the week with a new arty challenge every day. From designing your own tote bag to making your own kaleidoscope, the gallery was packed with fun activities for all the family to enjoy. There was a lovely buzz in the gallery from people excited to see the bright and bold exhibition of 1960’s pop art and those interested only in the fun activities available in the Creative Space. Lots of families even came back multiple times throughout the week to take part in all the fun and collect more stamps in their books!
If you didn’t make it to the Mead Gallery this half term, the Kaleidoscope exhibition is open until Dec 9th and the Creative Space is always full to the brim with creative ways for you to unleash your inner artist. Open Monday – Saturday from 12 – 9, there’s lots of opportunity for you to get involved with the family. Alternatively, if you have a school or community group and would like to book a tour of the exhibition (and perhaps combine it with a Sculpture Trail and creative activity), BOOK HERE. All visits are free and supported by trained trail leaders.
And if you missed out on filling up a STAMP IT book this time, don’t worry, we will be back in the run up to Christmas with a packed programme of fun STAMP IT activities to take part in whether you’re visiting Warwick Arts Centre to see a show or just looking for an entertaining activity for all the family. Every weekend in December, you will find something creative going on in the upstairs foyer – book here to take your young people on a bear hunt around the university campus woods or if you’ve left your wellies at home, join the Life Sciences Team to take part in a microscopic Bear Hunt in the cozy upstairs foyer. And if you’re after some stay and play activities based around Snow Mouse, these weekends are ideal for you and your family! Why not visit on Dec 24th to take part in our extra special Christmas Eve activities? All activities are free and available to all, whether booked to see a show or not!
To get more value from your visit to Warwick Arts Centre, why not use it to help your young people on their Arts Award journey? We can provide support to help your group with their Discover, Explore, Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. Let us know what you need from a visit and we can discuss how to best meet your learning outcomes!
For more information about the Creative Learning Team’s work in schools or with families and the community or to tell us an idea for an activity or project that you would like to see us offer, get in touch!