For Families

artyFrom Little Hands On for the under fives, to Arty Explorers, Time Explorers, Hands On and lots more for ages 5-12, there's something for everybody to see and do!
Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Little Hands On Story Time

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Friday 3 October

Every month, join us in the Discovery Room for story time!

What time? 10.30am–11am           Age? Under 5s and their carers
Do I need to book in advance? No, just turn up            Cost? Free

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Hands On at the Harris

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Saturday 4 October

…does just what it says on the tin! Drop into the Harris and get stuck in.
You can stay for 15 minutes or for longer – it’s up to you.

Today: Spirals, squiggles and stripes Make patterns inspired by artist and fashion designer, Marian Clayden

Time?  1.30pm–3.30pm                       For ages? 5 -12
Do I need to book in advance? No      Cost? Free

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Little Hands On

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Tuesday 7 October

Every month, especially for our younger visitors, Little Hands On uses stories, art, singing, games and crafts to introduce little ones to some of the fascinating things you can see in the Harris.

What time? 11am–12 noon           Age? Under 5s and their carers
Do I need to book in advance? No, just turn up            Cost? Free

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Conservation Day

Dusting and vacuuming the back of a painting

Saturday 11 October

What do curators and conservators do behind the scenes?  Come along and find out! Lots for the whole family to see and do, just drop in (you can dip in and out of the sessions - you don't have to stay all the time). 

Go on a bug hunt around the museum looking for little beasties that love to eat and destroy the paintings and objects in the museum! (11.30am-12pm, 1-2pm, 2.30-3.30pm)

Help us make cleaning sticks and clean our delicate ceramics (11am-1pm).

Help us clean a ceremonial wheelbarrow used to cut the first sod of a local railway was built in the 1830s to ensure it’s kept in tiptop condition for the future (11am-1pm).

Find out how to identify and care for coins - and see some really old coins from our collection! (11.30am-1.30pm & 2.30-4pm)

See what a professional conservator does and hear her talk about some of the tricks of the trade. You can see her in action as she cleans one of our bronze statues! (1-2pm)

What time? 11am-4pm
Cost? Free
Do I need to book in advance? No, just drop in
Ages? All ages

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Hands On at the Harris

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Saturday 18 October

…does just what it says on the tin! Drop into the Harris and get stuck in.
You can stay for 15 minutes or for longer – it’s up to you.

Today: Hands On History: Marvellous Music Sheets You won't believe your eyes when you see some beautifully decorated Edwardian music sheets!

Time?  1.30pm–3.30pm                       For ages? 5 -12
Do I need to book in advance? No      Cost? Free

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Family Egyptian Balcony Tour

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Saturday 25 October

Climb up high to get a closer look at the sights and stories of Egypt on our famous Egyptian Balcony.

What time? 11-11.40am           Age? 7+ Max. 2 children per adult
Do I need to book in advance? Yes, call 01772 905414    
Cost? £1 adult/50p child

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Hands On at the Harris

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Tuesday 28 October

…does just what it says on the tin! Drop into the Harris and get stuck in.
You can stay for 15 minutes or for longer – it’s up to you.

Today: Hands On History: Halloween From mummies to death masks there's something spooky going on in our history gallery, Discover Preston!

Time?  1.30pm–3.30pm                       For ages? 5 -12
Do I need to book in advance? No      Cost? Free

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Wonderful Wednesdays

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Wednesday 29 October
Banish the mid-week blues and celebrate Wonderful Wednesdays during the school holidays.
Come along and discover something different to do each time - drop in for 15 minutes or stay for longer, it's up to you!

Time?  1.30pm–3.30pm                       For ages? 5 -12
Do I need to book in advance? No      Cost? Free

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Hands On at the Harris

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Thursday 30 October

…does just what it says on the tin! Drop into the Harris and get stuck in.
You can stay for 15 minutes or for longer – it’s up to you.

Today: Big Draw Special 

We love being in the heart of the city - there's lots of interesting and unusual buildings to see and draw! 

Be inspired to draw one of Preston's buildings or imagine a fantastical building to draw to help us create a city in the museum!

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Time?  1.30pm–3.30pm                       For ages? 5 -12
Do I need to book in advance? No      Cost? Free

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Arty Explorers

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Thursday 30 October

Interested in art?
This half-term, become an Arty Explorer and investigate some of our fantastic collections, then have a go and create your own masterpiece!
Drop in and stay as long as you like. PLease note that last chance to join the workshop is at 12pm.


Today:
Big Draw Special
Have you got the eyes of a hawk to be able to draw birds' feathers, wings and beaks?

Go on a flight of fancy around the museum to track down feathered friends in the Harris' collections, then have a go at drawing some birds ... don't worry they won't fly away before you've finished! 

(Note for parents - birds are from our taxidermy collection so won't be flying any time soon!)



What time? 10.30am-12.30                               For ages? 5-12Family Arts Festival and BigDraw logo
Do I need to book in Advance? No                   Cost? Free

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Hands On at the Harris

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Saturday 1 November

…does just what it says on the tin! Drop into the Harris and get stuck in.
You can stay for 15 minutes or for longer – it’s up to you.

Today: Hands On History: Bug watch! Find out how we stop creepy crawlies from getting into our thousands of museums objects!

Time?  1.30pm–3.30pm                       For ages? 5 -12
Do I need to book in advance? No      Cost? Free

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Little Hands On

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Tuesday 4 November

Every month, especially for our younger visitors, Little Hands On uses stories, art, singing, games and crafts to introduce little ones to some of the fascinating things you can see in the Harris.

What time? 11am–12 noon           Age? Under 5s and their carers
Do I need to book in advance? No, just turn up            Cost? Free

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Little Hands On Story Time

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Friday 7 November

Every month, join us in the Discovery Room for story time!

What time? 10.30am–11am           Age? Under 5s and their carers
Do I need to book in advance? No, just turn up            Cost? Free

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Hands On at the Harris

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Saturday 15 November

…does just what it says on the tin! Drop into the Harris and get stuck in.
You can stay for 15 minutes or for longer – it’s up to you.

Today: Fantastic Fashion

Time?  1.30pm–3.30pm                       For ages? 5 -12
Do I need to book in advance? No      Cost? Free

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Family Egyptian Balcony Tour

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Saturday 22 November

Climb up high to get a closer look at the sights and stories of Egypt on our famous Egyptian Balcony.

What time? 11-11.40am           Age? 7+ Max. 2 children per adult
Do I need to book in advance? Yes, call 01772 905414    
Cost? £1 adult/50p child

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Scent Bottle Treasure Hunt

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Saturday 29 November

Be a detective - sniff out the clues to unravel the story behind Mrs French's massive scent bottle collection.

Time?  1.30pm–3.30pm                       For ages? 5 -12
Do I need to book in advance? No      Cost?Free

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Little Hands On

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Tuesday 2 December

Every month, especially for our younger visitors, Little Hands On uses stories, art, singing, games and crafts to introduce little ones to some of the fascinating things you can see in the Harris.

What time? 11am–12 noon           Age? Under 5s and their carers
Do I need to book in advance? No, just turn up            Cost? Free

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Little Hands On Story Time

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Friday 5 December

Every month, join us in the Discovery Room for story time!

What time? 10.30am–11am           Age? Under 5s and their carers
Do I need to book in advance? No, just turn up            Cost? Free

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Hands On at the Harris

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Saturday 6 December

…does just what it says on the tin! Drop into the Harris and get stuck in.
You can stay for 15 minutes or for longer – it’s up to you.

Today: Have a go at making your own Christmas decoration.

Time?  1.30pm–3.30pm                       For ages? 5 -12
Do I need to book in advance? No      Cost? Free

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Hands On at the Harris

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Saturday 13 December

…does just what it says on the tin! Drop into the Harris and get stuck in.
You can stay for 15 minutes or for longer – it’s up to you.

Today: Hands On History: Christmas Toys.

Time?  1.30pm–3.30pm                       For ages? 5 -12
Do I need to book in advance? No      Cost? Free

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Little Hands On Story Time

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Friday 2 January

Every month, join us in the Discovery Room for story time!

What time? 10.30am–11am           Age? Under 5s and their carers
Do I need to book in advance? No, just turn up            Cost? Free

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Little Hands On

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Tuesday 6 January

Every month, especially for our younger visitors, Little Hands On uses stories, art, singing, games and crafts to introduce little ones to some of the fascinating things you can see in the Harris.

What time? 11am–12 noon           Age? Under 5s and their carers
Do I need to book in advance? No, just turn up            Cost? Free

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Family Egyptian Balcony Tour

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Saturday 24 January

Climb up high to get a closer look at the sights and stories of Egypt on our famous Egyptian Balcony.

What time? 11-11.40am           Age? 7+ Max. 2 children per adult
Do I need to book in advance? Yes, call 01772 905414    
Cost? £1 adult/50p child

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Little Hands On

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Tuesday 3 February

Every month, especially for our younger visitors, Little Hands On uses stories, art, singing, games and crafts to introduce little ones to some of the fascinating things you can see in the Harris.

What time? 11am–12 noon           Age? Under 5s and their carers
Do I need to book in advance? No, just turn up            Cost? Free

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Little Hands On Story Time

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Friday 6 February

Every month, join us in the Discovery Room for story time!

What time? 10.30am–11am           Age? Under 5s and their carers
Do I need to book in advance? No, just turn up            Cost? Free

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Wonderful Wednesdays

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Wednesday 18 February
Banish the mid-week blues and celebrate Wonderful Wednesdays during the school holidays.
Come along and discover something different to do each time - drop in for 15 minutes or stay for longer, it's up to you!

Time?  1.30pm–3.30pm                       For ages? 5 -12
Do I need to book in advance? No      Cost? Free

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Family Egyptian Balcony Tour

Egyptian Balcony Tour logo

Saturday 28 February

Climb up high to get a closer look at the sights and stories of Egypt on our famous Egyptian Balcony.

What time? 11-11.40am           Age? 7+ Max. 2 children per adult
Do I need to book in advance? Yes, call 01772 905414    
Cost? £1 adult/50p child

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Little Hands On

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Tuesday 3 March

Every month, especially for our younger visitors, Little Hands On uses stories, art, singing, games and crafts to introduce little ones to some of the fascinating things you can see in the Harris.

What time? 11am–12 noon           Age? Under 5s and their carers
Do I need to book in advance? No, just turn up            Cost? Free

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Little Hands On Story Time

Little Hands On Storytime logo

Friday 6 March

Every month, join us in the Discovery Room for story time!

What time? 10.30am–11am           Age? Under 5s and their carers
Do I need to book in advance? No, just turn up            Cost? Free

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The Potter's Apprentice

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Saturday 7 March

Will you or your pot get fired? Have you the skills to become The Potter's Apprentice?
Complete tasks just like children did in Victorian potteries.

Time?  1.30pm–3.30pm                       For ages? 5 -12
Do I need to book in advance? No      Cost? Free

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Family Egyptian Balcony Tour

Egyptian Balcony Tour logo

Saturday 28 March

Climb up high to get a closer look at the sights and stories of Egypt on our famous Egyptian Balcony.

What time? 11-11.40am           Age? 7+ Max. 2 children per adult
Do I need to book in advance? Yes, call 01772 905414    
Cost? £1 adult/50p child

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This week's events

Fri 3rd Oct, 10.30-11am
Little Hands On Story Time
Under 5s & carers

Sat 4th, 1-3.30pm
Young Harris
Ages 12+

Sat 4th, 1.30-3.30pm
Hands On: Spirals, Squiggles & Stripes
Ages 5-12

Tues 7th, 11am-12pm
Little Hands On
Under 5s & carers

Wed 8th, 12.30-1pm
Tour: Marian Clayden exhibition

Wed 8th, 12.30-1pm
Talk: Preston Cenotaph

Thurs 9th, 2-4pm
What's In the Box?

Sat 11th, 11am-4pm
Conservation Day

Sat 11th, 2-2.45pm
Egyptian Balcony Tour
£1/50p concessions
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