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Museums go to town for half-term

Published on Friday, February 15, 2019

Dinosaur at New Walk Museum

A POP-UP museum at Leicester’s Highcross shopping centre next week will give youngsters the chance to do a dinosaur jigsaw, make an Easter bonnet and maybe even handle some fossils.

From Tuesday (19 February), Leicester City Council’s museums service will take over a vacant unit at the shopping centre to highlight some of its forthcoming exhibitions – and to provide some fun, free activities for children on their half-term holiday.

There will be toys and games, arts and crafts, and lots of opportunities to learn about some of the thousands of items in the museums' collections.

Deputy city mayor Cllr Piara Singh Clair said: “We’re taking our museums into Highcross this half-term to show people a tiny proportion of the fascinating items we have in our collections.

“It’s a great way to promote our forthcoming exhibitions and encourage people to visit the city’s museums, so we’re very grateful to Highcross for letting us use this vacant unit.

“There will be lots going on and I hope that families will pop in to our pop-up to enjoy the many free activities we’ve arranged.”

The pop-up museum can be found in the lower ground mall, adjacent to Next, from Tuesday (19 February) until Friday (22 February). Opening hours are 10am until 3pm.

Other half-term events at Leicester’s museums include a LEGO fun day at New Walk Museum (11.30am to 3pm) on Wednesday (20 February), and a Frosty Fun Day at the Guildhall on Thursday (21 February, 11.30am-3pm), where youngsters can enjoy ‘snowball’ fun in the Great Hall. Activities cost £3.

There will also be a funfair in the city centre all week.

Details of all the events taking place in Leicester’s museums from now until April are listed in a free brochure which is available from all city council venues, while more ideas for half-term activities are listed at