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Creating Family Friendly Interactions Workshop

Creating family friendly interactions in the new normal 

Wednesday 14 October, 10.30am-12.30pm and Thursday 15 October, 10.30am-12.30pm

Kids in Museums and other Museum Development Teams to develop a workshop about interacting with family audiences, that is specifically aimed towards those working in front facing roles.

About this training

As families start to return to museums after lockdown, research shows that this audience want to feel safe, welcome and assured that staff are patient. 

In this virtual training day for front facing museum staff and volunteers, we will:

  • learn why family visitors are an important part of your visitor profile 
  • gain an understanding of the key concerns families have about visiting museums post-lockdown
  • together come up with ways to tackle common scenarios involving family visitors and COVID-19 restrictions
  • explore how you can use playful and safe ways to interact with families in a way that is relevant to your site.

This virtual training session will be delivered over two half day sessions (two hours with a short break). The sessions will be delivered with consultant Sarah Shaw, former National Family Interpretation Manager for English Heritage. In this role she implemented a family friendly training and development programme for all front facing staff and volunteers across the organisation.

Take a look at the schedule attached.

Who should attend?

These training webinars are suitable for those working in front facing roles and interacting with families on a regular basis in your museum. We can only take bookings from staff or volunteers from museums in the North West, North East and Yorkshire. 

Run in partnership with Museum Development North West, Museum Development North East and Museum Development Yorkshire. Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Booking information

Free but booking is essential. Places are limited to one per organisation on a first-come, first-served basis.

To book a ticket, please click here.

Messing About in Museums – Workshop 5 Aug

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Messing About in Museums – in partnership with Kids in Museums and Penny Wilson of AssemblePlayKX – are hosting a free online workshop on how to welcome children, young people and families back into museums in playful ways.

They will also be sharing information about how to take part in a free scheme of mentoring and support for play.

The workshop will be on Wednesday 05 August (10:00 – 11:30 BST). Click here to book a place.

Register your interest: Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search

Kids in Museums is once again partnering with Walker Books on a new October half term activity for families. They are inviting museums and heritage sites to register their interest in being part of the Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search.

The campaign will celebrate the launch of the new book, Where’s Wally? Spooky Spotlight Search, and encourage families to safely get out and about in museums over the October half term.

Organisations will be sent a free kit with everything you need to host your hunt for Wally. To register your interest in taking part, please fill in their online form and select ‘Museum Development newsletter’ in the how did you hear about us section. Please note that places are limited and this does not guarantee your place. The deadline for registering your interest is 5pm on Friday 31 July 2020.

Kids in Museums have also created a hash tag to encourage museums to share families enjoying themselves back in museums which if you were sending out a newsletter you could include:


Kids in Museums is running a social media campaign to encourage and build confidence in families to visit museums and heritage sites. They are asking museums to share pictures of their family visitors and to encourage families to share theirs on social media using the hashtag #KidsBackInMuseums. Kids in Museums will share these posts to help families hear others’ experiences and know what to expect from a socially distanced visit.

Kids in Museums Carnival

From Kids in Museums:


Kids in Museums Carnival

  • Museum of Liverpool
  • 29 April 2020, 11am-4pm
  • Tickets: £32.93 (We are offering a limited number of free places for staff who are in their first roles within a museum, which will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.)

The Kids in Museums Carnival is a celebration of the work going on across the UK to involve children, young people and families in heritage.

Through lightning talks and interactive workshops, you will hear a range of best practice approaches from the museums shortlisted for our Family Friendly Museum Award 2019. We’ll explore how to be family friendly on a budget, overcome practical barriers, support young people’s mental health, get involved in our programmes and much more!

Take a photo in our selfie booth, drop by our advice stall and try your hand at designing a party hat to celebrate 10 years of Takeover Day.


We hope to see you there! Find out more and book your place.


Kids in Museums Event: Meaningful consultation with children and families

Monday 24th February
Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum
Tickets – £92.81

From Kids in Museums:

During this training day we’ll explore a range of techniques for consulting families and children. We’ll explore case studies from Thinktank, the Lapworth Museum of Geology and Westminster Abbey. Charlotte Derry from Playful Places and Happy Museum will also provide top tips for playful consultation with this audience.

The day will help delegates to:

• think about the differences between evaluation and consultation

• gain inspiration from case studies to take your own work forward

• find out about a range of techniques to consult with under 5s, children and families including playful approaches

• explore how to recruit children and families to undertake consultation.

Take a look at the full schedule here.

Who should attend?

This training is aimed at staff who work in museums, art galleries and heritage sites who are interested in exploring ways to meaningfully consult with families and children.

For more details and to book a ticket, visit the eventbrite page.


Kids in Museums launch guide for museums to support children and young people to understand and respond to the Climate and Ecological Emergency

From Kids in Museums:

Museums can play an important role in supporting young people to learn more about the Climate and Ecological Emergency, to discuss and debate the issues surrounding it and to get involved with social action to achieve long-term change. Young people’s activism on these issues has the potential to be very effective in helping them feel empowered in the face of a global problem, increase their sense of wellbeing, and deliver messages about the need for action to adults – as shown in a recent American study.

This guide, created in partnership with Climate Museum UK, Happy Museum Project and Julie’s Bicycle, sets out ways your museum could support young people and take a stand on environmental issues.

Kids in Museums’ How to be a Family Friendly Museum Training Day

People’s History Museum, Manchester
Tuesday 9th July 2019, 10am-4pm

Would you like your museum to be more welcoming of children, young people and families, but need some support?

This training day will provide a great opportunity to review where you are as an organisation and offer top tips and inspiration to develop your offer for this audience.

This day will help delegates to:

  • explore how your work fits into the local and national context
  • use our Kids in Museums Manifesto as a framework to reflect on what your organisation offers and where you can develop your work
  • pick up low and no cost tips for improving your provision
  • hear from the People’s History Museum, our 2017 Family Friendly Museum Award winner, about how they have embedded the Kids in Museums Manifesto and run Takeover Day
  • discover how Takeover Day and Teen Digital Takeover can be used to pilot new work
  • find out about a range of resources to support your work
  • create an action plan in order to take your work forward.

Take a look at the full schedule here.

To book a place visit the eventbrite page.

Who should attend?

This training day is suitable for staff or volunteers from museums across the North West, North East and Yorkshire.

Run in partnership with Museum Development North West, Museum Development North East and Museum Development Yorkshire.

Supported by Arts Council England.

New Kids in Museums Resource: Visual impairment

Kids in Museums has published a new guide on how museums can better welcome families and young people who are blind or partially sighted.

It offers simple ideas to help overcome the hurdles faced by those with visual impairments in visiting museums and heritage sites.

The guide set outs where to get started, how to improve physical access to your museum and how to create tailored resources at your site, like audio description and multi-sensory tours.

It also provides information on what museums and heritage sites currently offer and which organisations to contact for further advice.

The resource can be downloaded from here and a large print version of the guide is available on the Kids in Museums website.

Children, Families and Wellbeing Training Day

Tuesday 11th June, 10am-4pm
Manchester Museum

Brought to you by Kids in Museums in collaboration with the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance

What can museums and heritage organisations do to support the wellbeing of children and families in their local community?

This training day will be based at Manchester Museum, which alongside the other University of Manchester owned organisations, The Whitworth and Manchester Art Gallery, has a pioneering and long-established health and wellbeing programme with their local community.

You will hear about their work with children and families from the perspective of their staff, their health care partners and participants.

We are also delighted to include speakers from the Fitzwilliam Museum and National Museum Wales who will present case studies about their innovative provision.

This training will help you to:

  • Gain an understanding about the factors that affect the wellbeing of children and families
  • Learn about the policy context for this audience
  • Work in partnership with local community and health organisations
  • Use the museum environment to support the wellbeing of children and families
  • Discuss with speakers how to overcome challenges and ideas you have for undertaking this work in your organisation.

This event is part of Creativity and Wellbeing Week.

For more information or to book click here.

Kids in Museums Events

Young People and Wellbeing Training Day
CAN Mezzanine, Borough, London
Tuesday 30th April 2019
10:00 – 16:00

At this training day, you will gain an insight into what factors affect young people’s wellbeing and what museums and cultural institutions can do to support.

We will hear from mental health practitioners, young people who have taken part in wellbeing programmes and inspiring case studies from Dulwich Picture Gallery, Historic Royal Palaces and The Hepworth Wakefield.

The training, which is in collaboration with the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance, covers how to pilot new schemes with young people, embed wellbeing provision across your organisation, work in partnership with local organisations and support staff wellbeing.

For more information and to book your place, visit Eventbrite.

Welcoming Families and Young People with Autism Training Day
National Museum of Liverpool
Thursday 9th May 2019
10:00 – 16:00

Run in partnership with Autism in Museums and National Museums Liverpool, this workshop will explore practical ways to make your venue more accessible to people with autism.

Delegates will discover how families and young people with autism experience your venues, and hear from organisations who have made low and no cost changes to improve access. We will explore ideas on how to embed practice, make new local partnerships, evaluate provision and create self-guided resources.

Speakers include Claire Madge from Autism in Museums, a young intern from National Museums Liverpool and staff from the Museum of English Rural Life and St Albans Museum.

For more information and to book your place, visit Eventbrite.