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The Scottish Maritime Museum on Irvine Harbourside has announced a bumper summer series of children’s activities as part of the award-winning attraction’s new family-friendly blockbuster exhibition Sea Monsters!

The new activities have been designed for children of all ages with ‘Little Sea Monsters’ sessions for under fives, Sea Monsters Make and Takes and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) sessions for all ages and Art Workshops and a week-long Sea Monster Theatre Workshop for over tens.

The ‘Little Sea Monsters’ activity sessions for under fives run on Wednesdays and Sundays from 13 July to 21 August. During the one hour session between 10am and 11am, young visitors will enjoy stories and crafts and snacks are included.

The first session on Wednesday 13 July is themed ‘Save the Ocean’. During the eco-friendly hour, everyone will hear the story of pirates helping clean up the ocean before creating their own arts and crafts out of recyclable materials to help encourage upcycling and a more sustainable way of ‘playing’ for children.

On Sunday 17 July visitors will dive ‘Under the Sea’ hearing the tale of a fisherman and his unexpected visitor before creating their own ocean wildlife and even enjoying a ‘visit’ from a family of make-believe sharks!

The Sea Monsters Make and Takes run every Saturday 11am – 3pm from 9 July to 13 August.

Upcoming themes are Sea Monster Posters (9 July), Sea Monster Dioramas (16 July) and Sea Monster Origami (23 July).

Also coming up at the Museum are Art Workshops and a Sea Monster Theatre Workshop for 10 years of age and over.

The Art Workshops will run every Friday from 15 July to 12 August and the week-long Sea Monster Theatre Workshop, which is led in collaboration with Triple Act Theatre, will take place from 7 – 12 August.

The Scottish Maritime Museum also gets set to continue the popular STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) education workshops through the summer.

The STEM sessions will run on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 12 July to 16 August.

Morning sessions will suit children aged 8-12 years (P4-P7) and afternoon sessions secondary school age.

For 5 to 7 year olds, a further series of STEM workshops will run every Wednesday and Sunday afternoons from 13 July to 21 August.

The activities are also part of the Come and Sea Us! events programme which is the largest series of summer exhibitions and events held at the Scottish Maritime Museum on Irvine Harbourside since Covid began.

The jam-packed programme has been made possible by the support of the Museum and Galleries Scotland (MGS) Museums Recovery Fund.

Following the sell out Sea Monsters! opening weekend, the Museum looks forward to hosting a second family weekend celebration during the Making Waves festival on Irvine Harbourside and Beach Park on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 July.

The Scottish Maritime Museum’s ‘Sea Monsters!’ exhibition celebrates the fantastical and mythical sea creatures of Scottish legend and maritime mythology across the world.

Sessions are included in Museum Entry and up to three children go FREE with each Adult/Concession, except Little Sea Monsters and the Theatre Workshop.

‘Little Sea Monsters’ Tickets > BOOK NOW
Priced £2.00 for one Adult and one Child and then 50p for each additional Child.

Theatre Workshop Tickets > Will be available shortly
Priced £10.00 for each attendee for the full week workshop and including lunch.

Spaces for the above are limited so early online booking is highly recommended.

For the Art Workshops that will be running every Friday from 15th July to 12th August and the STEM activities which will happen on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12th July to 16th August, please BOOK NOW DAILY TICKETS HERE. First select a date the activity is on and then select a session time before 2pm (activities finish at 3pm) and you stay up to closing time at 5pm

Issued on behalf of the Scottish Maritime Museum by
Joanna Harrison, Mobile: 07884 187404

Notes to Editors:
Museums Galleries Scotland is the National Development Body for museums and galleries in Scotland and offers strategic development support to the sector. For further information about Museums Galleries Scotland visit www.museumsgalleriesscotland.org.uk/about-us/

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