6 cracking Half Term activities at Canterbury Museums and Galleries

Scrambling to find creative Half Term activities that won’t break the bank? Discover Kent’s wildlife wonders and uncover Roman relics at Canterbury Museums and Galleries this school break. The Beaney’s Kent Wildlife family exhibition is jam-packed with hands-on fun and Canterbury Roman Museum’s got more interactive games than you can shake a stick at! Here’s what we’ve got going on:

1) Craft a little clay creature

Father and child making clay hedgehogs in the Kent Wildlife exhibition
Image credit: @mjdeane27 on Instagram

If you’re not afraid to get your hands dirty, you need to pay a visit to the Kent Wildlife exhibition’s Creation Station. Plonk yourself down and have a go at crafting your own prickly pal, to be displayed as part of the exhibition’s clay hedgehog clan!

2) Write a leafy resolution

Pledges written on paper leaves and stuck on the Wildlife Pledge Tree. One says 'to make a family bug house'.

So you’ve just created the most perfectly formed clay hedgehog known to man – where do you go from here? Well you can hop right on over to the exhibition’s Wildlife Pledge Tree. What’s something you want to start doing to help your local wildlife? Recycle more? Make a bird feeder? Scribble it down on a paper leaf, add it to the tree and watch it grow!

3) Live your best birdwatching life

 A child wearing a birdwatching outfit in the Kent Wildlife exhibition
Image credit: Rebecca Alexis on Facebook

Write a heart-warming message on a leaf – check
It’s time to practice your best David Attenborough impression and dress up in the cutest birdwatching outfit you’ve ever seen. Grab your jacket, hat and obligatory binoculars as you spy on beautiful birds hiding around the gallery. 

4) Kids Go Free in Roman Canterbury

Mother and two sons looking at a map of Roman Canterbury

Loved learning about Kent’s wildlife past? If it’s time travelling you’re into then a trip back to Roman Canterbury needs to be on your Half Term agenda – and the best part is Kids Go Free this school holiday! Delve below street level, 2,000 years ago, to explore life in Durovernum Cantiacorum and discover the remains of a swanky Roman Town House.

5) Create your own currency

Roman coins spilling out of a Roman pot in sand

Brand new for this school holiday, you’ll get to learn all about Roman money and mint your very own coin to take home as part of our Coin Bash activity. It’s £3 per coin but, trust us, it’s worth every penny!

6) Suit up as a soldier and play archaeologist

Child trying on a Roman soldier helmet as mother laughs

If the manual labour of bashing a coin with a mallet isn’t your sort of thing then there’s tons of other interactive activities to sink your teeth into! Suit up as a Roman soldier, listen to our audio tour guide, design your own mosaic, and have a go at uncovering hidden archaeological treasures with our interactive BEAM! Projector.

Book your visit to The Beaney’s Kent Wildlife exhibition and Canterbury Roman Museum now before spaces sell out!

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