Summer JAM fun at museums this summer holiday

Activities at Red House Glass ConeYoungsters can enjoy a huge range of activities, summer schools and family fun days with the Juniors at Museums (JAM) club this summer.

Activities are on offer at all three Dudley Council museum sites, from craft activities to family fun days to free trails.

Free family trails, where children can hunt for letters and pictures around the venues, will be available every day from Saturday 18 July throughout the holidays (during normal museum opening hours)Broadfield House Glass Museum will be hosting its free annual summer event, the Teddy Bear’s picnic on Thursday 23 July, 12noon – 4pm. This popular under 5s event, including games, storytelling and crafts is a chance to bring along a teddy and a picnic for a relaxing fun afternoon.

The museum will also be hosting bookable craft sessions with the chance to make a fused glass ice lolly key ring on Thursday 27 August at 12.30, 1.30 and 2.30 costing £4 per child, booking required.
The museums is also host to the Oodles of Doodles exhibition which runs throughout the holidays, featuring fun, quirky pieces of glass inspired by the doodles of celebrities including Raymond Blanc, Lenny Henry and Emma Thompson.

 There will be more visitors from the past on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 August with a visit from the Guild of the Blessed St Edmund and their free medieval re-enactment event.

A special, interactive summer exhibition opens on 4 July and runs throughout the holidays. ‘An English Country Garden’ features a mini den, arbour, gnomes, wishing well, lots of artificial grass and colouring activities.

The cone is also hosting glassmaking demonstrations every day during the holidays from 12 – 3.30pm.
The cone will also be hosting a bookable holiday glass crafts school for ages 8+ on Monday 27 July – theme by the sea – and Monday 24 August – theme nature –  from 9.30 – 3.30 costing £22.50 per child.

Youngsters can also attend a STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) investigating glass session from 10.30 – 12.30 on Saturday 5 September. Suitable for ages 8+ it costs £5.60 and must be booked in advance.

Finally, there’s a drop-in glass crafts session on Saturday 5 September from 1.30 – 3.30pm with the chance to make a fused glass bag charm for just £2.30.