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The Spark Festival - Give it a go

Takeover: Leicester Museum & Art Gallery

Saturday 18 May 2024

Come and experience this free creative event planned and delivered by Leicester children for families from across the city.

The Spark Arts for Children and Leicester Museum & Art Gallery present


Free activities during the day

Drop-in during the day to get creative with Mehndi hand painting, making Rangoli artwork, and designing your own jewellery during bead-making sessions. There’s something for the whole family to enjoy, and plenty of new things to try!

11.00 am - 3.00 pm

Puppet show and puppet-making

Laika The Space Dog by Lori Hopkins is the story of a stray dog on an exciting mission into outer space. It features a beautifully crafted puppet, an exciting soundtrack and a few surprises! After the performance, families can ‘meet’ Laika and make a puppet to take home.

11.00 am and 2.00 pm
20-minutes (+ puppet-making afterwards)

Attending this takeover

Joining in with the Leicester Museum & Art Gallery takeover is free – making it a great day out for the family. Drop-in at any time between 11.00 am and 3.00pm and stay as long as you like. Remember that, if you want to attend the puppet show (and puppet-making sessions), these will take place at the set times displayed above.

There are limited number of parking spaces available in the museum car park, so we encourage you to join us using public transport if you can. The car park can be accessed at Princess Road West, LE1 6TR (via West Street), and the nearest alternative is situated on East Street (LE1 6NB).

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Saturday 18 May 2024
Leicester Museum & Art Gallery, LE1 7EA
4+ (and their grown ups)

More about Leicester Museum & Gallery

53 New Walk, Leicester, LE1 7EA
See above
Visit the venue website for full details
0116 225 4900

More about the takeovers

Children from Falcons Primary and Queensmead Primary have worked with artist Sam Redway to ‘takeover’ Leicester Museum & Art Gallery – and they’ve planned a brilliant day for you all! They will also be taking on key roles on the day itself – from hosting to assisting with activities. So come an experience a day of free creative activities for the whole family.

That’s not all! Two more schools will also be ‘taking over’ De Montfort University on the same day. Find out more about this additional takeover and, if you like, come along to both!

And there are other free events also happening at this venue on the same day. Learn about the ‘We Know Best’ workshops on our Upcoming Events page.

Pictures from previous takeovers