Keep your whole family entertained this summer at Tate Britain with a range of creative family workshops and fun activities for children.
Throughout August Tate Britain will run a series of workshops for families to participate in together themed around the exhibition Art of the Garden. Children can discover the magic of the Secret Garden, which includes Beatrix Potters Peter Rabbit and Cicely Mary Barkers Flower Fairies, before making their own artworks in response to the exhibits (4 and 18 August, £4 including entry to the exhibition for accompanying adults). In addition a family activity book (free with the exhibition ticket) takes children on a fun trail around the show.
The popular and well-known Art Trolley will continue every Saturday and Sunday from 12.00 to 17.00 and is a great opportunity for children to explore and engage with the free British Art Displays at Tate Britain. In a comfortable area off the galleries, known as Artspace, children of all ages can enjoy hands-on sculpture activities, jigsaws, dressing up and other creative games and books. (Saturday and Sunday 13.00 -17.00)
Other ways for children to explore the displays at Tate Britain include a specially created audio-guide narrated by Tony Robinson (free; 5 – 8 year olds) and fun-filled activity bags (free; over 5 year olds). And when everyone needs a break the cafe offers a special childrens menu and facilities for all the family.
Tate has launched a new range of products for children this summer to inspire budding artists and entertain children throughout the long summer holiday. The sixty-four page book, A is for Artist (£10), is a visual journey through the alphabet with specially commissioned photography and illustrations by designer Ella Doran. Art in a Box (£8.50) is the latest in Tates successful range of activity kits designed to challenge and provoke responses to art works and to encourage children to create their own work. Picture Dominoes (£8.50) is a modern adaptation of the game with colour pictures of works from Tates Collection. Memory Game (£10) comprises a 48 card set featuring images of work by 24 well known artists between 1600 and 1992.