The older kids are back at school – what’s on for the under fives

Caption: There are a number of fun activities for the under fives on offer this autumn.

A range of exciting activities and events for the under fives are available at two of Leeds’ museums this autumn.

Kicking-off the fun is Abbey House Museum, who will be providing ‘Messy Monkey Sessions’ every Friday afternoon during term time from 2pm - 4pm. Why not join in the fun and be creative with materials from paint to glitter, and maybe make new friends in the unique setting of the museum.

Also held at Abbey House, is ‘Little Scientists’, where budding boffins, geniuses and experts of the future, can take part in messy and creative science based fun, which has a different theme each month. Themes will include on 5 November, ‘Trains and Boats’ and on the 3 December, ‘Flying’.

A Toddler Treasure hunt will also be held throughout October, where they can hunt for clues through the Victorian streets and win a prize if they find all the projects.

A short walk from Abbey House is historic Kirkstall Abbey, and they too are ensuring fun and exciting for the little ones with ‘Muddy Monkeys’ every Tuesday morning, which includes free fun craft based activities.

In addition to the events at Abbey House Museum and Kirkstall Abbey for under fives, there is also 'Playground' at Leeds Art Gallery and 'Tiny Tiger' at Leeds City Museum. To find out more about what Leeds Museums and Galleries have to offer people of all ages, please see: www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said:

"There is always a lot to see and do in our museums and galleries, and it is fantastic that this autumn we are offering activities for the under fives at Abbey House Museum and Kirkstall Abbey.

"On offer will include a number of messy and enjoyable craft events and in what promises something not to be missed, youngsters, as part of ‘Little Scientists’, will have an early chance to find out how much fun science can be."

Notes to editors:

Abbey House Museum is an interactive family-friendly museum overlooking Kirkstall Abbey in Kirkstall, just three miles from the city centre of Leeds. The ground floor of the museum is set out with three authentic Victorian streets illustrating a range of shops, houses and services from 1880s Leeds. Upstairs galleries feature the Childhood Gallery and the Community Gallery showcasing the nationally important collection of toys and games, as well as temporary exhibitions.

Admission to under five events:

Adults £3.90 (discount with Leeds Card),with children under five, free.

Mondays closed (except bank holiday Mondays) Tues-Fri and Sun 10am-5pm, Sat 12pm-5pm (last admission 4pm).

Kirkstall Abbey is one of the most complete Cistercian monasteries in Britain. Founded in 1152 by Cistercian monks, Kirkstall was a religious centre in Yorkshire until 1539 when it was closed by Henry VIII during the Dissolution of the Monasteries.

Visitors can explore the abbey ruins to discover where the monks worked, lived and prayed over 800 years ago, from the majesty of the church to the peace of the cloisters.

The Visitor Centre is home to displays about the abbey, kid’s dressing up and a shop selling unique bespoke products. Entrance to Kirkstall Abbey is Free. There are regular events at the abbey throughout the year, including the Kirkstall Festival every July.

For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk