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A WEEKLY OUTDOOR SESSION FOR UNDER-5S
JOIN US FOR A FUN AND FRIENDLY SESSION FOR UNDER-5s IN THE FANTASTIC GARDEN AT THE MERL
Discover the benefits of outdoor learning and child-led play! Come and join in with activities inspired by the themes and collections of the museum, enjoy exploring nature, our mud kitchen, water play, sand-pit and more. Each session also includes story-telling, craft activities singing and a snack.
At the sessions on 11th and 18th March, we will have some special activities on the theme of ‘Growth’ for British Science Week 2022.
11 March: GROWING WITH PATTERN
Children will be introduced to repeat patterns using print. They are encouraged to look for examples of patterns in the natural environment of The MERL garden, prior to experimenting with printing with potato shapes, carrots and stamps.
18 March: MEASURE YOURSELF and PLANTING SEEDS
Measure yourself: This fun activity will introduce children to the concept of height and show how their height compares with the size of the plants and trees around them.
Planting seeds: When seeds grow into plants, they support humans and animals by producing oxygen. In this activity, children will be plant their own seed pots to take home with them.
Sessions are run on weekly pay-as-you-go basis but you will need to book in advance. Bookings open at 12pm on a Friday, one week ahead of the session you’d like to attend. Runs only during RBC school term time. All are welcome to come along: parents, grandparents and childminders!
*Bookings will open from 12pm on Friday 4 March
Friday Fledglings is run by Charlotte, a local teacher and Level 3 Forest Leader.
WHAT TO BRING:
- Suitable clothing for you all (wellies and wet-weather gear are recommended). The session will remain outdoors, no matter what the weather does!
- Your own drinking water for story time
- We will serve bananas and biscuits as a snack or bring your own if you prefer
Please do not attend if anyone in your group is displaying any symptoms of COVID-19. Please check the latest safety guidance on our Visit Us page.
PARKING ARRANGEMENTS FOR FRIDAY FLEDGLINGS ATTENDEES
If the MERL car park is full, you can use a special parking permit to park in the University car parks on Acacia Road adjacent to the museum, or White Gates car park off Crown Place. This permit is valid for all sessions in a half term.
Please collect a permit from reception at the Museum. You can also download the current permit here.
If you do not display a permit, you may be issued with a penalty. We apologise for any inconvenience, but this solution means we can continue to offer free parking in the nearby University car parks. If you have any questions, please call 0118 378 8660 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Parking is limited at the museum and although we do our best to help those who need to come by car find a space, we would always encourage you to use alternative means of transport where possible. See our Getting Here page for details.
FAMILIES LOVE THE MERL
We are delighted to announce that we are a finalist in the Berkshire Little Ankle Biters Awards 2022! If you love visiting The MERL, please vote for us before 11th March!
The MERL won the award for Best Museum for families in the 2019 and 2021 Little Ankle Biters Berkshire Awards!
Thank you to all our visitors who voted for us and for your ongoing support.