Kids in Museums has released its shortlist for the biggest museum award in Britain – the only one where children and families pick the winners.
Families who want to be undercover judges and help pick the winner from this 10-strong shortlist are invited to email [email protected].
Museums in the running for the Family Friendly Museum Award 2016 – ones that will entertain your family whatever the weather – are:
Egypt Centre, Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, Swansea
Wales’ only museum of ancient Egypt is a place where children can dress up, learn to perform mummification and handle real ancient artefacts surrounded by golden face masks and magical amulets.
Hampton Court Palace, Surrey
The newest attraction at King Henry VIII’s palace is the Magic Garden, a spectacular children’s play garden inspired by Tudor history, with battlements to storm, towers to besiege, a secret grotto to discover and even a 7.5-m-long fire-breathing dragon.
Manchester Art Gallery
High art can still be fun. This August families can style up for at fashion-focused workshops, set a trend, take a selfie and post it on Instagram for a chance to win a prize.
National Glass Centre, Sunderland
If we have a cool summer you can get warm here at a working glass centre, as well as discover the history of glass-making. Feel the heat of the furnace during glass-making demonstrations.
The Novium Museum, Chichester, West Sussex
A local museum displaying the stories and objects of Chichester residents from Roman soldiers to Joe the Pieman.
River & Rowing Museum, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire
Where else can you join Toad, Ratty and Mole for an adventure in the Wild Wood, find out all about life on the river and learn about the adrenalin thrills of extreme rowing?
Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, East Sussex
Free Summer Saturdays for families and children to explore and create different artworks each week.
Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, West Sussex
A collection of rescued buildings from the South-East of England including homes, workplaces, farm buildings and historic gardens. This August sees Wonderful Wednesdays, when families can try different crafts and gain new skills such as blacksmithing.
Wrexham County Borough Museum, North Wales
A lively local museum also prides itself on putting on exhibitions of international interest. This summer’s Sacred Spaces: The Rock Art of the San Bushmen has games, puzzles, trails, sleepovers, drop-in art sessions, music and dancing all inspired by the rock art of southern Africa.
York Art Gallery, Yorkshire
A newly refurbished city-centre gallery displaying world-class art collections. This is Fancy Dress Summer, inspired by 19th-century artist William Etty’s painting ‘Preparing for a Fancy Dress Ball’, and families can drop in to dress up and draw yourself in costume.
Find out more about the award.