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Gallery opens for under fives

Youngsters under the age of five have been enjoying a new gallery designed just for them.

The new facility, entitled The Den, opened up in the New Walk Museum and Gallery in April.

The space has been designed for children of pre-school age and includes lots of bright colours and places to relax in. It includes plenty of hands-on activities and interesting objects for youngsters to explore.

One of the highlights of The Den is a big tree that contains displays for the four seasons and a cubbyhole where children can sit on beanbags and look at books. There is also a rubber-tiled floor with footsteps for the young visitors to follow.

Assistant City Mayor, councillor Vi Dempster, who is cabinet lead for children, said: “I’m really impressed with the new gallery – it’s bright and cheery and children are going to love it.

“I’d encourage children and their families to come along and see what’s on offer.”

The new gallery will also display artwork by local children and has plenty of facilities for children with special educational needs.

It also includes foam squares with different pictures on and children are encouraged to arrange these in various ways to make different stories.

The gallery has been set up by Leicester City Council in an aim to encourage families to find exciting new ways to experience museum objects, and visitors are invited to touch and move all the exhibits.

The Den is free to visit and is situated downstairs in the museum, opposite ‘Wildspace’.


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