Mu­seum hol­i­day pro­gramme a big hit with the kids

Hawke's Bay Today - - News - By Laura Vo­danovich

The last week of the hol­i­days have gone by in a whirl and it’s been fab­u­lous to see the build­ing full of chil­dren with their fam­i­lies. I love it when there are the sounds of peo­ple in the build­ing talk­ing, ex­plor­ing and laugh­ing – bring­ing the mu­seum to life.

The suc­cess of our school hol­i­day pro­grammes and other ac­tiv­i­ties has been very en­cour­ag­ing and we plan to add more pro­grammes and ex­tend their du­ra­tion dur­ing school hol­i­days in the New Year.

Chil­dren loved the Plas­tic Fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence, with many com­ing early to go through Bot­tled Ocean 2118 be­fore­hand to gain in­spi­ra­tion for their own cre­ations.

Stop Mo­tion An­i­ma­tion & Vir­tual Re­al­ity was a huge hit, with chil­dren lov­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence of mak­ing their own dig­i­tal cre­ation. A pro­gramme aimed at an adult au­di­ence, Lace Tour, was greatly en­joyed by at­ten­dees with many, I’m sure, leav­ing in­spired by the items they got to see up close.

It al­ways sur­prises me how some­thing as sim­ple as a trea­sure hunt around MTG Hawke’s Bay cap­tures young peo­ple, but it cer­tainly does.

We make sure this is up­dated reg­u­larly so our re­peat vis­i­tors get new ex­pe­ri­ences when they re­turn.

This trea­sure hunt, cou­pled with ac­tiv­i­ties in many gal­leries, more video and dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy, and dress-up spots, means chil­dren have a much more en­gag­ing ex­pe­ri­ence when they visit the mu­seum.

These ac­tiv­i­ties are aimed at get­ting chil­dren look­ing closely and think­ing about what’s on dis­play while en­sur­ing they have an en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ence at the same time.

It’s not too late to bring in your chil­dren or mokop­una to ex­pe­ri­ence the mu­seum if you haven’t yet done so these hol­i­days – or if you would like a sec­ond visit.

As we head to­wards Labour Week­end I’m aware that se­condary stu­dents will be study­ing for ex­ams and then the end of the year is al­most upon us.

We still have plenty planned be­fore the end of the year at MTG, with three ex­hi­bi­tion changes, pro­grammed ac­tiv­i­ties in the Cen­tury Theatre and else­where around the build­ing, and maybe a cou­ple of sur­prises as well.

The sum­mer hol­i­days are the busiest sea­son for us, with many cruise ships and vis­i­tors in town and, of course, the Art Deco Fes­ti­val.

Even in the midst of all that, we al­ways en­sure there’s plenty for lo­cals and es­pe­cially chil­dren to see and do.

One of the ex­hi­bi­tions that will go on dis­play be­fore the end of the year, with a very lo­cal flavour, is The Ar­chi­tec­tural Le­gacy of J.A. Louis Hay – which will re­main up for the 2019 Art Deco Fes­ti­val.

This ex­hi­bi­tion will fea­ture orig­i­nal plans along­side dig­i­tal copies of many more that can’t fit into the dis­play.

In a re­gion full of Louis Hay build­ings it’s fit­ting that these plans are brought out for ev­ery­one to see. We hope many of you will come and en­joy that dis­play over the sum­mer.

"These ac­tiv­i­ties are aimed at get­ting chil­dren look­ing closely and think­ing about what’s on dis­play."

Laura Vo­danovich is the di­rec­tor of the Mu­seum Theatre Gallery (MTG) Hawke’s Bay.

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