Activities for Children
It's all fun and games
Ruddington Village Museum is a fun place for children of all ages, whether visiting as part of a school trip or having a fun family day out. Aside from all the exciting things to see, there are also plenty of interesting things to do:
- In the Edwardian school room, you are more than welcome to have a go at writing on the slates. You can also try on a blazer and satchel so you can really imagine yourself as a pupil of the past.
- In the farming section there will be an opportunity to catch rats! There are also activities for the more faint hearted however, who can weigh themselves on the agricultural scales or have a go at using the sheep shearing machine.
- They’ll be no putting your feet up in the cobblers either! Step into a cobblers shoes by using the leather stretching machines to see how a cobbler went about their work. Then you can literally step into someone else’s shoes and try on some of the clogs on display. Hopefully you won’t have to walk a mile in them to be able to imagine life in them!
- Other activities children can try including grinding pills in the pharmacy and trying out the mangel in the ironmongers.
- After learning so many different trades, it only seems fair to allow our younger visitors some play time. Among the beautiful things to look at in the toy shop, such as the expensive dolls, there are plenty of toys to play with such as the whips and tops. We encourage children to have a go and compare them to their own toys at home.
Visiting the museum is a great experience to share with you friends. So if you belong to a group of brownies, beavers, cubs or rainbows, why not ask your leader to arrange a visit for you all?
The Mole Hunt
At the time of the last census, conducted in early 2013, there was a family of 12 moles living in and amongst the museum displays. As some of the moles have found very cosy places to live, hidden well away from sight, there is a set of clues in verse form to help visitors as they hunt. Children who successfully complete the mole trail by spotting all the moles (and avoid getting bitten) receive a certificate and a mystery prize. Adults who complete the mole trail tend to get rather quizzical looks from fellow visitors.