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Museums 25 Things to do before you’re five

Toddlers love a challenge.

Glasgow Museums are a treasure chest of wonderful objects and artworks and letting little ones explore the city’s incredible collection is a great way to spark their imagination, kick-start a conversation and inspire creativity.

Youngsters can follow our fine furry friend, Museum Mouse, around the museum ticking tasks off their list as they go.  Pick up a booklet at any of Glasgow’s nine free-to-enter museums, look for the specially starred activities and grab a sticker when you’ve completed the challenges.

A cool Certificate of Achievement says you can visit all the museums and do all the fun activities before blowing out the candles on their 5th birthday cake.

Ready to take on the challenge…….here’s a taster of what to expect. 

  1. A mouse took a stroll

    The charming tale of the Gruffalo has captivated children for years. Kelvingrove Museum is home to a mouse, owl, snake and fox. Can you spot them all in Scotland’s Wildlife Gallery?

    Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
  2. Go bananas!

    We know wee ones don’t need any encouragement. At the People’s Palace and Winter Gardens explore the different plants on show. Long leaves, short leaves, round leaves, pointy leaves, even banana leaves.

    People's Palace
  3. Funny faces competition time

    Who can pull the funniest or scariest expression? Pose for a picture underneath the Tontine Heads in St Nicolas Garden at Provand’s Lordship, while you work out how old Glasgow’s oldest house is.

    Provand's Lordship
  4. Nee-naw nee-naw

    Calling all budding firefighters. After you’ve put out the fire in Riverside’s firefighters game, race around the museum counting how many other fire engines you can see.

    Riverside Museum
  5. Show Me Show Me

    Cbeebies favourite Show Me Show Me is always encouraging youngsters to show off their groovy dance moves. Capture a video of your toddler boogying away in front of our dancing skeleton at St Mungo Museum.

    St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art
  6. Dressing Up

    Dressing up divas can show how grown up they are by donning school uniforms from long ago at Scotland Street Museum. Sit at one of the old desks and ask the adults with you if their school looked like this.

    Scotland Street School Museum
  7. Treasure Hunt

    Treasure Hunt artists required at Glasgow Museum Resource Centre, a great big building in Nitshill that stores objects not on display. As long as you pre-book you can go and investigate all the treasures kept here. Sketch and show off all the weird and wonderful things you discover.

    Glasgow Museums Resource Centre
  8. ....and relax, well almost

    All that running around can be exhausting, so take a minute to stop, lie down and relax. Yes, lie down. We often miss so much by not taking time to look up. Head to the Gallery of Modern Art and get counting. Just how many pillars are holding up the stunning vaulted ceiling in Gallery One?

    Please note: visits to Glasgow Museums Resource Centre must be pre-booked, find out about upcoming tours, workshops and events by calling 0141 276 9300.

    Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA)