Kids in Museums launch wellbeing resource and museum award

To mark Creativity and Wellbeing Week 2020 the charity Kids in Museums launched a new resource that explores how museums can work with children and families to support their wellbeing, focusing on two case studies from Manchester Museum and the Whitworth.
The Manchester case study focuses on their Muso Baby programme. The programme is made up of interactive music and sensory play sessions attended by mothers experiencing or at risk of anxiety or post-natal depression and their babies. It is aimed at encouraging emotional connections between parent and child, and giving parents the opportunity to develop supportive peer relationships in a safe space. The Whitworth shares their experience of setting up their family volunteering programme which helps encourage community between parents on maternity and paternity leave. The organisations also share their tops tips to help other museums wanting to undertake similar work.
The resource follows the launch of Kid in Museums “10 ways to improve your wellbeing” newsletter listing online activities for families during lockdown. The newsletter also now features arts organisations.
In addition, the charity has also launched its Family Friendly Museum Award From Home to celebrate the support museums have offered to families across the UK during the pandemic. Chief executive Alison Bowyer said the award “celebrates all of these fantastic activities and the tremendous efforts museums have made to stay in touch with and support families through this difficult time”.  Families can nominate museums or organisations can enter themselves until 30 June 2020 on the Kids in Museums website.