The annual Family Friendly Museum Award has been running for the past 15 years, recognising the most family friendly heritage sites in the UK. This year, families and museums were asked to share what they thought was the best online activity for families during lockdown.
Kids In Museums received over 400 nominations from all over the world for a huge range of activities, from films and quizzes to games and crafts. An expert panel whittled down the nominations to a shortlist of 26 museums that have gone the extra mile to support families.
The Mary Rose was shortlisted for its Things To Make and Do activities. Kids In Museums commented that they "enjoyed the range of activities for both children and parents and for families to do together. They were clearly presented, fun and all linked to the museum's collection."
Chatham Historic Dockyard was shortlisted for Discover From Home. Kids In Museums commented that this offered "a great range of themed activities to help children complete their Arts Award. We thought this gave families a focus over weeks of lockdown and we rated the step-by-step instructions and films for parents."
Alison Bowyer, Executive Director of Kids in Museums, said: “We have been blown away by the standard and amount of great content that museums have produced to entertain families and promote their wellbeing during lockdown. Museum staff have adapted quickly, learning new skills and making the best of limited resources to create inventive new activities for different ages. I’d like to congratulate all the organisations that have been shortlisted for our award against tough competition from around the world. It’s brilliant to be able to recognise and celebrate their hard work in these challenging times.”
The winners of the Kids In Museums Awards will be announced in October.