Child's Play

This is a historic exhibition. It is no longer available to visit and this page is only retained as a record of the previous event. For current and future exhibitions, visit our What's On page.

A celebration of all things playful in the Laing collection

Bostock and Wombwell's Menagerie by John Atkinson


Until 13 August 2017 (historic exhibition)


This exhibition from the Laing collection includes paintings, drawings, craft and decorative art with the themes of circus, fairground, the seaside and countryside. The objects will form a fun backdrop for a programme of playing, dancing, making and creating events for children of all ages throughout the summer.

Related events:

Marvellous Beasts

Saturday 8 July

Join ZooLab for a jumpsquiffling animal handling session, inspired by the characters of Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake. Best suited to children aged 2-7 years. Find out more

Wish upon a Star

Saturday 5 August

Meet Peter, the boy who never grew up, in an enchanting 90 minute interactive performance. Your little ones will use their imagination to fly through faraway lands, helping Peter and his friends to catch his mischievous shadow. Best suited to children aged 2-7 years. Find out more

Circus Fun and a Little Bit of Nonsense

Saturday 19 August

Learn some impressive circus tricks and have a lot of fun in this 45 minute workshop with Marty from Circurama. Best suited to children aged 5-10 years. Find out more