Child's Play

A celebration of all things playful in the Laing collection

Bostock and Wombwell's Menagerie by John Atkinson


Until Sunday 13 August

Visitor information

Opening times

This exhibition space will be used for a busy programme of events for children and young people throughout the summer months.

However, when there are no events planned the space will be open for all to visit during the gallery's opening hours:

MondayClosed (except bank holidays)
Tuesday10am - 5pm
Wednesday10am - 5pm
Thursday10am - 5pm
Friday10am - 5pm
Saturday10am - 5pm
Sunday2pm - 5pm

If you wish to visit this exhibition specifically please contact the gallery to check whether the space is open.


Free to browse, but events and activities may incur a charge.


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