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NATIONWIDE: National Trust Properties

Trusty the Hedgehog, the NT's popular mascot, is welcoming children to Illyria's open-air touring production of 'Alice in Wonderland' among many other events. Ask for the "Children Welcome" information pack. Tel: 0181 315 1111.

WALES: Celtica, Machynlleth, Powys

Storytelling, costumes and face painting (August 22, 23,26, 29-31); fun Welsh language session and live Celtic songs and rhythms (August 26); spinning and weaving workshop (August 27). Tel: 01654 702702.


Walsall Museum and Art Gallery

"Me and You", an interactive art and history exhibition for ages three upwards, continues until August 30. Children can play with low-tech, art-based games, masks, puzzles, fuzzy felt pictures and high-tech touch screen computer programs, make artworks to take home, listen to stories, dress up, role-play and meet and work with artists. Tel: 01922 653116.

Hove Museum and Art Gallery, Brighton: "Model Children", a free exhibition of paintings of children at home, work and play hung at child level, runs until September 27. Gallery activities include workshops, jigsaw puzzles, drawing and feely boxes. "Forensic: bags of evidence", a debut exhibition from SCRATCH (interrelated projects run by 18 to 30-year-olds) until October 4, looks at museum artefacts through young people's eyes. At "Bags of Fun!" sessions on August 28, children aged eight upwards can explore the stories around the objects. Free, but bookable in advance. Tel: Linda Orams, 01273 292830.

Newhaven Fort, East Sussex: Oddsocks Productions presents Shakespeare's 'Much Ado About Nothing' in the open air, August 24, 7.30pm. Tel: 01273 517622.

St Albans Museum: Eight to 13-year-olds will make a movie about life in St Albans today and 100 years ago to include documentary, drama and animation, August 24-28. Fee: Pounds 45 or Pounds 10 per day. Tel: 01727 819340.

Westminster Libraries, London W1: Children's campaign, "The Big Read", runs until September 6, inspired by Mary Hoffman's 'Amazing Grace', about a young girl discovering she can become anything she wants through the power of stories. Participants get certificates. Tel: Jonathan Douglas, 0171 641 1311 or any Westminster children's library.

Museum of the Moving Image, London SE1: To tie in with Chewits Movies for Kids at the neighbouring National Film Theatre until the end of August, MOMI is running pre-screening workshops and actor-led drama sessions including hands-on sci-fi, animation and strip-cartoon workshops. Tel: 0171 928 3232.

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