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SCOTLAND. PERTH MUSEUM AND FERGUSSON GALLERY

Free family fun days, July 29-August 1 (1.30-4pm), comprising hands-on archaeology, mini beasts under the microscope, worksheets, practical arts and crafts, hat making and experimenting with colour. Tel: Wendy Sanders, 01738 632488.

GLASGOW ART GALLERY AND MUSEUM In the fantasy world of Kidspace, children can do a gallery drawing, change personality behind a mask, tell stories with puppets, draw fantasy pictures on the computer, listen to music, and dance with their shadows. Free admission. Tel: 0141 305 2699.

WALES

CARDIFF: NATIONAL MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY Create your own plaster dinosaur footprints and fossils for ages 7 upwards, July 29-August 8 (four sessions daily). Booking on admission. Tel: 01222 397951.

ST FAGAN'S: MUSEUM OF WELSH LIFE Evening performances of As You Like It and Hansel and Gretel, as part of the Everyman Open Air Theatre Festival until August 2. Bring a picnic. Bookings: 01222 773466. Spellbinding Welsh and English storytelling, July 28 and August 1. Tel: 01222 397951.

CAERLEON: ROMAN LEGIONARY MUSEUM Roman days for ages 5 to 12 until August 31, comprising dressing-up, marching, "fighting", guided tours and art workshops. Tel: 01633 423134.

NORTHERN ENGLAND

CARLISLE:TULLIE HOUSE MUSEUM Peat Moss sculpture picnic with Frank Mawby from English Nature followed by art activities in Tullie House, August 2, for ages 8 upwards. Tel: 01228 34781.

SUNDERLAND MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY Make a finger puppet zoo, July 28, or draw arty animals with artist Julia Triston, July 29 (10.30am-noon and 1.30-3pm). Children under 8 must be accompanied. Tel: Jo Cunningham, 0191 565 0723.

DERBY MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY Free activities linked to Derby artist, Joseph Wright's, centenary, include: find out about Red Indians and make something Red Indian, for ages 4 to 7, July 29 (10-11.30am); and for 8 to 11s, find out what an orrery is and make your own, July 30 (2-3.30pm); and find out about bones and make something boney at "A pile of bones", July 31 (2-3.30pm). Must be pre-booked. Tel: 01332 716654.

LIVERPOOL: CROXTETH HALL AND COUNTRY PARK Performances on the lawns of Aesop's fable, The Hare and the Tortoise, by Merseyside Young People's Theatre, July 27,29,30,31,August 1, (1.30pm and 3pm). Tickets: Pounds 3Pounds 2, Pounds 8 family. Tel: 0151 228 5311.

LIVERPOOL MUSEUM Free toddler trail for accompanied 3 to 5-year-olds, July 28, including dressing up as a crocodile or bear, face-painting, brass-rubbing, storytelling. Booking essential. Tel: Joyce Clark, 0151 478 4296.

BRADFORD: NATIONAL MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHY, FILM AND TELEVISION "Making Faces", daily drop-in sessions for 4 to 13s until August 31 (11am-4pm), ranging from simple mask-making to plasticene animation. Tel: 01274 727488.

SOUTHERN ENGLAND

BRIGHTON: BOOTH MUSEUM "Discovering dinosaurs" sessions for 6 to 11s with Doctor Dinosaur, July 30 (10.30-11.30am; 2.30-3.30pm), will include an interactive slide show and a dinosaur race, Pounds 2. Children under 8 must be accompanied. Plus a drama workshop for children aged 8 upwards inspired by current "Feather and Featherwork" exhibition, Pounds 3, August 1 (10.30am-12.30pm). Tickets pre-bookable from tel: 01273 292777.

BRIGHTON: PRESTON MANOR Children aged 8 upwards can prepare Victorian-style picnic food in the kitchen and makedecorate picnic baskets in the Boot Hall, August 2 (10am-noon). Afterwards, parents can join them for a picnic in the gardens. Children can also make spinning tops and skittles at a Victorian toymaking session in the servants' quarters (1-3pm). Tickets: Pounds 2. 50 each session (plus Pounds 1 reduced admission). Tel: 01273 292770.

CENTRAL ENGLAND

LEICESTER MUSEUMS Free activities for (accompanied) 7 to 12s at New Walk Museum include: discover the dodo's dream girl; read an Egyptian message; and make a pterodactyl, July 28; find out what a pangolin is; how Egyptians measured; and make a fossil rubbing, July 29; drama; find out what's in the dinosaur's egg; join in Boudicca's Revolt, August 1. At Jewry Wall, July 30, try Roman food and make a Roman game. Daily storytelling. Tel: 0116 255 4100.

DUDLEY, WEST MIDLANDS: HIMLEY HALL "Paper People", an exhibition of fun paper sculptures created by Nottingham artist Philip Cox, runs until August 3. Tel: 01902 326665.

LONDON

BARBICAN, EC2 Rumble in the jungle at the annual "Summer in the City" festival for ages 2 to 8, July 28-August 1 (10.30am-4.30pm). Includes an animal carnival, live exotic animals to stroke including a 12-foot python, puppet and theatre groups, and stories in the jungle-like conservatory. Workshops include making animal accessories to wear, music-making and dance classes. Admission: Pounds 6 (Pounds 5 in advance), Pounds 1.50 accompanying adults. Tel: 0171 638 8891.

NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM, GREENWICH, SE10 Dramatic performances about John Flamsteed, first Astronomer Royal (1676); and about the Victorian jack tar in contemporary words and music, July 28-31, for ages 8 upwards. Tel: 0181 858 4422.

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