TIME to Get Up (a brand new exhibition for pre-schoolers) at Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books will open next week on Thursday 29 March 2018.
Children and families will be able to step into their favourite stories and explore their daily routines – from getting up, playing at home, meal times and going to nursery through to having a bath and snuggling up for bedtime, everyday life and family routine is celebrated through interactive reading and creative experiences.
Kate Edwards, chief executive at Seven Stories, said: “The first few years of a child’s life are full of new experiences, and a lot of new routine. From getting up to going to bed, reading books together can offer reassurance and encouragement whilst sharing books can also make the everyday exciting! Time to Get Up is packed full of wonderful stories all about day to day activities. With old favourites and new titles, and amazing artwork by super-talented illustrators, get ready to look, talk, play and read together.”
The original artwork and manuscripts in the exhibition will be displayed using an entirely new method inspired by touch and feel boards, a first for a British cultural venue. This unique method of curation enables children to explore new, immersive and inclusive ways of engaging directly with the original artwork in the gallery. Young story explorers can see, touch, smell and hear their way through a variety of sensory activities, all linked to the exciting new experiences and routines that every young child encounters.
The exhibition will also feature two brand new, specially designed Sensory Backpacks, complete with a beautiful, interactive blanket, a book and a selection of sensory props to help young ones of all abilities to explore the exhibition in the most appropriate and exciting way.
Alison Fisher, exhibition manager, said: “Every day, all around the world, people get up and prepare for the day ahead. This is a universal experience that we all share, but our routines are completely unique to our families which I find fascinating. Janet and Allan Ahlberg capture these differences beautifully in The Baby’s Catalogue, where families get up and prepare for the day. The exhibition also explores classic stories like Sunshine which follows one family’s morning routine through a completely wordless story, giving the reader the chance to explore and discuss the illustrations.”
In a change from traditional exhibition launches, children themselves will be the VIPs at the launch of Time to Get Up. To celebrate the opening of the exhibition, Chalk will present an exhibition preview the whole family can attend in their pyjamas.
Throughout the Easter Holidays, Seven Stories will be celebrating the launch of the new exhibition though a host of events and activities across the building.
The exhibition will run until Sunday 27th January 2019.
To find out openings times for your visit, book your tickets and plan your day please visit www.sevenstories.org.uk