Playful Museums Festival 2021

Playful Museums Festival 2021

We’re proud to be a Playful Museum with the Northern Ireland Museums Council.

Did you know that we provide fun learning experiences for children under 5?

This is Jeannie the hen. She helps us to tell very young children what life was like during the Second World War.

Jeannie tells the story of how she left the busy and dangerous city of Belfast and went on an adventure to the Countryside about 80 years ago. There she met lots of new friends and discovered new things about farming and digging for victory. She was given a very important job – laying fresh eggs to help put food on the table!

You can watch Kelsey Squiggles & Giggles tell Jeannie’s story on our YouTube Channel here: and follow along to bake a wartime carrot cake at home.

Visit our Early Years page: to read Jeannie Adventure to the Countryside and to download an Activity Pack which includes crafts, games, colouring-in, and music and movement.

Later this month we will be launching a loan box which preschools, nurseries and day-care centres can borrow. Inside there are lots of toys related to Jeannie’s story. Early Years facilitators can contact the museum to borrow the loan box which brings Jeannie’s story to life.

Later in the year we’re publishing an Illustrated book of Jeannie’s Adventure to the Countryside. We’re currently working with Illustrator Susanne Shaw to create this and look forward to showing it to you soon. Early Year facilitators can get in touch to register their interest for a free copy.

Thank you to Northern Ireland Museums Council for supporting this project.

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