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Kids invited to go coastal at a fun-packed club

The Beacon Museum

[K]IDS are being invited to go coastal at a fun-packed club available for children aged 7 to 13.

The Beacon Museum’s Quantum Leap club is partnering with coastal enthusiasts throughout the year, and is currently recruiting for 2018, with the first session on January 13.

A range of monthly get-togethers are on offer for kids who sign up, including visits to coastal locations across the county such as the Solway wetlands and Whitehaven Marina sea gates, and these visits will combine fun activities with valuable scientific research.

The club is ideal for kids with an interest in science or history, as well as those who just want to explore.

The club is participating in the John Muir Awards scheme in 2018, which highlights the importance of preserving the wild spaces in our natural surroundings.

The club has run for many years under the leadership of the harbourside museum’s Learning Officer, Alan Gillon, and offers a host of monthly activities. Alan said: “We have helpers from all aspects of coastal life working with the club through the upcoming year, from the Lake District Coast Aquarium right through to the recycling experts from Surfers Against Sewage.

“The children will be putting together their own exhibition using their knowledge of the coast as inspiration. Important issues such as recycling and maritime trade will be central to their discoveries on how we use and treat our local coastline.

“From recycling inspired art to scientific and social experiments, Quantum Leapers are going to be using their creativity to put our coast in the limelight.

“The excellent John Muir trust will be working with us to deliver this programme. For those who complete the sessions, an accreditation awaits them with an awards ceremony at the end of next year.”

For those who wish to know more about the Quantum Leap programme, visit thebeacon-whitehaven.co.uk/quantumleap or call 01946 592302 to request an application pack. Yearly membership costs £30 per child for 12 sessions.

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