At the Whitworth, children take the lead. Our award-winning early years programmes are full of rich, sensory and hands-on activities, all of which are focused on early child communication and development.
Inspired by both our collection and by artists’ (and children’s) capacity for curiosity and imagination, the Whitworth is a social space that encourages cooperation, creativity and connectivity.
Explore more about our work with children and early years educators using the links below.
If you and your young family are planning a visit, find out what you can do together at the gallery in our Family section
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Winner of the Clore Award Museum Learning 2012. Specially commended for our work with early years providers.
Free, sensory art experiences for babies before they learn to walk
Outdoor Art Club
Workshops that bring art, nature and play together that take place come rain or shine.
Every Saturday (term-time only)
Under 6s 10:30am-12pm
Over 6s 1pm-2pm
Early Years Groups
For EYFS, nurseries, children's centres and community groups working with children under 5.
A creative, practical programme of activity designed to support a child's early experiences of an art gallery.
Muck about outdoors, at a gallery where art meets nature. For toddlers and their grown ups.
Early Years Atelier
Weekly multi-sensory, messy play sessions for early years children in our new Clore Learning Studio