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'Eggstravaganza' of Easter fun at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum

THE Easter SMART programme at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum promises to keep youngsters entertained during the school holiday.

The fortnight of fun starts on Saturday 19 March with a free Easter Chicks Hunt.

The hunt runs throughout the holiday with visitors challenged to find the Easter chicks which have been hidden throughout the Art Gallery and Museum - and one lucky hunter wins a prize.

Mad Science host a Chocolate Welding Easter Club on Monday 21 March, with chocolate taking centre stage throughout the day. Youngsters can make a chocolate bar, create a chocolate factory and construct a range of chocolate structures at the club, which runs from 8.45am to 3.30pm.

Places at the Mad Science Easter Club cost £35 and must be booked in advance at www.ragm.co.uk

An Easter bonnets workshop takes place on Tuesday 22 March (10.30am to 12.30pm), with children invited to make a bonnet in time for Easter Sunday.

And on Thursday 24 March youngsters can create a Kawaii Pom-Pom Pet from 2pm to 4pm, making Easter bunnies and chicks with a fluffy pom-pom tummy.

The Museum's Roman surgeon reveals the secrets to curing all manner of ailments during a free drop-in session on Saturday 26 March (11am to 2pm), while on Wednesday 30 March a Roman chariot workshop runs from 2pm to 4pm, where youngsters can create a chariot to take home.

A Kawaii Brooches and Nails workshop on Friday 1 April (10.30am to 12.30pm) gives children a chance to make a character brooch and try out Kawaii nail art, while the SMART programme rounds off with Paint & Glaze sessions on Friday 1 April and Saturday 2 April (10.30am to 12.30pm), where an artist teaches youngsters how to decorate cups, plates and more.

Prices for the Paint & Glaze sessions start at £8.

Cllr Heather Timms, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for culture, said: "Rugby Art Gallery and Museum has a wide range of events and activities to keep young, creative minds entertained throughout the school holidays.

"The SMART programme always proves popular and it's the perfect opportunity to discover all that the cultural hub of Rugby has to offer."

All children attending SMART workshops must be accompanied by an adult. Participants at workshops have been invited to make a £1 contribution towards the cost of materials.

Visitors to the Art Gallery and Museum during the Easter holidays can also take the final opportunity to view the exhibition, Kawaii - Crafting the Japanese Culture of Cute, which closes on Saturday 2 April.

For more information on events and exhibitions at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, visit www.ragm.co.uk

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