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School holiday fun is guaranteed at Wolverhampton Art Gallery thanks to a packed programme of activities.

Every day, from July 31 to August 4, students at the gallery's holiday dinosaur school can enjoy an absorbing 10.30am to 3pm timetable.

Aimed at children aged from seven to 11, the exciting week of dinosaur adventures features fossil facts, artwork, model making and stories.

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Explorer: Discover new things at Wolverhampton Art Gallery


The week kicks off on July 31 with dinosaur drawing, with students learning to make fossil drawings like a palaeontologist. On Tuesday, August 1, it is all about the eggosaurus and the chance to make a baby dinosaur nest in a neat little box to take home.
It's Dinosaur Diorama Day on August 2, with students learning how to make their own 3-D dinosaur landscapes.

T-Rex Thursday on August 3 is a team-building day when everyone gets together to create a big dinosaur sculpture. On Friday August 4 it is all about fossils when young palaeontologists have an exclusive look at some of the gallery's extensive geological collection of fossils.

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Fossil: A gastropod from the gallery's collection


The Dinosaur School costs 15 per child per day or 50 for the week and can be booked by calling 01902 552038.

From August 7 to 9 the gallery hosts a new summer school where junior Egyptologists discover more about the pyramids, hieroglyphs and what it was like to grow up in Ancient Egypt.

Youngsters aged seven to 11 can see and handle Ancient Egyptian objects, make their own shabtis and amulets and learn to write secret messages in hieroglyphics.

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Artefact: Ancient Egyption scarab from the gallery's collection


The school, which runs from 10.30am to 3pm, costs 15 per day or 40 for all three days.

On August 15 and 17 mums and dads are not forgotten they can enjoy cake and coffee while their children, aged eight to 12, take part in arts and crafts workshops from 11am till 2pm. The craft sessions cost 5 per child.

Teddy Bear Tuesday, for younger children, is on August 22 and runs from 11am to 2pm. Kids are encouraged to take their favourite teddy, listen to a bear story and meet some old bears from the gallery's collection, and then have fun with teddy bear art and crafts. The session costs 2 per child.

Farm Animal Thursday is on August 24 from 11am till 2pm. Children will be able to paint animals and farmyard scenes from the gallery's collection and create animals to take home and play with. The session costs 2 per child.

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Marvellous: The Animal Man team


The Animal Man and lots of marvellous mini beasts, including snakes, amphibians and mammals, are at the gallery on August 31 from 11am till 3pm. The sessions cost 5 per child.

It will also be a great opportunity to take a look at the blockbuster exhibition, The Natural History Museum's Wildlife Photographer of the Year, which runs at the gallery from July 22 to October 1. Tickets are 4 for adults and 2 for children.

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Picture perfect: ''Nosy Neighbour'' by Sam Hobson from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition


Councillor John Reynolds, cabinet member for City Economy, says: "The education team at the gallery are running two great value-for-money summer schools to keep children entertained during the long holidays, as well as some fun one-day workshops."
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Why? Keep the kids amused this summer
When: From July 31, 2017
Phone: 01902 552055
Where: Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Lichfield St, WV1 1DU
Cost: Various
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